Thursday, 29 October 2015

Mixed Media Fun

Hello all.  Donna here today sharing with you a project I created for  'Anything but a card' theme. I created my first ever large mixed media canvas using lots of  new products released this month. Hehe my new favourites,  the colours are delicious and the stamps are perfect for mixed media projects.

This is  what I created:

I had so much fun with this and got very messy hands.  I absolutely love getting messy and was just what I needed to do.   I started off this project by stamping a large sheet of tissue paper that would cover the entire canvas.  I used the new tropical stamp for this which creates the perfect background for my project. 

If you look to the side of the owls head you can see the Tropical stamp image. After the glue had dried I applied some watered down gesso over the entire canvas.  I watered the gesso down as I wanted the stamped image to be seen.  Once the gesso was dry the fun began by adding a mixture of distress paints and some ink sprays.  Again waiting for the paint and inks to dry (you can speed this process up by using Wows powerful heat gun)

The next step was to add some texture to the background.  One of my favourite techniques is to used  Heavy gel medium and a mask.  I put the mask onto the canvas and with an old plastic card I apply some heavy gel medium over the mask  and allow this to air dry.  Once dried I get my heat gun and heat the heavy gel medium and very quickly place my Wow Foil over top.  Give it a quick rub with you finger over the area you heated.  The foil will only stick to the gel.

To add more texture I used a random font stamp and stamped around the edges of my canvas with versa mark.  I sprinkled with Silent Night and Fairy Dust embossing powders over top and heat set.

Once I was happy with my back ground I had drew an owl.  I cut the owl parts out and then I used a number of Wow's new stamps to add detail and texture.  The entire owl has been stamped and embossed with either Sparkle & Shine or Let It Snow stamp sets.  I used Long Island teal, Primary Blue Topaz, Daytona Sands, Silent Night and Atlantic Seaspray embossing powders.  After I heat set my embossing powders I rubbed distress paint over the embossed areas to give my owl colour.

I hand drew my branches and then added leaves from Flights of Fancy which I embossed  with Mistletoe Magic.  I used a number of paints over my leaves to create an autumn look and feel to them

After creating this canvas I can see that I will be creating more of them.  I loved how the Wow stamps could be adapted to mixed media simply by not putting your stamp onto the stamp block, but instead just using your finger to apply a bit of pressure to the back of the stamp where you would like the image to go.

Products used in this months project can all be found over at the Wow Shop page.  

Products Used this month

Let it snow
Sparkle &Shine
Flights of Fancy


Fairy Dust
Atlantic Seaspray
Daytona Sands
Mistletoe Magic
Silent Night
Long Island Teal
Primary Blue Topaz

Wow Embossing Heat Gun

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

WOW! Embossing Powder - Design Team Call 2016!

We are looking for:
Ø  Enthusiastic crafters who are passionate about everything embossing powder
Ø  Innovative and creative individuals who think out of the box
Ø  Professionalism and punctuality
Ø  Video/blogging skills, ability to write great tutorials!
Ø  Good photography skills
Ø  Be willing to commit to creating one project a month for a year starting from 1st February 2016
Ø  Promote our products on your own blog and social media channels.
Ø  You don’t need previous design team experience to apply!

Design Team members will receive:
Ø  Crafting goodies
Ø  Publication opportunities
Ø  Sneak peeks of new products before they are released
Ø  Name, bio and blog link on the WOW! Blog
Ø  And be a part of a private and supportive Facebook group to interact with fellow team members!
Ø  Your products displayed at top craft trade and retail show events all over the world!
Ø  A Design Team Blog Button for your blog!

How to apply:
Email your application with the subject DESIGN TEAM 2016 to :
Ø  A few words about yourself, your design strengths and areas of expertise (including Design Team experience and publications if applicable)
Ø  State your location
Ø  Links to your blog, online galleries and social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Youtube, Instagram, etc. where applicable)
Ø  Why would you like to be a part of the WOW! Embossing Powder Team?
Ø  Four  projects featuring heat embossing with brief descriptions:  2 cards, a scrapbook layout and an altered or mixed media project! You don’t have to use our products and you can even send a link to a video tutorial for each entry.

Deadline: 1st December 2015 23.59 GMT
Due to the high volume of applications we will not be able to acknowledge emails.
Successful applicants will be notified by 15th of December 2015
International applicants are welcome!

Design Team addition obligations and requirements:

·         Post once a month on the blog
·         Comment on monthly challenge entries
·         Design Team members must let Design Team coordinator know in advance if they are not able to post on the blog.
·         All projects submitted for display at shows become WOW property unless agreed beforehand. Any postage cost reimbursements need to be agreed on beforehand.
·         Please note: Applicant must not be affiliated with any other embossing powder brand. 

I look forward to receiving your applications!

Tania x

Monday, 26 October 2015

Anything but a Card....

Hi Everyone

This month at WOW HQ is 'Anything but a Card'

I have chosen to decorate an MDF house I purchased some time ago.  I started by painting it all in black then using the 'PVA Glue' technique to make the crackled look.  I  started by taking each side at a time and putting a medium layer of cheap PVA glue on it then covering it with a top layer of yellow acrylic paint.  I then heat set with a heat gun.  The PVA glue dries slower than the paint and so causes the paint to crack.  This is a great cheap alternative to the crackled paints you can get.  I then painted the base with green acrylic paint for the grass.

 After doing each side I then used the Cracked leather stamp (Don't put it on an acrylic block, use it in your hand so you can get only part of the stamp in areas giving a distressed look) with Versamark and heat set with Ebony embossing powder.  I then took the triangles and dots from Let it Snow stamp set, and flowers from Gratitude and Me collage and stamped onto heat resistant acetate, with Versamark and heat set with ebony embossing powder.  I then coloured on the reverse side with alcohol pens.  When cutting the acetate images out please leave a bit at the bottom to bend over to place glue onto it so it will 'stand up' on your project.  

I then decorated the house with real and melted embossing powder buttons using melt it.

Follow the link for all the products mentioned:

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Glitter is my prozak

Hello all, Nataliya is here! Today I will show you my 1st LO in my sparkling art-book :) I love glitter so much that I decided to dedicate a whole album!

Here I used WOW! embossing powder for backgrond, my colour is: Ho Ho Ho, Vintage Candy Cane and Clear Multi Sparkle

WOW! Embossing Powder Shop 

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Sparkle & Shine art journal page

This months theme at the blog is anything but a card. And my favourite thing to do is making cards. But I do love to make art journal pages too and I've got a small art journal that is almost the size of a card, is that cheating? I made this page using Sparkle & Shine and the little star from Pick 'n Mix. I started by making blobs of color with Distress Paint, using the dauber straight to the page. When it was dry I stamped on top. The text is stamped with an old alphabet set I had in my stash. It's a quote from Roald Dahl. I added some dots with a pen to give it a more whimsical feel. Right now when I'm typing this I wish I would have added one of the clear sparkle embossing powders on top of the jewels. You could easily flip the jewel stamp over on the block and apply versamark ink on top of the stamped image and add embossing powder on top. I might go back and do that. 

I hope you like my no-card creation. I think it turned out pretty fun, I love making art journal pages. It's all about the process to me and I always enjoy doing something just for fun.

Sparkle & Shine Clear Stamp Set
Pick 'n Mix Clear Stamp Set

Friday, 16 October 2015

Special Gift Box or Ornanment

Hi Wow fans, this is Jenifer here with you today to share my "anything but a card" project.
It's never to early to start planning for Christmas right?  So I came up with this little gift ornament.
I made this little box and then embossed around the edges to make it look like it might be frosted glass.  I then created this little Snowflake medallion to take center stage.  Top it all off with a beautiful glitter edged bow and you have yourself a fun ornament that could be hung on the tree.

If you didn't want to hang it you could always use it as a fun little gift box for some special treats.  How would you use it?

Wow Supplies used:
Let it Snow
Embossing Powders:
Silent Night 

May Arts

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Today We Are Happy by Trish Latimer

This month's theme is 'Anything But A Card'... which suits me right down to the ground!
I created a piece of home decor using lots of the new products:

The three flowers were created using the new blossom mould. It never fails to impress me just how a quite frankly strange looking mould can produce such an amazing flower!
I used three of the new powders to create the flowers, Fairy Dust, Sugar Plum and Silent Night. I mixed each with a little Clear Ultra High powder to make each go just that little bit further!

The wonderful Pick 'n' Mix stamps that Maya has designed are so useful, and I've combined a few of them to create my phrase. I stamped in black ink, then embossed with clear extra fine powder to give the shine...

I really like the elegant monochromatic look... hope you do too!!
Trish xxx

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

WOW! Video Tutorials

Hi Everyone!

Have you seen our Youtube channel recently?  Marion Emberson has created three new videos for our channel, highlighting techniques from our library which you can see below:

Multi-Colour Embossing

Embossing with Marbles

Embossing with Stencils

We hope that you try these techniques out and have a play with your embossing powders :) Let us know in the comments box below if you enjoyed the videos and if you would like to see any other video tutorials!

Take care and happy crafting x

Friday, 2 October 2015

October Challenge and last month's winners!

Hi Everyone!

Thank you for joining us on the blog for another month of fun challenges! This time, we have challenged the team to create "Anything BUT a Card!" We would love it if you play along and use foils in your entries: use it with bonding powder, double sided tape, glues, glue dots, die cut double sided tape sheets, tape runners, use your imagination! I am very excited to see what you guys create! 

This month's challenge winner is Carrie S! You can check out her winning entry here

Be sure to click on the above picture and visit her blog :)

We also had a giveaway for Laura Guest Design Team post and the winner was announced on her own blog. The winners for Maya's stamp giveaways are: Sara Barker and Leslie Hanna! 

Please email with your contact details and we will send out your goodies as soon as possible! Congrats :D 

Thank you for stopping by and keep sharing your creations with us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Be sure to sure the hashtag #wowembossing or #wowembossingpowder or tag us (use @wowembossing )  in your photos to help us find you easily. Who knows, your project might even get shared on our Social Media Pages!

By entering the challenge each month, you'll get a chance to win a set of 6 embossing powders in a handy carry case. The winner will be randomly selected from eligible entries.

Remember, all projects must have either heat embossing or use our products to qualify!
You must also be a follower of our blog to enter.

Please be sure to link to the specific blog post and not just your blog homepage, otherwise we won't find your entry and you won't be entered into the challenge.

Happy Crafting!

Tania x

Exploring Embossing - stamping foam!

Hey everyone, it's Jayne here with the latest instalment of "Exploring Embossing". I don't know if you know, but I am actu...