Sunday, 30 June 2019

Thanks Card with Dana

Hello, WOW! friends!

It's Dana here and I'm back with another glittery card today. Today is the last day of June, but you still have time to join our Facebook Fan Group Challenge (Here : Embossing Glitters).

To start, I began by stamping floral background from Studio Katia Floral Garden onto mulberry card stock with WOW! Clear Ultra Slow Drying Embossing Pad. I sprinkled WOW! Clear Matt Dull Embossing Powder and heat set it using WOW! Dual Speed Heat Tool.

Next, I die cut 3 thanks from white card stock using Studio Katia A Cup of Thanks Dies. I rubbed them with WOW! Clear Ultra Slow Drying Embossing Pad and heat set them with following WOW! Embossing Glitters : Zeus, Midas Touch, Mermaid Tails (From top to bottom). Here are more details of each colors.

After I mounted all elements onto A2 sized lavender card stock, I finished off this card with ribbon using white gold twine.

Hope you enjoyed this card. Thank you so much for stopping by and happy crafting!


Saturday, 29 June 2019

Can you hear the waves? - a jewelry set by Riikka Kovasin

Moikka! Riikka here again to share another guest project with embossing glitters! When I shared the journal page earlier this month, I promised another project that would be totally different. I hope I kept my promise! 

I used "Under the Sea" embossing glitter in these, which I also used in the journal. But the look is totally different because of the way I treated the powders. When I first started to think what I'd do for this month, I went through my embossing glitters searching for that first spark of inspiration. That came with two powders - the above mentioned "Under the Sea" as well as "Neptune". They both took my mind to underwater world and seashells. I had these cut shells in my craft table so I decided to try if I could fill the shells using embossing powders! It's kind of like you can now see the waves you can hear when you listen to a shell. 

I first heated some Melt-It powder and delicately poured it to the bottom of the shell, trying to seal it for the color layers coming on top. Some of the shells leaked the melted powder a little, but that's why I did it. Not to waste the colored powders but rather the see-through one! After that layer had cooled, I then started heating colored powders and adding them in. I deliberately overheated some of the opaque powders so that the white started showing. This to me reminds of the froth on top of the waves.

The last coat with the embossing glitters for the cone shaped shells I did differently. I actually poured the powder inside the shell and carefully heated it there so I got this look of sprays as the powder was blown with the breeze from the heat tool. 

When I then had my shells ready, I turned them into pieces of jewelry. I chose the two best cone shaped shells for a pair of earrings and the third best I added as the focal piece in an anklet. I added a silver ring to each shell and then paired them with some glass beads. 

While writing this, I've already worn the earrings but I'm really looking forward to use the anklet while strolling on a beach! 

Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you feel inspired by my takes on embossing glitters! See you again in a few months!

Materials used in the jewelry: 

Friday, 28 June 2019

How to: DIY glitter cardstock with Verity

Hello, it's Verity with another video and blog post as a Creative team member for WOW! If you're like me, you might have quite a few pots of glitter and embossing glitter in your craft room and there are several ways you can use it in your papercraft projects. Often these colours are more varied and interesting compared to buying regular glitter cardstock and they can really step your projects up a notch. So today I have 3 ways to create your own glitter cardstock and make your DIY cardstock the focal element of your cards. 

How to: DIY glitter cardstock video:

(You can view this directly on WOW! Embossing Powder YouTube Channel HERE)

How to: DIY glitter cardstock written step-by-step tutorial and photos:

Technique 1: Double-sided adhesive tape

The first technique combines WOW! Sparkles glitter with double-sided adhesive tape. Cover a piece of A5 WOW! Superior smooth card stock completely with the tape - wider the better, I used 2" wide tape. If you have full sheets of double-sided tape you can cover it with this. WOW!'s card stock is great for this technique as the card isn't too thick, so when the glitter is applied you can still die cut from it.

Remove the release paper and then cover with WOW! Sparkles glitter. I'm using Stroke of midnight; this is a stunning dark blue and silver glitter mix. Next, you need to burnish the glitter into the adhesive so it sticks well. So cover up the cardstock with another scrap of paper and using your bone folder, just rub this over the top really pushing the glitter down.

 Die cut a stitched rectangle from the card panel, in addition to die cutting the word happy from this using Altenew fine alphabet dies. To make sure the letters are straight, I've used my grid mat to align the letters on some washi tape. As I've only got one P, I've just temporarily used another letter similar in width to work out the positioning for the Y. Obviously, remove the R before your die cut and then run it through again, just moving the P along - make sure you keep the inners of the A and Ps for this card. 

 To complete the card, add the word happy in white, layering the letters up 3 times for some dimension. Once the letters are in, place the winners of the A and P's back in with some glue for a seamless look. To add the heat embossed sentiment, I'm foam mounting this onto the panel. Now, foam tape won't stick well to glitter cardstock. To overcome this, just add some dabs of liquid glue to the foam before you adhere it down. Lastly, I added some silver sequins to highlight the silver glitter in the card.

Those leftover letters can be used to create another card. Adhere the letters to corresponding letters die cut out of white fun foam. For the background, I used a stencil to create a textured tone on tone look. I applied some embossing paste from Altenew through the Handpainted stripes stencil from Thirsty Brush & Co with a palette knife.  

Once the panel was dry, I die cut another stitched rectangle and foam mounted it on the cardbase to reduce any warping that may have occurred. Next use Gina K connect glue to adhere the foam mounted letters onto the panel. Again, I'm finishing the card off with some Silver and Dark blue sequins.

Technique 2: bonding powder

For the second technique, we are going to use bonding powder along with WOW! Sparkles to create glitter cardstock. When you use bonding powder you create a sticky surface that you can either apply foil to or adhere glitter to. So you use it in the same way as embossing powder, you need to cover your surface with Clear ultra slowing embossing ink from WOW and then cover with bonding powder. Next, using your heat gun melt the powder until it goes clear. Now, I repeat this 2-3 times to get a good sticky layer on my card and when you're happy with the amount you have, we then ready to apply the glitter. 

The Sparkles I'm using here is Ice Pop and this is from one of the Catherine Pooler Inspired by Trios called Melon Ice. After you've covered it in the glitter, I like to just heat it again, to allow the bonding powder to soften and let the glitter sink in more. Now I'm repeating covering with bonding powder and then with glitter just to build up the intensity and colour of the glitter. But you can leave it at whatever stage you prefer.

To create the card, I die cut the Altenew Fine Bouquet die using a metal shim as this is quite a delicate die to die cut through the glitter. This was added to a grey stitched rectangle as the contrast in colours allows the glitter to really pop. I added a black stamped 'Just for you' from the Altenew Floral vine stamp set and then finished it off with Trinity stamps Soapy Bubbles confetti mix, which ties in beautifully with the Ice pop Sparkles.

Technique 3: embossing glitter

So the last the technique for creating glitter cardstock is to use embossing glitter. WOW! has a whole host of embossing glitters. Embossing glitters work the same as embossing powders, but they have glitter added into them. So after adding embossing ink to some cardstock cover it with Turkish Nights embossing glitter. This has gold and red flecks of glitter mixed into gold and a pinkish copper embossing powder which is gorgeous when heat set. 

You may wish to add 2-3 coats of the powder to get good coverage and to build up the layers on the card. Now, if you don't like the texture of embossing glitter as it can be rough, you can do one simple thing to smoothen it out. Add a top layer of clear gloss embossing powder. Not only does it smooth out the surface, but it also emphasises the shine from the flecks of glitter.

For the card design, trim the embossed panel down into 1/4" strips and foam mounting the strips onto a grey stitched rectangle. I find it best to adhere the top and the bottom strip first, and then add the remaining strips in between to allow you to evenly space out the strips. For the sentiment, I'm just adding a single white Big Hello sugar script die cut from Birch Press designs to the front and finishing it off with some gold and soft pink sequins to bring out the colours from the embossing glitter. 

WOW! Supplies used:

Other supplies used:

Stamps used: Floral Vine stamp and Birthday Builder (Altenew)

Dies used: Fine alphabet and Fine Bouquet die (Altenew), Big Hello Sugar Script (Birch Press Designs)

I hope you enjoyed today's video and stay tuned for more to come. If you make a card with this technique, make sure to tag us #wowembossingpowder so we can check your creations out!

Till next week,


Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Mermaid Kisses with Raluca

Hi everyone and welcome back to our creative WOW space! Raluca here and I'm so excited to share with you my new CAS card showcasing some fabulous WOW! embossing glitter! 

I created this card to play along with the "Embossing Glitters" theme for the Wow! Embossing Powder Facebook Fan Group page monthly challenge - ❤ WOW Embossing Powder Fans ❤

I started my card by die cutting a panel from WOW! Superior Smooth White Cardstock - A5. I absolutely love this cardstock! It's just a smooth, bright white and it's perfect for heat embossing and for coloring with alcohol markers! Definitely a must have in every crafter's stash!

Using the WOW! Clear Ultra Slow Drying Embossing Pad I inked the fabulous Wave Stencil from SugarPea Designs onto the white panel and added the three gorgeous embossing glitters in an ombre order: WS44 Totally Teal, the WS116 Mermaid Tails and the WS177 Neptune and then heat embossed them.

On a white panel I stamped the adorable mermaid from the Mermaid Kisses stamp set and colored it using Spectrum Noir markers. Then I die cut it using its coordinating die from the SugarCut Mermaid Kisses die set and mounted it on the panel.
On a yellow banner I white embossed a sentiment from the same stamp set and mounted it on the card.
I glued a few pink sequins, adhered the panel on a white base and my card was done.

Super easy to create and with such a fabulous result! 
That's all from me today! Have a lovely week!
And thank you so much for stopping by,

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Die Cutting Layers with Karen Reategui

Hello shiny friends! Today I'm over the WOW! Embossing Powder Blog sharing these 3D cards using the Birch Press Design Avalon Frame Layer Set, Butterfly Garden Plate Layer Set, Sparkle Butterfly Layer Set, Thanks Die and Just Because Stamp and Die. I heat embossed my layers using WOW! Trio The Ferry Man and WOW! Pearl Gold Sparkle Embossing Glitter.

Let's shine! For my first card I applied WOW! Embossing Pad onto two different pieces of cardstock and heat embossed them using WOW! Jealous Guy and Love is the Drug embossing powders from the Trio The Ferry Man. Then, I die cut each piece of cardstock using the Birch Press Design Avalon Frame Layer Set.

I added these two layers to a white card base using glue. Additionally, I die cut the Just Because Word Die and the Sparkle Butterfly Layer A using a white cardstock.

Next, I applied WOW! Embossing Pad to a piece of cardstock and heat embossed it using WOW! Pearl Gold Sparkle Embossing Glitter. I die cut this panel using the Birch Press Design Just Because Word Die and the Sparkle Butterfly Layer A.

I glued the butterflies layers one on top of each other and added them to my panel. I did the same with Just Because die cuts.

Finally, I added some Tonic Bubblegum Blush Gloss Nuvo Drops.

For my second card, I repeated the same steps from my first card but this time I used WOW! Love is the Drug Embossing Powder and WOW! Pearl Gold Sparkle Embossing Glitter to heat emboss my panels.

Also, on this card I used the Butterfly Garden Plate Layer Set.

I added another pair of butterflies from the Sparkle Butterfly Layer Set to the background and I die cut the word die Thanks and put it on too.

I finished this card by adding the sentiment from the Birch Press Design Just Because Stamp.

I really hope you liked these cards. I love how they turned out and adding embossing glitters to your projects definitely makes a difference. Have a shine and bright day!


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