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Saturday, 14 October 2017

The days of autumn - a canvas by Riikka

"The days of autumn are translucent
painted on the forest’s golden ground - -"
- Edith Södergran, "The Days of Autumn", 1916

Hello there! It's Riikka here today. I started this post with a quote from my favorite poet, Finnish Edith Södergran. She's a fascinating character and her poems are really beautiful and full of longing. These few words fitted my project so well that I wanted to include them here. 

Today I'm sharing an autumn canvas with you I did inspired by this month's challenge theme, triple embossing. The background holds two different ways of that technique. There's stamping to the triple embossed surface in two ways. I also treated some of the embellishments with embossing powders and created some sparkling roses to the piece as well. Want to know how I made it? Please see the steps below! 


This canvas celebrates the autumn. What I love about this season are the colors and also the anticipation. The winter is drawing nearer and after that comes a new spring. I really love the velvet nights of autumn, the crackle of the leaves under my step and golden glow of the last rays of the setting sun. This canvas consists some of those elements - the golden hues, the leaves and last flowers of the summer. 

But now to the steps!

Step 1. Create your background. Use the Wow Embossing Ink and coat the canvas with it. Emboss the canvas two times using brass powder. Add a third layer of brass to the center of the canvas and use a metal cog to press cog shapes to the hot powder. Use this technique (link) as your guide. Then ink your brick wall stamp from the "Wall Art" set and use black powder to emboss the stamped images around the edge. Use this technique as your guide (link)

Step 2. Continue building layers to your piece. Ink the brick wall stamp with StazOn and stamp to the edges again. Also use the stripe-looking stamp in the set and create a couple of lines here and there. Paint the edges of the canvas using black gesso and also add a layer on top of the brass surface. Wipe the paint off so that it's only left behind in the grooves created with the cog.

Step 3. Create some roses to your piece using a silicone mold, the Melt-It powder and a color of your choice. I mixed the brass with "Unicorn Magic" in my roses. This way the roses have the lovely warm tone that the background has and also some sparkle from the embossing glitter. If you need assistance with this technique, please look here (link).

Step 4. To give the metals an extra touch and also to make them better a part of the piece and the background, add some embossing to them. Ink the metals using the Embossing Ink and then add the brass powder on top. You don't have to emboss the pieces totally, just an edge there or a rim here. Be careful, the metals get really hot when you use the heat tool! 

Step 5. Make a third set on powder treated embellishments. Ink the bottom of the Art Pebbles and then add "Unicorn Magic" powder to them. This way the globes have a sparkling finish and still a clear, smooth surface. Then it's time to put the piece together. Use gel medium and collage the embellishments and some leaves and flowers together. Let dry overnight - don't use a heat tool or you'll melt the background and the roses! 

Step 6. After the piece has dried, add some color to it. Naturally you could use matching colors to start with, but to me adding the colors and changing them a little gives the piece a whole other look. It lets me have my hand print, put my own touch to the things. Use watercolors or mists to tint the flowers and leafs and add rust shades to the edges of the canvas using acrylic paints. 

Step 7. Finish the canvas with some small details like golden thread and two different half pearls. Use the pearls to lock the thread in place and leave most of it loose and fluffy. 

As you can see from the project and the picture above, you can stamp into the hot, melted embossing powder with other items than stamps. Just be careful as the item might get stuck! Adding the embossing ink to the item before stamping eases a little but also bear in mind, that the item needs to stand the heat! 

I wish a colorful and fantastic autumn with this project! Until next month! 

xoxo Riikka

Materials from Wow:

Here's what Riikka used on this gorgeous project...

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Monday, 9 October 2017

Mixed Media Artist Trading Card by Susanne

Hi there!

Susanne here today and I have to share a mixed media Artist Trading Card. An ATC is a handmade card that measures 2.5 by 3.5 inches. They are meant to be for trading.
I do not trade at the moment, but I love creating those little pieces of art. Sometimes I use them in my art journal, in mini albums or to decorate a greeting card.

Here are the step by step instructions:

Let's start with the butterfly. It is made with the Triple Embossing Technique.
After I inked up the chipboard butterfly with embossing ink I added one layer of Primary Bluetiful Powder to it. In my next step I added two layers of Neptune Embossing Glitter. I melted the powder between each layer and added the next layer of powder immediately on top while the powder was still hot.
I did this also with three more layers of Clear Gloss Ultra High. After I heated the last layer I pressed the "Go Figure" stamp into the melted powder and let it sit there for about one minute.

The ATC background is a dry embossed piece of kraft cardstock. I inked up the highlighted areas with embossing ink and added a mix of Metallic Perissa and Golden Flame to it.

I covered the whole card with DecoArt media Antiquing Cream. After it was dry I wiped away the paint until I was happy with the result.
Finally I inked up the edges with Distress Ink Walnut Stain.

Now it is time to add some die cuts. I used left over papers with a Brusho background and sprinkeld some black liquid watercolour onto the leaves. Finally I  arranged them together with some white and silver thread under the butterfly.

To get some more of a shabby vintage look I added white liquid watercolour to the finished card. I used Sparkles "Your Carriage Awaits" together with Glossy Accents to highlight some areas.

I hope you like my artist trading card.
Have a wonderful week!
xx Susanne.
Here’s what Susanne used on this lovely ATC... Neptune and Your Carriage Awaits are available from your favourite retailer.

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Thursday, 5 October 2017

Autumn tag by Laurence

Hello WOW fans! I'm so excited to share a tag using the triple embossing technique. It's autumn now and I was inspired by the warm colors of the season.

I started with a white tag and added some strips of washi tape to add texture, added gesso. When dry, I used a wet brush to dilute gelatos and neocolor II.   

The Flights of Fancy stamp set is just perfect for the season. I used gold pearl to heat emboss some leaves. Pearl embossing powders are really fun to use and react differently, depending whether you have a light or dark background. You should try them, you won't be disappointed.

I used a separate leaf for the triple embossing technique. I first stamped with a light inkpad and cut around the stamped image.

The leaf is covered with 3 layers of embossing powder. I used Clear Gloss and Metallic Gold Rich. When the last layer was still hot, I gently pressed down my stamp.

I dabbed white glue through my stencil and sprinkled Pumpkin spice sparkles.
You may now add all your elements on your tag.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you will be inspired and join our challenge!
Here's the fabulous products Laurence used to create this gorgeous tag..
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Sunday, 1 October 2017


Hi Guys,

Before I say anything else, can I just say a great big THANK YOU to all our followers and readers, you really do make it all worth while !!

For this month, we are challenging you and the design team with the theme "TRIPLE EMBOSSING" We would love it if you play along with us :) You can link up your entries using our link below ! The closing date for this challenge is 27th October 2017. The winner will receive a gift voucher for £15.00/$15.00 to treat yourself to some WOW! goodies via our website. You MUST use this technique in your entry. Have fun !!!!

But first our winner from the Resist Technique Challenge is Verity Biddlecombe with this gorgeous design…
Congrats Verity, please E Mail to claim your prize.
THANK YOU EVERYONE who took part, there was some fabulous projects. 
Honourable mentions go out to Carol Harper, Vinita Jain and Ionabunny Absolutely loved your designs.
Don't forget to tell your crafty friends about our challenges, let's share the love !!

As usual I go with a simple a design, what I love about this is the focus is all on the heart. Now I say the challenge is Triple Embossing, but I may have cheated a little bit !!! 

I sort of done a double triple embossed effect, it could catch on to become a new technique, who knows !!! 
Let me explain
I always work on thick chipboard for this technique as it gives stability, if you're putting lots of layers on card stock it will start to curl !!

I start off by pushing my chipboard heart into my WOW! Ink Pad, making sure I cover it all, then sprinkle WOW! Heather Embossing Powder on and heat set. 
There's two ways you can do the next step, either, whilst the heart is still molten and hot quickly pour another layer of heather on, or wait till it cools and put it into the ink pad again and repeat.
Heather is a Colour Blend powder, check out the colours separating, the more you heat, the more they move !! Next we want to cover it with WOW! Emerald City Embossing Glitter, as this is a trasparent powder, it will take on the colour from beneath. 
You can get some great results playing with the different powder properties, here's a link to our info site, where we list all the powders and their properties… INFO SITE. Sorry, a little diversion there !!
So there's your three layers but now we're going to add three more layers of WOW! Clear Ultra High, this will give it a beautiful enamel effect, this alone is gorgeous, once you're at your last layer, get your stamp ready, I used one of my favourite background stamps WOW! Pop !!! Some people ink up the stamp with the clear ink, but you don't have to on these stamps. When you've melted it all, make sure its molten and then lay the stamp on top, pushing in to it, let it sit for about 30 seconds.
I die cut a stitched rectangle and mounted it onto my card base, then die cut the word 'With Love' using double sided tape mounted onto card stock, peeled the front off and sprinkled it with WOW! Sparkles in the Thistle shade, glued it to the heart and mounted the heart on the card front.
This is just one way with 'Triple Embossing' What will the design team come up with, I can't wait to see their creations !!!
Here's what I used to create this card :-

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Wednesday, 27 September 2017


Hi Guys,

I'm sneaking in here with a quick little post to share some recent videos that you may not have seen… If you have seen them, here they are AGAIN and if you haven't…. ENJOY LOL !!!
If you like what you see, we'd REALLY appreciate a thumbs up on You Tube, also, don't be shy to leave a comment, feedback is so important to us and it makes YT realise we're serious in what we're doing and that's educating you guys…..

Thanks for watching
Marion xx Pin It Now!

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Delicate Flutterings

Hello crafty friends, I hope you've all had a productive month and have been inspired  the gorgeous makes that the WOW DT have made so far. I'm a huge fan on the resist technique so I really enjoyed making my inspiration card this month.

I wanted a really delicate look to my card so I started with a small sentiment in the bottom right corner which I embossed with Primary Bark Powder. I then used the Mariposa stamp with Opaque Bright White powder to create the background design. I then rubbed distress ink gently over the design.

I sprinkled a little Iris powder over the background design then heated from underneath to add extra texture and colour. I then stamped and embossed three butterflies on squares of white card then rubbed a contrasting distress ink over the top.

After attaching the squares with foam pads I then added some small dots of PVA around the background then sprinkled Pumpkin Spice Sparkles on top before melting with a heat tool.

The result is a delicate design with a hint of a sparkle, I hope you like it!

Enjoy the challenge,

Here's all the lovely stuff Sarah used on her fab card !!

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Thursday, 21 September 2017

Love, sweet love - layout by Riikka

Hello Wow fans! It's Riikka here today with a layout of love. 

The page is about my lovely family and extended family, but also for my love for the forest and the fact that I can go there to clear my head. The picture in the page is actually taken last Christmas Day, can you believe that?! We live in Finland so normally that time of the year would mean snow and minus degrees, but the last year was really strange so there's my daughters, my husband and my father taking a stroll in almost summer-like weather on Christmas Day.

I wanted to use the resist technique in my page with a twist. I find that clear powder works the best for me as it then shows through what ever is underneath the layer of color, but naturally you could build striking contrasts with choosing contrasting colors or going with bolder colors. 

If you want to see how the layout was made, please see the step by step underneath! 

Step 1. Cut a stencil to yourself using a piece of copying paper or even an add or something from going to the paper recycling. Cut a big heart to the paper, attach to your background with washi tape and then stamp all over the "hole" using Wow! Embossing Ink and a heart stamp. Don't throw the cut heart away!

Step 2. Sprinkle Clear Gloss Regular to the area and emboss using the heat tool. If it seems that you have missed a spot when stamping, align the stencil again, stamp and repeat the embossing part. It's better to use quite a solid stamp when trying to get the stenciled shape showing rather than one with thin lines.

Step 3. Color the area using watercolors. The darker the color, the easier it is to see the stenciled shape. I chose to go with pink and yellow.

Step 4. Place the cut heart on top of the embossed area to mask it and stamp around the area of the heart to better highlight the shape. Use the script stamp from "Wall Art" set together with Archival Ink. Remove the mask and go slightly over the area in a couple of places to merge the heart to the background.

Step 5. If you wish to highlight the heart shape even more, go over the edges randomly with a pencil and with Wow! Embossing Pen. I made my heart a golden edge using the Rose Gold embossing powder. 

Step 6. Next make your composition using the photo, patterned papers and foam dots. Mount the photo to the paper cluster using the dots as well as the whole cluster to the paper using them. If you wish to see how I usually layer the papers, please see for example this video (link).

Step 7. Time to embellish the page! I'm continuing with the sweet theme and not introducing more colors either but you can use any color for the butterflies. Stamp some butterflies on top of white cardstock using Wow! Embossing Ink and emboss them with a powder of your choice. I used the Rose Gold.

Step 8. Stamp the title using one of the words from the "Mr Wows Wonderful Words" set together with Archival Ink. Adhere the butterflies and also add any extra embellishments like a flair button, a banner shaped die cut and a sticker. 

Step 9. Finish your page with some self-made "enamel dots". Melt the color or colors of your choice in a Melt-It Foil Case and gently tilt the foil case and let drops of the melted powder drop onto a non-stick sheet. Let the powder cool and then attach the drops to your page using glue. Also add  handwritten journaling.

To me the theme translated to pastel colors and sweet candy shades. I also used hearts in a couple elements - like in the stamp I chose and also in the paper layers. What would your layout of love look like?

Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you a fantastic day, filled with love! 

xoxo Riikka

Here's what Riikka used on this fab layout !!!

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