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Sunday, 30 July 2017

Heart of the Ocean

Hello there! It's Riikka here with my very first post. I'm so excited! I hope you like what I created for you this time. It's a little canvas or altered piece with my favorite colors blue, turquoise and green. The base is a small dish, like a ceramic plate. On top I created a heart of the ocean, an ode to ocean. 
I've lived in coastal cities my whole life. I was born and raised in Turku, the oldest city in Finland with a large archipelago and nowadays I live in Helsinki, the capital. The sea has always been near and present. But the most amazing experience with the sea has been in the Norwegian coast line with the horizon stretching as far as eye could see. I never seen anything like that! And the wind was racing and the sea was foaming and it was so lovely! I could have stared that for hours! 
The piece is really easy to do! First gather your supplies - a selection of Wow embossing powders, a heart mold and the Wow! Embossing Pad.
Start by making the "splashes". Sprinkle the embossing powder to a sheet of baking paper or equivalent. Cover the sheet with another sheet of baking paper. Then melt the powder with a heat tool, use a stamping block to smooth the layer, let it cool and then carefully peel back the papers. That way you have a thin sheet of embossing powder to add to your project. Use several powders and let them mix. My mix included Nice Ice Blue, Vanilla Sparkle, Primary Lagoon and Primary Bluetiful.
Then make the heart to be used as the center of attention. You can use the Wow Technique Library as your guide (link). I mixed several powders in my heart and tried to get a marble look on the top of the heart to show the many colors of the ocean. I used Opaque Pastel Blue, Clear Embossing Glitter and Primary Lagoon. I over heated the Primary Powder slightly to have the white streaks appearing in the heart. 
For the background I first applied a layer of white gesso. On top I then sprinkled Clear Sparkle embossing powder, heated it and then sprayed a little of mist on top. I used a lot of water, too, to get a water color like effect to the background.
To get those little touches of sea foam to the background I sprinkled Opaque Vanilla White to the plate, just a grain here and there and then heated from underneath to get the splashed kind of effect. If you heat the plate from above all the powder will blow away. 
To gather the composition I took a pencil and drew a couple of circles to the plate. The background needed some texture so I took a silicone brush, some modeling paste and created a random pattern to the background with them. I also gathered some more white materials for the layers underneath the heart. I rip a couple of sheets of tissue paper and stapled the layers together and formed a circle out of the white wire thread.
I layered the tissue papers, wire thread and the "splashes" on top of each other and adhered them to the background. I also treated the bottle cap I used as the frame to the heart with Opaque Vanilla White to make it more cohesive with the other parts of the project. I did the same as I did with the background, sprinkled some grains to the bottle cap and then heated the bottle cap from underneath to get a little weathered kind of look.  
Then I layered the bottle cap, the heart and the clock frame on top of each other and adhered them together. Lastly I finished the piece by treating the edges of the project with the Opaque British Summer. First I inked the edges of the plate with the Clear Ultra Slow Dry Embossing ink, then added the embossing powder on top. After melting the powder and some cooling time, I then added the wax on top.
Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope I have inspired you with this project! 

All the best, Riikka

SUPPLIES USED : For your convenience I've listed the WOW! items used in TRiikka's FABULOUS project. The blue button will take you to our UK/EU site and the red button will take you to our North American site.

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Step by Step Background by Fran


Hi everyone,

I hope you are all well. In today's post I'm going to show you how to create a card background using multi colour embossing technique ie. using a selection of powders on one project.

Step 1: I used a page out of an old book page for backing paper and then applied a 3D texture gel through a stencil with a palette knife tool. You could also use a heavy (thick) acrylic paint. This creates texture and gives a sticky surface for the embossing powders to stick to.

Step 2: I added pinches of three different embossing powders ; Heather, Oceanic and Champers, into the wet gel.


Step 3: I moved the paper around to enable the powders to cover the gel then shook any excess powder off.



Step 4: To melt the powders I used a heat tool which also helps to dry the gel .

To finish off, I inked the edges and areas on the paper with black and blue ink pads, added die cut stars, trim, alpha stickers and highlighted  around the card with a white pen.




Thanks for reading and stay creative!
Fran xx

Sadly this is Fran's last post with us, over the last 18 months she's shared some fabulous projects, I'm sure you'll agree, and we want to thank her from the bottom of our hearts for her amazing creativity with our products.
Good luck in all you do Fran and THANK YOU xx

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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Young At Heart

Hello crafty friends I hope you're having a pleasant and productive July! I wanted to capture a touch of Summer with my DT inspiration this month and used a mixture of pretty pinks and sparkle for my multicolour embossing card.
I started with a piece of 13cm square white card. I stamped a heart from the Hearts and Twine Stamp set on a spare piece of card then cut out and attached as shown with some low tack tape. I then stamped J'adore towards the top of the card then sprinkled a mixture of Sweet Cheeks, Yum Yum Bubblegum and Hot Gossip over the top. I removed the excess and put it it a spare pot so I now have a bespoke colour!
Once I had melted the powders with my heat tool I then rubbed pink ink across the card then removed the heart stencil. I then stamped the same heart again directly on to the white space, added Hot Gossip Glitter then melted again with my heat tool.
I then used the Young At Heart Stamp Set with Metallic Silver Regular Powder and stamped part of the sentiment in the heart and the rest in the bottom right corner. I then formed a 'link'  between the two parts  by adding a line of dots with an embossing pen and adding silver powder on top.
Finally, I trimmed the card down to 12.5cm square, layered in a subtle silver mirri board then attached to a 13.5cm square card blank. I hope you like it!
You're sure to have fun with this challenge, enjoy!


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Sunday, 16 July 2017

Multi-Colour Embossing - Thanks Sweet Friend ❤️


Good Morning Lovely People!

Thank you for stopping by the WOW! Embossing Powder Blog and I am filling in today's spot with my take on this month's challenge of "Multi-Colour Embossing." I needed to make a card to send to a friend so I gathered my supplies and got to work!


So to start off, I cut my cardstock to create a 5.5" x 5.5" card base and cut a 5" cardstock panel to decorate. I try not to touch my card stock too much so that I don't get any sticky fingerprints on there! This will give me a cleaner heat embossed image:  
  

So I inked my Go Figure stamp with my cleanest WOW Embossing Pad ...


And realised that my cardstock panel was bigger than my stamp! So, I stamped the top part first:



And then I re-inked my stamp and stamped where the design ended. I love this stamp so much and find myself reaching for it for all kinds of projects. Once you have heat embossed your image, you won't be able to tell where the second stamped image began!



I then chose two embossing powders: Primary Blue Tang and Colour Blend Oceanic:


I sprinkled Colour Blend Oceanic randomly in some spots and tapped off the excess and put it back in the jar:


And then I covered the whole panel with Primary Blue Tang:



 I tapped off the excess and put it back in the jar and then heat set the whole panel:



I felt like I needed something extra, so I use Distress Inks (Barn Door and Walnut Stain) to blend on to the background. The embossed design will "resist " the ink and remain the same colour! You can wipe the panel with a clean tissue to get rid of the excess ink off the embossed surface. 


I die-cut the word "Thanks" (Lil' Inker Designs) with white cardstock and then stamped "Sweet Friend" from the WOW Just Saying Stampset with black ink:


I cut the Sweet Friend sentiment to make a tiny banner (my favourite look!). Then I assembled my card, gluing the sentiment down and adding dimensional foam adhesive behind the little banner and behind the panel and added it all to my card base:


I am so pleased with how it turned out and I hope that you got a small peek into how I put my cards together and what I do when I have an "oops" moment, heehee! 

Take care and have a wonderful day, 
Tania
SUPPLIES USED : For your convenience I've listed the WOW! items used in Tania's Gorgeous project. The blue button will take you to our UK/EU site and the red button will take you to our North American site.


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Friday, 14 July 2017

IT WASN'T EASY…...

But we did it…..

We managed to choose two fabulously talented ladies out of all the entries we received in our recent Design Team Call and oh boy did we get some entries…. THANK YOU SO MUCH !!!!

It was so hard choosing, there's some seriously creative people out there !!!!

So… who are they ? I hear you ask !!

Drum Roll Please ………..

In no particular order, well, it's alphabetical really, that seemed the fairest way :) :)

We have the FABULOUS Jo Herbert, Jo is sharing her creativity all the way from Australia.


 And the very CREATIVE Riikka Kovasin, Riikka is sharing her creativity from Finland.


They both have a fabulous style, we wouldn't have chosen them otherwise ;) ;) and we're sure you're going to be inspired by them as you are with our other fabulous DT Girlies… #wehavethebestdesignteam

You can check out a bit about them HERE along with our other fabulous DT members.

And their links are over on the Right, go give them a click and see what they're got to offer you.

Welcome ladies we're glad you're here :) :) 

Marion xx


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Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Artist Trading Card by Susanne

Hi my dear crafty friends!

Susanne here and I'd like to share an ATC today.
ATC means Artist Trading Card. I'm sure most of you already know everything about it! ATCs are measuring 2.5" by 3.5". They can be made out of every material you can imagine and are meant for trading, never for sale!


I like to create these cards (although I do not trade), to try out new techniques or products. Later I use them in mini albums or on art journal pages.

On this card I used the Multi Colour Embossing technique on the background and also on the butterflies. You will see everything in my video. Enjoy!




Thank you for stopping by today!
Don't for get to join our challenge this month with some Multi Colour Embossing!

xx Susanne

SUPPLIES USED : For your convenience I've listed the WOW! items used in Susanne's FAB project. The blue button will take you to our UK/EU site and the red button will take you to our North American site.

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Thursday, 6 July 2017

Inky card

 This month's technique is multicolour embossing and I was inspired by Tania's Hello Card. Tania combined different stamps from the Hearts and twine sheet to create her own design with different embossing powders. The stamps coordinate perfectly with each other.

1. Spray ink on your stencil and flip it over on your card.

2. Stamp on a separate watercolor paper and cover the stamped image with
WOW Misty Sky embossing powder. Heat emboss.
3. Using a wet brush, pick ink an color the stamped image and outside. When dry, stamp
outside with your second stamp and heat emboss with WOW white embossing powder.
Repeat with WOW Oceanic and white embossing powders.
4. I used the same technique, i.e. stamped and heat embossed and stamped a second time
with a different stamp outside and with a different embossing powder (WOW Oceanic
and Misty sky) but I worked directly on the card.
5. Cut out the stamped images and glue them on your card.

6. Add a die cut.
I hope you will be inspired and join our monthly challenge. If you have any question regarding my tutorial you may leave a note in the comment section and I will answer asap.

SUPPLIES USED : For your convenience I've listed the WOW! items used in Laurence's FAB project, the blue button will take you to our UK/EU site and the red button will take you to our North American site.

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