Thursday, 24 April 2014

Mixed Media Bottles Featuring WOW! Embossing Powders by Marsha Valk

Ever wondered if embossing works on glass objects? Well... It does! 

I'm going to share with you how I created these embossed Mixed Media Bottles, using WOW! Fab Foil and WOW! Embossing Powders:


Tip 1: Make sure your glass objects are clean and dry. Also make sure the glass object is going to be able to handle being heated by a heat tool. Drinking glassware is way too thin, jam and spaghetti sauce jars are perfect.

I used the Fab Foil as my first 'mixed media' layer. To be able to apply the Fab Foil, you need a sticky surface. I stamped my image onto my glass bottle with VersaMark first:

Tip 2: A curved, slippery surface can be tricky to stamp on. It helps when you refrain from mounting your stamp on an acryllic block. That way you'll be able to shape it round the curves with you hand. Sometimes laying your stamp flat, inked side up is helpful too: that way you can roll the curved object over your inked stamp.

Next I sprinkled WOW! Bonding Powder over the VersaMark image, removed stray particles with a soft brush and melted the powder with a heat gun:

 And then I applied the Fab Foil over the still hot powder:

Be careful, the glass is hot too! I used a cloth to gently burnish the foil.

I needed to repeat the whole process a couple of times until all the sticky parts were covered.

The result wasn't perfect, but that just adds to the mixed media character of the project. I also found that some images give better results than others!

I continued by adding a second 'mixed media' layer: regular embossing. This time I used a stencil.

I taped the stencil to the bottle with masking tape. I also masked off parts of the image:

I applied VersaMark through the stencil, removed the stencil and sprinkled sparkly WOW! Embossing Glitter on top of the partly stencilled image. I tapped off the excess, removed stray particles with a soft brush and heat set the embossing glitter with the heat tool:

Tip 3: Parts of the glass are really hot now. Please leave it to cool before you go on to the next step. If you don't, you will risk damaging the already embossed parts and more importantly: new embossing powder will melt immediately when it comes in contact with the hot glass.

Reapply the stencil and mask off other parts. Alternate the colours:

Because I had to wait for the glass to cool after each embossing session, I had time to work on three bottles at the same time. It was fun to experiment with the different kinds of WOW! Embossing Powder (Glitter, Metallic and Primary). Each one gives a different effect!

Tip 4: If you want to be able to clean your embossed glass objects, I would advice to protect the images with a waterproof varnish.

Materials used: WOW! Fab Foil Bright Copper, Dark Blue, Glitter Gold; WOW! Bonding Powder; WOW! Metallic Brass, Persian Indigo, Primary Bark, Totally Teal, Vintage Jade; VersaMark Ink Pad; Stamps and Stencils: Carabelle Studio; Nathalie Kalbach for Stampendous

Thank you for stopping by! Happy embossing!

Marsha Valk

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

WOW!ing You Again

Hi it's Birgit with you here today to share a video tutorial featuring the amazing WOW! Embossing Powders.

Hope you enjoy it :)

Thank you for popping in today, hope to see you soon :)

Birgit x

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

A Layout Tutorial Featuring WOW! Embossing Powders by Kim Price

Today I want to share with you a tutorial I created featuring some amazing WOW! Embossing Powders on a shabby chic style layout. I really love how fine these powders are and you can get some fantastic vintage effects by mixing opaque powders with metallics, such as I have done in my video. I'm really head over heels for the metallics, but I am also taken with the Opaques and the Colour Blends! To be honest, I really them all!

I've used three WOW! Embossing Powders in my layout: 

 WOW! Metallic Gold Rich Pale - which has a gorgeous vintage metallic finish 

WOW! Opaque Vanilla White - a very fine solid antique white

WOW! Vintage Romance - a gorgeous mix of glitter with pale pink and white opaque powders

Hope you enjoyed my tutorial today!

- Kim

Monday, 21 April 2014

Don't Fly - Soar canvas

Hello there! Riikka here to share with you this canvas I made using the Wow! Embossing Powders. During these posts we wanted to show you how versatile the embossing powders just are. This canvas has very little other mediums besides the powders. 

I started by covering the canvas with watermark ink. Then I sprinkled different colors of embossing powders to it and heat set the powders. I used turquoises, blues, green and even a touch of yellow. I repeated the process several times to get a nice, thick coverage to the canvas. As the last layer of powder was still hot, I pressed a bloom stamp to the powder to create a little texture to the background. 

Then I added yet another powder layer to the piece, this time by using a stencil. I inked the canvas through a circle stencil and then added white and pearlescent white powders on top and heated the powders. It created a nice, bubbling style pattern. The technique of double embossing is learned from Birgit Koopsen.

I also added some texture to the corners of the canvas using embossing powders and microbeads. I heated the corner of the canvas and while the powder was still hot and sticky, I poured some microbeads to the surface. After the embossing powder had cooled, the beads stayed in place, partly emerged to the layer of embossing powder. 

To embellish the canvas, I created three different embellishments using the powders and coated the ready ones with the same shades. That means I added some embossing to the flowers, chipboard pieces and even to the feather. 

I used the Wow! moulds to create a few 3-dimensional pieces - the two roses and the bow. For these I used the Melt-It powder together with the regular embossing powders and embossing glitters. The butterfly and the clock faces are done using transparency for printer. The clocks are done using just the black powder, but the butterfly has two embossing surfaces in it - the black on the other side and the two yellows on the other. All the half beads are also done using embossing powders - heating the powder in a small container and then dropping little drops to a non-sticking surface. 

I hope I have inspired you to try your embossing powders in another way! Thank you for taking a look! Have a great day!

Materials from Wow!:

Opaque Primaries: Sunny Yellow
Pastel Opaques: Pastel Blue, Pastel Yellow
Opaque Whites: Bright White
Primary Colors: Lagoon, Ebony, Apple Red
Earthtones: Olive
Embossing Glitters: Nice Ice Blue, Magenta Twinkle
Pearlescent: White Pearl

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Sketch Day #2 = Double Happiness


Don't you just love that you get a double helping of designer inspiration? I know I do!

In case you missed yesterday's post be sure to go and take a peep, there are four fantastic layouts that will be sure to spark your imagination. Plus all the details about the fantastic Prima  sponsored prize are there too :)

Here is the fantastic sketch for this month; we have deliberately kept it simple so that you can interpret it in your own way.

Based on artwork by Marsha Valk

Now it's time to see what our super duper designers did with Prima goodies and Scrap365 Wooden Shapes





Yet another fantastic selection of beautiful layouts, gorgeous collections and fabulous finishing touches!!

Looking forward to seeing your layout in the side bar :)

Have a creative week, 
Agnieszka Bellaidea 

Friday, 18 April 2014

Sketch Day = Happiness!

Hello everyone so lovely to see you here again!!

Ready to play along with this month's sketch? We have a great sketch with a strong graphic theme; so easy to change it up to suit your style ;)

Based on artwork by Marsha Valk

The sketch designers have had a blast playing with the new Scrap365 Wooden Shapes (see the side bar for our special offer!) Not only that but they were lucky enough to have some Prima Marketing Inc pretties to play with too!

A huge thank you to Prima for being our wonderful sponsor for this month.

click here for Prima Love
Prima Marketing, Inc. is an established leader in flower embellishments in the scrapbooking and crafting industries. Our flowers are hand-made by skilled artisans, never by machine, to ensure the highest quality and craftsmanship available. Our sophisticated and trend-setting crystal swirls designs in rhinestones and pearls are as breathtaking as our flowers. Our romantic scrapbooking papers and embellishments are full of gorgeous, eye-catching colors and textures. We hope our products spark your imagination as you use them in your scrapbooking, card, home décor or mixed media projects.

 Now the eagle eyed amongst you will note that the prize is not the same as the one published in the magazine; that's because Prima generously decided to send a ton more for our winner to play with; check this HUGE pile out!!

Now who's ready to play??? Thought so!! LOL

Let's go and take a look at the wonderful creations our designers have come up with to help with the old inspiration!!





Pretty fabulous eh? Such a beautiful and diverse selection; much like the Prima collections :)

Do make sure you join us again tomorrow when we will share more fabulous inspiration from our other designers!

As always, the linky is on the side bar. We can not wait to see how you interpret the sketch.

Have a nice day
Agnieszka Bellaidea and The Team