Vintage Sparkle: Wow Embossing Powder

Hello, hello…

Just a quick one from me today as this make has already been shared over on the Wow Blog but wanted to pop it on here too so my regular followers can catch up incase they’ve missed all my constant plugging for it over on Facebook and Instagram!

You will notice I’ve gone in a different direction for this make… no bright colours, no bold statements, just delicate hues for once.

Background was made super easily using acrylics and some fabulous Wow! Vintage Romance embossing powder which was sprinkled on after I stamped their gorgeous Sexi-Hexi stamp (which, I’m sorry to say is no longer available over on Wow! but you can buy it in other places though).

I stamped Aall & Create’s utterly sublime ‘Blossomed Numbers’ by Tracy Evans in Vintage Champagne for the background. It’s a super delicate colour with a little sparkle to it.

To make a focal point of the main flower, I heat set it again in Vintage Romance and used Distress Oxide ink pads to add colour.

After wrapping vellum around the card, I used Visible Image’s ‘Stars and Stripes’ stencil to add a few stars down the edges and added the flower using foam tape.

The sentiments were stamped onto watercolour card and added before matting the card to silver card and adhering to a card blank… and ta-da! There you go.

You can, as always keep up to date with everything Wow! on their Instagram page as well as their Facebook page. Why not follow the Wow Embossing Powder Fans page on Facebook too? Sooooo many posts and inspiration from everyone that uses Wow!’s products.

See you all again soon… H x

October Guest Designer Wow! Embossing Powder

Hello everyone… or should that be ‘Cześć’ as I’ve just come back from a little break in Krakow and Lodz.  Absolutely fantastic place and thoroughly recommend to everyone!!

I was asked a while back if I’d like to be the October Guest Designer for Wow! Embossing Powder and of course I said yeeeeess please!!  Wow’s products are always on my craft desk and I honestly don’t think you can buy better quality powders (I’ve tried – always gone back to Wow!).  The sheer range of colours and genres (metallics, sparkles, opaques, pearl, glitter, even glow in the dark and puff!!) is phenomenal and their Slow Drying Embossing Pad is just perfect.  If you haven’t tried them and you’re into your stamping, just buy a couple (they’re only cheap) and try them for yourself.  You will love them and to watch them melt – so mesmerising!!

Anyway… you might have seen my makes and blog posts for Wow! Embossing Powder over the last few weeks but suddenly realised I hadn’t blogged them on my site… shocker.  My first make for them used their gorgeous Thankful stamp set with Metallic Gold Sparkle powder.

‘Merry and Bright’

Heat emboss with the Metallic Gold Sparkle, colour and add extra sparkle with a Tonic Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen

Distress oxide background for a chalky, grungy look with an aperture die-cut. Add more embossing powder to frame.

Finished card with the products used

You can find the full write up for Wow! over on their blog… just press HERE!

My next make for Wow! uses Aall and Create stamps and stencils and looks a little something like this and uses Black Twinkle and Pop from the Confetti Trio (the little polka dots around the edges).

‘Sparkle and Shine’

Heat emboss on watercolour card with Black Twinkle and paint using watercolour paints

Mask the border stamp to add the stencil before adding dimension to the project using glossy/crackle accents and foam dots.  Stamp polka dots around the edge to frame using ‘Pop’ from the ‘Confetti’ trio

Finished card with the products used

Again, the full write up for Wow! can be found HERE!

My next make you make not have seen as it’s part of the inspiration for Wow!’s October Challenge (Christmas) and uses just the one colour – the beautiful Rose Gold.

‘Noel’

Ombre a background, spritz with gold ink and heat emboss using the beautiful Rose Gold powder from Wow!

Tear some corrugated cardboard and swipe the slow drying embossing pad over the ridges before dusting with the Rose Gold powder and heating

Layer the elements over one another before matting onto card

Finished card with products used

So there we are.  That’s the first three of my makes although I do have a couple still to share.  Hope you like them… I’m pretty chuffed with them although to be honest the powders make it so easy!  You can see LOADS of inspiration over on Wow!’s Facebook page or upload your own makes to their Facebook Fan Page and see what everyone else has been up to!

I’ll be back soon with new makes to share.

H xx

Recycle: Visible Image

Hello everyone…

My day for Visible Image inspiration has ticked on round again (where do these days go?!) and today I have something a little different for you.

I honestly didn’t know where I was going with this card, it  evolved as I was going along, as it usually does with me. Rarely do I have an actual plan for my makes… I just see what happens and what works.

I started by smooshing Distress Oxides (Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon and Peacock Feathers) onto trimmed watercolour card and spritzed with water to get a watery, inky background. Using two acetate circles, I used Derwent Inktense pencils to draw around the circles and took a brush to add water and soften the edges before adding Distress Crayons.   I then used a Wow Embossing pen and their Rose Gold powder to add definition.

I then decided to add more texture using the polka dot stencil from Set The Tone and I heat embossed this using Wow’s Verdigris powder.  Having decided to go with some sore of aqua theme (as that seemed obvious where I was heading) I used one of the mesh stamps from Mesh-ellaneous around the edges.

Using the circles as masks once more, I added clear shimmering fish from Dare To Swim and heat embossed the ‘seaweed’ using stamps from the Organics set and Wow’s Oceanic powder.

With the background complete, I took the larger fish from Art Rebel and heat embossed using ‘Flame’ from Wow.

Having trimmed one fish from card, I decided to add some netting (from an orange bag) and some fish line under it to add to the whole pollution theme.

For the sentiment I took the large letters from Just Be Happy to make the word ‘recycle’ and heat embossed them in Rose Gold before trimming and matting onto white card and adding to the card using foam tape.

There you have it.  Something a bit different today.  Here’s all the Visible Image products I used for this make..(quite a lot today!)

Don’t forget to join us on the Visible Image Facebook page for daily inspiration from the DT and amazing makes from crafters using Visible Image products… there really are some uber talented people out there! You can also keep up with all thing Visible Image on their Instagram page too.

Catch you next time… H x

 

Christmas Eve: Visible Image

Hello everyone…

It’s my day to share another of my latest DT makes for the fabulous Visible Image and today’s is another Christmas card!

This card uses Christmas Eve, a really gorgeous set of stamps that you can layer up and do all sorts with!

So… I started with a simple watercolour background to which I spritzed on Tattered Angel’s Glimmer Mist and then splattered some watery Gesso over once the Glimmer Mist was dry.

The roof top stamp was them heat embossed using Wow!’s Black Ebony Super Fine powder and then I’ve highlighted the rooftops using a white Posca pen and coloured in the windows using a yellow Sharpie.

I’ve added a scribbly hand drawn border using a fine liner and popped on some zig-zags to look like stitching.

The Christmas tree has been stamped using Bright White Opaque Wow! powder and has been embossed onto black card and then simply fussy cut and adhered to the card over the roof tops slightly using foam tape.

I felt the card was looking a little ‘cold’ (if you get me) so I heat embossed some stars using Wow!’s Metallic Gold Rich powder and this just adds a little warmth.  To add extra interest to the corner, I’ve stamped the holly from the Christmas Chaos set twice, trimmed around one so just the holly remains and then used tiny foam dots to attach to the original holly image.  Having coloured it using watercolours, I  added glossy accents to give a lovely shine!

To finish, the sentiment has been stamped using VersaFine Clair (in Nocturne) and then for some extra Christmas sparkle, I’ve adhered a few clear adhesive gems in the night sky.

Here’s the Visible Image stamp sets I’ve used to make this card…

Christmas Eve

 

Don’t forget to check in regularly on the Visible Image Facebook page for loads of inspiration and tips from the other DT members and of course Instagram has loads of makes (especially if you search for #visibleimage!)

Catch up again soon… thanks for looking!

H x

Christmas Chaos: Visible Image

Hello everyone,

Seems a tad weird posting Christmas makes in this amazing weather (too hot?!) but with Christmas fast approaching, I couldn’t resist playing with the new Christmas releases from Visible Image… so I’ve plonked myself down in the garden under a HUGE umbrella with my two hot water bottles Stan and Syd the Dachshunds next to me (because that’s what you need in this heat… two dogs snuggled right up close!)

Christmas Chaos is a ‘very me’ stamp set.  A mixed media set that is perfect for grunging up and layering and getting inky with… or not… it depends on how you like to work.

I have to admit, I’ve used four of the new stamp sets on this make but the main focal point, the wreath, is made from Christmas Chaos.

I didn’t take any stepped photos for this make (apologies Mark and Helen!) as I got too ‘in the moment’ and this is the only one I remembered!  Having stamped each of the smaller images, the holly, the scribbled star and the number 25 from the number line, I’ve coloured each one using a mixture of watercolours, spritzing inks and watercolour pencils in order to get  vibrant Christmas colours.  Once dried I’ve gone over certain elements using a Tonic Studios Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pens to give a hint of sparkle, scribbled a white Porsche pen over some and added glossy accents to others.

Once dried, they were all fussy cut out (no mean feat I can tell you!) and placed to one side.

The middle of the wreath I decided to make into a shaker, so having die-cut my circles out, I used Distress Oxides (Black Soot, Chipped Sapphire and Faded Jeans) to create a dark sky background.  After a little splatter of Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide Spray and some white Gesso splatters, I’ve heat embossed the gorgeous little roof stamp and some stars from the Christmas Eve set using Wow Embossing Powders.

For the shaker element, used beads and some sequin stars I’ve had hanging around for ages and, after constructing it all together, I added some bells (why not, it is Christmas!) and some small glitter balls I’d saved from some crackers years ago.

As the wreath element is quite busy, I chose a simple background on which it could sit so stamped the larger text stamp from Christmas Backgrounds in Festive Berries – how apt!

The sentiment, from Sentimental Christmas, was stamped using Versafine Clair (in Nocturne) and matted onto red and black card before adding foam tape to the rear to give it a little lift.  I added a sprig of holly to the sentiment and one to the top left of the card and ta-da!  All finished!

Here’s some lovely images of the new Christmas stamps for you to drool over…

Christmas Chaos

 

Christmas Eve

 

Christmas Backgrounds

 

Sentimental Christmas

The Visible Image Facebook and Instagram pages are brimming with inspiration at the moment so check back regularly to keep up to date!

I’ll see you again soon with more Christmas makes… I’m off to enjoy some sun!

H xx

 

 

 

Just Breathe: Visible Image

Hello again…

It’s time again to share some inspiration for the Visible Image design team.  Today’s card uses the totally gorgeous new Just Breathe stamp set that was released in June.

I wanted to make a grungy card using distress oxide ink pads for the background.  Using Walnut Stain, Ground Espresso, Brushed Corduroy and Gathered Twigs, I’ve just smooshed them on a glass mat and layered up the colours until I was happy.

For the die-cut heart, I’ve matted a piece of old map onto card and used the lighter distress oxide ink pads in the same way as before.  The colours I’ve used for this are: Tea Dye, Frayed Burlap and Old Paper.  I’ve then stamped the ‘Breathe’ sentiment all over it with Archival Ink in Watering Can.

The torso stamp (and honestly, how fabulous is it??!) is heat embossed onto white card using Wow’s Metallic Copper heat embossing powder.  To add some depth (and I know I’m not the best at shading) I’ve painted in-between the bones using grey watercolour and added some watered down tea dye distress ink to the edges and bones.

The torn vellum strip at the bottom has had thermal ink splats stamped on and the ‘immortal’ sentiment heat embossed over this.  A ripped strip of card has been tucked in behind it and both have been edges using Vintage Photo distress ink.

To finish, I’ve matted the design onto black card and adhered to a 7×7″ and added a few dabs of Ranger Liquid Pearls in Rose Gold.

Here’s the gorgeous stamp set to swoon over…

And there you have it!  If you haven’t already seen the Visible Image Summer Sale… with a stonking 30% selected stamps and stencils (and there is LOADS to choose from!!) hope on over and grab yourself an absolute bargain.  These stamps are super-duper quality and the stencils are definitely the best quality and thickness I’ve some across – and I have loads of different makes!

Catch up soon folks… H xx

 

Faerie Magic: Visible Image

Hello and happy Tuesday to you all…

It’s been a glorious weekend here.  The weather has been stunning (for once) and even better I had a long weekend from work so no day job for 4 days… yipeeee!  Time always seems to be against me especially when I am desperate to play with the new stamps by Visible Image so when a long weekend is on the horizon, I get super excited!

Yet again, Mark and Helen have pulled it out of the bag with their new stamps and I know everyone has been excited to order so I hope my make today provides a little inspiration for you.

The Faerie Magic set is just adorable.  The main faerie stamp is fabulous but you also get all those little stamps which will be so handy on other projects.

When I get new stamps, I often just sit staring at it for a while to get the feel of it and see if inspiration pings me in the face.  I’d already made a couple of cards when I came up with this idea of having her half off the card with her wings all sparkly and floaty.  Unfortunately, I got totally immersed in the making and forgot to take step-by-step photos so for that I apologise… but I’ll talk you through it!

 

To start, trim some watercolour card to your chosen size and stamp the lovely lady using a Versamark embossing pad and Wow’s Ebony Supafine embossing powder.  Use a scalpel to trim around her top half and then stamp her again on some scrap paper to create a mask.  Fold the card in half and use low-tack masking tape to adhere the mask in place over her bottom half.

Using Distress Oxide ink pads (I used Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry and Seedless Preserves) blend the three colours together and place the Collision stencil over the masked image and the bottom of the card.  Again, using the oxide ink pads (this time I used Dusty Concord, Faded Jeans and Chipped Sapphire) blend over the pink hues, taking care around the mask before peeling away the mask and the stencil to reveal the flashes of colour.

Add some splatters of gold ink before colouring the faerie and her bubbles!  Stamp some extra ‘bubbles’ in a mid-grey tone down the right of the card and then the stars and moon stamps in clusters before adding sparkle Stickles to the moon and stars and Wink of Stellar and glossy accents to the bubbles on the faerie.

The faerie’s wings were heat embossed on vellum using Wow’s ‘Vanilla Sparkle Glitter and then adhered to a thick-ish acetate before trimming and securing into place.  To finish, brush the card with an anti-static bag (as I found the embossing powder stuck like glue in places) and stamp the sentiment using the same Vanilla Sparkle Glitter as before.

And there you go!  Here’s the two Visible Image products I used for this make…

Faerie Magic

 

Collision

You’ll find lots of daily inspiration over on the Visible Image Facebook page and over on Instagram so pop on in, say hello (we’re a very friendly crew!) and share some of your makes!

Catch up again soon… H xx