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

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,

I’m back today sharing another Christmas make for Visible Image.  I’ve used the fabulous Christmas Chaos and the Christmas Backgrounds sets which are just brilliant especially if you like grungy makes like I do!

I kept the background for this card nice and simple, using Distress Oxide’s to create a traditional coloured background to which I added Paperartsy’s Infusions to give a little more depth and then spritzed with some shimmer spray for some glitz.

For the Tree, I coloured some card using Distress Oxide’s again and then heat embossed the beautiful Christmas text using Wow’s Metallic Gold powder to give a rich, warm colour.  Over this I stamped the tree outline from the Christmas Chaos set and fussy cut it out.

I’ve heat embossed the star image three times onto gold card and trimmed two and then trimmed just the star.

After adding foam dots to one of the images and to the trimmed star (so I can layer it up over the top of the tree) I’ve popped this to one side to add some dyed cheesecloth.

The cheesecloth was dyed using Distress Spray Stain and I used the Candied Apple red to match the background of the card. I didn’t want it to stand out too much, just provide a hint of texture under the tree.

The cheesecloth has been glued into place and then the tree added over the top with foam dots behind it.  I added two dots stacked together in the middle of the tree and just one on the outer edges as I wanted a curved look rather than just a flat finish.

For the sentiment, I ripped two sections of vellum and stamped on the top one before stapling it in place and winding round some twine.  This was them matted onto gold card (same card as I stamped the stars onto) and adhered to a card blank.

Fairly simple card for me and it’s a traditional card with a modern edge, if you get me.

Here is the gorgeous Visible Image stamps I’ve used for this make…

Christmas Chaos

 

Christmas Backgrounds

 

Don’t forget to get hold of all the latest Visible Image news and inspiration form the DT by following them on Facebook and Instagram.  Some lovely (and might I add super talented ladies) have joined us on the permanent DT from the guest DT and are making some amazing projects so keep an eye out for them!

That’s all from me today but I’ll catch up soon when I just might have some news to share 😉

H xx

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

 

 

 

Create Your Calm

Hello once again…

I’ve been itching to share this Visible Image DT project with you all as I just love how it’s turned out!  It really got my creative juices flowing and I adore all the different textures on there from the stamps I’ve used.

I started out by heat embossing The Ripple Effect in white embossing powder onto watercolour card before adding distress oxide inks in a watercolour style around the ripples themselves.

The oxides inks pads are great for creating watercolour backgrounds

To create a hint of sparkle to the project, Fibonacci was heat embossed using a gorgeous metallic copper powder, which looks beautiful when the light hits it.  Next, to contrast with the calming hues, I added Infusion powders to the areas in-between.

I used Anita’s 3D Clear Gloss to make the ripples as it has a fine nib so is perfect for smaller areas

To build on the texture, I stamped the net from the Mesh-ellaneous set in a deep blue and then added the shoal of fish  and the sea plants (both from Dare to Swim).

I’m a little bit in love with Wow’s Copper Embossing Powders as they add warmth to a project with a hint of sparkle

With everything dry I could begin to add my main focal images; the gorgeous Sea Horse and the sentiment from Create Your Calm.

Even with all the different textures, the make still felt like it needed some dimension to it so I added clear gloss to the ripple areas to make it look glassy and add some movement and I just love the finished effect!  The ripple stamp works just beautifully with the Create Your Calm and Dare to Swim sets… def more to investigate there!!

Check out the Visible Image blog to see what the rest of the DT have been making.  That’s all from me for now… catch up again soon!

H xx

 

Visible Image: Zodiac Aries Card

Hello everyone,

Heather back again with a new make for Visible Image!

I’m sure you’ve come across Visible Images’s gorgeous Zodiac stamps by now and if not you have to check them out – they make birthdays super easy!  This month is Aries and one of my oldest friends has her birthday within this month and I thought the Zodiac Aries stamp set  would be just perfect for her.

The background was made with Distress Oxide ink pads and I’ve randomly stamped Fibonacci in areas using Wow! embossing powder in Metallic Platinum. Using white and silver Distress Spray Stains, I’ve gently flicked some ink over the top to break up the grid on the stamp.

Then, taking some of the excess background card, I’ve stamped the Ram’s head several times using Opaque Bright White embossing powder (from Wow! again) and then layered the head using foam dots.

Lastly, I added the sentiments (not all are from the Aries stamp set as I chose personality traits from the other sets that suited my friend).  These were, as before, stamped onto spare background card and matted onto card, they were then attached using foam dots to add a bit of dimension.

A super easy card but it looks pretty special and even better as it means something to the person it’s made for.

Zodiac Aries

Fibonacci

Why not hop on over to the Visible Image blog to see what everyone else has been making… there are some absolute stunners!!

Take care and catch up again soon xx

Quickie Christmas Cards

Hello everyone…

Chilly day here today but thankfully I’m off so am hibernating with a cuppa in the craft room catching up on blogging and Instagram etc.

I’ve been trying to sort out some of the mountain of un-used ‘stuff’ I have in the craft room lately, and thought I could go though the Christmas boxes and make some quick cards.  It all started with a Craftwork Cards workshop I went to a few weeks ago and we were given a sheet of embossed baubles (you may have seen these on my Facebook page if you’re a follower on there.. if not, pop on over as I post much more on there).

You can see I’ve added colour to the embossed die-cut baubles using Distress Oxide ink pads and the rather beautiful sheen comes from a gilding wax.

I so loved the quickness, I decided to make a few more along the same lines-ish!

The wooden embellishments on these two cards have been heat embossed in a sparkly red glitter and the embossed sentiment uses scrap paper and I’ve highlighted the lettering with gold acrylic.

My favourite two cards feature wooden snowflakes from Docrafts Bare Basic range that I’ve had for years and never used.

The snowflakes have been given a coat of Wow!’s Opaque Bright White and then Ultra Shimmer embossing powders and have been glues to a stencil background with some washing tape as the main sentiment.

Super quick cards and I’ve only used scraps of card and left over embellishments!  I’ve got so much Christmas stuff… stamps, embellishments, wash tape, ribbons etc… I should pull my finger out and get making more really!

Catch you again soon, H xx

 

 

 

 

Craft Consortium’s ‘Winter Wonderland’

Well hello, hello, hello…

I know, I know… it’s been a lifetime since I blogged last but life has been a bit pants lately and I had to put crafting on hold for a couple of months.  I won’t bore you with he details but a corner has been turned and slowly things are getting back to normal.

Anyway, enough dull stuff… As many of you know, I have been on the Craft Consortium DT for a while but have left due to the above stresses and strains.  Such wonderful, lovely people (def apply if you ever get the chance!) and the products are just so scrumptious!!  So these are my last makes for them  using their new range, ‘Winter Woodland‘ which has just flown off the shelves on Create and Craft, well done guys!

These cheeky little Artist Trading Cards were so lovely to make.  In my usual, grungy style, I’ve layered and matted the papers adding texture and inks.

This range has been designed once again by Kate Hackney and is just beautiful.  It’s Christmassy without shoving it down your throat and I love that subtly… it’s simply stunning.

This shaker/stepper card also uses the ‘Winter Woodland’ papers:

The thing I love about Craft Consortium paper pads is the front and rear covers.  You always get added images like the toad stools and leaves I’ve used on this card and they are all glossy and fabulous!

Do check out the ‘Winter Woodland’ paper pad… it’s simply beautiful!

H x

 

Stickerkitten ‘Penguin and Presents’ Christmas Makes

Hi everyone,

Okay… okay… I know it’s only August but all of you crafters out there know that Christmas in the crafting world starts in June and ends mid September when Spring makes are thrust upon us. So I’m sure you’ll be less than surprised to see a Christmas post me me. Now, I’m not the most Christmas-loving person in the world (I really do have to force myself with Christmas makes) but I’ve really enjoyed playing with these papers – something to do with knowing where they’ve come from?!

Many many moons ago, myself and the lovely Stickerkitten (A.K.A. Sarah!) were on the Docrafts DT together and have remained Facebook friends although we’ve never actually met in real life – yet! Haha!  When she announced she was bringing out her own range of paper crafts I was super chuffed for her and James (her hubby – the designer behind the images) and I have tried my best to support them as best I can.

So today I’m sharing a couple of cute makes using their fabulous new range ‘Penguins and Presents’.

Their latest Christmas themed range has papers, wooden embellishments, super sparkly sequins and stamps and as I mentioned before, all the images are designed by James.

I’ve already started painting the wooden embellishments using gesso before adding some colour

The sequins are available in two sparkly colour ways: red/white or silver/white/iridescent but both are scrumptious!

I love the way the packaging echoes the papers in the range

After watching Sarah on Facebook Live last Saturday, I really liked the way she had used the range with kraft card and although it’s only peeping out on this first quick make, it softens the papers… if you get me?!

I went really simple with the first card, just playing with the stamps

I’ve stamped holographic heat embossing powder on using the stamps to create a sparkly background before adding the snowflakes in Strawberry Sundae by Wow!

To add extra sparkle, I’ve dotted on ‘Icicle’ Stickles from Ranger

The second make uses everything in the range:

I’ve trimmed the string of lights to add it to the top of the card and I’ve then added dots of the ‘Icicle’ Stickle again to give more sparkle as you can never get enough at Christmas!

The wooden embellishments are brilliant and can be easily painted.  I gave mine a coat of gesso first as I wanted the colours to remain bright and not get sucked into the wood itself.

The penguins have been given a coat of the same ‘Icicle’ stickles as previous and finished with a jaunty hat and scarf off the stamp set

To highlight the background paper, I’ve scattered small adhesive pearls in the centre of the snowflakes

So there you have it.  I definitely had fun making these two cards and have a few ideas up my sleeve for gift bags and tags… who knows possibly even a cracker!

Do check out Stickerkitten’s other ranges as they are all utterly gorgeous and being a small, new business, they thoroughly deserve some success!

Have a good week everyone, H x