Welcome to WOW! Embossing Powder week on the Paper Crafter’s Library blog! We’re very excited to be partnering with WOW! to showcase their extensive line of fabulous embossing powders. Since discovering Wow! Embossing Powders at Winter CHA 2012 in Anaheim, they’ve rapidly become our favourite line of embossing powders, and we just can’t get enough. We’ve been finding ourselves reaching for them over and over again – our projects really come to life with the addition of our WOW! Embossing Powders.
Every day this week we’ll be sharing fantastic projects featuring WOW! Embossing Powders created by both the WOW! Design Team as well as the Paper Crafter’s Library Designers/Educators. At the end of this week, two lucky winners will receive a Wow! Embossing Powder Prize Pack consisting of 12 different Wow! Embossing Powders. One winner will be drawn from all the comments left either here on the Paper Crafter’s Library blog or the Paper Crafter’s Library Facebook page , and one winner will be drawn from all the comments left either on the WOW! blog or the WOW! Facebook page. Remember, each comment you leave is one entry, so be sure to visit every day not only for the great project ideas, but also to enter your name into our give-away.
About Wow! Embossing Powder
WOW! Embossing Powder has been established as a brand since May 2006 and has grown dramatically since then. We are a UK based company and we are rapidly becoming very well-known and respected within the craft industry. Wow! takes pride in our fast and friendly customer service, and personal touch with each of our customers’ orders. We are the largest manufacturers of embossing powder in the world, and therefore are very proud to offer crafters what we believe is the best embossing product available at a very competitive price.
WOW! Embossing Powder successfully launched 51 of our embossing powders at CHA Winter 2012 Show along with a selection of stamps and stamping accessories. All our powders are specially treated to be static free to give a clear, crisp image everytime so there is no need for any anti-static bags to get that perfect result.
Basics of Heat Embossing
For those of you that are either unfamiliar or have limited experience with heat embossing, we’ve put together a two part video that covers everything you need to know about heat embossing. In our video Basics of Heat Embossing Part 1 we talk about what heat embossing is, what kinds of projects you can use it for (way more than simply cards), what kinds of surfaces you can heat emboss on (just about anything you can imagine), and what basic supplies you need to get started heat embossing.
In the video Basics of Heat Embossing Part 2, we cover the three main ways of heat embossing. The most common way of heat embossing is using stamps and ink, but if you watched Part 1 of the video you’ll have learned that stamps are actually a “nice-to-have” supply rather than an essential for heat embossing. You can use templates for heat embossing or you don’t need anything except your medium. You can check out how it’s done here:
So the basic techniques you learned in the video above are essentially everything you need to know to heat emboss, regardless of what surface or what type of embossing powder you’re using. As the week progresses, we’ll share more information about the different types of embossing powders that Wow! Embossing Powder offers as part of their extensive line.
So next, let’s take a look at the project created by one of the talented members of the Wow@ Embossing Powder Design Team.
WOW! Design Team Project
To start off the week, we have WOW! Designer Patti Hamil. You will find her beautiful project below, but first here is a little bit about Patti:
My name is Patti Hamil and I’ve been scrapping for over 15 years now! I’ve been lucky enough to be on Design Teams, attend CHA, teach CKC classes and lots of other fun things through my hobby. The best thing about it is the lasting friends that I have made! I am the Mom to 3 grown children,a wife to a wonderful husband and also mom to an adorable English Bulldog, a 150 pound Rottweiler, a mut and a 15 year old Tomcat! I love scrapbooking, and also spending time with my family and doing anything that has to do with water!
LOVE Scrapbook Layout
Hi! I was asked by Suzy West to do a special “WOW” project for Paper Crafter’s Library. I was honored to do it. I wanted to feature a technique for embossing so I thought I would share one of my favorite things to do with the Susy West WOW embossing powders and stamps.
This is a layout where I used the powders and one of the stamp sets. I also used the powder on the title letters.
One of my very favorite things to do with embossing is to emboss on vellum. If you have a thicker vellum like the vellum from WorldWin papers, it won’t curl when you heat it. Here is a close up of the leaves. I first use am embossing pen and draw the leaves. On these I used the Earthtone Olive for the leaves. The gorgeous blooms are from ManorHouse Creations and the paper is Anna Griffin.
On this, you can see the butterflies. For these, I use two different colors, I use one color for the solid outline stamp, and then a different color for the center that I choose. I cut them both out and layer them together, Then I add some pearls for the body of the butterfly. I curl the wings on the top layer slightly.
Here you can see the detail on the butterfly and on the title letters. Also one of the little leaves.
This is just another view of the butterfly, shows the dimension of them. These are so easy, and so much fun to play with the different color combos!!!
Suzy West WOW products used:
Build AButterfly Stamp Set
Pantry Collection – Olive
Candy Counter Collection – Berrylicious and BubbleGum
WOW – regular Grape
Manorhouse Creations blooms
WorldWin Papers vellum
Anna Griffin Inc. patterned paper
Paper Crafter’s Library Design Team Projects
One of our goals during our manufacturer spotlight weeks is not just to introduce you to fantastic product lines that we’ve tried and loved, but to share with you a variety of different styles and differing levels of difficulty. Embossing is one of those techniques that can be either as elaborate as you’d like, or as simple as you can like. You can incorporate embossing into a variety of different elements in your projects, or you can simply add little touches here and there. As the week progresses, you’ll notice that the projects from the talented Wow! embossing powder team are very intricate and absolutely stunning, so we decided to balance their projects with simpler projects of our own that focus on one, at the most two techniques at a time.
In our first card, a Happy Anniversary Card, Tracy uses the Wow! Embossing Powder Pearlescent Finish to create a gorgeous background on her card. She uses that same powder to create the outline on her label, and then a black embossing powder for the greeting. You can watch the video tutorial for this and download the pdf handout below.
In our second card for today, our Paper Crafter’s Library member exclusive project, Tracy takes this simple background technique one step further by created a mulit-colored background behind it using a combination of different Ranger Distress Inks.
There is a video tutorial and handout for this project available to our Paper Crafter’s Library members.
So there you have it! Day 1 of our celebration of Wow! Embossing Powders I hope you have enjoyed all the projects that our design team and the Wow! design team have created for you.
A Bit About Paper Crafter’s Library
The world of paper crafting is HUGE! Whether you are a beginner, or you’ve been creating for years, the sheer number of different products, tools, techniques and project ideas can be overwhelming. After spending 6 years helping thousands of paper crafters around the world become more successful in the creative space through her series of kits, digital tutorials and online classes, Andrea Walford began looking for a new approach to education. In 2011 she launched Paper Crafter’s Library – the first, and still to this day, only website that provides an all-in-one learning solution for paper crafters. With almost 800 videos currently in their library and 4-5 new videos added each week, Paper Crafter’s Library offers comprehensive training on products, tools, techniques, and project ideas. From beginner through to advanced, whether your interest is in stamping, card making, scrapbooking, creating 3D items or altered art – you’ll find all the resources you need to navigate the world of paper crafting in ONE place, organized and indexed so that it’s quick and easy to find.
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Wow! Embossing Powder Give-Away
To enter to a Wow! Embossing Powder prize pack consisting of a variety different embossing powders please leave your comment below. Please take a minute to also stop by the WOW! blog or the WOW! Facebook page for a second opportunity to win. Please note that they are in a different time zone than us so their post may not be up until later today.