Friday, February 17, 2012

WOW DT Project - Birthday cards in Valentine's Day colors

Okay, so Valentine's Day has come and gone again.  But February is the month of love and I have a couple of cards I created for birthdays but I used the traditional colors of Valentine's Day!  Several of my family members have February birthdays so I was tickled pink to have received this assignment for the WOW Embossing Powders DT because it enabled me to accomplish two tasks at the same time.  That doesn't happen very often.

My first card was made in the typical red, pink and white color scheme.  It also contains many of the things I adore... butterflies, flowers, little girls with big eyes and polka dots! Oh, and how could I forget pearls?  This little sweetie pie is a digi stamp created by one of my favorite artists, Krista Smith of The Saturated Canary.  Krista sells her digis in her Etsy shop and some of her designs are also available in rubber through Simply Sassy/ Sugar Nellie.

The WOW Embossing powders I used on this card were: Cable Car Red, Metallic Gold Rich Pale Regular, Metallic Gold Rich Ultra High and Clear Gloss Regular. As you can see, I even embossed the fabric flowers and they look so cool with the gold tips on their petals.

My second card uses the slightly less traditional palette of pink purple and gold.  Once again, the image is from the pencil of Krista Smith.

I haven't quite decided on the sentiment for the inside but I have to make up my mind very soon as I plan to give this one to my niece for her birthday tomorrow.  The powders I used on this one were Earthtone Grape, Metallic Gold Rich Pale Regular, Metallic Gold Rich Ultra High and Clear Gloss Regular.  These powders are so much fun and I love experimenting to create different effects I get when I use different techniques on them.  For instance, to create the effect I achieved on the butterflies on the second card, I used the Grape powder on purple Shimmer Cardstock by DCWV and held my heat gun very close to it to cause the bubbles/ little white spots.  Then I applied Versamark to the outer edges of the wings and dipped them in the regular gold and then did the same thing with the Ultra High Gold and heated them as I normally do.  And isn't this little fairy just picture perfect?  The greeting was done with a glitter gel pen by me.

That's all I have for you today.  I'm working on some altered projects and have plans for a mini album as soon as I get the time to work on it,  I hope you have been participating in our week-long blog hop over on the WOW blog and that you're keeping up with leaving comments on all the designers' blogs to make you eligible for the prize or prizes that will be given away at the end.  Thanks so much for visiting.  If you like what you see, I hope you'll consider becoming a follower.  Until next time...

Happy crafting!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Valentine's Day Wearable Art Created with WOW Embossing Powders

Hello, and happy Sunday to you all!  It's been a couple of weeks since my last post but for very good reason. As most of my regular followers are aware, I was laid off from my job in August 2010 after having been with the company 14 years and was unemployed for 18 months.  Well, I finally found a new job and I love it, even though I come home mentally and physically exhausted every day and by the time I finish my evening chores, I don't feel very creative.  That's not to say that I haven't done any crafting in two weeks though!  I have been lining up some new projects for the WOW Design Team and working on a couple of others plus birthday cards and gifts for some of my family members.

Today, I have a project I made for WOW using their fabulous... and I mean FABULOUS embossing powders!  My assignment, in conjunction with Valentine's Day was to create a piece of wearable art using the colors we associate with this holiday.  If you have visited the WOW blog, you saw the following sneak peak.
Well, to create this sweet pendant, I took two charms from a Tim Holtz's Idea-ology Adornments set that contained 8 charms and used the heart and the wings.  Here's the set, in case you're interested in making one of these for yourself or someone special.

Well, these charms are awesome as is, right?  Right!  But I wanted to add my own touch as well as some color (that's what embossing powders are all about after all) so I pressed the heart charm into my Versamark embossing pad and coated it well, then covered it in WOW Cable Car Red embossing powder from Suzy West's By the Sea Collection and heat set it.  That was better but the color was somewhat transparent so I repeated that step.  I could still barely discern the tiny dimples in the surface of the heart but the color was much richer and more opaque.  I wanted to add some gloss so I coated it twice more with WOW Clear Gloss powder and that did the trick!  After it cooled, I used E6000 Adhesive to attach the wings to the back of the heart and let that set overnight to form a permanent bond between the two metal pieces.  I added a jump ring and attached it to the chain.  And here's the finished project.

Then I took crystal hearts and bicone beads in red, pink and amethyst and made dangles for my necklace as well as a cute pair of earrings to match.  I really like how it turned out and it illustrates very well the versatility of WOW Embossing Powders.  You can use them on most non-porous surfaces and some porous ones, such as wood.  If you haven't tried them yet, you really should!  I'll be back later in the week with some birthday cards but be sure and check the WOW blog all week for wonderful projects by my design teammates.  Until next time...

Happy crafting!