Monday, February 8, 2016

Embossing Powder Techniques...Simply RESISTIBLE

All this week the Stampendous team are featuring techniques from the Embossing Powder Techniques from A to Z by Fran Seiford. It also just so happens that the Woodware team are featuring one particular technique this week...resist. My card today shows how effective it can be to use Stampendous embossing powder as a resist against inks and watercolors. You can find info on this technique in the "K" section, pages 30-31 in the new book, along with several other irRESISTIBLE ideas!

The background panel of my card is a panel of glossy white, heat resistant cardstock*. I've used the Dreamweaver Flower Lace* design by sponging VersaMark by Tsukineko®* through the stencil, and embossing the design in Stampendous White Embossing Powder*. Once this was cool, I used various blue and purple chalk inks* over the surface, really pushing the ink down to the paper. I went over the embossed design with a damp towel, and removed most of the ink from the glossy embossed surface.

For the focal panel, I stamped the Cling Pansies* image from Stampendous in VersaMark by Tsukineko®* on the Stampendous Mixed Media White* cardstock, and once again embossed in white EP. I smeared the same inks that I used before onto my craft mat, spritzed them with water, and used them with a brush to watercolor over the design, allowing it to dry a bit between layers of color. When finished, I added tiny bits of Stampendous Micro Glitter* in Lime using a glue pen to adhere it.

The card base is a bright chartreuse, which I machine-embossed with the Dreamweaver Crusade* background. Everything was adhered in layers, along with a sentiment from the Perfectly Clear Thoughtful Wishes* set on the new Stampendous Fitted Frames dies*. Adding to the pretty factor, I adhered a bit of lavender ribbon twist* across the card as well.

For those of you in the UK who'd like to see more resist techniques, be sure to check the Woodware Witterings blog each day this week.

For those of you in the US, be sure to visit the Stampendous blog each day this week for links to our spotlight on our wonderful new book! You're sure to be inspired to break out your embossing powders, and maybe add to your collection!

*All of these items are available to retailers in the UK from Woodware. Consumers may purchase these products from stores listed HERE.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

To Stick or Not to Stick...That is the Question!

The Stampendous team received some unique products for our hop this week with Tombow USA. Nothing overtly cute and crafty and pretty, but all necessary items to make YOUR creations come to life! We received some awesome little Fastener Tabs...think thin hook and loop, for sticking and removing with no added bulk. We received a cool glue pen for adding hints of glitter to your projects. And we received XTreme Putty...a moldable, pliable, tacky product for sticking something on to a wall or other surface, but can easily be removed and reused again. This is the product that I'm featuring for today's post.

By now you know that I'm not the person who's only going to use a product as intended. I have to experiment with what else I could do with it. So...I think. And think. And think some more, until I have that "what-if" moment. You know what I'm referring to. Here's what I came up with...

I made these medallions. Gorgeous on the top. Still tacky underneath. They can be used over and over for whatever you want. For instance, I had a rather blah pendant. Now I have a pendant with medallions that I can change the look every time I wear it, and they don't come off unless you want them to! Here's how I did it...

Here's how the Xtreme Putty comes packaged, in little connecting squares to use as much or as little as you need.

I tore off about 4-5 little squares, and began warming it in my hands, and rolling into a ball.

I used an acrylic block to flatten it into my medallion shape on my non-stick craft mat.

I sprinkled the top with Frantagé Aged Embossing Enamels (Aged Copper in photo)...

And applied a heat tool over the surface to melt, adding more sprinkles over the top to build up a couple of layers...

I Inked my cling rubber stamp with pigment ink, and pressed it into the molten surface, leaving it in place until cool.

Here are a few that I did using various parts of the Cling Stamps (Time for Love...I used the zipper portion for one, and the heart from the key for another), and the lovely swirl shown before from the Cling Elegant Scroll.

Here's a close-up of all the detail and shine!

Now I have to say, that what I've posted today, is only part of something more involved that I'll be posting later this coming week as we feature our brand new Embossing Powder Techniques from A-Z book by Fran Seiford. We'll be showing these techniques all week, so check out the Stampendous blog for links!

As this week has been our Tombow hop, and there are awesome prizes as shown in the banner below, be sure to leave comments for each post from the teams from Thursday, February 4 through Sunday, February 7th (today!) for a chance to win. Rules and stipulations can be found on the Stampendous Blog. Good luck!

Head on over to the players for today...

Pam Hornschu (you're here)

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Stencil Duos, Dreamweaver, and Tombow Sticky Stuff

Yes, once again we're mixing it up this week, and fortunately, it is all product that is perfect together! Yay! Here's what we've got going:

1. Dreamweaver Thursday. 2. New Release Stencil Duos. 3. Tombow's adhesive products.
Obviously, the first and second are a given together, and the third is pretty much a necessity in papercrafting, and the products that they carry work well for the heavier projects as well!

The card that I've created for today's post features the new Butterfly Duo set, and as you can see by the picture below, it comes with TWO stencils, a doodling pen, and a set of small cards. Perfect as a grab and go for a vacation or business trip where you might want to do a bit of creative fun, but don't want to haul EVERYTHING with you!

One of the stencil designs is an open shape, and the other is a pattern. They're awesome together or apart, and as you can tell by the packaging, you can add doodling to both! Here's what I've done...

Beginning with a My Colors Cardstock by MME Charcoal base, I've created a six-inch square, top-fold card. I've place the Dreamweaver Quatrefoil stencil over the surface, and taped in place with removable tape before using a large stencil brush to rouge Tuxedo Black Memento ink over the design for a tone-one-tone look.

Next, I used one of two panels of Rose Chintz canvas cardstock from MCC to ink stencil the pattern stencil from the Duo set over the panel using a large stencil brush and a mix of Lady Bug, Rose Red, and Tangelo Memento inks over the surface. I stamped one of the curved sentiments from the Perfectly Clear Thoughtful Wishes set in black ink toward the right in preparation for the butterfly wings. The panel was then adhered to the card front.

The first step of the butterfly was to paste-emboss the pattern design on the second panel of rose chintz  cardstock using Dreamweaver Matte Black Embossing Paste. The stencil was removed  carefully to be cleaned and dried, and the panel set aside to dry approximately 15-20 minutes. When dry, the pattern stencil was placed back over the surface, and VersaMark ink was daubed over the pasted area, and then sprinkled with Stampendous Kaleidoscope Embossing Powder. This was heated to melt the powder.

The butterfly design was placed over the panel, and traced with a black marker. The wings were cut out, and adhered to the card as shown using Tombow Foam Tape. Two strips of black ric rac were adhered across the bottom using the Tombow Glue Pen.

Remember...we have a hop going on today through Sunday, the 7th, so leave a comment for each post from the hop for your chance to win one of these prize packages...

Looking for more sticky stenciled duos? Check out the links here...

Pam Bray (DW)

Kristine Reynolds (DW and Tombow)

Pam Hornschu (DW and Tombow) You're here!

Tenia Nelson (DW and Tombow)

Laura Drahozal (DW and Tombow)

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