Do you enjoy heat embossing? Do you like watching embossing powder melt? How many jars of embossing powder do you have squirreled away? What is your go-to heating gun/tool? I have always been a huge fan of WOW! embossing powder. The powders and glitters created by this English-based company have always helped satisfy my craving for color and consistency when I heat emboss on cards and mixed media projects. Today, I have two slimline cards to share with
you. First - this fun jellyfish card.
Using Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock 110 lb., I first covered the entire card with WOW! Embossing Pad Clear Ultra Slow Drying ink. Next, I covered the entire card base with Ranger’s Anti-static Powder. There is no rhyme or reason or order to the process of dumping the embossing powders or glitters. Just have fun! I did put all of the extra mixed-up powders into an extra jar for later use. (Quick fact: WOW! triple removes static from their jars before filling with embossing powder or glitters. So, keep your powders in the WOW! jars for less static when storing. WOW! sells empty jars for storing your homemade mixes!)
Embossing Powders and Embossing Glitters Used for Card Base:
These powders were layered and heated a few times to achieve a mixed-color background that was so pretty I almost didn’t want to cover it! I used the Dual Heat Tool by WOW!. I really like this heat tool, because it has a longer plastic cover over the heating element to protect from burning paper or body parts.
Then, I die cut two Just a Branch by Picket Fence Studios dies from the same Neenah cardstock and covered them both with WOW! Embossing Pad Clear Ultra Slow Drying Ink directly pad to paper. While the ink was still very wet, I poured Primary Bird of Paradise Embossing Powder and heat-set the branches, twice.
But, I was still looking for more of a wow punch (pun intended) from the branches/coral on this card. So, I grabbed a new tool from WOW! Mixed Media Embossing Brush by Seth Apter. It’s an embossing ink with a brush - think nail polish. This is a genius product! No more using an embossing ink pad to add a second coat of powder! You can apply the ink with a brush. It truly makes my heart sing. I applied this embossing ink onto the branches/coral using the embossing brush, poured Sunburst and Sea Mist embossing powders, and melted the powders together to create a textured look for more real-life looking coral for this card.
Using Picket Fence Studios’ Intense Black Hybrid Ink and Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock, I used my Original MISTI to stamp seven jellyfish from Picket Fence Studios’ Swim in the Sea stamp set. After I used Picket Fence Studios’ Paper Glaze to rainbow color each jellyfish and die cut them using the coordinating die cut set, Swim in the Sea. For a bit more sea-like jellyfish, I
added Nuvo Crystal Glaze to the “head” portion of each jellyfish. Lastly, I adhered everything to my card including sequins to the base and stamped the sentiment, “Stay Salty,” from Picket Fence Studios’ stamp set, I am a Mermaid using StazOn Piano Black Pigment Opaque Solvent Ink and the Memory MISTI by My Sweet Petunia.
For my second card for our collaboration with WOW!, I started with a slimline card base of Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock. I ink blended using Picket Fence Studios’ Life Changing Blender Brushes using the following inks: Stamp Market Sea Glass dye ink and Catherine Pooler’s Daydream and Blackjack dye inks to create an ombre effect across my card base.
After the ink dried, I used Ranger’s Anti-static Powder across the entire card to be sure stray embossing powder did not grab onto any parts of the paper. I then stamped five pools of fish using Picket Fence Studios’ One Year Older stamp set using WOW! Embossing Pad Clear Ultra Slow Drying Ink. One of the pools of fish I used WOW! Primary Evergreen embossing powder to highlight a starting point for my card.
The last four pools of fish I dumped and heat-set using WOW! Bright White embossing powder, which gave the card base a whimsical look to match the five fish I stamped in Picket Fence Studios’ Intense Black Hybrid ink, colored using Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens and die-cut also from Picket Fence Studios’ One Year Older coordinating die-set. Lastly, I splattered the card with black, white, and purple paint, stamped using a sentiment from Picket Fence Studios’ Schools of Fish stamp set in Picket Fence Studios’ Intense Black Hybrid Ink using the Original MISTI, added sequins, and the fish. The card base was adhered to a piece of Gina K’s Tranquil Teal cardstock cut to fit the slimline card front.
Note: the fish and jellyfish from both cards were first stamped in black hybrid ink and embossing ink with clear embossing powder heat-set. This creates a finished and polished look that helps the card have a more cohesive style. It also helps keep ink within the lines of the stamped design when water coloring.
I hope you enjoy our Blog Hop with WOW!
Owner/Designer/Custodian at Picket Fence Studios
Enjoy more inspiration on these blogs:
Picket Fence Blog
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