Monday, September 22, 2014

altered with distress spray stain & embossing powders...

while looking thru my *to be altered* stash, 
I found this wood holder...

I remember picking it up at an antique store, with the intention of making it a business card holder...
fairly long ago...
so...

after I blew the dust off...
haha...

I misted the wood with vintage photo distress spray stain...
the spray makes it super simple...
then I dried it...



now it looks like this...


next I chose my letterpress &


to add embossing powder to the letterpress,
swipe the letterpress onto the archival ink pad, then sprinkle with embossing powder & heat to melt the powder...


my letters looked like this...
nice & bright...
you could quit there, but I went over them with potting soil to age them...


then I stamped over the letters with jet black & the polka dot stamp & the tiny text stamp...

in the photo below you can see that I enameled the wood holder...

I swiped the cornflower blue archival pad over the areas where I wanted to add the cornflower blue embossing powder, sprinkled on the powder, wiped a bit off the edges...
then heated it to melt the powder...

so far...


wiping off some of the powder from the edges really adds to the vintage/chipped enamel effect...
I added potting soil archival over the whole thing and now it looks like this...


I used multi medium to add my letterpress to the holder......


and just as I planned...
it's the perfect size to hold business cards at conventions...


some things to note...
AWESOME on bare wood...
it couldn't be any easier or faster...

stamping on the letterpress is a tiny detail, but it does matter...

look at inexpensive things & think about how to make it something else...
if it has good bones & can take the heat, 
you're ready to go...

upcycling, repurposing...
or whatever you call it is
 is another way to...

make art!
wendy
pssst...be watching my Facebook page...
there will be a flash giveaway today...
it's a set of all 6 of my embossing powders...

Friday, September 19, 2014

embossing powders on multiple surfaces...

I had several questions about using the faux graniteware technique on a "plain old tag"...

YES...it sure does work & I really love it on a black tag, because it shades itself...

tree branch archival ink was added to the black tag with a blending tool...
I intentionally didn't ink the edges...
I sprinkled over the wet ink 
 heated the tag to emboss...

when cool, I went over the powder with
 potting soil archival ink to tone it down...

then comes the spatter stamp with 
a quick dry...
then you'll see I used watering can archival to stamp some tiny text...

it's not finished yet...
but I wanted to make sure you know tags are AWESOME if you want to start with one before you jump into the home decor/dimensional game...

manila tags work great too...


here's another make-over...
this is a small metal decor piece I found at Hobby Lobby...
metal + nice shape = awesome to heat emboss...



I used the same technique to change it to this...

my embossing powders are super fine detail...
which creates an orange peel effect & even more detail...
you'll see on the photo of the frame how cool this is when another color is added over the cooled powder...

I guess you'll have to come back...
this isn't finished either...

keep your eyes open for good shapes...
the graphics don't matter...



the photo below shows tree branch embossing powder used on a black wooden frame...
it's the small square shadowbox frame from Ikea...

to alter the wood frame, 
swipe the archival pad onto one side of the frame...
very easy, since it'a a flat surface...
work on one side at a time...

again...I left some black showing & I LOVE the effect!
sprinkle on the tree branch embossing powder, heat to melt, then I added potting soil archival ink over the cooled powder...

the potting soil defines the orange peel texture of the embossing powder...

no white spatters this time...
I saved them for inside pieces...




this one is finished!

you'll see I used the embossing powders on multiple surfaces...
the wood frame...
the tiny metal spoon...
tim's addicting letterpress(which are wood)...
and on the tattered floral...it's die cut 
and it's covered with 


this was so much fun that I didn't want it to end!


so, the moral of the story is...

are awesome on LOTS of surfaces...

I hope you're excited to...

make art!
wendy

ps...I had questions about this too....
the order number for the single background spatter stamp is wvbg017...
you can ask your favorite shopping spot to order it for you

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

embossing powder faux graniteware technique...


welcome friends!

first, from the bottom of my heart...

a gigantic 
THANK YOU 

for all the sweet blog comments, 
Ranger blog comments, 
emails & you-tube video comments...

WOW!

your excitement for my new embossing powders has me even more exited, if that's possible...
I DREAM of these guys...

I have so much to share about using them in unique unexpected ways...
stay tuned!

when looking for things to alter with embossing powders, the first thing to consider is that it must be able to

"take the heat"...

since embossing powders need to be heated to melt them...

so far I've altered large & small metal home decor pieces, glass, clearly for art, art parts, wood, metal & resin embellishments with these powders...

and for sure, you can use them on cards, tags, art journals, scrapbook pages & cards...

anything that is heat stable is embossable...

this project seemed appropriate to share today, since it's a heart...

this is something I dug out of my stash...
it's a heavy metal piece, 
it has a good shape & it needed some love...
it's large...about 8 inches tall...



 below is the finished piece...

here are the steps to add the faux graniteware technique to glass, metal & art parts...

tap over the surface to add archival ink...
the ink is what will hold the powders on the surface & allow them to be melted & stay strongly adhered to the surface...

depending what the shape of the item is, sometimes I use the blending tool...
sometimes I'll swipe the archival pad directly on the surface & then spread it around with the blending tool...

speaking of heat embossing, 
I have chosen to use 
the ZAP embossing tool from American Crafts,  for major embossing projects...

I bought the Milwaukee & the ZAP...
both work just fine...

I looked at several options & chose this one mainly because the tip is NOT metal & it seems a bit safer for me to use in classes, where table space is at a premium...
that means the tables are FULL of art supplies...

I don't want to worry about someone accidentally touching the hot metal tip...

price also played a part too, 
since I needed to buy 25...

when embossing on heavy metal, it takes a bit to warm up the metal, so that the powders will melt...

this embossing tool works great...

be patient with heavy metal...
it takes a bit longer than you think it will...

ok...back to the steps...

apply the archival ink to the surface, 
then sprinkle on 
sometimes I wipe a bit away from the edges, to create a chipped off effect...
then heat to emboss...

***DO NOT put the wiped away powder back in the container***
it may cause clumping, because it came in contact with the ink (moisture)...
you're wasting just a few granules...

***REMEMBER***

heated metal is HOT...
be patient & allow it to cool before proceeding...

once the piece has cooled, I like to add
to the edges with the blending tool...
this adds to the authentic vintage look...
and it works well with every color...

if you want to tone down the color of any of the powders, use potting soil over the whole surface...
instead of just on the edges...
the potting soil gives us 6 more embossing powder color options...
they can be bright or toned down vintage...

you can stop here & you have an enameled metal heart...
or continue with the faux graniteware technique...

next comes the white dots...
ink the unmounted spatter stamp 
(it's from LCS001 if you have that set & it's also available now as 
a single background stamp (wvbg017)...
 with the snow cap white pigment pad & stamp randomly over the surface, then give it a quick dry with the Ranger heat tool...
heat it just enough to dry the white ink...
it only takes a few seconds...

the art parts leaves were inked with fern green archival, sprinkled with fern green embossing powder & heated to emboss...

when cooled,
I added potting soil to define/shade the leaf edges, then stamped over them with the lots of leaves background, using watering can archival ink...

to alter the idea-ology birdcage, I tapped on watering can archival ink, sprinkled it with watering can embossing powder, heated it, 
LET IT COOL...
then added the tiny white ink dots, again with the spatter stamp & snow cap white pigment ink...

the red Blossom Bucket heart was altered the same as the large heart...

now for the clearly for art (CFA) tattered flower...

this is a bit different & it's important
 NOT TO OVERHEAT the CFA with the embossing tool...

here's what works...
I used the tattered florals die 
the blackout is great for the vintage look I'm going for...

add archival ink to the die cut flowers with the blending tool, then sprinkle with the embossing powder...
I like to randomly wipe some of the powder from the flower edges...
that reveals the black & the flowers are already distressed...
simple & M A G I C!

next, I like to heat the powder a bit with the Ranger heat-it tool & when the powders start to melt, then give them a quick blast with 
the HOT ZAP embossing tool...
staying about 5 inches away...
heat just enough to melt the powder...
then S T O P!

if you overheat the CFA with the HOT embossing tool, the flowers will distort & shrink...

just be careful...
and it works fine...

after the powder is melted & the flowers have cooled, I go back to the Ranger heat-it tool & soften the CFA, just enough so that I can shape it...

the flower center is the large custom fastener...
I swiped it on the archival pad, dipped it into the embossing powder, then heated it to melt...
when that cooled, I pressed it onto an inked polka dot stamp & gave it a quick dry...

I like to use a hemostat to hold small pieces...
it saves the fingers from being burned...
it's a very handy tool to use 
with heat embossing...
and it works especially well with small metal embellishments that get HOT quickly...

tweezers work too, but the hemostat is longer & keeps you further away from the heat...



with everything glued on...
here's my altered faux graniteware heart...



here's a closer look at the CFA flower...
you can see the black on the petal edges...

oops...forgot to say that I did the technique on the back of the birdcage with cornflower blue embossing powder, so that the red Blossom Bucket heart would show up better...
simple, since the back is removable...


here's a few tips & hints...
aka...
embossing powders 101...

my embossing powders are opaque when melted...
so, if you are using fern green embossing powder, but only have the leaf green ink pad,
 it doesn't matter...
the powders melt & the color isn't seen...

when working on dark surfaces like CFA blackout or dark metal...again...
use any archival ink color...it won't show...

if you're working on paper or art parts, I use the coordinating ink...

are you wondering why I used archival inks to adhere the embossing powders instead of an embossing pad?

here's the scoop...
the embossing pads are sort of oily & if you add  too much, they will chip from metal & glass...

by using archival ink on the surface, the embossing powder is firmly attached & won't chip off...

I've tried all sorts of things...

the archival inks work best...
especially on metal, painted wood & glass...

so what if you have a tiny metal surface and the blending tool is too large to add the archival ink?

use the emboss-it pens...
it's embossing fluid in a convenient pen form...

or if you have the perfect medium pens, they will work great too...


wherever you add the emboss-it fluid, the embossing powders will stick...

here's an example...
the adornment on the left is right from the package...
the one on the right has been changed with the embossing powders, using the emboss-it pen...

do one embossing powder color at a time...
allow it to cool...
then add the next color...

can you see all the fun options we have?



remember...
embossing powders are not just for embossing a sentiment!

think home decor!

if you have any embossing questions...
please ask away...

now...
it's time to announce the winner 
of a set of all 6 of my embossing powders, compliments of Ranger...

congrats to...


Blogger Anita Houston said...

Yay yay yay you!!! I am so digging these Wendy, and your samples are out of this creative world!!! LOVE them all, but those bottles and Letterpress words have me SWOONING!!! I love how your mind thinks!!! You blow me away! MEGA HUGE CONGRATS!!!!
September 13, 2014 at 10:59 AM
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please email me with your shipping info & we'll get them off to you...

are YOU sad that YOU didn't win?

be watching my FACEBOOK PAGE...

I *think* I have an extra set of my embossing powders to share there...

I'm planning a FLASH GIVEAWAY!
be watching...
it will be THIS WEEK...

one more thing before I go...

I've had multiple emails asking where the powders can be purchased in the UK, in Alaska, in Kentucky etc...
we don't get a list of stores that have them in stock..
plus, it would be impossible to know their in stock inventory...

so...

ask your local store to order them for you...
if I was a store owner, I'd be happy to order whatever my customer needed...
and I'm sure that's common...

or...


I did an internet search & found these 
BUNDLES of all 6 embossing powders at sale pricing...

check


and 



that's it for today...
I hear LOTS of kits calling me...

honestly, I'd rather...

make art!
wendy




Friday, September 12, 2014

introducing...my brand new...


Ranger embossing powders!

they come in 6 
of my signature archival colors...





here's the official press release...
and THE BEST NEWS...

they are READY & they are shipping 
on MONDAY September 15th!



believe me...
I am OVER THE MOON 
E X C I T E D 
about these powders...
YES...ALL CAPS!

buckle up!
I don't want you to fall off your chair...

I'm so excited, 
that I actually filmed a video 
to show them to you!

ps...
you'll even hear Rick!

please ignore the glare, 
my studio has skylights, 
which I LOVE, 
but they make photos & videos a challenge...

if you click this link, 
you'll be magically transported to 



here are some photos of the projects I showed in the video...

you'll see how to create custom embellishments,
 like this cute cardinal...


and how to use embossing powders
 to alter many surfaces...

I REALLY REALLY 
REALLY LOVE 
the embossing powders 


here's an example...
it starts as this...


 with some embossing powders, CFA & die cuts, 
it gets transformed to this...

look closely & you'll see that remnant rubs work well on embossing powders...

archival inks are GREAT for stamping over embossing powders...

that's the watering can embossing powder on the spoon...
cornflower blue on the flower & metal base...
leaf green on the leaves & red geranium on the mug...


 the next photo shows the embossing powders used on clearly for art blackout, with the new faux graniteware technique...

the video shows the ingredients you'll need to try this technique...

and I will always love the tattered florals die...
BUT...
be warned...

this is ADDICTING...




this next piece was super fun...
you'll see fern green embossing powder
I used tree branch powder to create the flower, to alter the custom fastener 
for the flower center & a leaf...
orange blossom embossing powder 
customizes the ornate frame
I used it on the leaf on the right...


and the last...



THANKS to everyone at RANGER!
you have made me 
so HAPPY...

embossing powders are awesome 
for cards, 
tags,
art journals, 
altering multiple surfaces & 
for home decor projects!

in the next few weeks
I'll be sharing LOTS more info...
projects, tips, hints & techniques 
using these powders...


NOW...

COMPLIMENTS of Ranger...
I have a set of all 6 embossing powders 
to share with a lucky winner...


if you'd like to play "make art" with them...
just leave a comment below...

 the lucky winner will be chosen on 
Tuesday September 16th...
and will receive the full set 
of all 6 embossing powders...

here's the You Tube link again...


may you always be inspired to...

make art!
wendy
ps...when you're out & about, be on the lookout for inexpensive things YOU can alter...

pss...how do you like the faux graniteware technique? planning to try it?