Monday, 14 August 2017

Don't Forget to Be Awesome - layout by Riikka

Hello there! It's Riikka here to share a layout with foils! They are tricky to capture to the photo, but easy to use. And you can use different techniques with them. I've used several different in this layout, please scroll down to the step by step if you want to know more.

I used gold and blush colored foils in this layout about my older daughter. The picture in the page is actually taken on her birthday early this year. The saying "don't forget to be awesome" and foil make a great match, sparkling one could even say. The journaling is about how I always find it magnificent that my 8-year-old has such a strong self-esteem and style - it took me twenty years to find mine! 

As you can see from the photo above, there's several things sparkling in this piece so let's get going with the step by step! 

Step 1. Start with the background. The foils will stick to anything, well, sticky, so grab a glue pen or paper clue stick and apply the adhesive through a stencil. Let dry for a teeny tiny bit and then add the foil on top. The pattern won't be as precise as with stamping, for example, but it creates a wonderful background. 

Step 2. Continue build layers around the foiled background. Add first some watercolor on top - see how the glue and foil resist the color - and then use a star stencil to add some pattern in there as well. Work with a analogous color scheme or at least avoid layering contrasting colors on top to prevent muddy look. 

Step 3. Cue stamping. Choose a couple of saying stamps or script ones and stamp them multiple times around the area you've been working on. See how I used the big "don't forget to be awesome" stamp but still stamped parts of it here and there? By manipulating the stamp when you either ink it or touch the paper you can only stamp partials of the design. Also add some pencil lines for added interest. 

Step 4. Let's get foiling! Create a couple of shining patterned papers using the foils. First stamp a continuous design using the Wow! Embossing Ink and cover the pattern with Bonding Powder. While the powder is still hot, place the foil on top. You can use just one color or play with several. See this video (link) for reference if you haven't tried foiling with the Bonding Powder before. Create another piece of patterned paper by using double sided tape and foil. Place the tape to a piece of cardstock forming lines and then add the foil on top. Also treat your photo with the foil using a stamp and Bonding Powder.

Step 5. Start to build the layout. Add patterned papers and pieces of the sparkling papers you just created behind the photo. Mount the photo on top using foam dots and the whole cluster to the background using them also. Add "splash dots" here and there using the Wow! Embossing Pen and a powder of your choice. Just add little dots here and there with the pen near the main composition and emboss with the powder.

Step 6. Use the "Buttons" silicone mold to make some embellishments for your page. Use the Technique Library as your guide (link) if you haven't moulded embellishments before. Add those to the layout together with some real buttons and sequins. Finish the page with hand written journaling for a personal touch. 

Naturally you can use every technique and idea also on a card! Have you ever added a photo of the recipient to the card? Maybe adding some foiling to it could make a perfect focal point to a birthday note?

Thank you so much for stopping by! I'll see you next month again, but there's some fabulous inspiration coming with the foils still this month! Ta ta for now! 


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SUPPLIES LIST:  Fancy having a go? here's what WOW! products Riikka used to create her gorgeous project.
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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Art Journal Page by Susanne

Hi everyone!

Susanne here today and I've to share a step by step how-to for this art journal spread. A highlight is the Gold Foil I've used together with Bonding Powder and a stencil.

I used my homemade traveler's journal and picked a gelli printed background. I added a layer of white gesso. After this was dry I used acrylic paints and applied them with my fingers.

I made sure that everything was bone dry and added Embossing ink through a stencil (this on is from STAMPlorations). I used WOW! Bonding Powder together with Fab Foil Gold. All you have to do is: melt the powder and add the foil while the powder is still hot and sticky.

I needed some contrast and decided to use black acrylic paint. I also added some green colour.

I stamped the dandelions from the "Make A Wish" stamp set and embossed them with Black Glint Powder. I used Archival Ink for the circles (Hearts And Twine set) and added some white with an oil pastel.

Finally I stamped some texture to the circles with StazOn and made some journaling with a black marker.

I hope you like the result. I love to use foil on my art journal pages!
Thank you for stopping by today!
xx Susanne.

SUPPLIES USED: Here's a list of WOW! supplies Susanne used on this fab project !!

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Saturday, 5 August 2017

Enjoy today

Hello, this is Laurence today to share one of my techniques with foil. You will agree that foil looks different from embossing powder but is quite fun and easy to work with.

 1. Apply gesso on your background.
2. Add acrylic paint and dilute it with water. The 2 feathers are covered with undiluted acrylic paint.

3. Roll your brayer on your embossing pad and apply on the feather. Using a brayer is perfect as I didn't want to cover the die completely and still wanted the color to show through.

 4. Cover with Bonding powder, heat  and when still hot press down your foil and burnish.
 5. Here is your finished feather.
5. Ink your stamp with clear embossing powder, cover with bonding powder and heat with your heatgun. Press down your foil and burnish 

6. Use  foam square to add dimension to your die cut.

I hope you will feel inspired and join our current challenge.

SUPPLIES LIST : To make it easier for you, here's what Laurence used on her fab project

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Tuesday, 1 August 2017


Hi Guys,

For this month, we have challenged you and the design team with the theme "FOIL IT" We would love it if you play along with us :) You can link up your entries using our link below ! The closing date for this challenge is 24th August 2017. and the winner will receive a gift voucher for £15.00/$15.00 to treat yourself to some WOW! goodies via our website. You MUST use Foil in your entry !!

For your chance to win a selection of WOW! Foils and accessories, leave a comment saying why you want to win.... it's as simple as that !!!

Here's my take on the challenge...

I absolutely LOVE the WOW! Fab Foils !!! Yes they work with a toner printer, a laminator, our Bonding Powder but for that quick simple card they work wonderfully with adhesives.

I received the most gorgeous thoughtful gift recently from a lovely young lady called Casey, so I made her a thank you card, I know she loves shiny things, so foil was perfect !!

I started by cutting black card to the finished size I wanted, then a white piece slightly smaller than the black.
Using a hexagon die and a piece of Stix 2 Double Sided Adhesive Sheet I die cut it and kept a few of the solid hexagons and the outline.
I cut a few extra pieces of the outline off to give it a more interesting shape.
This was then adhered to the white card stock
Remove the backing, place the Fab Foil colour side up on the adhesive and rub, lift and repeat, you can keep using your foil until there's no colour left.
With the same die I cut a few scraps of patterned paper and glued these in the design. I also adhered a few of the solid hexagons from the double sided adhesive.
Carefully peel the backing off and again, colour side up, place over the adhesive and rub to transfer the foil.
I stamped the 'Just to Say' sentiment on a piece of white card and cut into a banner, mounted it with foam pads and added a few sequins to add to the shine !!

Thanks for looking.
Hope you have fun with Fab Foil !!
Marion xx

SUPPLIES USED : For your convenience I've listed the WOW! items used in these FAB projects. 

The WINNER of the JULY CHALLENGE is CAROL HARPER with this fabulous project.
Congratulations !!!! contact me at to choose your prize. I'd like to give a couple of honorary mentions to these guys for their fabulous projects also…. RobynO
and Art Tart - Melissa
Thank you everyone who entered, we really appreciate your inspiration and love that you inspire others !!
Your turn to show us what you've got !!
Add your entries here..

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Sunday, 30 July 2017

Heart of the Ocean

Hello there! It's Riikka here with my very first post. I'm so excited! I hope you like what I created for you this time. It's a little canvas or altered piece with my favorite colors blue, turquoise and green. The base is a small dish, like a ceramic plate. On top I created a heart of the ocean, an ode to ocean. 
I've lived in coastal cities my whole life. I was born and raised in Turku, the oldest city in Finland with a large archipelago and nowadays I live in Helsinki, the capital. The sea has always been near and present. But the most amazing experience with the sea has been in the Norwegian coast line with the horizon stretching as far as eye could see. I never seen anything like that! And the wind was racing and the sea was foaming and it was so lovely! I could have stared that for hours! 
The piece is really easy to do! First gather your supplies - a selection of Wow embossing powders, a heart mold and the Wow! Embossing Pad.
Start by making the "splashes". Sprinkle the embossing powder to a sheet of baking paper or equivalent. Cover the sheet with another sheet of baking paper. Then melt the powder with a heat tool, use a stamping block to smooth the layer, let it cool and then carefully peel back the papers. That way you have a thin sheet of embossing powder to add to your project. Use several powders and let them mix. My mix included Nice Ice Blue, Vanilla Sparkle, Primary Lagoon and Primary Bluetiful.
Then make the heart to be used as the center of attention. You can use the Wow Technique Library as your guide (link). I mixed several powders in my heart and tried to get a marble look on the top of the heart to show the many colors of the ocean. I used Opaque Pastel Blue, Clear Embossing Glitter and Primary Lagoon. I over heated the Primary Powder slightly to have the white streaks appearing in the heart. 
For the background I first applied a layer of white gesso. On top I then sprinkled Clear Sparkle embossing powder, heated it and then sprayed a little of mist on top. I used a lot of water, too, to get a water color like effect to the background.
To get those little touches of sea foam to the background I sprinkled Opaque Vanilla White to the plate, just a grain here and there and then heated from underneath to get the splashed kind of effect. If you heat the plate from above all the powder will blow away. 
To gather the composition I took a pencil and drew a couple of circles to the plate. The background needed some texture so I took a silicone brush, some modeling paste and created a random pattern to the background with them. I also gathered some more white materials for the layers underneath the heart. I rip a couple of sheets of tissue paper and stapled the layers together and formed a circle out of the white wire thread.
I layered the tissue papers, wire thread and the "splashes" on top of each other and adhered them to the background. I also treated the bottle cap I used as the frame to the heart with Opaque Vanilla White to make it more cohesive with the other parts of the project. I did the same as I did with the background, sprinkled some grains to the bottle cap and then heated the bottle cap from underneath to get a little weathered kind of look.  
Then I layered the bottle cap, the heart and the clock frame on top of each other and adhered them together. Lastly I finished the piece by treating the edges of the project with the Opaque British Summer. First I inked the edges of the plate with the Clear Ultra Slow Dry Embossing ink, then added the embossing powder on top. After melting the powder and some cooling time, I then added the wax on top.
Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope I have inspired you with this project! 

All the best, Riikka

SUPPLIES USED : For your convenience I've listed the WOW! items used in TRiikka's FABULOUS project. The blue button will take you to our UK/EU site and the red button will take you to our North American site.

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