Embossing Techniques Dreamweaver-Style

Dreamweaver Thursday is going puffy…and sparkly…and shiny…and textured…and cracked, all with the magic of Embossing Powders and Enamels! This week we’ve shown you wonderful examples of just a few of  the techniques in Fran Seiford’s new book as shown below, demonstrated with predominantly Stampendous images. Today we have plenty of embossing love to share with our Dreamweaver stencils!

Here are a few examples from the team…

Created by Louise Healy, featuring the Dreamweaver Dragon stencil, using the “Faux Cloisonné” technique found in Section F, page 24.

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Created by Pam Hornschu featuring the Swirly Heart stencil design with glittery pink embossing powder from the Spring Sparkle Kit, using the “Painting with Powder” technique, found in section Y, pages 90-94.

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Another “Painting with Powder” creation by Laura Drahozal. She really demonstrates the “painterly” feel to be achieved by this technique with the Dreamweaver Tree Line stencil.

LauraD_PWPTreelineFinally, another creation by Pam Hornschu, featuring the Peacock Stencil using the “Molten Magic” Technique, as found in section P, pages 38-39, with Fran•tagé Aged Enamels.

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I bet we’ve surprised you today with the variety of techniques from the new book that can be easily used with Dreamweaver Stencils. We have a few more to share, but first a reminder…you can purchase the book online at Stampendous, or from crafting retail stores in your area…but wouldn’t it be awesome to win one? We are giving away THREE AUTOGRAPHED copies of the new Embossing Powder Techniques from A to Z by Fran Seiford. For a chance to be a randomly selected winner, leave comments on everyone’s posts for this week, and double check the Prize Rules HERE.

Lea Fritts (DW and Embossing)

Jamie Martin (DW and Embossing)

Laura Drahozal (DW and Embossing)

Pam Hornschu (DW and Embossing)

Louise Healy (DW and Embossing)

and in case you missed it yesterday…

Kristine Reynolds (DW and Embossing)

 

 

Melting Beautiful Embossing Puddles

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Vintage Contract Canvas by Fran Seiford

We are turning up the heat on our sprinkles of embossing powders and letting them puddle into works of art. It is time to shine a creative light on our beloved embossing powders with Fran’s new Embossing Powder Techniques from A to Z book for new and innovative uses as well as remember those tried and true basics.

Not sure where to get one of these books? Purchase on our website or comment all throughout the week on our blog and that of each designer’s blog posting with our embossing powder theme and it may be you with a new book of you very own! See Official Contest Rules. We will announce winners next week.

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In the meantime, here is a video showing freeform puddle painting using embossing powders, just play!

The designs can be so incredible with this freeform technique that you will want to frame it!

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Butterfly Post Framed Puddle Paint by Fran Seiford

Here are the designer’s sharing their favorite embossing letter from Fran’s Embossing Powder Techniques from A to Z.

Jamie Martin (Tuesday post)

Wendy Price

Kristine Reynolds

Jamie Martin

Pam Hornschu

Embossing Powder Techniques from A to Z

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EPBK16 Embossing Powder Techniques from A to Z by Fran Seiford

Are you a craft hoarder? Saving your stash for the perfect occasion? When it comes to embossing powders and enamels, this week IS the perfect occasion! There is such a ginormous (technical term!) variety of ways to use these jars of powdery and/or chunky perfection, and our own Fran Seiford has just published a book with ALL of them! You could have this book sitting next to you, and use a different technique for every day of the year! Fran has over 35 years of experience in the crafting industry, and she’s happy to share her skills with embossing powders and other tools of the trade in her new book…Embossing Powder Techniques from A to Z. In the video below, Fran introduces you to her book at the CHA Mega Show.

Want one of your very own? You can purchase it online at Stampendous, or from crafting retail stores in your area…but wouldn’t it be awesome to win one? Three commenters from this week’s blog posts on our blog, and that of each designer’s blog post about the book will be randomly chosen to receive a copy of their own! See Official Contest Rules.

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This week the design team is sharing their favorite techniques from the book and here is today’s participant.

Alison Heikkila

 

Melt Media Magic

Were you able to catch the livestream event Stampendous did with Charity Wings this afternoon? Hopefully it will be up on Charity Wings YouTube channel soon so you can see it if you missed it.

They filmed and interviewed our very own Fran Seiford from the SPC Mixed Media Show today, and Fran had an opportunity to share her Melt Media Technique with Elena.

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This terrific technique uses embossing powders as an art medium, not just for stamping, any more. With an electric griddle as a steady heat source, Fran uses the vast array of Stampendous embossing powders to make incredible pieces of art.  She uses the powders to paint some incredible scenes on chipboard “tiles” then adheres them to mixed media canvases.

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These incredible creations and lots more can be seen in the Tips and Techniques section of our website. You’ll also find complete directions there for this amazing look. We’ll also be linking the videos soon. It’s really exciting! We can’t wait to see if you try something similar! Do share what you make with us on our Facebook Page or Flickr Group!

 

Let’s Get Our Crackle On

Welcome back to our Playing with Paste week here on our blog. There is a fabulous crackle embossing paste featured in our tutorial today that will have your mojo stirring up projects to make and there are also some great projects posted by some of our design team that you won’t want to miss. Take the links below to see their projects now then come back to see the tutorial with a crackling effect!

Louise Healy

Amy Hurley-Purdie

Pam Hornschu

This great tutorial originally posted on the Paper Craft Planet blog by alumni design team member Cyndi Bundy and we’re happy to bring it to this week of special how-to’s with embossing paste. The tutorial includes all the materials and instructions to make the completed card from Cyndi’s project, however to create the crackle technique the first seven steps can be followed along with supplies marked with an asterisk (*) in the list below.
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Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Tape Mittens stencil down on all 4 sides making sure to start with the top so you will have a hinge.
  2. Apply the Matte Black Embossing Paste using the Paste Spreader.  (The first layer will be the color that peeks through the crackle so a darker shade gives a nice contrast.)
  3. Scrape off the excess paste from around the edges and return it to container, cleaning rim before tightly putting on the lid.

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  1. Remove tape working backwards.  Remove stencil using the tape hinge technique.  Let this layer dry thoroughly.

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  1. Clean your stencil in water with soft brush and dry then reapply the stencil over the first layer of paste.  Line it up almost perfectly, but at a slight diagonal.  This will allow for the stencil to sit on top of the paste and the bridges of the stencil will have a higher surface to lie on.

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  1. Tape down stencil and apply crackle paste.
  2. Remove tape and clean the stencil. Allow the paste to dry.  And then magic happens; the crackles will appear when it dries!


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At this point you can leave the crackle paste as is for a matte white finish or add color and shine with the following steps.

  1. Apply ink with sponge applicator to crackle paste until desired look is achieved. Ink can be applied through a cleaned stencil (as shown) or without the stencil for a distressed look.
  2. Sprinkle Clear Embossing Powder over wet ink, tap off the excess returning to container and heat being careful to stop before the stenciled paste starts to bubble.

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  1. Glue finished stenciling onto cardstock mat and adhere to cardstock base.
  2. Place sentiment from Tis The Season Perfectly Clear Stamps Set onto acrylic stamp handle and stamp onto coordinating paper with Versamark Watermark ink.
  3. Emboss with Chinese Red embossing powder. Trim and fold to look like banner.
  4. Adhere sentiment onto card base.

The finished effect creates an amazing project, just think of all the possibilities for decor and gifts with this technique. See you tomorrow for more great projects and another video tutorial.

NAMTA Show with Fran•táge Melt Media!

Fran was at the NAMTA show in Denver this week, cooking up a storm with embossing powders. She’s showing the art world what a great medium embossing powder can be for so many uses.

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She’s got a hot griddle and a teflon mat and she’s going to town.

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Fran showing off all the great samples using her Melt Media technique.

See the entire product line of Embossing Powder and Fran•táge Embossing Enamels on our website to imagine the possibilities!

To order in bulk, contact Customer Service at stamp@stampendous.com.

It’s a Pumpkin Parade!

We know those that were with us on the Dreamweaver Stencils and Core’dinations Collaboration last week are excited to see our post revealing the winners and we’ll have that for you later today. In the meantime, it’s a new week, a new theme and we are on a parade with pumpkins!

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 It’s going to be a week of pumpkin delicious projects and our vintage style Pumpkin Ride is the first sweet treat to share on our blog.

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Pumpkin Ride by Suzanne Czosek

 Alumni designer, Suzanne Czosek, has this darling witch stamp framed with Spoonful of Midnight and heading out for a night of trick or treat fun.  Two designers are sharing their pumpkin parade projects today, let’s go see what they’ve made.

Jamie Martin

Kristine Reynolds

 

A Murder of Crows!

Yes, a group of crows is called a murder (not a flock)! No wonder they’re associated with being up to no good! Crows and ravens habitually steal things. They are typically scavengers and will eat just about anything, including dead animals, so they’re often associated with death. They are, however, extremely family-oriented birds that care a great deal about their… uh… murder members?!

Here at Stampendous they just make great rubber stamps. Iconic images that are perfect for your Halloween greetings! Check out this terrific card by Wend Jordan featuring our Raven Background stamp! Wow! The Trick or Treat Color Fragments she used around the edges really set off the central design!

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Raven Background by Wendy Jordan

Check out the offerings from our Design Team Members today for Ravens Rule Week! Let our black birds put you in the mood for some Halloween fun!

Kristine Reynolds

Witchy Wonders Aware

Are you aware of our new witch stamps? Wonder which witch will be your favorite? We’ll help you figure it all out this week with projects shared by our design team and a few fabulous friends. Still we have so many other popular witch stamps that it’s impossible to keep from sharing them as well, so here’s our first throwback from last year. An enchanting cigar box textured and distressed with stamps and embossing essentials are the foundation to the feather framed Mirror Mirror stamp.

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Mirror Mirror Box by Suzanne Czosek

First on our list this week are two fabulous designers with some Witchy Wonder[ful] projects.

Kristine Reynolds

Jennie Lin-Black (Previous Post)

Are you playing along with our challenge this month? Take a look on our 2014 October Monthly Challenge Page.

Fran•táge a Friendly Greeting

These beautiful collage stamps we’re featuring this week capture perfectly the Fran•táge style. Vintage, shabby chic, a bit timeworn and well-loved (or neglected), all these elements lend a charm and beauty to items and greetings. We’ve done the work for you with collages of vintage and original images combined with Fran’s flair for composition to create these gorgeous stamps. Each with a small space perfect for the greetings from our Quotes Perfectly Clear Stamps™ sets.

The design team has been sharing all week, and they’ve more to share today! Hope you’ve enjoyed the inspiration and might want to add a couple of these images to your collection!

Kristine Reynolds made this gorgeous card without a greeting! So festive and sweet with all the butterflies adding so much texture, and using the Encrusted Jewel Technique on the edges of her focal point!

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Here’s some more inspiration from our terrific team!

Kristine Reynolds

Jamie Martin

Lea Kimmel

Wendy Price

Thanks for following us this week!