Saturday, January 24, 2015

Make Art challenge #1 - Studio 490 embossing paste

The challenge was to use one of Wendy's embossing pastes on your work.  I went overboard and used them all.  Yes, all (black, white, translucent, crackle, metallic silver and metallic gold).  I opted to use Art Parts as my base for a Valentine booklet for my husband.  And I used LOTS of Wendy's stamps and most of her archival ink colors.  On the back of each page I journaled a message that corresponds to the front side. 


I love how the art parts heart on the front cover turned out!  At first the color wasn't very pretty so I kept painting over it until I was happy.  Then I black embossed the stamped image on it.  Lots of Traditional Tan paint was applied over it.  Kept wiping it just before it was really dry.  Once I was satisfied I added some brown archival ink.  It looks so awesomely shabby in real life!

The front cover was given a coat of paint before layering on a mix of metallic gold and translucent embossing pastes.  Before it dried I stamped into it (clean that stamp good immediately!).  Once dry I went over it with several archival inks (yellow, orange, brown and black).  It felt tacky even after a day so I poured clear embossing powder over it; heat set then added my heart and word.  Just a bit of shimmer but lots of texture when you see it in person.

The sunshine page is on specialty stamping paper and was drawn through Wendy's archival ink and a puddle of alcohol.  I didn't use a brayer.

Two hearts was done on sticky back canvas.  The graphite pencil gives a nice shadow effect when you draw around the stencil.  Once I colored the checkmate stencil I moved it over to color the blank spots.

Love that little Sizzix mini movers & shaper bottle cut from plastic packaging.  I covered the back with white and blue distress paints and backed it with white paper.  I stamped on the front using StazOn black ink.  The faux cork was colored using an Adirondack marker.
 Art Parts:  Small Pages, Words for Art, Dress Forms & More

Studio 490 embossing paste:  Black, White, Translucent, Metallic Gold and Metallic Silver

Studio 490 archival ink:  Jet Black, Tree Branch, Potting Soil, Dandelion, Orange Blossom, Watering Can, Hydrangea, Cornflower Blue, Fern Green, Red Geranium

Studio 490 stencils: Never Enough Hearts, Sunburst, Classic Words, Dots & Stripes Border, Basically Brick, Checkmate

Studio 490 stamp sets:  Art-fully Said, Art for You, It's More Flower Art, She Created Art, Label It Art, Card Art Essentials, Let Your Art Have Wings, Homemade Art, Botanical Art, Optical Art, She Spoke of Art, Sentimental Art, Daisy Art, Sunshine & Art, and Manly Art, Busy Making Art and Pricing Chart (17 - whew!  That's a record for me!)

Claudine Hellmuth:  Traditional Tan Studio Paint; Sticky Back Canvas - Natural

Ranger:  black and clear embossing powders; Glue n' Seal; Specialty Stamping Paper; Black Fude Ball pen; Watermark Resist Ink; distress markers; distress stains; distress inks; distress paints; Adirondack markers

Sizzix:  window-window box bigz die; labels thinlits die; mini movers & shapers typewriter and bottle dies

Misc.:  alcohol; water color paper; manilla tags; kraft tags; graphite pencil; clear plastic packaging; card stock scraps: Dreamweavers metallic copper embossing paste; StazOn ink; silver pen

If you haven't played with Wendy's embossing pastes, you're missing out!


  1. Susan, this book is brillaint! It must have been great fun to create each page using all these products. Helene

  2. Very, very cool!!! Love all the pages you did, and that cover looks awesome! Lots of good paste here!! LOL

  3. What a great gift! The pages turned out amazing.

  4. What a wonderful book you created - love all the images and sentiments and great techniques you used on this!

  5. wow! you went all out & it's fabulous!
    thanks for playing along & sharing your art!