Using New Inka-Gold Wax Paste With Stencils

 

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Created by Susan Cobb

Happy Friday everyone and thanks for stopping by! Today marks the first day of spring and I am soooo ready for it! For me, spring is generally that time of year when I like to incorporate a bit of new-ness into my own life. Maybe we’re supposed to do that in January, but nope, not me. In January I’m still hibernating.

But then spring arrives, and I start feeling ready for something new. And preferably colorful. Something like these new Inka-Gold Wax Pastes!

Inka-Gold (Rose Quartz)

Inka-Gold (Rose Quartz)

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Inka-Gold (Green Yellow)

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Inka-Gold (Steel Blue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Inka-Gold (Gold)

Inka-Gold (Brown Gold)

Inka-Gold (Brown Gold)

Inka-Gold (Silver)

Inka-Gold (Silver)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, there is a little need-to-know background info I’d like to share about myself before we go on… Yes, I make cards. Yes, I can cobble together a scrapbook page. But my day job? I write, I edit, I proofread. I love to find errors. But a professional crafter I am not. So if I can be successful with this fun, colored paste, then you can too!

First off, I was quite impressed by the amount of paste you get! The jar is much bigger than I’d expected.

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I decided to test the product with our new Woven Lattice stencil. A normal human would probably want to use a mini squeegee or an old gift card to swipe this stuff across your stencil, but I’m a hands-on, don’t-make-me-wait sort of person. So I just used my fingers! The wax paste is a firmer paste, yet it applies over the stencil easily.

Disclaimer: As I said before – I’m not a professional at this. On my first attempt, I just went for it! I smeared a nice, big pearly glob of paste right across my stencil, and ended up with a pretty rough-looking design.

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Lesson learned. For my second try, I held my stencil in place just a bit more firmly (as my rebellious nature still wouldn’t allow me to just go get a piece of stencil tape). I also used a bit less paste than before, and the results were fantastic!

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One of the cool properties of this paste is that once it dries (and bonus – it’s a relatively quick-drying product!), you can use a paper towel or soft cloth to buff the surface for additional shine! Buffing seems to ever so slightly bring out the silvery pearl finish, and will also neaten any rough edges. Personally, I think it looks great either way. It just depends on the look you prefer.

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I buffed just the top of the stenciled image (above) to give you an idea. I’d also advise you to buff carefully so your project doesn’t pick up the color from the paper towel you buff with.

And for our grand finale, take a look below. This is the kind of incredible card you can create using Inka-Gold Wax Paste! Just click on the image for project supply list and instructions!

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Created by Susan Cobb

Paper Wishes Highlights:

  • Everyone (and especially Jenni Bowlin fans) will want to check out our Monday Madness Flash Sale on Monday, March 23rd! I just got a sneak peek at the items, and you’ll definitely want to “catch this bundle of crafting supplies before it flies away!”
  • Free class! Our webisode on Tuesday will show you a new way to create your own stamps at home! Yes, you read that right! Watch our webisode Tuesday to learn how! 

This weekend we’ll be taking our three girls (all under age three!) on the 3-hour drive to Grandma’s house, so cross your fingers for a calm and uneventful trip! Enjoy your spring weekend, and I hope you take the time to create something you love. Or at least like (because sometimes that’s just how it works out)! 😉

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Editor/Proofer

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Technique: Inking Metal Sheet Die-Cuts

In last week’s webisode we talked about all kinds of ways to use Spellbinders’ Metal Sheets in your scrapbooking and card making projects!

Metal Sheets are exactly that – thin sheets of metal. They basically feel like very thick foil, yet are thin enough for easy die cutting.  They come in Precious Metals or Jewel Tones.

Precious Metals (12 Pack)

Precious Metals (12 Pack)

Jewel Tones (12 Pack)

Jewel Tones (12 Pack)

Inking your gorgeous metal die-cuts adds depth and richness, or can give an aged or patina-ed look. Two products you can use to ink metal sheets are Spectrum Noir™ alcohol pens and StazOn® ink pads since both work well on slick, non-porous surfaces.

This incredible scrapbook page from Susan uses Metal Sheets for the die-cut frames and flourish, and also to back her Dazzles™.

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Susan then inked her flourish, frames and Dazzles™ with brown Spectrum Noir™ pens to get multiple tones of copper. Look how gorgeous her results are!

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You can also use StazOn® to ink your Metal Sheets, and that’s just what LeNae has done with the metal die-cut label on her card, below.

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This is such a stunning card! I love it! She inked the edges of the metal die-cut label with Jet Black StazOn® and it really makes this element stand out. It can be helpful to use a cotton swab to apply ink on some of the more detailed areas. Also, notice how she chose not to ink the “Love” greeting, making it stand out nice and bright against her background.

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Metal Sheets are a fantastic way to create super luxurious accents and embellishments, and inking will help to enhance that effect. So pick up some Metal Sheets here, and give this technique a try. I think you’ll really love the results!

Paper Wishes Highlights:

  • New Spring 2015 Mini Catalog! Our latest online catalog will be available starting Monday – today for VIPs!
  • Week of Webisodes! This coming week it’s Ann’s First Look at Paper Wishes Spring 2015! Come back for a new webisode every day this week featuring TONS of project ideas!!!

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  • St. Patty’s Day Sale! 20% off your highest priced item with coupon code: PAT2015 (Valid through Tuesday, March 17th)

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Have a wonderful weekend, and a very green St. Patrick’s Day! I hope you find a little time to create something you love!

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Editor/Proofer

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Not Your Normal Cards!

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all enjoyed World Card Making Day! We had some fun contests and challenges, and the fun hasn’t ended! Right now you can still join our October Card Making Contest that takes place on the Paper Wishes Message Board and this month the challenge is to design a card that is uniquely shaped or folded! So I went in search of a little inspiration for you all! Don’t forget to click on each image for supplies and instructions!

This first card was designed by Teresa Welch, who always has a new folded card up her sleeve. This one is simple to create and uses Hot Off The Press’ new Winter Wishes Artful Card Kit (ACK). The easel portion simply gets propped up behind the adorable die-cut embellishments on the inside of the card.

Easel Fold Card designed by Teresa Welch

Easel Fold Card designed by Teresa Welch

Here is another card Teresa designed using the same ACK, combined with Silver Ripple holographic paper and Silver Jewel Dazzles™ stickers. The front focal flap lifts upward, and the lower circle-covered section unfolds, revealing a pocket inside the card! So cool! The pocket is perfect for a gift card or family photo!

Front Fold Card designed by Teresa Welch

Front Fold Card designed by Teresa Welch

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Inside of card

This Oval Swing Card was created using the Oval Swing Card template and the Gingerbread ACK. The thing I love about these templates is that you can easily create an unlimited number of moveable cards IN ANY COLOR. No more plain white cards! Although as Teresa shows us below, sometimes white is still the perfect choice.

Oval Swing Card designed by Teresa Welch

Oval Swing Card designed by Teresa Welch

This spooky, sparkly Halloween card was designed by Debbie Samples, and features a blank Center Step Card as its base. The blank Center Step cards have been pre-cut and even pre-folded for your convenience! Just dive right in and start decorating (my favorite part)! Debbie used Hot Off The Press’ Halloween Papers along with the Twisted Tree Cling Rubber Stamp and Spoonful of Midnight Embossing Powder & Elements from Stampendous to create this haunting look!

Center Step Card designed by Debbie Samples

Center Step Card designed by Debbie Samples

This card is not quite as seasonal as the others, but it’s a beautiful example of a Cascading Card and why not show a little love year-round?! The front pulls out accordion-style for display, and the folding panels give you lots of options for embellishing. This card was created with Hot Off The Press’ Red Velvet Paper Pack and Sweetie Pie Dazzles™, as well as the Paper Artist Love and 5 Hearts cutting die set.

Cascading Card designed by Teresa Welch

Cascading Card designed by Teresa Welch

And a final example of of a very cool Double-Fold Pop-Out Card! I love this card – the Butterfly Garden ACK papers are beautiful, and I love the symmetry of the pop-out section. Lots of visual impact here!

Double-Fold Pop-Out Card designed by Teresa Welch

Double-Fold Pop-Out Card designed by Teresa Welch

So – are you ready to learn the real reason behind my sudden folded-card fixation? Here at Paper Wishes, we have been working hard on a brand new DVD! Teresa’s Uniquely Folded Cards DVD has been scheduled for release in January! And trust me, it is packed with tons of projects that you are going to want to create, so mark your calendars and dust off your rulers!!!

Paper Wishes Highlights

  • Monday begins National Breast Cancer Week – a week near and dear to many of us. In fact, Paulette Jarvey, our founder and President is a breast cancer survivor. “I hope every woman will have an annual mammogram—it saved my life and might save yours,” she shares. To honor and support those who have had their lives affected by breast cancer, we have created a special promotion. Starting Monday, Paper Wishes will be offering a 20% discount on everything pink! This special offer will run through Sunday and what a great time to let those affected by breast cancer know that your thoughts are with them!
  • Our webisode this Tuesday will be featuring WOW! Ultra High Embossing Powders, and I am really excited for this one! WOW! Ultra High Embossing Powders do exactly what the name implies, creating an extra-thick layer of embossing that adds fantastic texture to your images. Embossing powders are just one of those things I get really excited about, so if you haven’t seen or used WOW! Ultra High powders yet, don’t miss this webisode!!
  • The Fall 2014 Paper Wishes Special Edition is out! Hopefully you received your copy and have had a chance to flip through, but you can also take a look at all the new products in our Virtual Catalog! Don’t miss out on all the fun Halloween projects featured in this catalog update!

Well, the fall rain has arrived here in Oregon, which is Nature’s way of telling me to grab a snack, watch a webisode and get inspired to create that next project! I hope you all have a great weekend, and make a little time to create something you love!

Michelle

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12 Days of Christmas with Paper Wishes® – Day 9

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Welcome to Day 9 of 12 Days of Christmas with Paper Wishes®!

Thanks for joining me today, as I find “hidden” treasures from our Paper Wishes Webisodes.  Just in case you missed last week’s posts, here’s a link to our Weekly Webisode & Gallery Archive – click here.

 

All the projects featured from the last week – all came from our Weekly Webisode over the years.   Soooo much inspiration and not just for the holidays!

In the theme of Gift Giving – Let’s see the goodies I found today!

Today’s projects come from Bangle BraceletsClick here to watch

Aired: October 19, 2011

When I first saw these bangles – I was amazed with the work that our designers put into them. They used crystal stickers, smooch inks, metallic inks, embossing inks, Dazzles™, stamps, glaze and the list goes on and on.

You can put just about anything on these bangles and personalized them as well. A great little gift – to make for someone or even yourself! Come check out a couple of my favorites but, I found it very hard to pick just two!

 

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Artful embossed bracelet
By: Susan Cobb

To see complete instructions for the Artful embossed bracelet, click here.

 

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Turquoise/silver stenciled bangle
By: Ann Bernklau

To see complete instructions for the Turquoise/silver stenciled bangle, click here.

 

Click here to see all projects from this webisode

I hope you enjoy today’s projects! Join me tomorrow for Day 10 Of 12 Days of Christmas :)

Also – Don’t forget to check out – Spirit of Giving – 7 Days of Surprise Savings with Paper Wishes®!! Click here to check out today’s savings!

Thanks for reading my little blog ~ Cristina

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12 Days of Christmas with Paper Wishes® – Day 7

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Welcome to Day 7 of 12 Days of Christmas with Paper Wishes®!

Thanks for joining me today, as I find “hidden” treasures from our Paper Wishes Webisodes.  Just in case you missed last week’s posts, here’s a link to our Weekly Webisode & Gallery Archive – click here.  All the projects featured from last week all came from our Weekly Webisode over the years.   Soooo much inspiration ~ not just for the holidays.

This week is all about last minute gift giving. I love it when I receive hand-made gifts. Albums, cards, framed pictures…all types of goodies.  I’d like to share some ideas for Gift Giving this week – as we get closer and closer to Christmas!

 

Today’s projects come from: Patina Vintaj Jewelry
Aired: August 14, 2012

Click here to watch this webisode.

 

Fern Necklace by Ann Barba

Click here for complete instructions:

 

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Making jewelry isn’t something that I normally like to create. However this webisode gave me some great tips & inspiration to create some pieces as a gift set.  I love the colors of the patina and the images on the metal embossing plates are wonderful!

Another option is this beautiful Reversible Butterfly necklace. One side is embossed other side is debossed. Very Cool! And if you watch the webisode, Ann goes over some pretty cool techniques.

Reversible Butterfly Necklace by Ann Barba

Click here for complete instructions:

 

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Another great gift idea, is Paper Wishes® Personal Shopper Kits!

Have you stopped by to check out our Personal Shopper kits? You’ll find one for just about everyone on your crafters list! Or remind your friends, husbands, and boyfriends that these make a great gift! Click here for more information or click down below.

And Coming Soon for 2013!!  New Premiere Cutting Die Monthly kit!!

Every month members will receive the premiere release of a NEW cutting die plus a newsletter full of tips, tricks and ideas for using the dies. It might be a simple die or as the first set, members will get 4 Bodacious Blooms dies. WOW! The cost is $19.99, includes shipping for USA & Canada. Cancel anytime! Come play with us!! For more information or to sign up for this monthly kit, please contact Debbie at dsamples@hotp.com

We hope you enjoy today’s projects! Join me tomorrow for Day 8 Of 12 Days of Christmas :)

Thanks for reading my little blog ~ Cristina

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12 Days of Christmas with Paper Wishes® – Day 2

Welcome to Day 2 of 12 Days of Christmas with Paper Wishes®!

Thanks for joining me today, as I find more “hidden” treasures from our Paper Wishes Webisodes.  Just in case you missed yesterday, here’s a link to our Weekly Webisode & Gallery Archive – click here.

Today’s project comes from Endless Christmas Cards September 21, 2010 – Click here to watch now

    

Christmas Ornament pop-up card designed by Ann, was created using 3-D Pop-Up Christmas card Template. This card, is simply amazing! If you watch the webisode, Paulette goes into details on how to create a 3-D Pop Up card!

 

With the 3-D Pop-Up Christmas Card Template you, get 5 different shapes including a snowflake, an ornament, a Christmas tree, the word JOY and a Poinsettia. 

To see more cards from this webisode – please click here.

I love how simple, but yet they seem so complicated. You’ll have people wondering how on earth you put these wonderful cards together!

 

Are you looking for a last minute gift idea? Have you stopped by to check out our Personal Shopper kits? You’ll find one for just about everyone on your crafters list! Or remind your friends, husbands, and boyfriends that these make a great gift! Click here for more information or click down below.

 

And Coming Soon for 2013!!

New Premiere Cutting Die Monthly kit!!

Every month members will receive the premiere release of a NEW cutting die plus a newsletter full of tips, tricks and ideas for using the dies. It might be a one die or as the first set, members will get 4 Bodacious Blooms dies. WOW! The cost is $19.99, includes shipping for USA & Canada. Cancel anytime! Come play with us!! For more information or to sign up for this monthly kit, please contact Debbie at dsamples@hotp.com

I hope you enjoy these projects! Join me tomorrow for Day 3 Of 12 Days of Christmas :)

Thanks for reading my little blog ~ Cristina

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Celebrate with 15% Off!!

Kids are back to school, time for you to have fun! Paper Wishes will help you celebrate with 15% Off the highest priced item in your shopping cart!! YAHOO!! Valid until September 29th, 2012 – HAPPY MONDAY!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New Beginnings…


It’s been fun sharing my crafting thoughts with you all these past few week…but I’ve decided to move on from the Paper Wishes family. I am leaving you in very capable hands. I’ve spent the last couple of days showing Cristina – the new Marketing gal around and she’s caught on quick! She is looking forward to blogging about what she’s learned and her creative inspirations. ~ Best Wishes, Erin

I would like to thank Erin for all time and effort she has spent with me during the past 3 days. I’ve learned a lot from her and she will be missed by everyone here at Paper Wishes. I wish her all the best in her new endeavors.

I’m so excited, one of the first things I got to do here was create a coupon for Paulette’s Birthday!

It’s Time to Celebrate! For Paulette’s Birthday we are sending out a 20% Off Coupon! 20% off will be taken off the highest priced item! Limited time offer, once your coupon arrives on Wednesday, August 4th you’ll have til August 10th, 2011 to use it! It’s our way of thanking you for being apart of the Paper Wishes Family! Happy Birthday Paulette. Be sure to check your email, however if you haven’t signed up to received our newsletters click here and you’ll be in the know!

Here are a couple of inspirations for Birthday cards!

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Christmas In July

How many of you start your holiday craft making early? Making cards, handmade one-of-a-kind items, wrapping paper and gift tags…all those wonderful things that make the holidays special and take time and care to create? I wish I could say I was way ahead of my craft projects, but the reality is, come November I will be looking for inspiration…and time…to make my handmade gifts, which I love to do.

Well, we here at Paper Wishes are trying to help both with the inspiration and savings for your Christmas crafting projects! We have to thank our Inventory Gal, Phyllis, as she has come up with tons of festive items for our Mom’s Warehouse Sale this week. There are amazing deals on everything from Holiday templates and paper to Dazzles™ and punches. I think it’s a great idea to start shopping now, while there are savings to be had, instead of later in the year when everything is full price!

Christmas Images Punch

Wreath Small Stamp

Poinsettia Silk Flowers

As for inspiration, have you ever checked out the Project Gallery section of the Paper Wishes site? If you go to the main page and click Project Gallery on the top red bar, it will take you to something very special…hundreds of project ideas that are totally searchable! If you search “Christmas” or “holiday”, a kazillion scrapbooking, card making, stamping and album ideas will pop up to inspire your creative spirit…as well as introduce you to new techniques. You can also search for non-holiday related items through the categories listed, so whatever the project, check here and you’re sure to be motivated! Not only do you get a great visual, you get full project instructions to know how to make it!

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Your gift recipients will be very impressed with you this year! Not only did you save big by shopping early, you made some pretty incredible projects after you got some Paper Wishes inspiration!

 

 

 

 

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CHA + New Papers

The office is fairly quiet with many people out of town at the summer Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show (CHA) in Chicago this week or on vacation. It’s kind of exciting that we’re unveiling 84 new Paper Wishes products at the show…everything from holiday offering of new papers, Dazzles™, Papier Tole and stamps to new templates, paper packs and the Color Me™ Silver papers we showcased during the Stamp Camp Week of Webisodes last week.

Since they’re so great, I just can’t wait…I wanted to share sneak peak at some of what’s to come with one of our new product lines “Steampunk” and one of our new paper packs for holiday scrapbooking and card making, “Vintage Christmas”. Both have coordinating Scrapbooking Dazzles™ and Papier Tole, so creating something special will be oh, so easy! These product will be available at the end of August!

Steampunk Paper Pack

Steampunk Page

Vintage Christmas Paper Pack

Vintage Christmas Card

Putting up a trade show booth can be cumbersome, so I thought it might be interesting to see a before and after of how it happens…

HOTP Booth Before

HOTP Booth After

It’s lots of work, but fun to see the industry react and get excited about new things!

I also wanted to share that we have a winner for the blog sign-up giveaway!  Sharon, from Colorado, will soon be receiving her very own CraftGeek Roll It! It’s a fun tool to use to create unique borders or even draw…and last week, it was in the Paper Wishes top ten! Customer’s are really liking this one…maybe because it’s fun for all ages! Enjoy, Sharon..when you get it, let us know what you think about it by posting a comment on the blog.

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