Mixed Media Bottles Featuring WOW! Embossing Powders

Marsha Valk | Embossed mixed media bottles

Ever wondered if embossing works on glass objects? Well… It does!

I’m going to share with you how I created these embossed Mixed Media Bottles, using WOW! Fab Foil and WOW! Embossing Powders:

Marsha Valk | Embossed mixed media bottles

Tip 1: Make sure your glass objects are clean and dry. Also make sure the glass object is going to be able to handle being heated by a heat tool. Drinking glassware is way too thin, jam and spaghetti sauce jars are perfect.

I used the Fab Foil as my first ‘mixed media’ layer. To be able to apply the Fab Foil, you need a sticky surface. I stamped my image onto my glass bottle with VersaMark first:
Marsha Valk | Embossed mixed media bottles

Tip 2: A curved, slippery surface can be tricky to stamp on. It helps when you refrain from mounting your stamp on an acryllic block. That way you’ll be able to shape it round the curves with you hand. Sometimes laying your stamp flat, inked side up is helpful too: that way you can roll the curved object over your inked stamp.

Next I sprinkled WOW! Bonding Powder over the VersaMark image, removed stray particles with a soft brush and melted the powder with a heat gun:
Marsha Valk | Embossed mixed media bottles

And then I applied the Fab Foil over the still hot powder:
Marsha Valk | Embossed mixed media bottles

Be careful, the glass is hot too! I used a cloth to gently burnish the foil.

I needed to repeat the whole process a couple of times until all the sticky parts were covered.
Marsha Valk | Embossed mixed media bottles

The result wasn’t perfect, but that just adds to the mixed media character of the project. I also found that some images give better results than others!

I continued by adding a second ‘mixed media’ layer: regular embossing. This time I used a stencil.

I taped the stencil to the bottle with masking tape. I also masked off parts of the image:
Marsha Valk | Embossed mixed media bottles

I applied VersaMark through the stencil, removed the stencil and sprinkled sparkly WOW! Embossing Glitter on top of the partly stencilled image. I tapped off the excess, removed stray particles with a soft brush and heat set the embossing glitter with the heat tool:
Marsha Valk | Embossed mixed media bottles

Tip 3: Parts of the glass are really hot now. Please leave it to cool before you go on to the next step. If you don’t, you will risk damaging the already embossed parts and more importantly: new embossing powder will melt immediately when it comes in contact with the hot glass.

Reapply the stencil and mask off other parts. Alternate the colours:
Marsha Valk | Embossed mixed media bottles

Marsha Valk | Embossed mixed media bottles

Because I had to wait for the glass to cool after each embossing session, I had time to work on three bottles at the same time. It was fun to experiment with the different kinds of WOW! Embossing Powder (Glitter, Metallic and Primary). Each one gives a different effect!

Tip 4: If you want to be able to clean your embossed glass objects, I would advice to protect the images with a waterproof varnish.

Materials used: WOW! Fab Foil Bright Copper, Dark Blue, Glitter Gold; WOW! Bonding Powder; WOW! Metallic Brass, Persian Indigo, Primary Bark, Totally Teal, Vintage Jade; VersaMark Ink Pad; Stamps and Stencils: Carabelle Studio; Nathalie Kalbach for Stampendous

This tutorial previously appeared on the Scrap365 blog.

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