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Wed Jan 16, 2013, 11:45 AM
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Last year I visited a craft fair and discovered in the paper decoration / paper crafting a super great new material.
Maybe some of you know it.
But here in german Cosplay scene, and perhaps also for many other countries it's really a novelty.

It can be used for paper decoration, for gemstones, paint and much more.
In this tutorial I made a kind of decoration for costumes versions/ setting for stones/ enamelling paper.

here two shops I found at the internet:
german shop
uk shop (only powder)



How to work step by step:


What materials do you need:

- Paper / paperboard (or laminated paper)
- Brush / pens / scissors
- heat dryer
- Acrylic paint / varnish
- WOW! Embossing Powder
- Embossing Ink Pad (or something like that)
- stamp as planned (usually for Embossing Powder)
- On request: Perfect Pearls - Colorpowder
- Baking paper as a base for quick and easy work


Draw the shape you want on your paper and cut it out.

Tip: You can't often cut the paper later. It is important to have everything in the exact shape.


Paint your paper with acrylic or varnish.
If you have laminated paper, you don't need this step!


Press the ink pad on your shape. It must be sticky and wet.


Now sprinkle the first layer "WOW! Embossing Powder" on the sticky paper.

Tip: You can use a bare paper placed under it.
Fold it once in the middle and after you're done pour your powder back into your box.


Heat the powder with the heat dryer.
You should be a handbreadth away with the heat dryer.
You can see exactly how the powder melting and begins to get a smooth surface.

EVERY layer is repeated in this way!


For a simple enamelling, you can do this 1 to 2 times.
If you want to impress a pattern, you will need 2 to 3 layers of embossing powder. How to recognize the pattern beautifully.

Here's an example: 1 layer and 3 layers


Each "WOW! Embossing Powder" and every "Perfect Pearl-Colorpowder" have different effects.
I wanted to antique gold. For that I use black Embossing Powder and "Perfect Pearls - Sunflower Sparkle"

I paint the colorpowder with a brush on my shape.


Heat it the last time.
IMMEDIATELY press the stamp on your shape and let cool.
Only when it is cooled off, you can remove the stamp.

Your shape with the pattern is finished.


All steps at a look (for example with a stone on it)


To pour stones / shapes, you need the following things:

- A little old pot or pan
- Stove or hot plate

Step 1: Heat the "WOW! embossing powder" in the pot
Step 2: Pour it into the mold
Step 3: Let it cool


Tip: You can use any leftovers again!

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artbylink Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome tutorial. will try it out.
Japhia Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing! I have seen embossing powder used to make cars and scrapbooking pages but I never thought to use it this way! <3
Kinlyu Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Nice! And German materials are available here in Belgium (or at least I think we should be able to find it if needed xD)

Thanks for sharing!
st3rn1 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
was es nicht alles für dinge gibt - krass!!! danke fürs teilen! =)
Violet-Gray Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
wow. I think i love you!
this is just what i was looking for!!!
I need to buy you a drink at the next con I see you. you've shared so many brilliant tips.
Naraku-Sippschaft Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
oooh thank you *_* So maybe we can see us at Japan Expo in Paris. :heart:
Violet-Gray Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
Are you coming to anime con?
*pls say yes pls say yes*
Naraku-Sippschaft Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I don't know. At the moment I have only money for german conventions, Japan Expo in Paris and a costume ball in Belgium.
But if someone is interessted to invite me for workshops and/or contest jury, I will not refuse :heart:
Violet-Gray Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
I'll mention it if I run in to the organizers but I think Anime will be better than the cosplay ball. There's a big german group coming with a bus and they have a cheap hostel, I don't know if you are in touch with them.
Either way, Japan Expo.
I'm hoping to come to Connichi this year <3
Naraku-Sippschaft Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
yeah a convention is definitely better as a cosplay ball XD
How is the name of the group? I know some members of different groups. So maybe I know someone of them.
But we will see us on Japan Expo and Connichi (if you can come!). It would be great to meet you :heart:
Violet-Gray Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
I know Benjamin (Ben Hardly) was taking care of the arrangements.
I hope connichi tickets hold out till I get my paycheck next week :-s
Naraku-Sippschaft Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I know him. Sounds interessting.

Everyone has 6 weeks time to pay his/her ticktes. So I think you have a good chance to get one of the tickets. I bought Saturday-Sunday last week.
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LucyanaArts Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Wow, tolle Idee! Ich hantiere schon seit ein paar Jahren mit Embossingpulver und Stempeln, aber auf die Idee, mal so eine flüssige Schicht in den Stempel zu drücken, um ein Relief zu bekommen, bin ich noch nie gekommen. Wirklich toll! <3
Naraku-Sippschaft Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wobei die Idee gar nicht von mir stammt. Wie gesagt: Bastelmesse war sehr erfolgreich!!!!
himawarichuu Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
this is a really great nifty trick! i have all of those back home but not in UK. Will try it once I get back ^o^
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