Thursday, September 13, 2012

Stampendous Handmade Holiday Gifts

It's hard to believe but the holidays are right around the corner. So all this week, Stampendous is showcasing homemade holiday gifts. Please stop by my fellow design team members' blogs to see what they have created. Taylor Usry and Kristine Reynolds have made stunning gifts. You will also want to join us this Saturday for our huge homemade holiday gift blog hop.



The theme of this month's Stampendous Challenge is heat embossing so my desk is covered with my favorite bottles of Stampendous embossing powders, enamels and glitters. These bottles inspired me to create my gift, this blue enameled vase.


This is a fun and easy project which isn't complicated at all. You will need an unglazed ceramic vase. I purchased mine at a paint-your-own ceramics shop. You'll also need your favorite color of Stampendous embossing enamel and a liquid adhesive. For easy clean-up, keep some baby wipes and a Swiffer duster handy. Sorry my pictures show two different vases. I forgot to take a picture before I started embossing but I wanted you to see what the unfinished vase looked like.


Working in small sections, brush adhesive on your vase, sprinkle generously with the embossing enamel and melt it using a heat tool. Repeat these steps until your vase is completely covered. I told you, simple! There are so many wonderful colors of embossing enamel you could make lots of vases, each one completely different. I used Aged Marine Embossing Enamel. Here's a close-up of my vase.


On Saturday, our design team will be back with even more gift giving inspiration. Hope to see you then.

Thanks for visiting.

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28 comments:

  1. Wow! This looks fantastic! What a transformation!

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  2. Great project. Thanks for sharing.

    craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

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  3. sounds like something I could do. TFS.

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  4. What a great idea. I would never hav thoght of this!

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  5. I had no idea you could do this. Thanks.

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  6. Wow now this is amazing. I love the colors and I cant believe all the things you can with embossing powered. Love it! TFS AJ-

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  7. Very clever and interesting technique. Iris

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  8. Very pretty and very clever, too!

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  9. LOVE it! I think a swirling of Fast Finish or another sealer inside would make it watertight as well. It's so beautiful, Melinda! Just fantastic.

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  10. This is a great project that really looks amazing once the different finishes are put on it!

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  11. Wow, look at the swirling blues and golds, this is fantastic!!

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  12. Love this effect! thanks for sharing

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  13. WOW!! This is awesome!! Love the project, I want to try this, thank you so much..:)

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  15. Ok...so I just have to tell you that when I saw your second picture I thought wow...did the EP and heat shrink that vase? I am such a dork! It is a beautiful vase though!

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  16. Such a beautiful and fulfilling project! Such an exquisite piece of artwork!

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  17. Even I could do this--love it! Thanks so much for showing this great project!

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  18. I didn't know this was possible! So darned cool. I'll have to try it. sharon dot gullikson at gmail dot com

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  19. What a transformation..I could never thought of do this..I will add it to my wishlist for Gift Card envelopes.

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  20. Amazing! Yes, I am gonna give this a try!

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  21. OMG!! Totally gorgeous!! I have to try the adhesive and EP :)

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  22. Love the molten look! Delightful project!!

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  23. Wow! What a clever use of the product!

    Carol B
    ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. Wow, that Aged Marine embossing powder is beautiful!

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  25. I love simple, especially when it turns out so beautiful! thanks for the great tut!

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