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Sunday, 1 January 2017

40 to 40 - #4 Bring on the New

 Happy New Year!

It's 2017 and that means we all have some new goodies to play with or to share. Let's see what you create with your 'new to you' products.


Today, I am leading off the new challenge, the new year, and the new product release peaks on my own with the 40 to 40 post # 4.

This Christmas, my kids and I were at a PM Hobby, here in Calgary. My son spotted some wooden swords and started playing around and as I checked out the styles, I was take with a battle axe and buccaneer sword while my son was set on the knight's sword. The moment I saw these I thought about creating some embossing powder magic!

First, I gave the sword a quick sanding to really smooth it down.

Then, I went straight for my Ranger Ink Emboss It Dabber, Hammered Metal embossing powder, and Milwaukee heat tool (now Wagner brand).

I heated and layered the hammered metal. (I had to leave the sword a couple of times to cool off because I was afraid the wood would catch on fire it got so hot). 

This is a quick angle shot. If you half heat the powder it makes a cool rough pebbled texture.

Then, I added Gun Metal and Enhanced Silver Pearl embossing powders to the area where it would have been sharpened. 

Then, I moved to the handle and grabbed my Charred Gold Powder.

I had to apply the Emboss It ink with my finger at one point because the grain and inside curves needed a heavy coat so it wouldn't soak in. It's a really great ink because it not sticky and it smells great.

Now for embellishments. First, some wire twisted around the bottom of the handle.

Next, some leather, but I couldn't find mine. So I pulled a string from a burlap sac from Christmas gifts and grabbed the Candy Brown embossing powder and thoroughly coated it. Because the plastic powder made is stiff, I used my 400 grit sandpaper and sanded it down lightly to smooth it and give it some flexibility.

I tied it around the handle like a grip. I glued red jewel brads to the display hole at the end to cover it, using the beacon 3 in 1. I didn't have time or patience to deal with hot glue.

Then, I added the Skull charm to the base and the new Creativation release of Gem Stone using the Pyrite and Moissanite stones. (The Creativation has 8 stones being released and they will be featured by the DT posts coming up in 2 weeks.)

 I hope you enjoyed reading the steps to creating this sword as much as I did making it.

If you are at Creativation in Phoenix, it will be on display in Booth #1930. Come see the projects and a bunch of the Design Team.

Emerald Creek Supplies used:(click on any product link below to shop)

Hammered Metal
Charred Gold
Gun Metal
Enhanced Silver Pearl

Red Jewel Brad
Skull Charm
Moissanite Stones (available Jan 21,2017)
Pyrite Stones (available Jan 21, 2017)

Other items used that are available at Emerald Creek: 
Congratulations to Georgie C. of  Little Blue Craft Box,  winner of the 
Winter Wishes Dare with her Winter Wonderland Tags entry.

Georgie, please email Kim at for your prize code.

Special Mention Goes To:

Please email Kim, and put Top 3 in your subject line
to receive a badge to post on your blog and a special 20% off discount code.


To enter this month's 'Bring on the New' Dare, use the InLinkz below. Remember to follow the challenge rules as posted on the right sidebar of the blog, in order to be eligible.

 The winner, as voted upon by our Design Team members, receives a $50 Gift Certificate for the Emerald Creek Craft Supplies Shop and the top 3 Special Mentions receive a badge to post on their blog and a 20% off discount code for the shop.

But wait, there is more...
just for entering our Dare Challenge, you can receive 10% off your Emerald Creek order.

So what are you waiting for... we DARE you!

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  1. Absofreakinlutely amazing!!! Just one of the many ways you inspire me all the time!!!

  2. Wow, what a fabulous transformation. I love those amazing stones you used! x

    1. Thank you Redanne. I super excited to release the collection and am glad I could start doing the previews.

  3. This is awesome!! You did a fantastic job! So excited for you to be heading to Creativation :) Congrats to the winners! Such wonderful and inspiring projects!

    1. Thank you Karla! It was a lot of fun. I think one of these days I should do one of these more complex and patient classes for everyone

  4. Jaw is on the floor!!!! Absolutely gobsmacked! Awesome ♡♡♡♡♡

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  6. What a wonderful way to transform that sword! I bet it will be treasured and drawn out with pride. Thank you so much for my Top 3 award - what a thrill and a great way to start the new year xx

  7. Your sword is amazing! Embossing powder is so versatile.

  8. Wow, Kim! Your transformed sword is the coolest and most creative project I've seen! Every kid is going to want one! Your attention to detail is truly amazing!

    Biggest congratulations to our winners this month! What great creations they are, and we had some amazing entries that made it so hard to choose a winner!

  9. Wow!!! Thank you so much for my win!!!!! I'm so honoured (to say the the least). Congratulations to the other winners too - amazing projects. The sword is incredible, and such an incredible idea - happy hugs everyone :) :) xxx