Thursday, 1 September 2016

Super Heroes at Emerald Creek Dares!

Servus and welcome back to another of Emerald Creek's Dares!

It's a month long "Anything Goes" challenge for you, but a "Super Heroes" challenge it was for the DT!

It brought me sweet memories of my very first Superman comic book my mom gave to me when I was about 12 years old (looking back at it now I think my mom was really cool - having two daughters but always providing me - the boyish one and very much into drawing at that time - with boys stuff and with images to fuel my creativity). No further need to mention how much I loved this comic book!

For the "Super Heroes" challenge I decided to recreate the new Super Woman logo for the upcoming movie and use it on a card. Not that I am much of a women's libber, but I really love the look. (and I like that there finally a female super hero will hit the screens ;)

I used some of Emerald Creek's fab embossing powders for the different metal tones - but - as you can see - these were soooo hard to capture in a photograph. So I hope you will get at least the idea of the metallic sparkle of my make.

I used the fantastic Mercury Rising and Mirror Gold embossing powders for the background on the circle MDF panel (which is from Calico Craft Parts) and Charred Gold and Burnt Copper Leaves for the logo.

I know, I know...I could have printed out the original and use that to cut out my letter parts, but sometimes I am in the mood to challenge myself and find out how far I'll get by doing it all by hand. I also think that this makes my project not just a "copy" but an original (which is important to me).

So I made a sketch...

...then I drew a precise double doubleview using a ruler (but not measuring...only seeing to it that the logo would fit with the circle panel I was going to use as a background). To get symmetrical sides of the logo I used my old tracing and dry embossing device (a box with a light bulb mounted underneath a transparent top):

Then I made some copies using our printer, so I had at least two to four logos to cut the letter parts from.

The cut out pieces were painted black and set to dry.

They were heat embossed with Charred Gold and Burnt Copper Leaves embossing powders:

The circle panel got a coat of Mercury Rising embossing powder:

I added a second layer of the same embossing enamel to the top and bottom sections of the circle for more dimension and to create subtle horizontal sections. I also sprinkled on some Mirror Gold while heating the Mercury Rising embossing powder to create some sparkling speckles.

The letter parts were glued on and light beige, carbon black and dark grey acrylic paints and a very small detail brush were used to paint the highlights and shades.

A single star was added by using the same light beige through a stencil.

The background for the circle panel was made of black card that was run through my Sizzix using a Tim Holtz Diamond Plate embossing folder .

Using brushed pewter Tim Holtz Distress Stain I quickly added some metal sheen to the black card.
The edges were distressed, four brads were attached and all the elements were mounted to a folded piece of creamy white card using sticky foam pads for more dimension.

Depending on the light source the logo can change its look from cool to warm metal. The texture of the embossing enamels and the layered logo become more visible too when being lit from the side. So here are some more close ups:

The "glowing white" surrounding the logo was painted directly on the Mercury Rising embossing enamel. As I only had done a very thin single layer in the center of the panel the acrylic paint adhered quite well!

So my logo isn't perfect - but I had a lot of fun recreating it. Sometimes the journey is the reward, isn't it? ;)

Please, check out the Super Hero makes of my team mates by hopping over to the Emerald Creek Dares blog! And I hope to see you join in our challenge soon! A $50 voucher is waiting for one lucky winner drawn among the entries. And of course glory and honor for those who make it to the Top3 and for the challenge winner! ;)

Hugs and happy crafting!


  1. Absolutely stunning!! All the metallics you chose look fantastic.

  2. Awesome, cool and brilliant techniques!

  3. Fantastic card Claudia! Love how you used the embossing powder as well as getting so much texture!

  4. A great logo design and a fabulous work on metallic textures!


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