Embossing Tape Technique

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Creative JumpStart, Embossing, Tutorial Video


Those of you who were part of the Creative JumpStart 2013 saw the videos that me and my artist friends posted on my website throughout January. The videos are not available here anymore, since I have to make room for new fun things to come ..still thinking ;) …but I thought it would be nice to repost my 10 technique videos over the next couple weeks- so that you have access to them whenever you want.

And now let’s jump to the first video in my Über*Media Creative JumpStart 2013 Workshop which was on how to create Embossing Tape- a technique I do love a lot for the fun effects you can get.

If you have no external speakers on your pc – turn up the volume a lot (the audio is very low in this video)

This and the other techniques are part of some of my Über*Media Online Classes. They are there to free your creativity with techniques and how-to’s that go beyond one certain project. I want you to learn something new that you can adapt to your own style and can use for many projects to come.

Über*Media classes are dedicated to different kinds of media that cross a variety of materials.

I do have several Über*Media Workshops available right now for example Über*Media -PanPastel, -Acrylic Paint, -Gesso, -Acrylic Ink and -FoamStamplifier.

For my Creative JumpStart Über*Media Workshop I will show you some of my favorite Über*Media Techniques that you can use in your Mixed Media, Scrapbooking, Altered Art and/or ArtJournal Projects.


And here are the supplies I used in the video:


I hope you enjoyed this little technique.

Have an amazing day!





Second Floor Challenge #9: Embossing Powder

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in 2nd Floor, Embossing, Gesso, Mixed Media

Are you ready to take the second floor this time? If you have no clue what I am talking about- read all about it here :) The Second Floor Challenge

So today is our 8th Second Floor Challenge: Embossing Powder

Click here to see what Julie did

Whatever that means to you or however it inspires you.  The prompt is simply meant to get you started.  The level of challenge you aim for is entirely internal and up to you

Embossing Powder- cool – I love Embossing Powder. I use it in many different ways and I love to try out all kinds of different media as embossing agents. If you have ever been at one of my life workshops you know that ;) You have used all kinds of stuff for it…Acrylic Paints was one of them. So started like this on a small tiny canvas

I spread black gesso over since I know I wanted different colored embossing powders on top of it and I hoped the black gesso would make the colors pop more.

It was like cooking …BAM! some more spicy embossing powder right into the kisser wet gesso.

Next was heating, and I had a suspicion already that this mixture would be a bit dangerous in case of the fumes…and boy was I right…yikes. I bet this is highly unhealthy and recommend almost a mask and a well ventilated area. But still I was pleased with the result.

Time to take it to the second floor – I sprayed it with water based spray paints

and BAM! sprinkled some golden embossing powder over it here and there – off heating again

Loved the results….and then used it right away for a present for a special girl

here is a close up of the Gesso-Embossing

What I learned from this challenge:

  1. I love the texture and patina aged look the embossing powder with the black gesso created. Actually to tell you the truth it makes me giddy :)
  2. this is NOT healthy! not something I would teach in a workshop. Black Gesso by Golden already has on their lable that it contains chemicals that are known to cause cancer…and embossing powder is essentially plastic, so melting it together like crazy is obviously a crazy nut case’s idea! I will wear a mask next if I do it again!
  3. I love that through the combination of those two media the heat resulted extra dimension stayed once it was dried. Pretty pretty cool.
  4. If you reheat colored gesso again and put the heat too long on it, it can loose its color at parts and gets white spots. Which in this case was cool! But something to keep in mind.
  5. I liked working on a smaller surface for this technique – first it was out of economic reasons as to not waste a huge amount of embossing powder if that technique would not work, but then it also was fun to incorporate this in a bigger project using different techniques then again.

If you’d like to leave a link showing off what you did in response to this challenge, here’s the linky list:





I want to ride my bicycle

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Embossing, ScrapArtZine, Scrapbooking Layouts, Stencils and Masks

A layout that reminds me on sunnier days in Hamburg ;) Yes yes…I know …we Hamburgers love to talk about the weather- but hey…it is EXTREME – LOL. The funny thing is…the TRUE Hamburger rides his/her bike at any weather…and I do only take it out when the weather is absolutely fab. Which means…this year my bike is having a sad sad time in the cellar ;)

This Layout was part of my article about the Crafter’s Workshop Templates in the Summer issue of the ScrapArtZine.

I had layered Julie’s amazing star stencil sveral times using acrylic paints.

Supplies: Crafter’s Workshop Template Layered Stars, Studio Calico Die Cut Papier Blue Bracket und Love Bird,Fancy Pants Windy Day, Pink Paislee Chipboard Tiles, Pink Paislee Ephemera Die Cuts, Prima Songbird Alpha Sheet, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L MyStik und 3D Foam Pads, Liquitex Heavy Acrylic Paint


How about you? Do you like riding your bicycle?


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