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Thirsty Brush News, Giveaway and Heat Embossing Blog Project!


20/02/2019

Happy Hump day - aka Wednesday - my lovely Crafties. We are over the half way hump of the week already. Where is the time going this year??

Hope you are well and enjoying the slightly milder weather. I can really smell spring in the air now when I’m on my morning dog walks. A few crocus’ are popping up in the grass and the odd daffodil bulb poking its way between the weeds!

This weeks blog post is a little different. I wanted to update you all on whats been going on in Thirsty Brush world and tell you about a few super exciting events coming up:

First of all, thank you to all those who watched the 60 minute deal show on Create & Craft TV last Wednesday. It was fantastic to be back in the studio. If you missed it, you can still catch it here. The show will be available to watch until the end of today (20th February). Although the offers are no longer available, you can still watch for the demos, so check it out if you have some spare time this evening.

So, what else has been going on for me and Thirsty Brush? Well, lots of you have been asking when there will be new product releases and I am pleased to say, the answer is very soon! 

I have been working on lots of new designs for the coming months and can’t wait to show them to you all. It’s so hard to keep things under wraps sometimes and I get desperate to tell you all my plans! Naturally, we have to make sure things are in place and everything is right leading up to product release before I can spill the beans. The things we have coming will be worth the wait, I promise!

So, stay tuned to social media! As soon I can confirm a date for the next release, you will be the first to know. Kerry and Liane - from the Thirsty Brush design team - are also super hyped for what is coming up. It’s always a good sign for my designs when the ladies let out a little yelp when they see what’s coming. Just wait until you see their samples - WOW!

Second, piece of exciting news. Thirsty Brush will be exhibiting at the Creative Craft Show at the Birmingham NEC 14th-17th March!!! I seriously cannot wait for this event! It is our first big show and I am really looking forward to meeting and talking to as many crafters as possible and showcasing exactly what Thirsty Brush is all about.

To celebrate this big step for us as a brand, I am giving away a pair of complimentary tickets to the show! I will be posting details on how to enter the giveaway on my Facebook page this evening. Good luck and make sure, if you are the lucky winner, that you come to the stand and say hi!

Moving forward then, throughout the year, I will be looking to do more events and shows. Both in the West Midlands and further afield, across the country. So, keep an eye on the Facebook page. I will post dates and venues as they come up!

Exciting stuff, eh? And lots more to come!

Now, for this weeks blog project. I was inspired by watching the Eazicandle show on Create & Craft last week. I love a relaxing candle, preferring calming scents like Lavender or energizing citrus. So, I jumped at the chance to make my own. While watching the show, my creative mind was buzzing with ideas on how to decorate those lovely white candle tumblers. After a LOT of trial and error, I have found a way to incorporate your Thirsty Brush stamps into the candle making and home decor craft using heat embossing! Yay!

This technique is so much fun and really stretches the value of your stamps by offering you another way to use them for home decor, which you may not have thought of before.

Before we get started on the method, lets go over a few points to ensure your safety:

You will need:

How to do it:

First, clean your chosen glass piece with soapy warm water and dry thoroughly. Rub the jar with your antistatic bag so the embossing powder only sticks to your stamped design. Choose your stamp and place it face up onto your glass mat. Use the grid on your mat to position your stamp at the desired angle. Ink up the stamp with Versamark or similar embossing ink. Hold the glass container above the edge of your stamp - left or right side it doesn’t matter. Smoothly, and with one motion, roll the tumbler along the stamp confidently and with a reasonably firm pressure, to leave the design impression. If you are not happy with the stamping, don’t worry it’s not permanent yet! Just wash the container and start again. Once stamped, pour over the embossing powder and heat set.

And you’re done! Once cool, the embossed design can be coloured with alcohol markers if you like. I just embossed my Camellia stamp with clear powder for a clean and simple look. To be honest, the photo doesn’t really do it justice as its true beauty comes when a candle is flickering away in a cosy, dark room. Maybe you could try metallic or coloured embossing powders? And wouldn’t this technique look lovely on a flower vase or picture frame?

I would love to see, if you give this a go.

I’m off to give my doggo a big cuddle now. He has been neutered today and is feeling very sorry for himself! Evening of candles, blankets and snuggles is in order.

Claire x

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