Thursday, January 22, 2015

Woodware: A Silver Romance

The Woodware team is focusing on Silver Weddings this week, and apparently all I read was the word silver...so please pretend that I followed the challenge correctly. Lol. A silver anniversary is close enough, isn't it?

I created this card by first paste-embossing the Dreamweaver Chevron stencil in Silver Embossing Paste on a black cardstock panel, and setting it aside to dry near a small fan in my studio. Meanwhile, I inked the Stampendous Ornate Heart image, stamped, and embossed it in Silver Embossing Powder on another panel of black. A Peel Off sticker sentiment was added on a thin black banner strip, along with embellishments of Mark Richards Self Adhesive Crystals for added bling.

This simple design could easily be a wedding card or a Valentine as well! Don't forget to check the Woodware Team Blog for more silver inspiration all of this week!


Dreamweaver: Birthday Challenge Got You Dragon?

Welcome to the birth of a new year...2015 to be precise! In honor of that, we've decided that our monthly challenge for January will be Birthday Wishes. We'd love for you to play along with us, and link your creations to the Inlinkz tool at the bottom of this post, or on the Dream It Up! blog, for a chance to win the stencil of your choice...and remember, using Dreamweaver products gets you bonus points towards an extra stencil!

Here's my birthday wish for this week:

I thought I'd go a bit more elaborate for this week's birthday card. Using one of my favorite techniques...Molten Magic...along with Stampendous Embossing Enamels and Micro Glitters. The end result is so much texture, dimension, and color.

The Dreamweaver Dragon was paste-embossed in Glossy Red Paste using these steps:
1) Using removable tape around all edges, tape the stencil over the top of the cardstock panel.
2) Slide palette knife into jar of paste, lifting a thick portion of it up the back of the knife. Transfer to edge of Spreader approximately the width of the stencil design you are using.
3) Spread paste across stencil at a slight angle, lifting up at the end. Use palette knife to daub paste in any areas that may have been missed. Transfer remaining paste on spreader back to jar. Apply spreader at 45˚ angle across stencil to remove excess paste, and return to jar.  Clean edge of jar and close tightly.
4) Carefully remove tape from three sides, leaving last piece as your "hinge" to help lift the stencil off of the paper before removing. Immediately place stencil and spreader in water to be cleaned with a soft brush.

Now, comes the fun part!

1) Sprinkle various Stampendous Aged Enamels (Aged Gold and Aged Black) and Glitter (Red Micro Glitter) over wet paste. Tap off excess and return to bottles.
2) Apply heat tool until surface is bubbling, melding, and molten. Let cool a few minutes.
3) TA DAH! Don't you love it? You know this will be your new favorite technique!

Obviously, the card was finished up in the usual fashion...mats and layers, a glowing red rhinestone eye, and a sentiment. This was computer generated as I was feeling a bit of whimsy, so I designed it quickly in PhotoShop, printed it, and added it. It says, "Need help with those candles?", but I had printed out a couple others..."Another birthday got you DRAGON?", and "Come on...you know you're a HOTTIE!"  Yeah, very punny, I know.


Of course, more birthday inspirations coming your way from our "B" team:




Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Stampendous: A Spot of Tea, Perhaps?

Nothing is better for the soul than sharing a lovely cup of tea with a good friend. So, I'm posting this in honor of my good friend from the UK, Dorothy. I always enjoy our chats, sharing thoughts and opinions, and maybe a "biscuit" or two along with that "cuppa".

The card base is created using a large folded panel of WorldWin® DoubleMates paper in two shades of blue. The corners were rounded, along with the corners of the second layer inside of white cardstock. Both were cut straight across the fold at 1 1/4" , and folded back the opposite direction to create the pop-up portion.

I created my teapot by tracing the Dreamweaver Teapot Stencil onto the double-sided paper. After it was cut out, I ran the pieces through my Big Shot along with the Dreamweaver Dogwood Pattern stencil, and brushed White VersaColor ink over the embossed design to highlight it. A stamped sentiment tag was added to mimic a teabag in the pot.

I also embossed the Dreamweaver Oval Doily stencil with the opposite side of the paper, and ink-stenciled the embossed areas with a large stencil brush and Royal Blue ink. One edge was folded approximately 2" from the long edge. Cuts were made to match the original pop-up, and the doily was adhered to the card. The teapot was added as well onto the top flap.

The Cling Teacup Trio is a beautiful new stamp image from Stampendous, which I stamped in Danube Blue Memento, and colored with shades of blue Copic markers to imitate the look of Delft pottery. This was cut out and adhered to the popup, and a lux silk ribbon bow from May Arts finished the inside of the card.

The outside also features the embossed and inked doily pattern, along with two sections cut with the Dreamweaver Nested Ovals Dies, layered and stamped in blue with the Stampendous Perfectly Clear Life Words set.

I hope that each day this week, you'll sit down with your "cuppa", and enjoy the tea-themed creations by my Stampendous teammates. You can find the links here:

Stampendous

Amy Hurley-Purdie

Pam Hornschu