Thursday, August 28, 2014

Dreamweaver Stencils: Oldie But Goodie for August as an Adjective

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Sometimes when life gets hectic, you feel the need to give yourself a break. My post today is just that. I've pulled out an oldie but goodie from 2011 (which feels like just yesterday), that works with our "August as an Adjective" theme for the Dream Team.

This is a card that works for so many occasions, so is great for creating in multiples...for weddings, Valentines, anniversaries, etc. Start with a black card base. Machine emboss* a pink square with the Dreamweaver Large Damask stencil, as well as a panel of black cardstock. Use a Brilliance pink inkpad to swipe shimmery color over the embossed areas on the black panel. Adhere both panels to the card. Now, ink-stencil the Rose Heart design with Versamark ink, and emboss with Stampendous Crystal Embossing Powder, on a pink panel and a black panel. Cut out, split in half, and adhere to card. Add a sheer ribbon bow, a silver word charm (found in wedding section of craft store), and a string of plastic iridescent beads to finish.  It has quite a bit of "wow" factor, which I think makes this an "august" creation.

What has the "B" team been up to this week? Let's go find out...

*As a reminder on the "sandwich" for machine embossing with Dreamweaver Stencils:

1. Base plate to machine (Big Shot, Cuttlebug, Vagabond, etc.)
2. Stencil face down.
3. Cardstock face down.
4. Embossing mat (btw, Dreamweaver has an awesome one!)
5. TWO non-warped clear plates. This will protect your stencil as it goes under the roller.
6. Extra tip...spritz back of your cardstock with either water or isopropyl alcohol for a deeper emboss. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Woodware UK: Some "Sketching" Up to Do!

Apparently, I had a brain blip at the beginning of the week, and forgot my post! Fortunately, Dorothy came to my rescue and switched days with me. Whew! Thanks, Dorothy!

For the sketch #37 challenge on the Woodware blog, I chose to break up the six squares into tiles from one image, the Stampendous Sweater Square. I stamped this in Versamark ink, and embossed in plain white embossing powder. I quickly cut the panel into six squares and adhered them to my red card, added an appropriate greeting from the Stampendous Perfectly Clear Snowy Short Stack set, and a gingham ribbon bow. The perfect card to do in mass quantities!

If you haven't been checking out the sketch designs from the rest of the team yet, head over to the Woodware UK blog for more inspiration, as well as info on how you can play along with Sketch Challenge 37, for a chance to win!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Dreamweaver: August as an Adjective...and Molten, Too!

Last week was so much fun playing with the Woodware team, but now we need to get back to focusing on being "August in August", which is our team challenge this month, if you remember. It is your challenge as well, since we love to see your creations. So, be sure to link them using the inlinkz tool on the Dream It Up! blog. Meanwhile, here's what I've created in the elegant and distinguished theme.

Using the Dreamweaver Partridge in a Pear Tree stencil, I paste-embossed this in Metallic Gold. While wet, I sprinkled various colors of Dreamweaver Metallic F/X powders over the surface (Ivy Garden, Goldfinch, Glacier, Cocoa, and Kimono Red). I've found that the easiest trick to applying these powders (first of all...don't sneeze), is to use a small clean stencil brush and pick up a small amount of the powder. Tap the handle on your opposite hand while holding the brush over the wet surface. The closer to the surface you are, the more concentrated the color will be. The further you are from the surface, the finer the color will be. Your choice. Wipe your stencil brush on a piece of paper towel between colors. Now you break out your heat tool, and holding it 4-6 inches above the surface, apply heat. The paste will bubble, causing your beautiful powders to bubble along with it, creating this awesome..."Molten Magic". On top of the black cardstock, you have such wonderful contrast of color, and are able to see every bit of texture and detail. Lynell's trick for removing any residual mica powders on the black surface, is to wipe over it with a "Swiffer" cloth. They are like magic for removing the staticky cling type items like mica powders and glitter.

The panel behind was a metallic gold cardstock which I rubbed over the surface with a bit of Versamark ink, and sprinkled with more Metallic F/X powders. I really rubbed these into the surface, and the ink becomes the fixative for these powders. I added the sentiment from a Clear Magic stamp set from Woodware UK called Heartfelt Christmas Wishes.

Now you may head on over to visit the Dream Team members that are posting this week:

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