Thursday, July 31, 2014

Dreamweaver Stencils: July to DIE For Finale...Spelling It Out!

A-PEAR-ently, it is once again another Dreamweaver July to DIE For post! Obviously, dies are great for quick and CAS design, but they can also be fun to incorporate into a mixed media card or project.

This card features the Pear Dies and the soon-to-be released new Alphabet Die set, which comes with its own caddy to store the dies and extra die-cut letters in. The new alphabet provides two uses of each die the positive letter from the centers of the squares, and the other the negative portion left from the die cut. It can be really fun to mix both!

I had a panel of cardstock that I had left from a project using the Stampendous Creative Palette, where I had drizzled Aquamarine, Lemoncello, Citron, and a bit of Paprika Color Solutions alcohol inks, spritzed with the blending solution, and ran several panels through the colors. Then I paste-embossed a portion of the Petals Background stencil in Glossy Blue in the center.

I die-cut one pear and leaf from this panel, and then die cut the small leaf from that larger leaf to use on the pear at the bottom of the card. Are you wondering why I didn't just die-cut the small one and skip the large one? Because the larger one looks best on that negative panel! I die-cut the smaller pear from the beautiful blue Bazzill cardstock, and built the layers over the top of the green card base, leaving a space between the blue panel and the pasted portion at the bottom for dimension.

Finally, I die-cut the alphabet to "create" my sentiment, grunging it a bit with Versafine inks and a sponge dauber. To balance things a bit, and bring out the paprika color, I added a polka dot ribbon bow with a button and twine, as well as the smaller pear and leaf, and a button that mimicked the core and seed portion of the pear...sort of.

I think I was channeling my inner Kristi Parker Van Doren for this card. What do you think?

I wonder what the Dream Team has created for their final July to DIE for post? What have your created? Be sure to upload it to the Dream It Up blog inlinkz tool for a chance to win this month!

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Woodware UK: Mixing it Up for Summer

The Woodware team has been challenged to a Mixed Media challenge this week, with either a Summer or a Body Beautiful theme. Guess which one I decided to go with? 

I used a basic 6 X 6 square canvas for this, but you could easily use the Woodware Canvas Paper and either wrap a frame with it, or frame it when finished, or not...up to you.

The background was swiped with various bright color inks, sprinkled with rock salt, and spritzed with water. The colors move a bit, and the rock salt causes a bit of splotchiness and texture. When dry, I used thinned down Dreamweaver Glossy White Paste to give a washed look to the Dreamweaver Large Scales design on the side. I used the same Glossy White Paste to paste-emboss the new Dreamweaver Sailboat, adding a few extra choppy waves with paste on the edge of my palette knife. Once again, this was set aside to dry.

Next I ink-stenciled the Twin Palms on the side using my Tsukineko Splendor ink pad as my palette, and added the small Flourish as well. The finishing touch was ink-stenciling the Summer word at the top, and adhering a sprinkling of Stampendous Color Fragments in Lime and Teal. I fully intend to do the other three seasons, as this was really a fun project!

All of this week, the team will be posting their mixed media creations, so be sure to check the Woodware blog daily! Oh, and we'd love for you to share your own creations!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hoot, Hoot, Hoot-ray for Dreamweaver Dies!

Playing with the Dreamweaver dies this month has been such a HOOT! Just to prove it, my card today features our new Owl Dies itsy bitsy babies, perching on the window created by the largest of the new Oval Dies. The card base for this was machine embossed and StriƩ-inked with the Pinwheel Checkerboard stencil pattern before stamping the cute sentiment from Woodware's Clear Magic Owl Christmas set.

 The inside panel adds depth by layering the Treeline Die, cut from patterned paper, over the top of another patterned paper...all coordinating with the patterned papers from my little owl babies. Here's a tip...trace the outside edge of the owl die on contrasting cardstock and cut out. It is a bit of fussy cutting, but a fairly simple shape to cut. Then you can just adhere the paper pieces from the die cuts. Oh, and another you die cut each baby owl, place each tiny piece on a strip of removable tape to keep them together, and doing this with each owl. This makes it soooo much easier to keep all the pieces together. It is also really helpful to place a panel of Double Sided Mounting Paper on the back of the panel of patterned paper that you are cutting your owls from BEFORE die cutting them. Just peel off the adhesive backing and adhere each piece without dealing with messy glues.

Before you move on to the team's blogs this week, just thought I'd share a silly riddle for you...

Where do you buy baby owls? At the OWLET store!! Hee hee.

Be sure to link your own die-cut creations to the link below for a chance to win the Dreamweaver Stencil or Die of your choice!

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