Week Three of the Dream Team Valentine Challenge
So, two weeks ago the new Dream Team introduced our followers to our change in challenges. Each month we'll run a different challenge for YOU to play along with. You'll have ALL month long to create and link to the Dream It Up! blog, as many times as you want, with one of two opportunities to win a fabulous stencil design from Dreamweaver Stencils! For the month of January, the challenge is to wow us with a Valentine-themed project. My card for this third week features the Heart Lock stencil (yes, once again), only this time with a different technique from the first week's post. The ink transfer (or letterpress) technique is soooo simple, and sooooo effective! All that is necessary is to apply ink in some form (ink pads, Memories Mists, Color Solutions alcohol inks, etc.) to the surface of the stencil. Place this face up on the bottom platen of whichever embossing/die-cutting machine you may own (my personal fave? The Sizzix Big Shot Pro!). Then spritz the top of the stencil with a little alcohol to rewet the ink, place cardstock panel face down on top of stencil, rubber embossing mat over this, with two clear platens over the top of all. Confused? Yeah, I know that your manual will tell you to sandwich all of this between two clear platens, but we recommend having the two platens on top to protect your stencils. For my card, I spritzed with a small amount of Strawberry Daiquiri Memories Mists on my stencil. The cardstock was a a watercolor paper with a canvas texture. The process highlights the texture while embossing the beautiful Heart Lock stencil image. The sentiment (You & Me) was also machine embossed, but dry this time. With a lacy punched border and a couple flowers, you have yet another fab Valentine card completed for the sweetie in your life. If you haven't visited the rest of our amazing new team, you will definitely want to do so now:
If you've made the rounds already, then get your Valentine mojo on and create something "love-ly" of your own and link it on the Dreamweaver Stencils Dream It Up! blog. You have until February 1st by midnight to be eligible to win.