Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Dreamweaver and Stampendous...a Happy Accident?


Get ready to be inked, pasted, encrusted, stenciled and stamped! All of this week the Dreamweaver Stencils' Dream Team and the Stampendous Design Teams will be providing some "Dream-pendous" inspiration for you, with multiple opportunities to win some fabulous prizes from both companies. Each day this week, you will be directed from both the Stampendous Impressions' blog or the Dream It Up! blog to the players du jour for your oohing and aaahing pleasure. Everyone will be playing on Saturday, the 14th with our final hop for the week. This is your opportunity to see how to mix and mingle your creativity...if you are a stenciler, you will be fascinated at combining stamps with your first love. If you are a stamper, you will be wowed at how stencils can add to your impressions.


Ever break an expensive Ming vase? Not a happy accident. But breaking a faux vase...a very happy accident! I had the notion of doing a crackle finish on the Dreamweaver Ginger Jar and stamping this Lone Bird image onto it. My steps went like this:
1. I taped the stencil on all four sides to a black panel with removable tape.
2. I applied Glossy Black Paste with the Spreader over the surface, and "squeegeeing" off the excess to save for another day.
3. I removed the tape from three sides, leaving a hinge piece before removing my pasted panel to dry. I cleaned my stencil and spreader immediately with warm water and a soft brush.
4. I placed my pasted piece on top of my toaster oven with it set on the lowest setting (150 degrees F) until dry, approximately 30 minutes.
5. I replaced the dry stencil over the surface. This time I pasted with the Crackle Embossing Paste, and followed above directions.
6. When dry and crackly, I inked color on to the surface with a stencil brush, and then stamped the image on the surface, and...uh, oh! This was where I found out that I had made a mistake. You see, the Crackle Paste adheres better to a matte paste rather than glossy. The result was that portions were breaking off. At this point, I could have thrown it away, but something in my scary brain went, "hmmm", and I was determined to "Make it work!" as Tim Gunn would say. So here's the rest of the steps:
7) I covered the entire surface with Versamark ink and used Deep Impressions Embossing Enamel over the entire surface...twice. This did two things: One...it provided a shiny ceramic-like look, and two...it ensured that no more pieces would fall out!
8) To finish the card, I machine-embossed the front with the Dreamweaver Stencils' Quatrefoil design, and brushed ink over the surface to highlight. I added a scrap of encyclopedia page (on canaries!), which I stamped with the Cling Vintage Birdcage**, and added the Cling Bird Manor** in the background. A band of crocheted lace from May Arts ties it all together.

Be sure to leave comments as you tour the blogs (with your email addy!) for a chance to win* one of three combined sets of these Dreamweaver and Stampendous goodies:





Leave me some love before you "gear up" for the next player:



*For shipping and handling purposes, USA/APO/FPO/Canada winners only.

**These items available on the Stampendous site April 21st. Check your local stores meanwhile.

35 comments:

Summite said...

Your card is just amazing... I like the way you put the stencil with your stamp.... Congrat.....

lori said...

Wow! Amazing! Love that technique on that vase! Thanks for sharing your talents and giving me a chance to win!

craftymom205 said...

Great card. Thanks for sharing the technique on the vase.

craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

Unknown said...

Great technique!!! Your card is amazing :)

Anne Temple said...

Wow! That's one fantastic "accident". I LOVE how this turned out!

Steph Lee (Arty Carty) said...

OMGoodness Pam!! That vase is amazing!!

wendyp said...

That vase is amazing!! Love reading how you turned a "oops" into FAB!!!

Louise said...

Sooooo beautiful! Love the combo of stamps and stencils!

Jingle said...

Umm...wow and stuff! This is just fantastic!

Bernie said...

That vase is amazing!!
Hugs
berniescraftcloset at gmail dot com

Miriam Prantner said...

Such a cool technique with amazing results. Love it!

marilync said...

Wow! Love the vase with the crackle effect. Going off now to try this technique

Caroline D. said...

This is absolutely stunning and amazing! Thank you for sharing the steps and story behind the creation. I *must* get some of the crackle paste now and the stencils you used! Lucky me I have the birdcage stamp already...

silvia said...

Love, Love, LOVE the vase!!

Jackie B said...

A wonderful effect. Good job.Thanks for sharing the directions. Jackietbedataoldotcom

Jessie Hurley said...

I LOVE when a "mistake" turns into a beautiful concept! Now I'm going to have to try Crackle with Glossy paste too! I totally Adore your broken Ming Vase

DebWoo said...

wow, this is awesome

Deborah said...

I love how your "mistake" was retrieved and made into what looks like an ode to an ancient Grecian urn.

Jennifer Dove said...

well didn't you just outdo yourself with the crackle....oooh aaaah...love it.....you know we have very similar taste...i think i needed more stencils and paste....crackle on my list for Santa

jennifer at kickman. com

Joy H said...

I just bought some crackle past on the weekend - woo hoo! love how there are no "mistakes" in art - just opportunities to take it to the next level - good for you Pam!

Karenladd said...

This is so creative and fabulous! I love the technique you used on that vase...I'm feeling so inspired!

Kimmy said...

That vase is so creative! and beautiful.

Kimbo said...

So beautiful!! Love this card and technique!!

Scrappychick said...

This is stunning Pam! Love the cracked and distressed vase and how you fixed it LOL and I love the bird stamped right on top!

Leta said...

WOW!!! I LOVE it...it was indeed a Happy accident

Sue D said...

Fabulous technique!
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

rlovew said...

Amazing card- I love the way the vase came out!

rose s. said...

wow - you're card is amazing! i really love the tech. you used on the vase - thxs for posting the details. i've never used the crackle finish but you've now inspired me to try it. i really like the bird stamp too.

Michele Smith said...

Beautiful crackling technique! Not sure I am brave enough to try that one yet...lol. I appreciate the detailed instructions you posted...just in case I work up the nerve!! msmith38652@gmail.com
http://michelescraftroom.blogspot.com/

Carol said...

Fun hop! Thanks for the inspiration!

Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

sommrstamping said...

Pam this is amazing. I would love to see this in person, my birthday is in September LOL. thanks for all your work and the great inspiration.

Wendy said...

Another AMAZING creation!! Just fabulous.

Kim x said...

Just fantastic, remember it's never a mistake always an opportunity lol.
hugs Kimx

Suzanne C said...

Beautiful vase! Gorgeous card.

Terrece said...

I'm going to have to try this. I really like the way the vase came out. It's fantastic!!