This week's challenge is Hearts and Love, and this is one of my all time faves that fits the part. It appears to be complicated, but really, it's quite simple.
You use a basic card base (5 1/2") square, tent fold, add a metallic silver panel. Then you'll run another metallic silver panel, a white panel, and a lavender panel through your embossing machine (Big Shot, Cuttlebug, etc) with the Dreamweaver Damask stencil, and layer all of these onto the card. Tie a beautiful bow around all.
Now here is the fun part. It will make no sense at all, and when I did it, it was strictly by accident, but using a black StazOn ink pad, daub it over the top of the Heart, Lock, and Key stencil. Place the stencil face up on the base plate of your embossing machine. Spritz with isopropyl alcohol (or alcohol ink thinner). Place your cardstock on top, along with the rubber embossing mat, and two clear plates, and run it all through. Something about thinning out that ink on the stencil with the spritz, makes it appear lavender and splotchy and a bit like watercolor. Plus, the embossed heart and key really stand out! Now all that is left to do is to tear around the edges of that panel, apply some pearl stickers, and adhere it to your card. If there is still ink left on the stencil, spritz again, and run another panel through for another card. (When you are finished, clean the stencil immediately with the same product that you spritzed with.)
The sentiment on the inside was simply a small scrap of the metallic cardstock with the Celebrate machine-embossed. Note: Remember when embossing a word, that the stencil needs to be placed upside down on the base plate in order read correctly.
So, did I do a pretty good job of making up for my lack of planning this week? Please say yes! If you haven't yet, be sure to visit the Woodware blog each day this week for more Hearts and Love!