This week's challenge on the Woodware UK blog is awesome! Being forced to break into your "stash" not only challenges your creativity, but also cleans up your space...a bit. I have what I have always called, my "Kibbles and Bits" box (named after a brand of dogfood in the USA). In this box are the pieces that were pretty great, just didn't end up on a finished project.
Last month I had been doing some serious playing around with the Dreamweaver Ink Transfer and Letterpress techniques. What is the difference you ask? Well, I did, too, until the Queen of Stencils, Lynell Harlow explained it to me:
Ink Transfer is when you've covered your stencil in ink either by spray mist or directly from an inkpad, and then place a panel of cardstock over the surface, smoothing it out to TRANSFER the ink!
Letterpress is when you've covered your stencil in ink either by spray mist or directly from an inkpad, and then place it on the bottom plate of your embossing machine, with a panel of cardstock on top, the rubber mat, and two clear plates on the top of that, and run it through your machine to PRESS the ink into the cardstock...thereby embossing and inking at the same time.
Either way, the finished creations are simple to do, and very effective. The newly released Zen Flower was done with Letterpress and Clearsnap Chalk Ink in Rouge (the Chalk inks are particularly nice for this technique). The side panel was done with the Quatrefoil stencil and spray mists in banana, tangerine, and strawberry...shifting the stencil slightly between each, and the final being red sprayed on the stencil and transferred. Both of these scraps were leftover from previous projects, and had something not "up to snuff" about them, but worked perfectly for this challenge! The finishing touch was the Card Candi which had exploded all over the bottom of a drawer. Note to self: Open these packages and store in individual containers! Oh, and I added a wonderful sentiment and a ladybug, too!