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Woodware: The Age-Old Technique of Masking

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IF YOU ARE HERE FOR THE DREAMWEAVER "JULY TO DIE FOR" POST, PLEASE SCROLL DOWN TO THE NEXT POST. The technique of masking in art can have a couple of purposes. It can aid you in creating a background by masking away the fore-ground. This can be accomplished by creating a second version on scrap paper, or even better, sticky notes. Cut this secondary piece out, place it over the original to mask that off from whatever you decide to add to the background. I'm sure that at least a few of our ladies on the Woodware team will be demonstrating this during our challenge week of "Masking". My version is a bit different.

Sometimes you create a focal panel that you love, but it's just missing something. That was my problem with the Dreamweaver Hanging Wisteria design above. I had used stencil brushes and a palette of ink to color and shade. I was happy enough with the design, but just wanted to showcase it a bit more. I wanted a bit of visual texture as well. I wanted…

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

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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 cut...one 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 di…

Woodware UK: Mixing it Up for Summer

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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. …

Hoot, Hoot, Hoot-ray for Dreamweaver Dies!

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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 tip...as 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 …

Have a CUPPA Dreamweaver DIES!

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We are now into our third week of featuring a "July to DIE for", showing off all of our Dreamweaver dies, many of which match our stencil designs as well. Do you have a favorite yet? My favorite is usually whichever I am playing with at the moment! Lol.

My post today features the Stacked Teacup Die and Stencil, along with the Nested Frames, the Happy Birthday sentiment, and the Crusade Background. After die-cutting the teacups, I placed them on my craft mat and taped the matching stencil over the top, and pasted the design with Translucent paste to create shiny cups. I punched small circles and cut them in pieces to add pattern to the teacups that matches the card. The sentiment was pasted with a mix of regular Embossing Paste with a bit of Purple Satin and Plum Royale Metallic F/X to match the teacups. I looped a bit of May Arts ribbon through the teacup handles for some extra interest, and added some punched circles for fun.

Here's the list of this week's team mem…

Woodware: Sketch 36 in Flying Colors

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Back once again for the Woodware sketch challenge...this time number 36 as shown at left.

My version features a black panel, with the Dreamweaver Dragonflies stencil paste-embossed in Matte Black. While wet, Metallic F/X mica powders were sprinkled over the surface and heated with a heat tool. This changes the texture of the paste, making it thicker, with an almost hammered and enameled metal appearance.

The circle was simply letter-pressed using Aquamarine Chalk ink with the Small Cathedral Window stencil on lighter aqua cardstock. the square shows the Hope character, paste-embossed in Matte Black as well, and covered in Goldfinch Metallic F/X before heating for great texture and sparkle.



Dreamweaver Stencils: Skip the Fussy-Cutting, I'll Take Dreamweaver DIES Any Day!

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There is nothing that says that you can't go "out on a limb" when playing with Dreamweaver's new dies, so that's exactly what I did for this week's post.

Using the newly released Nesting Ovals, I die cut the largest one, and sponged a blue sky with clouds over the white oval, using the Picasso tool to help create my fluffy clouds. Then I taped the Toucan stencil over the oval, and ink-stenciled the branch and leaves portion only, using small brushes with the Tsukineko Splendor ink pads as my palette, and the Picasso tool to mask off areas to ease in my inking.

Next, I masked off with tape on my cleanToucan stencil the areas that I did not want to paste before taping the stencil over my sky-decorated oval. The Toucan was paste-embossed in Matte Black and set aside to dry.

Meanwhile, I used a brayer to roll ink from my Tsunkineko Kaleidcolor Tahiti inkpad, being careful not to muddy the colors as I rolled the brayer over the ink, and over my white cardstock. I…

Poppies for Remembrance

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Our July Retailer is Linda who runs LLinda’s Craft Shop in Laneham, North Nottinghamshire. LLinda’s is a shop full of inspiration and with regular paper crafting workshops. Linda is one of the talented bunch that qualified as Certified Dreamweaver Teachers earlier in the year. Llinda’s Blog will give you a glimpse of the goings on in the shop. You can find workshop details, directions and much much more on LLinda’s Website. As this is an important year of remembrance the theme that Linda has chosen is The Poppy….as we remember 
Here I am in Yorkshire, England, writing this week's post. What a wonderful batch of new memories from this trip! So much fun to see Dorothy again, and share the beautiful surroundings with my hubby, including the chance to view the starting leg of the Tour de France! Which reminds me...this week's post was suggested by Linda, one of the Woodware retailers. We are all posting with poppies this week in honor of the fallen soldiers of WWI, and the fields of…

Dreamweaver Stencils: A July to DIE for!

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Welcome to July...the month to DIE for! Yep. All of this month, the Dream Team are featuring our newest toys...our DIES! You'd be surprised at how many we have, and what fun things you can do with them...especially when used in conjunction with many of their stencil counterparts. They are such a simple way to create an effective card. Here's mine for this week:
Just break out a couple of your larger sized stencil brushes, and your Tsukineko Splendor Magic inkpad, and punch up a CAS card in a hurry. Use the Monstera die to cut a window from the front of the card, designed to show off the ink-stenciled Leopard Spots on the inside. The Elephant stencil is ink-stenciled on the front, and the die cut leaf is ink-stenciled with the Herringbone pattern and popped up over the top. A fun stamped saying from the Stampendous Gears Kiddo set is the perfect sentiment.
I'm sure that our "A" team is just DIE-ing to show you their creations, as well as our Guest Designers for th…