Thursday, January 6, 2011

Dream Schemes-Lesson Learned

Fortunately for me, this week for the Dreamweaver Stencil's Thursday Dream Scheme, is a free-choice week. Since I am going to be helping my MIL for awhile, it helped that I had a card on my computer that I hadn't posted as yet. It also helps that you cardmakers are moving into Valentine mode, which this card would obviously work for, or for a wedding, anniversary, or some other smoochy celebration. Now, here is where I have to admit that I made a big boo-boo when I created this card. I was attempting to use a version of the "Double Glitter" technique made popular by Dreamweaver Stencils, but I did a man thing...I didn't read the directions first! So, before attempting that technique, I HIGHLY recommend that you follow the instructions. Instead of using glitter, I used flock and embossing powder. This was NOT the boo-boo. Hmmm...I guess I'll tell you what I SHOULD have done, and then I'll tell you my mistake. First of all, you place a piece of double-sided adhesive on your cardstock panel (in this case, bright pink). Remove the top carrier sheet. Rub a high-fat content bar of soap over the back of the stencil (Dreamweaver sells the perfect bar from Hawaii with coconut oil...smells yummy!), and place the stencil on the adhesive surface. Now you pour your flock over the entire surface,pressing into the adhesive. Pour off the excess, and brush off any loose bits. Then carefully remove the stencil. Now you have exposed areas that you will fill with, in the case of this card, black embossing powder. Shake and snap off any excess powder. Heat the powder until it melts. And that's it! I did cut the panel into several pieces and adhered them to a black cardstock panel with space in between, reminiscent of mosaic. It looks really pretty, don't you think? You want to know where the goof was, right? If you think it was the embossing powder and that the adhesive reacted to the heat...nope, that was fine. Where I goofed was that I did NOT apply soap to the back of the stencil before placing it on the adhesive. Therefore, when I went to remove it from the extremely sticky surface, it didn't want to let go. Fortunately, I didn't rip the panel that I just carefully created, but the stencil is not looking so great now...quite bent out of shape. This made me a little bent out of shape as well! Lesson learned! So please leave me a nice sympathetic comment, hop on over to see what the rest of the instruction-reading team has been up to this week (as listed at right), leave them some love as well, and over to the Dream It Up! blog for inspiration from the stencil guru, Lynell! Post your own creations with a link so we can see what you've been up to as well.
"Long Heart" from Dreamweaver Stencils (LL311)
Double Sided Mounting Paper from Dreamweaver Stencils (MPDS)
Handmade Hawaiian Soap from Dreamweaver Stencils (DHHS)
Midnight Black Embossing Powder from Stampendous (EP111)
Pixie Pink Fun Flock from Stampendous (FL803)
Rouge Chalk ink from Clearsnap
bright pink and black cardstock
EK Success print paper
silver heart charm, ribbon, jumpring


Wendy said...

Oh that.....I have done that too!!! Your card is a beauty and I should try the that. Thanks for the insight!! I hope you have a good day!

Lynell Harlow / Dreamweaver Stencils said...

This is gorgeous...and thanks for telling us what happens if you don't use the soap. I am sure it will keep some people from making the same error. Hope your MIL is doing OK, I am sure she is grateful to have you there.

Kristi said...

Love the card as usual! Glad you had a safe trip! This is one of the first stencils I saw in a demo! Love it!

Louise said...

I know I shouldn't laugh, but I did! Have no fear, I'm sure you aren't the first or last to make that mistake! The card turned out great! I really like the cut apart look. Great job! Sorry about the stencil.

Georgia Sommers said...

Pam... I too have made that little mistake and I read the directions, can you say brain fart. I also love the card the flocking is so beautiful with the black embossing. i'm inspired to use the beautiful jars of flocking siting on my shelf, you know the shelf I mean with all the glitter, Tattered Angels glitter spray, Smooch and other assorted Items. (they all look so pretty though, LOL).
Thanks for inspiring me.

Deborah March said...

Aaawww, sorry about your paper crafter's irritation, but your card is just LOVELY Pam!!

Laura Drahozal said...

Wow. It was really difficult to find where to comment. Anyway, gorgeous as usual, Pam. You have a fantastically creative mind! I did NOT know that I could emboss on the Double Sided Sticky Paper. Good to know---hmmm. You work is just wonderful!

Mindy said...

I don't see any mistake, and love the idea of a nice smelling soap to go with such a beautiful card!

HawaiianLibrarian said...

Bless your honest soul for sharing your boo-boo so we can avoid the same headache. Your card is to be cherished w/ that lovely texture.