Thursday, March 3, 2011

Faith and Begorrah! It's Dream Schemes Thursday Again!

 This week's Dream Schemes is free choice again. My choice was to create a St. Patrick's day card. Those of you visiting my blog from Ireland are probably laughing right now at the "Yanks" fixation on this holiday. We just like to party for just about any occasion. Since I didn't happen to have a shamrock, I decided to go with the "Heart Knot". I just received a packet of Black Leaf from Dreamweaver recently and wanted to play with it. I forgot how fragile this stuff is, and whatever you not have a fan on around it! It will end up everywhere! I chose to use both the negative and the positive of the stencil. First I cut a square of emerald green cardstock. I applied
Palette Glue Pad using a dauber over the stencil. I placed the stencil on the platen of my Big Shot, layered on the green square (which I spritzed the back of with rubbing alcohol), the rubber mat, and the last platen, and ran the whole thing through the embossing machine. This created the embossed image with the glue surrounding it. I then applied a small bit of heat to the adhesive, placed the leafing on top, rubbed a bit, and used a soft brush to removed the excess (save it for later!). After cleaning the glue off of the stencil, I taped it down on the argyle paper. Then I daubed the glue through the stencil, heated it, and applied the leafing to the positive stencil image. The background of the card was embossed with the Diamonds stencil with the added bling of Dot Sparklers. I just happened to have ribbon with shamrocks (had to get that in somewhere!), so added the bow for fun, and to enforce the Irish notion that we "Yanks" are a bit nuts. Why do I suddenly have a craving for corned beef & cabbage, a pint of Guinness, with "Danny Boy" playing in the background? That gotcha, didn't it? LOL. You know you are groaning. All my "Yank" friends are saying, "What? Sounds good to me!" Now it's your opportunity to visit the rest of the team to see what they have been up to this for their free choice, and play along!

"Heart Knot" (LM178)
"Diamonds" (LG618)
Palette Glue Pad (GSP)
Variegated Black Leaf (VBL)

Stampendous Class A' Peel "Dot Sparklers" (AC672HSN)
small sentiment stickers
emerald, lime, white cardstock
Recollectons print paper
Big Shot


Taylor said...


I LOVE this stencil - need it now! I loooove all things Celtic :) Gorgeous, dearie!

Lynell Harlow / Dreamweaver Stencils said...

Wow...this is intensive leafing at it's best Pam! I love every little detail and there are many.Great job!

sommrstamping said...

Pam ... Fabulous, love the color and the gold leafing. I have a few people I send St. Patty's day cards to, thanks for the inspiration.

Louise said...

Wow Pam, I am definately going to try that negative leafing, that is wonderful!

Liz Martin said...

Thank you, thank you for the great instructions on negative leafing. What a great idea!

Kristi said...

very the reverse image!

Wendy said...

GREAT JOB with the gold leafing!!! This is just gorgeous!!! I hope you enjoy the rest of your week and have a super weekend!!

Terrece said...

WOW! Great idea using the same stencil and two techniques on one card. Very creative!!

Laura Drahozal said...

That is really a clever idea, Pam. Thank you for the inspiration. You are very talented!