Thursday, December 8, 2011

Playing With the Woodware UK Sketch Challenge

This week on the Woodware UK team, we are creating with a sketch challenge, as seen at left. For my version, I machine-embossed the Dreamweaver Stencils' Stripes on the front of my pine green card. Such an easy way to add texture and dimension to your projects. Just spritz the back of your cardstock with rubbing alcohol (do the British call that something different?), place it face down on top of your stencil, which is on top of the bottom platen of your embossing machine (my personal choice is the Sizzix Big Shot Pro), place one rubber embossing mat and two clear platens over this, and run it through to emboss. (An important note: never place warped platens on top of the stencil, or the stencil will become warped as well. Always place stencils with predominant lineage through the machine with the "grain" so to speak. In the case of the Stripes stencil, make sure stripes are vertically going through machine.) Back to the card...I added a panel of Dotted Swiss cardstock over the stripes, with the Stampendous Star Greetings sentiment to the right. The Holly and Swirls stencil was inked with darker green ink, placed on the platen. The green panel was placed face down, and the whole thing run through to emboss just as the Stripes had been. Leaving the stencil in place, I flipped it over and applied some gold ink from the Tsukineko Splendor Antique ink pad, sprinkled around the edges with Stampendous Gold Embossing Powder, and heated to melt. I embellished this panel with some Stampendous Red Dot Sparklers before adhering to the card. A sheer and crinkled ribbon bow was added. The end result is an elegant, traditional card. Come play along with the Woodware UK team and this week's sketch. I'd love to see what YOU do! Meanwhile, prepare to be inspired by the rest of the team as they post each day of this week, one at a time. You can find the links on the Woodware UK blog.


Laura Drahozal said...

The technique on that Holly Swirls stencil is just fascinating to me. Beautiful. In the UK, the rubbing alcohol is only available for purchase in large tins and is used for cleaning electronics. It is called Isopropyl Alcohol

Kristi Parker Van Doren said...

I love this! so elegant and so pretty. Great job as usual my fearless leader!!!

Wendy said...

This is beautiful Pam!! Very innovative. It is because of you that I used Versamark on stencils!!! Your fabulous!! Have a great day!