Thursday, July 11, 2013

Dreamweaver Stencils: Summertime Sand and Sun!

Welcome to the second week of the Dreamweaver Stencils' July challenge..."Summertime, Sparklers, and S'more"! We covered the sparkler portion pretty well last week, but there's lots of summertime left. I'm playing in the sand once again, and using Ranger Distress Powders* for the gritty look and feel of sand. The panel on the left features the Scales stencil, and the focal panel features the Sandcastle stencil. Both were created using the double-glitter technique, but with the powders instead of glitter. Here's the process:

1) Peel backing from panel of double-sided mounting paper, and adhere to cardstock panel.
2) Remove backing from DSMP on front.
3) Rub back of stencil with Hawaiian Coconut Soap (this is the best soap for this process, and smells like the beach!). Brush away any hanging soap crumbs, and carefully place stencil on adhesive paper. Use a section of the backing to press stencil on to adhesive surface. Don't touch with fingers as this could prevent the powders from sticking to the adhesive later.
4) For the Scales panel, I just water-falled the powders in stripes of colors. For the Sandcastle, be more careful in placement, or use a small spoon or diagonally cut straw end to apply powders. Rub the powders in for good coverage. Brush away excess.
5) Place panels face down, and pull panel off of stencil, keeping stencil on flat surface to prevent bending.
6) Pour contrasting color of powder over panels. Flick off excess. Heat with heat tool to melt.

For the Summer panel, I rubbed acetate with talcum powder to prevent static cling. I ink-stenciled with Versamark, applied the Distress Powders*, and heated carefully. You can then use a damp towel to wipe away powder residue.

In case you're not quite ready to wipe the sand from your toes, I suggest you visit the blogs of our "B" team for their summer fun creations, and leave some extra love for our guest designer, Wendy Price!

We'd love for you to play along with our monthly challenges! Just link your creation on the linkytool on the Dream It Up! blog, or email pics to, for a random chance to win the monthly prize. Be sure to like us on Facebook as well!
*Ranger Distress Powder color used:  Broken China, Shabby Shutters, Vintage Photo, and Walnut Stain


Lyn Bernatovich said...

Pam - Love this technique and the colors used are wonderfully beachy! Great card layout.

Lyn Bernatovich said...

Pam - Love this technique and the colors are so beachy! Your card layout is great too.

Jamie Martin said...

So pretty! Great embossing powder trick.

Lea said...

Pam, you constantly amaze me and inspire me! What an awesome card! I've been nervous about playing with the sticky paper and glitters but now that I have seen it done with embossing powders, I have to put my big girl panties on and go for it!

Caroline D. said...

Gorgeous card!! I like the texture and look the Distress Powders give for 'sand' and the summer word on acetate is nice too... like water. You're so clever! This must be the week for sand castles... great minds think alike... and everyone is making me wish to be at the beach!

Darla said...

Love all the different shades you have incorporated in the castle and background. Love the sand.

Louise said...

This card is so beautiful! I love the colors you chose, they blend together so perfectly! I definitely need to get my fish scale stencil out and use it, I love what you did on both cards with it today!

Scrappychick said...

Loving your colors miss Pam! Fabby card:)

JD/ Jill said...

Stunning card! So beautifully done!