Thursday, July 24, 2014

July...a month to DIE for Week 4!

Welcome to week four of our Dreamweaver Stencils July Challenge!  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 matching stencils. They are such a simple way to create an effective card.

I'm in beautiful northern Wisconsin today, heading over to Minnesota for "Christmas in July" with my husband's family. On the way, I thought I would visit some stores in WI that sell Dreamweaver Stencils products. Yesterday I taught this fun class at Stampin' N Scrapin' Fun in Marshfield, WI:
Open Owl, Nesting Owls die, and Leafless tree die

I have taught Zentangle with this Open Owl stencil (LG751) in the past, but now it is really fun because after you finish tangling it you can cut out the shape with the matching die from our Nesting Owls die set (DG751)!  This size just cuts the outline of the owl and cuts it just a little larger so it leaves an nice mat all the way around. I cut another one out of black paper to create a shadow. The branches under his claws are from the Leafless tree die (DX7020), I just cut off some branches and taped them under the owl. Easy and fun!

I'm sure that our "B" team is just DIE-ing to show you their creations, as well as our Guest Designer for the month of July...



Happy Creating,
Louise
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

JULY...a month to DIE for Week 3!

Welcome to week three of our Dreamweaver Stencils July Challenge!  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 matching stencils. They are such a simple way to create an effective card.

This week my creation incorporates three of our dies and three stencils. Yes, it's a little more work than last week's card, but it is so cute! Here it is...


Dog Days of Summer!
See, it is totally worth it! 
The background was created using 3/4" stencil brushes and Distress Inks (Salty Ocean, Peeled Paint, and Vintage photo). I used the Picasso (LL332) to create some clouds (I told you there were three stencils!).

So what are the three dies? They are DX7020 - Leafless tree, DD003 - Leafy Branch, and DL3029 - Dog. The decorative papers for the Leafy Branch and the Dog had Double-sided mounting paper put on the back before cutting. I did not do that to the tree because I wanted the branches to be flexible. I just used a dot roller on the back of the trunk and some lower branches to adhere the tree. The Leafy branch was cut apart so I could stick the leaves all over the tree limbs.

LL3029 - Dog stencil was paste embossed on light green paper with Matte Black Embossing Paste and set aside to dry. The cut pieces were edged with black marker and stuck on him. This allowed me to keep his eyeball, nose, collar and back spot black for more contrast. I added a little glue and glitter to his collar. 

The Sun stencil (LR502) was paste embossed with Matte Black Embossing Paste, then, before removing the stencil, a combination of Distress Embossing Powders were sprinkled over the wet paste (spiced marmalade, mustard seed, fired brick), the stencil carefully removed, heat set the powders being careful not to let the paste bubble.

I'm sure that our "A" team is just DIE-ing to show you their creations, as well as our Guest Designer for the month of July...

Happy Creating,
Louise

Thursday, July 10, 2014

JULY...a month to DIE for!

Welcome to week two of our Dreamweaver Stencils July Challenge! Hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July weekend, I know I did!
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 matching stencils. They are such a simple way to create an effective card.
Here's an example of a quick, yet beautiful card for when you just don't have the time to be too "creative"!

LL516 - Bearded Iris and DD004 Long Nesting Ovals
The steps to this are easy:

  • Lay a piece of natural colored cardstock in your spray box
  • Lay the Bearded Iris stencil (LL516) face up on the cardstock (you can see Lynell's name when it is face up)
  • Use Memories Mist  Plum Sake and Lavender Tea in the flower and but areas, you can use a second piece of paper to help shield the leaves if you want
  • Use Memories Mist Wheatgrass and Liquid Pine in the leaves and stem
  • Carefully remove the stencil and place in water for cleaning
  • Spray a light coat of Pale Ale and Iridescent Memories Mist in the background of the iris
  • Remove Iris from the spray box and let it dry
  • Take the largest oval from the Long Nesting Ovals (DD004) die set and place it cutting edge down over the Iris image
  • Tape in place with removable tape and run through your die cut machine
  • Edge the oval with Distress Ink vintage photo
  • The background is a piece of vellum with Dreamweaver Color Solutions pounced around the whole piece (Citron, Mojito Green, & Gold Star), let dry
  • I used a permanent glue stick over the entire piece of vellum and stuck it to the front of an A2 natural, top fold card, tied a piece of May Arts ribbon around the whole front and made a bow off to the right
  • Add the oval iris with foam mounting tape for added dimension
  • The A2 card was then adhered to a piece of lavender cardstock to really bring out the purple in the iris
The "B" team has more great creations for you on their blogs too! And don't miss our July Guest Designer, Terri Sproul.


Happy Creating,
Louise

Thursday, July 3, 2014

July..the month to DIE for!


HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!!
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.
With the Fourth of July being tomorrow, I knew I had to start the month off with our wonderful Apron die (DG736). It is so versatile, and looks fabulous in a variety of paper combinations. I know you've seen this one in the past, but it makes a perfect 4th of July card or invite. Here's what I created:

Card One
LG736 - Apron stencil, machine embossed on white cardstock
DG736 - Apron die, cut from 2 patterned papers, pieced onto embossed image
Apron image cut out after piecing
My "firework" was created using a raffia twine from May Arts. Wrap it around three fingers about five times, carefully slip it off and pinch it together in the middle, tie another small piece around it and knot it. You should have about 5 loops on each side, cut them open, split the twine into the two separate strands and pull it into a circle shape. I added a small silver star brad over the center. It's attached to the card with a big glue dot.
Card Two
LG736 - Apron stencil, machine embossed on white cardstock
Pieced from the opposite pieces of card one
Left on white cardstock and layered on navy blue

Card Three
Negative cut image, from the red and white stripe paper, outlined with red marker,
then adhered over patterned paper, and cut out
I think this would make a cute summer BBQ invite!
I could have gotten a fourth card too (from the negative of the blue dotted paper), but I was using scraps and did not have a piece big enough to cut one whole apron, I did sections at a time.

HINT ONE: before die cutting, attach a piece of Dreamweaver Double sided Mounting Paper to the BACK of your patterned paper, then cut. All you have to do is peel off the release paper and place the pieces where they belong. It also helps with the negative image because all the little bridges have adhesive on them too, so when you lay the negative over another paper, the whole thing sticks well.

HINT TWO: Most patterned papers have a white core so when you cut them out, you see the white edge. I don't like that so I run a coordinating color marker around the edges of my pieces to give them more dimension, you don't have to do it, but I think it adds a lot.

I'm sure that our "A" team is just DIE-ing to show you their creations, as well as our Guest Designer for the month of July...

Happy Creating,
Louise

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Old, New, Borrowed, Blue Finale!

June is quickly coming to an end and the Fourth of July is only a week away!!! Slow down and enjoy the creations the Dream Team has for you in this final week of June. At Dreamweaver Stencils, we love to make our monthly challenges something for everyone, and not so strict that no one wants to play along. This month our challenge is, "Old, New, Borrowed, Blue", with the obvious thought being a wedding theme...but not necessarily. Add an old embellishment or picture. Use a new stencil design or technique. Borrow, or CASE (copy and say everything) another designers project, and obviously, blue...is blue. Where will YOUR creative process take you for this month? We'd love to see! And remember, linking your creations with the Inklinkz tool at the end of the team posts, provides you with the opportunity to win the stencil of your choice!
Here's my creation this week:
LL447 Lg Fleur de lis with LJ841 Fleur de lis in the background
This fits the "old" and "blue" categories nicely I think! The stencils, LL447 Lg Fleur de lis and LJ841 Fleur de lis,  were both originally released in 2003, so they are "older" stencils, and the technique I used gives it an "old fashioned feel". It is so pretty in person, pictures never really do justice to touching and feeling!
Here's how to do it:

  • Tape the background stencil (LJ841) to a piece of black cardstock with removable tape
  • Use a sponge applicator (the ones from IMAGINE Crafts work great) to apply a coat of VersaMark (also from IMAGINE Crafts) over the entire stencil, making sure to get in the thin grid lines
  • Remove the stencil and place in water for cleaning
  • Sprinkle the image with Clear Embossing Powder (not the SuperFine, just regular), tap off the excess and heat emboss
  • Do the same thing with the Lg Fleur de lis
  • Choose a couple of colors of acrylic paints (I used Distress Paints weathered wood and broken china), place a small puddle of the lighter color on your craft mat and pick it up with a foam applicator to apply in all over the embossed image (be generous, you want a nice layer of paint), then blend in some of the darker color
  • Do that to both embossed pieces
  • Let them dry until they are almost completely dry, use a slightly damp cloth or paper towel to GENTLY remove some of the paint off of the embossed areas, be patient!
  • Let them dry thoroughly
  • It's hard to see in the picture, but I used Tim Holtz's edge distressing tool to rough up the edges of both painted layers, it exposes the black edge of the paper and really adds to the aged feeling
  • The background layer was added to the front of a black base card, and the Lg Fleur de lis was added with foam mounting tape
  • Some beautiful ribbons from May Arts always give a great finishing touch

The "B" team has more great creations for you on their blogs too!
Louise Healy

Happy Creating,
Louise


Thursday, June 19, 2014

Old, New, Borrowed, Blue!

WOW! We had a great time last week playing with all the wonderful products from IMAGINE Crafts and Dreamweaver Stencils. Thanks for all the comments, they make it much more fun! Congratulations to our winners (see the DREAM it UP! blog to see if you were one of the lucky three!).
This week we are back to our June challenge of "Old, New, Borrowed, Blue" theme. I created this card as part of an upcoming class(July 9th) at Memories and Beyond in Downers Grove, IL.
LG757 Heron stencil - Sludge Pasting Technique

This is a technique called Sludge Pasting. It's when you take a couple of different colors of paste, gently swirl them together on your paste spreader, then paste your image. It's a very cool look. We will be mixing some colors for one of the other cards, then use our left overs to create this card. "Waste not, want not!"
Here's all three cards we will be creating in class:


The "A" team is creating for you today:

Happy Creating,
Louise

Friday, June 13, 2014

Dreamweaver and Imagine Crafts Day 5!


 It's our final day of the first ever collaboration week with Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko! We've shared all of our toys on both sides, and have shown you the Endless Possibilities! Three prize packages are available, each containing one set of each of these inks and stencils/dies. Just leave comments on each post of each day this week (June 9th - June 13th) for a chance to win! Winners will be announced on Tuesday, June 17th!
Imagine Crafts New StazOn Pads from Tsukineko
Stencils and Dies Prize Package

For my final project this week I am showing the Faux Tile technique. If you want the step by step pictures of how to do this click here to see the tutorial I posted last year. This one uses a different overlay stencil, but the steps are the same.

Faux Tile Technique
Here's the quick "how-to" version:

  • Dry emboss the Diamond grid stencil (LJ882) on white cardstock
  • With the grid stencil still in place, overlay the Wren stencil (LL571) and tape in place with removable tape
  • Use small stencil brushes to apply ink to the Wren design, use the Picasso (LL332) to help with the placement of colors. All the colors I used are from IMAGINE Crafts. They were Radiant Neon Electric Yellow, VersaFine Toffee, Habanero, Satin Red, Spanish Moss, Olympia Green.
  • When you finish adding the color, remove the Wren stencil and wipe it off with a soft cloth.
  • Use small pieces of removable tape over the bird area of the stencil, then tape the stencil  over and down from the original and color another set of flowers and leaves
  • Remove the Wren stencil and use a 3/4" stencil brush and VersaFine Deep Lagoon to brush in the "sky". Use the cloud end of the Picasso to create a couple of clouds
  • Remove the grid stencil and wipe it off with a soft rag and return to the design
  • Use a finger dauber to apply a coat of VersaMark over the entire grid
  • Remove stencil, set aside
  • Sprinkle with clear embossing powder, heat set
  • Repeat the VersaMark, embossing powder and heating two more times to get a smooth tile-like finish
  • Mount into a beautiful card and embellish with a wonderful ribbon from May Arts!
I hope you have enjoyed our creations this week, we have had a lot of fun trying new products!  Don't forget to leave comments for the chance to win those great prize packages. Thanks for all your comments, I truly appreciate each one.


Happy Creating,
Louise