Thursday, August 11, 2011

Thursday Dream Scheme

It's Thursday already and time for our Dreamweaver Stencils Thursday Dream Scheme challenge. This week is designer's choice so I'm am sharing a card I made using the new Skates stencil (LL3016) and one of the new background stencils (LJ913). Here it is:

The blue metal from MercArt is just perfect for this. It gives it a silvery, icy look for a beautiful winter card. To start I cut a piece of blue metal so it was larger than my skate stencil. Then I placed the stencil on the blue side of the metal and taped it in place. Turn the whole thing over to the back and use a large paper stump to rub over the design until you can see the image pretty well. I then took a nylon tip embossing tool for metal and refined the design around all the edges. Use the paper stump to smooth out the larger openings. Remove the stencil and place the design blue side up on top of the background stencil. Use the paper stump to rub the metal into the stencil openings creating a debossed image of the background.  Sand the skates and background with a fine sanding block and refining with a fiberglass brush to really clean the blue off the skates. Use the paper stump to smooth the background flat again. Place the image on a piece of suede (blue side down) and roll a decorative embossing wheel around the edges to create a border. Use strong double sided adhesive to mount the metal onto a metallic silver mat, then on blue. Pop onto a card front with foam tape, and embellish with silver brads.
Hope you've enjoyed today's card and are inspired to try some metal embossing of your own. It is fun and beautiful! Here are a couple of other metal projects I've done.


Don't forget to check out the DREAM it UP! blog as well as the other designer's blogs, just click on their names listed down the left side of my blog.
Happy Creating,
Louise

7 comments:

Lynell Harlow / Dreamweaver Stencils said...

These are all soooo colorful and gorgeous Louise! The ice skates are my favorite, but I love blue so I am a bit biased that way. I like that houndstooth background and am noticing the rest of the team went crazy with new backgrounds today too! Each one of your creations is unique!

Lee Kellogg said...

Louise, I so love this technique! Thank you for the great directions topped off with wonderful examples.

kristi said...

Louise, you do GREAT work. Love all of them!

Liz Martin said...

Your metalwork is amazing, Louise. These samples are gorgeous.

sommrstamping said...

WOW Louise you are very good at the metal art thing. I love all your samples. Thank you for all the inspiration.

Pam Hornschu said...

Creating these in the workshop was so much fun, wasn't it? Your Ice Skates with the blue metal is gorgeous!

Wendy said...

Oh wow Louise. You did a great job with the metal. I love the last one!!!!