Thursday, December 8, 2011

Dream Scheme Thursday

It's beginning to look at lot like Christmas...no snow yet, but decorations are up, presents are almost all purchased, parties have begun...I just love the Christmas season, it is so inspiring.
Today's Dreamweaver Stencils Dream Scheme Thursday challenge is designer's choice (a free week). Like almost everyone in the crafting industry, I love to follow Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas blogs, and yesterday's tag (Day 7 click here to see it) was my inspiration for my post today. Sharing concepts is what blogging is all about, and then creating your interpretation of the concept. Sounds complicated, but it really isn't!
Today's post isn't for the faint hearted, this one was a little work, but I love how it turned out.

Supplies: Dreamweaver Glossy Black Embossing Paste, Dreamweaver Glossy Green Embossing Paste, Dreamweaver Stencils LJ863 & LM254, LJ896 & LM134, LL3005, Stampers Anonymous TH Joyful Song CMS119, Dreamweaver Metallic F/X Gold Dust, Palette Stamp & Stick, Xmas Red Stickles, VersaFine Onyx Black ink, Distress Ink Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, 1/2" stencil brushes, cream cardstock, dark green cardstock, blending foam, finger dauber

Here we go:
  • Cut a piece of cream cardstock 5" x 7"
  • Lay the Swirls stencil (LJ863) along two edges, and use a 1/2" stencil brush and Tea dye ink to color the image
  • Move the stencil, matching up the design, and continue adding color until the swirls fill the card
  • Clean and dry the swirls stencil
  • Randomly stamp the music image from the Joyful Song set using Versafine Onyx Black ink
  • Tape the angel with dove stencil (LM254) in the upper right corner and emboss using Glossy Black Embossing Paste (tape off the dove so it does not get pasted)
  • Remove and clean the angel stencil, and let the angel dry
  • Power paste the Holly and swirls stencil (LL3005) on dark green cardstock with Glossy Green Embossing Paste three times so you'll end up with nine holly leaves
  • Remove and clean the holly stencil after the last pasting
  • Set the holly aside to dry
  • Tape the Large flourish stencil (LJ896) to a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of cream cardstock and stencil with a 1/2" brush using the black ink
  • Remove and clean the flourish stencil
  • Tape the Merry Christmas stencil (LM134) toward the lower right side of the flourish
  • Apply Glossy Black Embossing Paste to the Merry Christmas
  • Remove and clean the stencil, let image dry well
  • When the angel is dry, use blending foam and Distress Ink vintage photo to rouge deeper color around the edge of the card
  • Apply Stamp and Stick to the angel using a finger dauber
  • Let the glue sit for a minute to get tacky, then use your finger to rub a little Gold Dust FX powder on the angel
  • Add a star charm in the upper left corner
  • When the holly are all dry, cut out all the leaves so you have nine individual holly leaves
  • Apply Stamp and Stick to each leaf and let sit until tacky
  • Apply Gold Dust FX powder to each leaf using your finger to spread it around
  • Cut around the flourish and Merry Christmas to form an interesting shape, making sure it will fit the card front
  • Use the blending foam and Distress Ink vintage photo to add color around the edge of the design
  • Determine the placement of the saying and holly leaves before attaching them
  • Use foam mounting tape behind the Merry Christmas to add some dimension
  • Adhere the holly leaves around, using double sided tape, or tacky glue
  • Adhere the design to the front of an A7 card
  • Apply your "berries" using the Xmas Red Stickles, let dry well
I hope you enjoyed my interpretation of Tim's Day 7 tag and that it will inspire you to apply any techniques you learn to your stencils.  They truly are so versatile.
Don't forget to check out the DREAM it UP! blog to see what Lynell has dreamed up this week, and the rest of the team too!
Happy Creating,
Louise

7 comments:

sommrstamping said...

WoW...Louise this is not for the faint of heart, but what a beautiful card and a great take on Tim's day 7 tag. You a truly gifted.

Wendy said...

What a fabulous idea Louise. I would have never thunk!!! Gorgeous recreation of TH's tag!!! Love it. I hope your well. Enjoy your week!!

Liz Martin said...

I agree with Georgia and Wendy, your card is absolutely gorgeous and worth all the steps and time involved. The recipient is very lucky to get a "Louise original."

Pam Hornschu said...

What a gorgeous collaged work of art! So many layers of detail without going overboard. Love it!

Laura Drahozal said...

This is a very pretty vintage card, Lousie. Good job!

Lee Kellogg said...

Very nice, I do like your take on the Tim Tag!

kristi said...

very cool card. Like all the elements in this one. Always look forward to your creations!