Thursday, November 21, 2013

Holiday Celebrations Week 3!

Welcome to week two of the Dreamweaver Stencils Design Team challenge "Holiday Celebrations!". We are creating everything but a card this month to show you how truly versatile these beautiful stencils really are. We hope you will be inspired to create something of your own and join our challenge this month. Just link your creation at the DREAM it UP! blog using the linking tool or email a photo and description of your project to lynell@dreamweaverstencils.com, you may win a prize!


This month we are also using the wonderful adhesives from Beacon Adhesives in our work. It's true, the right tool for the job makes it much easier, and the different products from Beacon allow you to work with virtually any media.
This week I've created a Christmas mirror to decorate your home with or to give as a gift to a dear friend at this wonderful time of the year. You are going to think I work for IKEA, but really I just love the clean lines of their various products because they are the perfect base for so many craft projects! Here's my project using a red square mirror from IKEA (only $2.99):




This has a few more steps than some projects might, but they are all easy, and dry fast (an important feature in these busy days leading up to the holidays!).

  • Start with a red mirror, or paint a natural mirror red with an acrylic paint
  • Tape LG731 Holly flourish stencil along the bottom right corner of the mirror using removable tape
  • Use a palette knife and paste spreader to apply Metallic Gold Embossing Paste
  • Remove your stencil and place in water for cleaning later
  • Use a soft brush to carefully sprinkle Metallic F/X Powder Kiwi on the holly leaves and Kimono Red on the berries
  • Heat with an heat tool until the paste is bubbly and dry to the touch
  • Clean and dry your stencil
  • Repeat these steps with the stencil now in the upper left corner of the mirror
  • Tape LL3009 Christmas script stencil in the upper right corner of the mirror with removable tape
  • Use a palette knife and paste spreader to apply Metallic Gold Embossing Paste
  • Remove your stencil and place in water for cleaning later
  • Use a soft brush to carefully sprinkle Metallic F/X Powder Kiwi on the holly leaves and Kimono Red on the berries
  • Heat with an heat tool until the paste is bubbly and dry to the touch
  • Clean and dry your stencil
  • Use a piece of Swiffer cloth (you know, the ones for dusting!) to careful wipe away the excess powders (there might still be a little sheen on the surface of the mirror, it actually looks pretty in the background of the design
  • Color a piece of Tim Holtz Grungepaper with Distress Stain peeled paint and dry with a heat tool
  • Tape LG700 Lg poinsettia stencil at one corner of the colored Grungepaper with removable tape
  • Use a palette knife and paste spreader to apply Pearlescent Embossing Paste
  • Remove your stencil and place in water for cleaning later
  • Use a soft brush to sprinkle on Metallic F/X Powders - Goldfinch in center, Kiwi on the leaves, and Pixie Dust and Kimono Red on the flower ( you want most of the paste covered, but it doesn't have to all be covered)
  • Pick up the piece and tap from underneath to help "jump" the powders around to finish coating the paste
  • Flip it over a waste basket to tap of some of the excess powder
  • Heat with a heat tool until bubbly all over the image, cool well
  • Cut out the image leaving a small green edge all the way around
  • Clean and dry your stencil and repeat the steps for a second poinsettia
  • Use a Swiffer to wipe away excess powders from the poinsettias
  • Tape LG720 Lotus stencil to part of the Grungepaper and use the same steps as for the poinsettia to create two Lotus flowers (except there is now Kiwi powder on these)
  • Cut out the images
  • Use a Black Micron 02 pen to outline holly leaves from LL3005 Holly and swirls stencil using left over pieces of the green Grungepaper, or you may need to stain some more depending on how you did your flowers
  • Cut them out in clusters or as individual leaves 
  • Arrange the flowers and holly leaves on the lower left edge of the mirror
  • I used Beacon Adhesives 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue to glue everything in place. Notice I did not glue to the edges of the pieces, just in the middles so the edges could lift up and have more dimension
  • The mirror comes with two eye screw hooks which I attached on the back near the very top of the mirror, then threaded a beautiful green ribbon from May Arts through them and tied a bow to create a beautiful hanger for my mirror
The other team members have more great ideas for you this week, so leave me a comment then hop on over to check them out!



Happy Creating,
Louise

3 comments:

LynB said...

Gorgeous project Louise! Many wonderful techniques here. Anotheridea to add to my gift giving list!!!

Lynell Harlow / Dreamweaver Stencils said...

Oh, my! This is beautiful Louise...just gorgeous!

Pam Hornschu said...

Geez, I bought those same frames! Love all the texture with the molten magic!