Thursday, October 20, 2011

Thursday Dream Scheme

Welcome to our Dreamweaver Stencils Thursday Dream Scheme challenge. This week is designer's choice, allowing us to any stencils and products. Halloween is right around the corner and I haven't even started my cards yet, so I thought I better come up with something appropriate that would be easy too! Isn't that what we are always looking for every time we need to make cards! Here's what I came up with this week:

I had to get a little creative with my stencil choices. The background was easy, the Spider web (LJ816) on black paper using White Glossy Embossing Paste (DGWP) and sprinkled with Crystal glitter on the wet paste after the stencil was removed. Let the paste dry, trim to the edge of the web, and mount on an orange card base. The jack-o-lantern would have been easy too, if only I had the jack o lantern stencil (LL531)! But, I don't have that YET, so I looked at what I did have and chose the Fall borders (LJ874) stencil instead. The pumpkin was a nice shape and size, so I taped off the leaves that I didn't want to use at the top of the pumpkin and the small ones on the lower right to create the  perfect image. I used Matte Yellow Embossing Paste(DMYP) and a small amount of Glossy Red Embossing Paste (DGRP) mixed together to create a great orange color just right for my pumpkin (about 1 Tbsp yellow plus about 1/2 tsp red). I paste embossed one pumpkin on acetate and one on white because I wasn't quite sure what look I was going for yet. I had plenty of paste so I kept pasting more images until I ran out of orange paste. The paste goes a long way, so don't mix up too much at a time.  The paste on acetate takes much longer to dry than the one on paper.
While those were drying, I looked through my stencils to see what I had that would help me create my jack-o-lantern look. The Small fern frond (LM2006) stencil was just the thing! I simply chose the size of the frond I needed and taped off the others, here's what it looked like:

Once the orange paste on the white cardstock was dry, I put the pumpkin stencil back over the dry paste and put the "mouth" stencil over that. Black ink and a stencil brush made it easy to add the mouth to the pumpkin. I used a super fine point Sharpie to add the eyes and nose, plus put some detail on the stem and leaves. It was still a little stark, so I used a piece of foam to rouge a little black around and on the image. Edge the white cardstock with a black marker, mounted it onto a piece of orange cardstock (also edged with black) and used foam tape to mount it onto the web background. A simple Happy Halloween sentiment stamped inside will complete the card.
The acetate image was almost dry when I added some Metallic F/X Kiwi (FX10) to the leaves and a little Cocoa (FX18) to the stem. When it was completely dry, I added the face the same way as the other one. I trimmed around the image and used foam tape hidden behind the pasted areas to mount the jack-o-lantern to the web background.  Then I really wished that I had Lynell's great Spider (LS28) stencil, but I don't so I use a black spider button that I had instead.
I had a lot of fun creating these Halloween cards for you, I hope you've enjoyed them. Just remember, try to look at your stencils different ways, you might be surprised by what you see!
This is a busy weekend for me, I'm leaving tomorrow for St. Louis where I'll be teaching 4 classes at  Checkered Cottage. It should be a lot of fun (exhausting, but fun) and I can hardly wait to get there!  If you're in the area, stop by to say hello and to visit the Dreamweaver Stencil Trunk Show they are hosting in conjunction with my classes.
You definately want to stop over at the DREAM it UP! blog for information on how to join our great design team. Lynell has all the details for you. She has been posting Pink and Black images every day this past week so be sure to take the time to look back at them, they are fabulous!
Happy Creating,


scrappybetty said...

You are so creative. Great use of other stencils.

Deborah March said...

Oooohhh, my grandkidlets would be TICKLED PINK to receive one of these! LOVE the webs!

sommrstamping said...

I love this card Louise, It looks like Fall. I love the spider web with the glitter and the way you used that fall border stencil what a great way to show people how to think out of the box. I just got the spider and the spider web stencil and I can't wait to play with them.

Marijane said...

Very cute! Love the spider web background and what a cleaver solution to your pumpkin dilemma.

Pam Hornschu said...

This is fabulous. Love your creativity using the fern stencil to create the mouth of the jack o' lantern!

kristi said...

I so NEED the spider web.or do I have it? I don't know but you do GREAT work and love them all! Makes me want Candy Corn!!!

Lee Kellogg said...

Fun! Very fun, love the leafy smile.

Laura Drahozal said...

What a great and creative way to make that mouth! Very clever. Good work, as usual, Louise.

Lynell Harlow / Dreamweaver Stencils said...

How did you dream up using that fern? LOLOLOLOL! Great cards for the upcoming holiday, have fun!