Thursday, July 12, 2012

More Summer Fun!

The Summer Fun challenge from Dreamweaver Stencils continues throughout the month of July. You can win a great prize if you join our fun by submitting your creation through Mr. Linky on the DREAM it UP! blog, or by emailing a picture to Don't be shy, the design team loves to see what you have created with these wonderful products!
My creation this week takes me back to when we lived in Colorado. The sun shines every day in CO, yes EVERY day (even if only for a little while), and we would often wake on a Saturday morning to the sounds of the hot air balloons that lifted off from the field in front of our house. The WHOOSH is unmistakable. The balloons are usually so bright and filled with beautiful designs, they are incredible to watch. Dreamweaver has a wonderful Hot Air Balloon stencil (LL3003) that brings back wonderful memories of those mornings in CO.  Here are some ideas for this great stencil:

LL3003 - Hot air balloon
Glossy White Embossing Paste with glitter
This first card was done by pasting the image on acetate with Glossy White Embossing Paste and sprinkling the wet paste with various colors of glitter.  The clouds are created by brushing on Brilliance Moonlight white with a 3/4" stencil brush, leaving them a little wispy. The mountains are torn pieces of cardstock with some of the Moonlight white brushed on the peaks.
This next card uses similar colors but a different technique:

LL3003 - Hot air balloon
Regular Embossing Paste stenciled with color

LL332 - Picasso
Use the edge on the left to create clouds!
This balloon was paste embossed with the Regular white matte embossing paste on a small gingham patterned paper. After the paste was dry, I returned the stencil to the image and used small stencil brushes to add color to the various parts of the balloon (I used a Picasso (LL332) to help keep colors clean). I cut out the balloon and ran a black marker around the edge so it would have more definition when I put it on the background. For the clouds on this card, you use a large stencil brush to add white ink in random clusters around the card, then use the end of the Picasso that looks like a cloud (be sure to tape off the openings at this end) and lay it near the edge of a cluster of white. Use a stencil brush with some light blue ink and starting on the Picasso brush color off the edge in a sweeping motion, and VOILA! clouds!  Add the balloon with some foam mounting tape to give it more dimension.
Now I know some of you are saying, "How many balloon cards do I need!", well here's another idea for this versatile stencil, make it into a vase!

This was done with Memories Mist spray through the stencil, cut out, edged with black, filled with "grass" and mounted on the front of decorative paper. How easy is that!
Be sure to stop at the rest of the design team blogs for more Summer Fun!
Happy Creating,


Lynell Harlow / Dreamweaver Stencils said...

These cards are great for summertime fun! Best time of year for a balloon ride. All that hot air inspiring you. LOL! Great creations every one of them!

Sandi said...

I love Southwest designs and these are beautiful, love your colors, hugs

Lee Kellogg said...

Balloons and summer, very well done! Thank you for the Picasso reminder - I tend to forget that tool.

Scrappychick said...

love these! especially the glittered paste!

Cherylynn said...

Love, love, love each one of these. And the idea of turning the balloon into a vase is pure genius!

Pam Hornschu said...

You are just so clever. I love all your variations on a theme! Especially the balloon as a vase!

sommrstamping said...

Louise ... as usual I'm totally inspired by your creations have fun at CHA wish I could be there with all of you.