Thursday, March 7, 2013

A Bloomin' Spring!

Welcome to the Dreamweaver Stencils March Designer Challenge! Our theme this month is "A Bloomin' Spring!" so you'll probably be seeing alot of our beautiful floral stencils being displayed in this fun challenge. It doesn't look much like spring here in northern Illinois right now, we have about 4-5" of snow on the ground and are supposed to be getting another 5-6" this week! March came in like a lion and I sure hope it goes out like a lamb!
As soon as I heard the theme of this month's challenge, I knew what stencil I would use first, the beautiful Long Daffodils stencil (LL428). My daffodils were actually starting to pop through last week, now they are covered with a blanket of snow! But, a few more warm days and they'll be fighting their way through again.  Sadly my creation for this week is serving double duty, for this challenge and as a Sympathy card for my dear sister-in-law on the loss of her husband of 35 years. The daffodils give that perfect feel of comfort and hope of new life so I decided to change my card from a "spring" card to a "comfort" card. I think it worked out very well.

Long Daffodils - LL428

Here are the simple steps I used:
  • Cut cream colored linen cardstock (4 1/4" x 11") and score in half to create an A2 size card that opens at the bottom
  • Tape the stencil to the left side of the front of the card with removable tape
  • Place the card, stencil side down on a light box, and use a stylus to dry emboss the image
  • Move the stencil over to the right and down a little to emboss a second image
  • Place the stencil back over the first embossed image and use small stencil brushes to stencil on color
  • Repeat with the second image
  • Tape off the word "comfort" from the Comfort combo (LG696) stencil and place the word in the upper right corner of the card
  • Use a small stencil brush to stencil on brown ink
  • Remove and clean the stencil
  • Use a 3/4" or 1" brush to rouge a lighter brown ink around the edges
  • Tie a yellow ribbon around the front portion of the card and tie a bow
For the inside:

  • Place the Long Daffodils stencil along the left edge and stencil on color with small stencil brushes
  • Tape off the "With Deepest Sympathy" part of the Comfort combo stencil and place it along the right side of the card
  • Stencil brown ink through the words
  • Rouge some light brown ink at the base of the flowers
  • Attach the card to a small yellow mat (4 3/8" x 5 5/8") then to an A6 size piece of orange cardstock (4 3/4" x 6")
Please be sure to stop over at the rest of the team blogs for more wonderful ideas on using these beautiful stencils.
Happy Creating,


Lee Kellogg said...

Louise, a truly great card and so perfect for a sympathy card too.

Lynell Harlow / Dreamweaver Stencils said...

Wonderful creation Louise! So sorry to hear about the loss in your family...thinking of you.

Pam Hornschu said...

Such a beautiful card, Louise. I'm sure your SIL will love this. The daffodils make me think of being in the UK. Freezing cold, yet daffodils and crocus were already peeking out and blooming! Hugs to you, roomie!

Liz Martin said...

Lovely card, Louise. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Kristi said...

very pretty

Laura Drahozal said...

This is a beautiful, spring card. It reminds me of a flower shop in April!