Thursday, June 13, 2013

Pintrest Inspiration

Welcome back to week two of our Dreamweaver Stencils June challenge. This month we are creating projects based on things that inspire us on Pinterest. There are so many wonderful ideas that people are willing to share, it is easy to spend hours looking at all the pretty pictures and forget to actually create something yourself! This week I was inspired by a beautiful creation I found by Lynette Carroll Designs. Unfortunately, her website is not functioning right now, but you can still enjoy this link to the picture

I just loved the muted tones and how everything went together so beautifully. Mine is not shabby chic like hers, but it uses the same principles of soft tones, and each image following a theme. This project will also act as my "final design" for the Dreamweaver Stencils Teacher Certification class that I took last month from Lynell. This technique was one of my favorite that week. It is very easy, but very stunning I think.  I'm hoping to get it in a black frame and photograph it again before this posts, but there is a huge storm passing over our area right now, so I'm not sure that is going to happen! If not, you can still enjoy this much of it!
"At the shore"

LM181 - Seahorse

LM106 - Scallop

LM209 - Starfish

LM104 - Nautilus

LM290 - Par escargot

LM179 - Sea turtle

LL3033 - Sand castle

LM267 - Lg conch
It's hard to tell from the photo, but the finished size is 12" x 12". Each of the images is done with the same way:
  • Place the paper to be pasted on a craft mat or scrap piece of paper and tape the stencil in place using removable tape
  • Use a palette knife and paste spreader to apply Dreamweaver Matte Black Embossing Paste
  • With the stencil still on, sprinkle the whole image with Ranger Distress Embossing Powder, I used a combination of Antique Linen (2+ parts), Fired Brick (1 part), and Peeled Paint (1 part) to create a "sandy" color
  • Lift the whole craft sheet or scrap paper up to tap off excess powder while the stencil is still on the paste
  • Set it back down and carefully remove three sides of the tape, leaving your hinge tape in place
  • Gently lift the stencil off the paste trying not to let any more powder fall through the openings
  • Heat set the embossing powder
  • I used Coordinations Iced Cocoa paper to paste and as the background, and matted each image with a cream colored cardstock
  • Stencils used: LL3033, LM104, LM106, LM209, LM181, LM179, LM267, LM290, the seahorse was pasted first one direction, cleaned and then pasted the other direction
  • I also lightly sanded the paper to give it a more weathered look
Here's the finished project on my fireplace. It fits in perfect with my shell filled lanterns and our conch shells.

Don't forget to click over to the other team members blogs to see what they've been inspired by this week over at Pinterest! We are so happy to have Jennifer Dove joining our challenge this month as a guest designer.

Happy Creating,


Lyn B said...

Louise, Louise, had me at beach theme. Can I have this when you're done with it???

scrappybetty said...

I'm not into making my own artwork, but yours if fantastic.

Pam Hornschu said...

Oh, Louise, you're such a showoff! This is a wonderful piece. Fabulous job with that technique.

Cherylynn said...

I agree with Pam--you're a show-off. This piece is drop-dead gorgeous.

~Heidi~ said...

I love the picture! Beautiful addition to a room!

Jan Castle said...

Such a love picture...makes me want to head for the beach!

Lynell Harlow / Dreamweaver Stencils said...

Yes...I LOVE it too! Another one I would like to CASE today...there are so many and not nearly enough time.

Lea said...

Louise, I absolutely love this! I love the simplicity of it and the black frame is just perfect! Awesome!

Caroline D. said...

Super Gorgeous!!! I'm a beach girl at heart... now I am wanting all these beachy stencils...LOL. I also love your idea for how you did your fireplace hearth... great for the summer I think!

Terrece said...

I LOVE this!! Hope you don't mind if I copy. Great idea. Way over the top. I've got to get out the C&S mode!!