Thursday, May 15, 2014

Dreamweaver Flora and Fauna Week 3!

Welcome to the merry month of May! The Dream Team are challenging you this month to a "Flora and Fauna" theme! Considering most of the Dreamweaver designs incorporate both of these in the huge variety of stencils, you should have no problem playing along with our challenge this month! As usual, link your creations at the end of the Dream It Up! blog post, or at the end of our posts where it says, "Add Your Link".

My dear friend, Pam Hornschu (our team leader) was here last week to help me with the Dreamweaver Certification class. After class was over, we were able to spend Friday shopping in downtown Geneva, IL and the outlets in Aurora. It was a real treat to just be together. In one of the shops in Geneva, I saw a lovely framed picture of two moths. I loved the colors and composition of it, but, of course didn't buy it because "I can make that!"  So here's what I've been playing with this week to "re-create" piece I saw...

LM257 and LM255
bkgd LJ807

Close up of the stenciled butterflies
The beautiful Scallop butterfly (LM255) and the Heliconia butterfly (LM257) worked perfectly together to create a wonderful piece of wall art and it was so easy!
  • Cut a piece of natural cardstock 3 3/4" x 5 1/2"
  • Use removable tape to hold the two stencil to the paper
  • Stencil in color with 1/4" stencil brushes and Distress inks (I used broken china, faded jeans, brushed corduroy, and gathered twigs), use the Picasso (LL332) to help with color placement
  • Remove both stencils and use a 1/2" or 3/4" brush to rouge the gathered twig ink around the outside of the images
  • Mount the butterflies on a brown mat cut 4 1/4" x 6"
  • Cut a piece of blue cardstock 5" x 7"  and distress with the gathered twigs ink
  • Use foam mounting tape to add the butterflies to the blue mat
  • Cut a piece of natural cardstock 8" x 10" and distress lightly with gathered twigs and broken china inks
  • Lay the Angles stencil (LJ807) in one corner of the background paper and hold in place with removable tape
  • Stencil with gathered twigs, move the stencil over, lining up part of the design and stencil again, repeating all around the edge of the paper until completely around the edge
  • Adhere the matted butterflies over the background design, and put it in a frame
The nice thing about pieces like this is that you can make them any color you need them to be to match your decor.
See what our other team members have created today!

Louise Healy

Happy Creating,


Lynell Harlow / Dreamweaver Stencils said...

beautiful stenciling work Louise. But I have a ? ...what does it mean when you wrote, "stencil LJ807 with gathered twigs" ??? I love a mystery ; )

Louise said...

I used a 3/4" brush and gathered twigs ink to stencil color into LJ807 all around the edge of the 8" x 10" paper. Hope that makes more sense!

Lynn Mercurio said...

This is amazing, Louise. I love these butterflies and your project reminds me of those specimen boxes we used to make in science class. Outstanding technique that brings these beautiful butterflies to life.

Pam Hornschu said...

Lol! When your pistol came up, I immediately thought, "Well, that was fast"! This turned out awesome!

LynB said...

So lovely Louise! Wish I were there with you and Pammie!

Jamie Martin said...

Love this! You've inspired me to make art for my walls :)

Lea said...

This is gorgeous, Louise! Love the colors you used, too!

BurningRubber said...

That is really beautiful!

Cindy Groh said...

Very pretty creation.