Thursday, May 22, 2014

Dreamweaver Flora and Fauna Week 4!

The Dream Team is ready to inspire you with some extra fun this week! Not only are we posting with the Flora and Fauna challenge, we are introducing you to our THREE NEWLY RELEASED DESIGNS...our Owl Buddy, the Open Sheep, and the art nouveau-inspired Heron, which you had a sneak peek at two weeks ago on the Dream It Up! blog. Three lucky commenters on the Dream Team's posts will receive one of these designs to be announced on the Dream It Up! blog next week. Tell us in your comment which technique YOU would use with your favorite of these new designs.

One of our stores in La Crosse, WI (Stamp 'N Hand), had requested a sample of the Paddle fan (LJ826) from me so I decided to incorporate it with the new Heron (LG757) for week's creation so it could do double duty! (I was going to say "kill two birds with one stone", but that just seemed cruel considering our theme this month!) Here is what I created this week...

Paddle fan (LJ826) with Heron (LG757) overlay
this is the one I sent to Stamp 'N Hand

Paddle fan (LJ826) with Heron (LG757) overlay
I kept this one as my sample
These were created following the same steps:

  • Dry emboss the Paddle fan on white cardstock using a die cut machine and rubber embossing mat
  • With the stencil still in place, use 1/2" stencil brushes to lightly add some color around the edges of the fan, and on the handle (I used Distress Inks - scattered straw & spiced marmalade in the "sky", salty ocean & faded jeans in the "water", and vintage photo & walnut stain in the handle)
  • Wipe any ink off the fan stencil and tape back in place with removable tape, use removable tape over the handle opening so no paste gets on the handle
  • Lay the Heron stencil over the fan area and tape in place
  • Use a palette knife and paste spreader to apply Matte Black Embossing Paste over the design
  • Carefully remove both stencils and let the paste dry about 10 minutes
  • Use a soft brush to gently apply Metallic F/X powders on the paste (I used Kiwi on the leaves, Cocoa on the tree trunk, Navajo Sky on the water, and on the top one Moonstone on the Heron - then used a pin to scrap a little eye, the lower one I left the Heron black) 
  • Let the paste dry completely then use a piece of Swiffer cloth or a soft rag to gently wipe off any extra powders
  • Mount on a black mat, then onto a colored card. I love how different they look just based on color selection!
By this point I was on a roll, so I decided to use the same color scheme and stencil to create my cards for a monthly lunch club card exchange group I belong to, but using the required technique instead. Here's how that turned out:

Masking Tape ink transfer technique in the background,
LG757 Heron in Matte Black Embossing Paste w/FX powders

Close up you can see the lines of color transferred on the tape, I used
1" green painters tape
Ready for more ideas? Check out our this week's team players:

Happy Creating,


LynB said...

You always amaze me Louise and today's post is no exception. What an inspirational use of the paddle fan and heron (or any stencil really) inside the open area. Nice and quick tutorial too.

Lynn Mercurio said...

Incredible variety of techniques and uses for this beautiful stencil. Your posts are also so inspirational and I always add techniques to-do on my list after visiting your site.

Gill W said...

I love the whole concept of the design

Kristine Reynolds said...

Love these. What great techniques!

Jamie Martin said...

Wow beautiful!

Pam Hornschu said...

These are wonderful, Louise! How did you create the speckling at the bottom of the bottom card?

BurningRubber said...

Wow!!!!! Those are gorgeous!

Louise said...

The speckling is from the ink transfer off the painters tape. It's very cool. Just press a piece of tape, sticky side down on your ink pad, then press on the paper and lift off.

Cindy Groh said...

I like what you've done and I actually understand your instructions. Well done:)

Kristi said...

Lover these cards Louise! Great job!

JD/ Jill said...

All so nicely done, and great techniques.

Katie said...

Wow, so many great samples! Love the masking tape background. Love the idea to put this image on a fan. Such beautiful results!! Great job. :) Thanks for the inspiration.

Katie B.

Amante del Papel said...

Both cards are really stunning!!!!

Vicki Sopcak said...

Beautiful Cards Louise. I too love all the techniques used to create the cards.