Wednesday, August 13, 2014

August Christmas in August Day 4!

Yes! It's that time of year again! The time when we inspire crafters on both sides of the "pond" with a mix of bothDreamweaver and Woodware UK* products for the holidays! Six days, SIX, of beautiful, elegant, merry, cute, artsy, and craftsy projects to have you heading out to your local stores or internet sites to buy these goodies immediately!

Of course, there will be prizes as well. Three prize packages will be given to three commenters during this week's posts on the team's blogs, including five stencils and one nested die set. You can have an opportunity to win these goodies by leaving some holiday sweetness for each team member posting each day, to be one of the three winners for the week. Here are the team members that are inspiring you today:

Thursday is our normal posting day for the weekly Dreamweaver challenge, so I combined our "August as an Adjective" challenge with this week's "Christmas in August" theme for my card today. Here's my creation: 

LG731 Holly flourish and LL3005 Holly and swirls stencils
plus the new matching die DL3005 Holly and swirls!

LL3005 and DL3005 used to create the crackled holly leaves
This beautiful card has a few steps, but no one takes very long, and the results are worth it! 

  • Paste emboss the Holly and swirls (LL3005) stencil with Glossy Blue (or black if you don't have blue) Embossing Paste, remove and clean stencil and let paste dry
  • Place the clean stencil back over the dry paste and add a coat of Crackle Embossing Paste, remove & clean stencil, let paste dry
  • In the meantime, place the Holly flourish stencil (LG731) on a piece of white cardstock and tape in place with removable tape
  • Place a drop or two of Wendy Vecchi's Archival Re-inker Red Geranium on a craft sheet or palette and pick it up with a 1/4" stencil brush, be sure to work the ink up into your bristles before stenciling with it
  • Use the Picasso tool (LL332) and place one of the small holes over each berry area to stencil on ink with the brush you loaded, wipe off the Picasso with a soft cloth before continuing to the next color
  • Place several drops of Wendy Vecchi's Archival Re-inker Fern Green on a craft mat and load a different stencil brush with this, stencil the leaves and swirls with the Fern Green using the Picasso tool as a shield around the berries
  • Remove and clean the stencil
  • Use a 3/4" brush to pick up some of the Fern Green and brush a light coat around the edges of the entire piece
  • Use a heat tool to set the inks
  • Place the clean, dry Holly stencil back over the dry Crackle paste and use the Fern Green ink and brush to color the holly leaves
  • Gently heat set the ink
  • Place the matching Holly die over the crackled image and run through your die cut maching
  • Cut the leaves away from the rest of the image and brush a little more green ink along the edges
  • Mount everything into an august card embellished with a beautiful ribbon from May Arts

*For a stockist near you contact Woodware Craft Collection in the UK and Notions Marketing in the USA.

Happy Creating,


ionabunny said...

Love that holly flourish stencil

Pam Hornschu said...

Love the die cut crackle holly! So clever. The colored embossing paste is amazing!!!

Kristine Reynolds said...

This is so pretty!

craftymom205 said...

Simple but elegant card.

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Denise Bryant said...

Lovely card! I love the holly stencils and dies you used! Pretty coloring!

Lynell Harlow / Dreamweaver Stencils said...

Loving that crackle die cut...that must have been challenging considering crackle has a tendency to crack up when manipulated! Wonderful idea!

BurningRubber said...

I love the colors on this card. The holey stencil is so pretty.

T said...

Pretty card. Lovely and elegant.

Dee Ann Matthews said...

Nicely done- holly always provides cheer!

Diane said...

Such a lovely elagant card Louise and thanks for the fab TUT !!

hugs Diane xx

LynB said...

What a beautiful card Louise! Reminds me of a lovely traditional Christmas card.

Janice K said...

A very pretty card.x

scrappyjen said...

very festive, jx

CraftyJo said...

Lovely, very 'christmassy' :)

Cazzy said...

This is beautiful Louise, I love the stencilled holly!

Cazzy x

Heather Thompson said...

that stencil is just amazing, very very pretty!! nice elegant card.

Elena C said...

That holly swirl is truly beautiful!!! I love it and you did a beautiful job with it.

Joan said...

What a fabulous card, love the crackle technique you have used, very elegant card

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

fantastic color combo and design!