Sunday, November 4, 2012

Doin' a Happy Dance!


Hello! I just found out that the good folks over at the Dreamweavers Blog chose my Burnished Velvet Leaves card for their October "Festively Fall" challenge winner in the category: Best Interpretation of the Challenge. Woohoo! I get to choose a stencil from the vast array of Dreamweaver Stencils. I have already decided on this one:

You can see an amazing card by Joy Hauck here on the Dreamweaver Blog that shows what can be done with this stencil. Another great sample using glitter (with instructions!) can be found on Yogi's amazing art blog here. Thank you, Dreamweavers, for choosing my card!

The November challenge on the Dreamweavers Blog is CAS Holidays (Clean and Simple). The only two Dreamweavers Stencils I own are holiday related, a snowflake and a spray of holly. I decided to enter this challenge using the holly. I rarely make anything CAS so this is extra challenging for me!


I bought the stencil, some embossing pastes and a metal offset spatula at my local stamp store (Stampers! in Victoria, BC) eons ago, but I have never gotten around to trying them out until now. Shame on me!

I taped the stencil down, ran it through my Cuttlebug to pressure emboss, then used Copic markers to colour in the image. I needed to use a light touch with the markers so they didn't seep under the stencil. Then I applied the transluscent Pearlescent Embossing Paste over top, removed and washed the stencil, then waited for the holly to dry.

Meanwhile, I created a little label with a Stampin' Up! punch and found it paired well with a Spellbinders Labels 21 die for a glittery background. I stamped the sentiment with Versafine Olympia Green. It's a Waltzingmouse Stamp. (One of the monthly WMS Christmas Card Challenges is to make a card based on a song. Fa la la la la...)  Two strips of glittered tape top and bottom framed the holly nicely and the whole works was mounted onto dark green card stock. This is a 5.5 X 4.25 inch card.

I hope you can see the raised image in the photos. The paste dried in about 20 minutes and I think it looks better in real life than it does in the photos. It is pearly, but not as muted as the colours here suggest. I can't wait to practice more and improve my technique! Why not join the November CAS challenge on the Dreamweavers blog, too? See you there!

9 comments:

Wanda H said...

A beautiful card, Charmaine!!!

Wanda H said...

Oh, and congrats on winning!!!!!

Joy H said...

Thanks for the lovely comment Charmaine! Congrats on your card (last month and this!) and have fun with your stencils. I think we have several inspirational teachers in common as well (Elitia and Els!!) - I love your blog - Keep up the great work!

Lynell Harlow / Dreamweaver Stencils said...

Hi Charmaine, I am visiting my mother in Eastern Oregon (she runs our retail mail order business stencilwithstyle.com) and so this is not coming from my computer. We both love your beautiful rendering of the holly swirl stencil...I never would have thought of putting the copic color down and the pearlescent on top...good thinking! You ladies are an encouragement to me....thanks for playing along on our challenge.

Liz Martin said...

Lovely card, Charmaine. The soft colors of the holly spring really make the glitter and sentiment stand out. Great job!

sommrstamping said...

Charmaine this is a beautiful card and this is one of my favorite stencils. I love the soft color and I never thought of using copic markers and then putting paste over it. Great Idea!!!

Lee Kellogg said...

Lovely card!

Louise said...

Wonderful card Charmaine! I have not used the pearlescent over color, I'll have to try it out! Thanks for joining our challenge this month.

Laura Drahozal said...

What a lovely card! I just love the way that you used that Holly Swirls Stencil! Thanks for playing!