Sunday, November 4, 2012

Distress EP, Dreamweavers and WMS Sketch

For this Christmas card, I tried a new technique using a Dreamweavers snowflake stencil, some regular stencil embossing paste, and Rangers Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Powder in Tattered Rose.

I used this week's Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge for the design, but opted to put the borders top and bottom instead of on the sides. Here is the sketch:

And here is my "distressed" card:
My first step was to take a plain white piece of lightweight cardstock and tape the stencil in place in the middle. Then I spread the paste over the stencil and scraped off the excess. I lifted up the stencil, then applied the Tattered Rose Distress Embossing Powder. I let it dry, then heat embossed the powder to assure good adhesion. The texture is very unique - sort of sand-roughened.

I used my foam sponge blending tool and applied various Distress Inks to the cardstock: Antique Linen in the center and Salty Ocean and Broken China moving outward. A moistened swab was used to remove any ink from the snowflake. I cut the ornament shape (Spellbinders Heirloom Ornaments 2011) from the center and inserted a pearl brad, then traced around the die on a scrap of cardstock and cut out a shadow layer. I treated it with the same Distress EP on the edges and layered the snowflake piece on top.

The inked up cardstock with the ornament hole in the center was too pretty to discard, so I ran it through my die cutting/embossing machine with the Sizzix Tim Holtz Postcards embossing folder. I highlighted the raised lettering with Tattered Rose and Antique Linen Distress Inks. With the shadow layer under my snowflake, I could use pop dots to adhere it back on the background with no cuts showing.

I have a few precious pieces of cobalt blue Italian silk cardstock and used one to border the ensemble. Before layering, I die cut a very large piece out of the center so that it is mostly just the visible border that was used. No sense wasting that goodness underneath!

I embossed the Waltzingmouse vintage greeting, and border strips in a pearly embossing powder that echoes my thin border. I added a "Mini Me" Waltzingmouse ornament just for fun. The card base is cream but I treated it all with Tattered Rose Distress Ink to tie it all together. Ranger and Dreamweaver are showcasing techniques using the Distress Embossing Powders and the stencils, and there are prizes! Check out these links for more information: Dream it Up Blog and the Ranger blog. And while you are at it, create a card for the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge. You don't even need to use WMS stamps to play along!

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!