Monday, 28 February 2011

Dreamweaver Plaid stencil LX7002

I did this card before I went to CHA. I used to do something similar years ago with another brand but it was made from plastic and the lines kept moving. Now I have this one and boy am I happy. It is large enough to do the whole front of a card without having to lift it. Expect to see many more tartan designs in the future.

I used LJ907 Damask with silver Embossing medium and silver glitter on the black card. The silver strip at the bottom is double sided tape with the same glitter over it.
I dry embossed the LL594 Open Bird onto white cardstock then did random blocks of colour using a finger dauber through the stencil with pigment ink.
I masked one of the larger stripes on the Plaid stencil to allow enough colour to come through and using black ink I added the stripes through the two stencils then again after turning the stencil 90 degrees.
You could get way more pedantic than me by making the blocks of colour on the bird stencil match the stripes exactly. It depends on how much work you want to put into it.

Quite frankly I don't have the time or inclination to get that fussy. I think it looks great as it is. What do you think?


Owl and Puppy Cottage Cutz

I don't know if you have guessed this or not, but I have a love affair going with die cuts, especially Cottage Cutz dies.Craftywitch has all of the designs I put on this blog for sale to you retailers. How can you resist?

I used a deckle edged rectangle for the night sky and a plain circle for the moon. I wish you could see how he wobbles on his branch. I used a new style of spring I found at CHA to mount him onto. Just brilliant.

This die is a double set with lots of little pieces. It makes it easier if you break down the image into sections. For example, I did each puppy then the box before I put it all together. Fiddly but not difficult and look at the result.

Check out the Craftywitch website to see all the other great designs they have in stock.


Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Back from CHA

Hi everyone.

I had a great time in the States and met some lovely people at CHA. I enjoyed my time showing Dreamweaver Dream Team designers, reps and store owners my latest foil techniques with stencils.
Here are a few more cards using these techniques with the new Rooster stencil LG732.

The first two cards were done on a base of Jac paper.
I used small amounts of different coloured foils on the first design
before filling it in with black flock. Notice one short edge of the Jac was punched first.
I only ever use opal glitter on the background after the stencil is removed as other colours muddy the image and can even make your image disappear into the background.

This card was done exactly the same as the last one only I used only
one colour of foil. In this instance it is the Copper foil.

 This card is done differently. I dry embossed the image and then coloured it with pigment inks. I removed the stencil and covered the image with 'Stuck on You' powder from Stampee. The powder was then melted with a heat gun. Transluscent foil in the Water pattern was placed over the image and run through a heated pouch laminating machine (without the pouch) between 2 pieces of copy paper. The foil was then removed quickly after it had cooled.
I then dry embossed around the outside of the rooster to add extra dimension.

This was done exactly the same as the previous card only I used different coloured inks. Instead of dry embossing the background I sprayed the card with Blue Hawaiian Memories Mist. The foil acts as a resist so you can wipe the image down and not affect the image.

This card was done the same way as the last two only Silver Bubbles foil was used on black card. You don't have to colour the image first if using a solid colour foil so I used the Palette brand glue pad but you can use Versamark. Note: you do have to dry emboss though.

More to come in the following days using the newest Dreamweaver stencils.
Have a great day,