Thursday, October 25, 2012

A Festively Fall Canvas

Welcome back to week two of our amazing collaboration between Ranger's Tim Holtz line of Distress Powders, and our beautiful Dreamweaver Stencils & Products! If you missed last week's event, start HERE.

Last week, we were totally blown away by the awesome response we received from those of you who hopped over from Tim Holtz's blog and the Ranger blog to check us out! We've been doing the "happy dance" ever since! Hopefully, you will continue to check us out, especially over the next few weeks as we continue our play-time in Tim's sandbox. (It is rather an appropriate metaphor considering the cool texture of his Distress Powders.)

Apparently, Tim and the wonderful people at Ranger were also excited by the response, and they've decided to "up the ante" in the form of an additional prize package(s) which will include TWELVE Distress Powders each, and a handful of Dreamweaver Stencils to go with! Wow! Just one teeny-tiny win one of these packages from their blog, you need to create something with Tim Holtz's Distress Powders and Dreamweaver Stencils and attach it to the inlinkz on the Ranger blog. Winners will be selected randomly. For more details, head over to the Ranger blog.

Once again, this week we are offering another fall prize package as shown here. Just leave us all some love as you visit, for an opportunity to be the one random winner we select. Curious as to who won from last week? It could be YOU! Visit the Dream It Up! blog for the announcement of the lucky commenter.

For this week's project, I chose to use the LJ832 Cornucopia to create a Thanksgiving canvas which will sit on our Thanksgiving Table as part of the centerpiece.

  1. I began first by staining an 8x8 Canvas with Aged Mahogany and Vintage Photo Distress Stain and adorned the corners with Tim Holtz's Ideology Corners.
  2. Then using Dreamweaver's Original Paste, I paste embossed the LG832 Cornucopia stencil on a piece of cross-stitch cloth. I originally had tried to use burlap but the weave was a bit too loose for the detail of this stencil. (Tomorrow I will share a card I made this same technique with burlap!).
  3. Once the paste was dry, I realigned the stencil and using a sponge dauber, applied Distress Embossing Ink.
  4. Then came the fun part! After removing the stencil, using a tiny spoon, I sprinkled Distress Embossing Powders over the wet ink. Using my heat gun, I melted the powder to give it the mottled look.
This was a really fun project which has inspired me to make another one for our  hristmas table. I hope it has inspired you to give it a try. It's inexpensive, easy and a lot of fun!

To recap, here's a list of all the Ranger and Dreamweaver supplies I used:
Ranger Distress Embossing Ink
Ranger Aged Mahogany and Vintage Photo Distress Stains
Ranger Distress Embossing Powders: Black Soot, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Orange Marmalade, Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters and Mustard Seed
Dreamweaver LJ832 Cornucopia Stencil
Dreamweaver Original Embossing Paste
Dreamweaver Palette Knife
Dreamweaver Paste Spreader

Aren't you excited to see what's next? Check out the Dream Team players for today:

You already know where to find Ranger's/Tim Holtz' products, but if you are having difficulty finding Dreamweaver, encourage your local stamp/paper-craft store to carry the line of fabulous stencil designs, pastes, and other products to mix with all of your stash of Tim's crafty goodness. You can also purchase our products on-line at Stencil with Style.

We'd love to see you come back regularly and play along with our monthly challenges (and more opportunities to win stencils) by linking your creations to the mr. linky on the Dream It Up! blog, or emailing pics of your creations to lynell@.... Since you're on the computer already, head on over and like us on Facebook as well. Just another location for dreamy and distressed inspiration!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Playing with Distressed Embossing Powders

The Dream Team are so excited to have the opportunity to play along with some unique Ranger Products in the Tim Holtz line...specifically, the Distressed Embossing Powders! Our own Louise Healy demonstrated how fabulous these are with the Dreamweaver Stencils when she created this card for a fun class at CHA Summer 2012:

Apparently, Tim Holtz agreed with all of us on this unique use of his product, so he very generously had Ranger (thanks, Patti!) send the team some samples to play and blog with. we go!

Here's my post for today::

I know it doesn't exactly fall into the Festively Fall theme but I have a good reason. I have been busy working on a tutorial for the PaperCraft Planet blog for the polymer clay pendant featured last week. (See blog post below for a link to the tutorial.)
Today's card definitely falls into the Clean and Simple, yet Distressed/Grunged category. The supplies used are:
After securing the stencil with removable tape on the kraft cardstock, apply Embossing Paste using Paste Spreader, remove and clean stencil; set aside to dry. When dry, realign the stencil and apply the Distress Embossing Ink in a pouncing motion with a sponge. Remove stencil and sprinkle on Black Soot EP (remember to shake first). Heat with the Craft Tool. Unlike traditional embossing powders, the Distress Powders don't change appearance all that much when heating, so use your best judgment, lightly testing an area with your finger if you're unsure. Remember, you can always heat again and even apply more ink and powder if you want to, but you can't remove the scorch marks if you burn your cardstock!
Once the Embossing Powder has cooled, rub over it with your finger to remove some of  the powder to give it a distressed look. Option: use a different colored EP, like Vintage Photo or Walnut Stain to have the black paste appear more prominent.
Using your blending tool, edge the embossed cardstock with the Vintage Photo ink and adhere the Watchface and gears where desired. Mount to folded card, sit back and admire your results!
Very easy, very distressed and very much done in classic Tim Holtz style.
For the next four weeks, on our regular Thursday posts, we will be featuring the wonderful things that you can do with Tim's Distress Powders and Dreamweaver Stencils. Leave comments on each of the team blog posts (links below) for an opportunity to win this fabulous prize package compliments of Ranger Ink and Dreamweaver Stencils:

And here are the links to all the blogs.

Don't forget to play along with the Dream Team's monthly challenges for more opportunities to win some great stencil designs! October's challenge is Festively Fall, and November is CAS (clean and simple) Christmas! Link your creations on the Dream It Up! blog, or email pics to Join us on Facebook as well! Lots of inspiration, and lots of fun!

A PCP Giveaway!

So, a couple of weeks I shared with you this stunning pendant that I made using Polymer Clay and Dreamweaver's LJ906 Maple Leaf Branch stencil.

Dreamweaver L906 Maple Leaf Branch
Dreamweaver Metallic F/X
on Polymer Clay

I had so many wonderful emails and comments that I created a tutorial on how it was done and posted it on my PaperCraft Planet's blog.

Leave me some love on the PCP blog and remember to add what stencil you'd like to win if you are the lucky winner of the weekly Dreamweaver stencil Giveaway on PCP!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

A Festively Fall Candle

Okay, so we all know how incredible and versatile Dreamweaver stencils are for making cards and scrapbook pages BUT did you know they are also great for home decor projects? WHAT you say? Well, today I will share with you a FAST and very, very EASY project perfect for your fall decorating or even your Thanksgiving table!

LL471 Leaf Icon Stencil
Gold and Copper Embossing Paste
Isn't this candle just beautiful? And to think I just took a cheap pillar candle by using the LL471 Leaf Icon stencil and embossing paste!

To begin, firmly secure a piece of waxed paper or palette paper onto your work surface.Then, just like as if you were using cardstock, tape your LL471 stencil onto the wax paper.

I pasted it once with gold paste and then a second one with copper paste. Now just set aside to dry. I usually let mine dry overnight because I want it to be completely dry. I don't use my griddle for this because I'm not sure how the waxed paper will react to heat, but if you're feeling brave, give it a try!
Now comes the "tricky" part. Once the pasted leaves are completely dry, gently peel them off the waxed paper. I usually use my palette knife to get started and then very gently pull it off the waxed paper with my fingers.
To attach to the candle I just gently rub it onto the candle with  my fingers and then give it a quick zap with my heat gun for the wax to soften and incorporate the paste image ever so slightly. You can also use glue or glue dots to adhere it as well.
Doesn't this open up a million more stencil possibilities for you? Just think of all you can do for your holiday decorating. Imagine doing this but sprinkling on glitter to the wet paste. Oooooh I can see the sparkle now. Or what about doing it with leaves, the Molten Magic technique and Metallic F/X? Oh the possibilities.
Here's a more glitzed up version, where I added glitter to the wet paste and then embellished with pearls for accent.

Which one version do you prefer?
Just think, you're Dreamweaver stencils have now become a sticker maker! Who woulda thunk it?
Just remember, this technique truly works best on solid images. If there are a lot of cutouts or bridges, it will make it just a bit trickier!
After leaving me some love, please  head over to the other Dream Team blogs to see what wonderfully fall creations they have in store for you.
Until we meet again, hugs and happy creating.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Festively Fall

Welcome to October and a new challenge from Dreamweaver stencils! The theme of the challenge this month is "Festively Fall". And so to get us started on that path, I thought I'd share with you 4 different projects I created using the same stencil, Maple Branch LJ906.

The first, a card, was created last year and I think perfectly represents the changing colors of the season.

This card was first machine embossed and then colored with pigment inks and a stencil brush. Very quick, very simple and very stunning.

The next card is one I will be teaching at Stampin' Cat on October 13. It uses Twinkling H2Os for the background and copper paste and Metallic F/X with the stencil.

And finally, I'll share with you my favorite and one that brings me a TON of compliments each time I wear it.

This pendant was made by embossing the Maple Leaf stencil over conditioned polymer clay and then brushing it with Metallic F/X. I wish you could see this in person. It truly is stunning.

I  hope by showing you just some of the versatility of Dreamweaver stencils you will be inspired to play along with our challenge this month. There are two winners each month. Please check out Dreamweaver's blog for all the details on how to enter (and win!)

And for more inspiration and amazing eye candy, please check out the other Dream Team blogs. You can find all their links in the right hand column.