Thursday, March 27, 2014

Mad for Dreamweavers and Gelli!

This month's Dreamwaver challenge to honor March Madness is to go MAD. Anything goes, and the more outside-of-the-box, the better. This year, Dreamweaver is aiming to play with non-traditional challenges whenever possible. A chance to break out all of our I-never-quite-knew-what-to-do-with-these-products stash, and to look at Dreamweaver stencils in a whole new creative light!

So what does going MAD mean for me? Well, it means playing product "I just had to have" several months ago that still sits in the bag it came home in! (I bet you have a few things like this!). For me, it is my Gelli Plate.

I pulled prints from my Gelli plate 3 times each time varying the pink, yellow and orange colors along with the stencils. The stencils I used are:

  • LX 7002 Plaid
  • LX 7011 Big Dots
  • LG 713 Amsterdam Flourish
  • LJ 902 Black Eyed Susan and 
  • LJ 916 Butterfly

Remember, these stencils and all Dreamweaver products can always be bought at Stencil with Style if you don't have a local store or they don't carry Dreamweaver product (and first you should tell them then need to!)

 After I had several backgrounds that l liked. I chose one and created this calendar base. I kept the design very simple and didn't add a lot of embellishments because the background paper was so beautiful and had such interest that I didn't want to detract from it.

I started out by first wrapping the print around a piece of heavy chipboard and then paste embossing the LL548 Daisies stencil over the print. This is what it looked like before adding color to the paste embossing. (If you look closely at the upper right corner, you should be able to see a faint print of the butterfly stencil). 

Part of me likes the Daisies unpainted, much more contrast. What do you think?

Once the paste was dry, I repositioned the stencil and colored the daisy with my acrylic paints. I then punched corner slots (using another unused product--an old Fiskars slot punch!) in the black mat and adhered that to the printed board with foam tape. After inserting the calender it was done. And the best part is that next month, I can change the calendar. Now I just need to start working on one for the fall and winter months! (I'm thinking of starting with the LJ 849 Bare Trees and LX 7020 Leafless Tree stencils)

Now please hop on over to the other Dreamers and leave them some love. Hopefully their madness will inspire you to step outside of your comfort zone and go a little mad!

Thanks for stopping by. I'll hope you'll come back next Tuesday (April 1) when I'll have a giveaway to go with a little announcement and at least a new creation to share.


LynB said...

I like the colored daisies Cherylynn! The overall color effect really works well.

Lynell Harlow / Dreamweaver Stencils said...

Whoa!!! This is beautiful Cherylynn! Looks like you had fun doing it too.

Pam Hornschu said...

I agree with Lyn...the colored daisies create a finished look. Such a pretty calendar!

Evelyn S. said...

The white daisies would be great with some white elsewhere on the piece! (I like them!) I don't have a gelli plate...but it's about the only "new" thing I don't have...and haven't used yet!

Louise said...

Beautiful! I like they look of the colored daisies, love the colors!

Amante del Papel said...

great calendar!

Katie said...

Great idea! Your calender idea is wonderful and I do love that background. Thanks for sharing.

Katie B.

snazzyjj said...

Love the colors and the daisies both painted and unpainted too.