Tuesday 13 August 2013

Dreamweaver Blog Hop


Welcome to the annual Dreamweaver and Woodware Christmas in August extravaganza week! Monday through Saturday we will be knocking your Christmas stockings off with fun and inspirational ideas for the upcoming holidays. All that you need to do is hop back and forth across the "pond" on each day, oohing and aaahhhing as you go, and leaving us plenty of holiday love. In return, you'll be entered to randomly win one prize package for a UK commenter, and a second prize package for a US commenter, featuring products distributed in the UK by Woodware...including Dreamweaver and Stampendous!

Prize includes four stencils, one die, and two stamps, selection may vary.

Here's my design
Materials used:-
Dreamweaver stencil LL589 Musical Christmas
Dreamweaver Matt White embossing paste
Pearl Ex mica powders
Versamark inkpad
Stampendous peel off Peace Words (90901)
1" holly leaf punch
5" triple fold white hammer card blank
silver mirror card
narrow pink satin ribbon
Mark Richards Glitterdomes
green & pink card
DSA sheet
Crystal glitter
All available from:-
Your local Exmouth stockist is:-
It's blog hopping time again & this week we're joining up with those talented ladies from Dreamweaver.
I have used my stencil with embossing paste for the main image so for those of you who aren't familiar with this technique who better to tell you all about it than the Dream Team.

Using Embossing Paste with Brass Stencils

This technique looks especially nice on dark card stock. It has a sharper edge to it than either dry or thermal embossing and, like dry embossing, it can also be stenciled with color. When iridescent powders are added to the regular embossing paste, the embossing almost has an "Indian sandpainted" look to it.

1. When using embossing paste on the brass stencils, you need to work quickly, because the paste sets up in 20-40 minutes and you don't want it to dry into the fine bridgework of the brass stencils.

2. Make sure you are working on a hard flat surface and the stencil needs to be flat against the surface, because, if it is bent, the paste will pull under the bridges and smear.

3. Tape out the edges well with removable tape.

4. Pick up the paste on the bottom of the metal palette knife and smooth over the stencil's cut out areas as if applying icing to a cake. Now the paste on the stencil is about 1/8"- 1/4" thick. At this point, scrape off the excess paste until all the holes are filled evenly and the stencil surface is smooth.

5. Immediately take off the tape and pick up the stencil from the paper--lifting it off in a straight up manner as much as possible. It is important to clean the stencil off immediately, so drop it into a pan of water until you have time to scrub it with a vegetable or nail brush. If there is a film or residue of paste on the stencil, use a rubber stamp cleaner that removes permanent inks. Apply it generously and scrub with a dry paper towel.

6. Set aside the paste project for 20-40 minutes and, when dry, put the cleaned stencil back in place and stencil with a variety of mediums.
 When my embossing was thoroughly dry I replaced the stencil & covered the image with Versamark. Remove the stencil again & then, using a fine dry paint brush highlight the image using mica powders. Dust away all excess powder carefully. This piece was then mounted onto a piece of pink card & eventually attached to the centre panel of the card blank. 
Dreamweaver  stencils are great to use with Cuttlebug or any die cutting system in conjunction with a silicone mat & that's just what I have done with the left & right panels using silver mirror card & I've mounted these onto pink card also. 
Before adding any of the panels to the card blank add a strip of DSA sheet across the centre of the card & remove the top protective strip. Now attach all the images & any embellishments before covering the remaining sticky surfaces with crystal glitter.
To finish I've punched some holly leaves from pink paper & used with the Glitterdomes, added a line of ribbon at the top & bottom & lastly the peel off sentiment. 
 Here's a closer look at the panels

Now's the time for you to leave a comment and move on to the next designer for today


  1. I love the sparkle in the background, so smooth, and Christmas is the perfect excuse to sparkle!

  2. Beautiful Debs! I have this stencil so thanks for the inspiration!

  3. A beautiful card in lovely pastel colours.

  4. Left a. Moment on the woodware blog, but just had say again, great card! Love the colors.

  5. What a pretty project! The stencil with the silver mirror paper is wonderful!