Friday, July 25, 2014

Woodware UK: Mixing it Up for Summer

The Woodware team has been challenged to a Mixed Media challenge this week, with either a Summer or a Body Beautiful theme. Guess which one I decided to go with? 

I used a basic 6 X 6 square canvas for this, but you could easily use the Woodware Canvas Paper and either wrap a frame with it, or frame it when finished, or not...up to you.

The background was swiped with various bright color inks, sprinkled with rock salt, and spritzed with water. The colors move a bit, and the rock salt causes a bit of splotchiness and texture. When dry, I used thinned down Dreamweaver Glossy White Paste to give a washed look to the Dreamweaver Large Scales design on the side. I used the same Glossy White Paste to paste-emboss the new Dreamweaver Sailboat, adding a few extra choppy waves with paste on the edge of my palette knife. Once again, this was set aside to dry.

Next I ink-stenciled the Twin Palms on the side using my Tsukineko Splendor ink pad as my palette, and added the small Flourish as well. The finishing touch was ink-stenciling the Summer word at the top, and adhering a sprinkling of Stampendous Color Fragments in Lime and Teal. I fully intend to do the other three seasons, as this was really a fun project!

All of this week, the team will be posting their mixed media creations, so be sure to check the Woodware blog daily! Oh, and we'd love for you to share your own creations!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hoot, Hoot, Hoot-ray for Dreamweaver Dies!

Playing with the Dreamweaver dies this month has been such a HOOT! Just to prove it, my card today features our new Owl Dies itsy bitsy babies, perching on the window created by the largest of the new Oval Dies. The card base for this was machine embossed and StriƩ-inked with the Pinwheel Checkerboard stencil pattern before stamping the cute sentiment from Woodware's Clear Magic Owl Christmas set.

 The inside panel adds depth by layering the Treeline Die, cut from patterned paper, over the top of another patterned paper...all coordinating with the patterned papers from my little owl babies. Here's a tip...trace the outside edge of the owl die on contrasting cardstock and cut out. It is a bit of fussy cutting, but a fairly simple shape to cut. Then you can just adhere the paper pieces from the die cuts. Oh, and another you die cut each baby owl, place each tiny piece on a strip of removable tape to keep them together, and doing this with each owl. This makes it soooo much easier to keep all the pieces together. It is also really helpful to place a panel of Double Sided Mounting Paper on the back of the panel of patterned paper that you are cutting your owls from BEFORE die cutting them. Just peel off the adhesive backing and adhere each piece without dealing with messy glues.

Before you move on to the team's blogs this week, just thought I'd share a silly riddle for you...

Where do you buy baby owls? At the OWLET store!! Hee hee.

Be sure to link your own die-cut creations to the link below for a chance to win the Dreamweaver Stencil or Die of your choice!

An InLinkz Link-up

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Have a CUPPA Dreamweaver DIES!

We are now into our third week of featuring a "July to DIE for", showing off all of our Dreamweaver dies, many of which match our stencil designs as well. Do you have a favorite yet? My favorite is usually whichever I am playing with at the moment! Lol.

My post today features the Stacked Teacup Die and Stencil, along with the Nested Frames, the Happy Birthday sentiment, and the Crusade Background. After die-cutting the teacups, I placed them on my craft mat and taped the matching stencil over the top, and pasted the design with Translucent paste to create shiny cups. I punched small circles and cut them in pieces to add pattern to the teacups that matches the card. The sentiment was pasted with a mix of regular Embossing Paste with a bit of Purple Satin and Plum Royale Metallic F/X to match the teacups. I looped a bit of May Arts ribbon through the teacup handles for some extra interest, and added some punched circles for fun.

Here's the list of this week's team members, as well as our fabulous Guest Designer for July:

Be sure to link your own creations for a chance to win the stencil or die of your choice below: