Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Weaving dreams with Stampendous and Dreamweaver


In case you missed my post yesterday with free social media icon pack for paper crafters be sure to check it out HERE.


Awww... dreamy summer days are rolling in here in the UK (although with a sprinkle of rain lately) and I am loving it! And what a better way to celebrate summer than a fabulous crafty session with fabulous crafty goodies. Life just doesn't get better than this! Or actually it does - when you win some cool stuff, too!

This week Stampendous gals are playing with the Dreamweaver Dream Team and the theme is 'Summer'. As a longstanding tradition when crafty teams play with goodies, great prizes await for those who share the love!


Two prize packages will be given away for the comments left on posts Monday -Thursday, July 29th - August 1st, and one prize will be given away for comments left on the big hop day, Friday, August 2nd. Winners will be selected randomly and announced Thursday, August 8th. (USA addresses only, please, due to shipping costs.) Here's what you could win:


The packs include: Stampendous Surfer and Sandcastle Kiddos, Dreamweaver Hot Air Balloon, Ice Cream Cones, Summer, Mosaic Swirls, Bird Words, and Sandcastle stencils.

The idea for the project I am sharing today came from err... my local garden centre :). During my recent visit I picked up a competition leaflet inviting participants to design their perfect summer postcard and I decided to join in OK, so maybe this project is not my usual style but it fits the postcard idea perfectly (for me) and I had so much fun making it!


I first saw the technique featured here on Create & Craft TV when Lynell Harlow, the Dreamweaver gal visited the studio back in April this year. The technique is called Double Glitter Technique and it kind of reminded me as well about Fran Seiford's Painting with Powder technique.

I started by gathering my supplies: my whole collection of Stampendous Micro Glitters (not photographed), Sandcastle Kiddo stamp, Dreamweaver stencils, removable tape, a piece of natural soap and double-sided sticky panels.



I mounted my sticky panel onto cardstock (a piece from the stencil's packaging) and rubbed some soap onto the back of the stencil. If you get any flakes and fuzzies within the stencil outline, gently brush them off with a paint brush. Next I peeled some of the protective paper off (keep it for the next step), reveling the sticky area slightly smaller than the size of the stencil. Next you need to place the stencil over the sticky area with the soap side down. Use the piece of protective paper over the stencil to smooth it down. Don't worry - the soap will act as a releasing agent when you come to separate the sticky paper from the stencil.


Now you are ready to layer your glitters. I went wild with my design, I used all the colours I have )all the links are below) to create shading hence the reference to painting with powder :). It's been tricky at first as I don't often work with dry glitter. But as long as you do it in layers, letting the excess powder drop over areas already glittered (like a waterfall effect), then you'll be fine.


Here are my palms fully glittered. Oh, and the stencilled palms are glittered too! (sorry, I couldn't resist hehe). I love them! The Micro Glitters are perfect for this technique, they allow you to work with very detailed designs and they 'blend' in so easily, without harsh lines.


To remove the stencil you need to flip the panel over with the stencil resting flat on the table and then peel the card away from it. If you do it the other way round, you might bend or damage the stencil. Next I sprinkled the Crystal glitter over the rest of the sticky area. 


After dabbing some blue ink over a scalloped stencil to create clouds I added a word 'summer' with the translucent embossing paste and again layered it with glitters.



To complete my postcard design I stamped and coloured the Sandcastle Kiddo, sprinkled and heat embossed some Golden Sand embossing powder, added MayArts ribbon, the sentiment and a few shells - and I was done!


That's all from me for today. I will be back on Friday for the big blog hop. Until then, why don't you have a look at all of the beautiful projects the designers are sharing today and throughout the week:

Asia King (that's me!)



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28 comments:

Ros Crawford said...

This is so pretty ... Love the glitter!

Lotte said...

Wonderful detailed tutorial, loving that Summer text dreamweaver stencil.

craftymom205 said...

Love the card.

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Jamie Martin said...

The Sandcastle Kiddo is adorable and I love what you did with the palm tree :)

Sue D said...

Very pretty and I like the technique you used.
Sue in Ohio

Lynell Harlow / Dreamweaver Stencils said...

This is an unbelievable piece of artwork Asia! Gorgeously detailed with the stencils in the background...WOW! And the stamped image is adorable.

Kailash said...

Love the glittery and sparkly technique, such a lovely card!

Pam Hornschu said...

Asia, you just had more fun playing with all of the toys! Love your "postcard" creation! Great job explaining the process with the stencils!

Carol said...

Awesome projects, stamping and stenciling are so great together!

Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

Janis said...

Thanks for the wonderful tutorial!! You have no idea how this helps beginners like me!!

What a wonderfully sparkly card. Love the effect your glitter technique gives!!
<3 J

Sabrina said...

Your card is so pretty!! I love the colors!!! Thank you for the tutorial!!

barbara macaskill said...

This may not be your usual style but it is absolutely delightful! Love the fun colors and it is so whimsical! TFS!

butterfly said...

Wow - how much glitter?! Amazing technique - thanks for sharing - and a fabulous sparkly summer card!
Alison x

Alycia said...

Love all the texture and sparkle you got from the glitter. Going to have to look up those techniques!

Iris said...

So cute. Love the palm tree stencil.

Larissa Heskett said...

Wow!! Such an AWESOME design!! I LOVE the glitter!! THANKS for sharing and have a Fabulous Week!! ;)

Colleen Scrapbooker said...

cute and fun!

Lea said...

Asia, this is so cute! Love all the fun elements! The shells are a really nice little touch, too!

McStamper said...

Cute card.

SHartl said...

Love the layering of the stencil and stamps...and such an adorable beach scene!

LynB said...

What a wonderfully collaged card with so many elements to absorb and to enjoy!

Jan Castle said...

Beautiful card and with tons of glitter - very colorful!
Paper Hugs,
Jan

Louise said...

Wow, what a great postcard! You did a wonderful job glittering the stencils and the little girl is adorable!

Bunny said...

This just makes me want to play in the sand. And all the stuff you used to make the card. Very nice.

Gavi- !n'eNow! said...

Awesome ideas!

christi said...

I want to go to the beach and play in the sand castles too. so cute.

Suzanne C said...

Adorable! Love that shimmery scenery behind the adorable girl!

StampendousGraphics said...

Such an adorable card, Asia! Love how you've done the colors on the palm trees! Super Effective!!

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