Thursday, 22 May 2014

New Stencils from Dreamweaver

The Dream Team is ready to inspire you with some extra fun this week! Not only are we posting with the Flora and Fauna challenge, we are introducing you to our THREE NEWLY RELEASED DESIGNS...our Owl Buddy, the Open Sheep, and the art nouveau-inspired Heron, which you had a sneak peek at two weeks ago on the Dream It Up! blog. Three lucky commenters on the Dream Team's posts will receive one of these designs to be announced on the Dream It Up! blog next week. Tell us in your comment which technique YOU would use with your favorite of these new designs.

As this week we are using the new design stencils I have put 2 projects on my blog today.  The first  is one I had to do, I had to use the Owl Buddy.  As soon as I saw the stencil I thought don't make a card make a door hanging......... so that is what I've done.

This is what you will need:-

Owl buddy stencil LL3039, Metallic FX powders:- Nouveau Orange, Goldfinch, Eye of the Tiger and  Pewter, Matt White embossing paste,Dreamweaver Dies DD003 Leafy Branch and DD002 Monstera leaf, Die cutting machine, Door Hanger, Blue and white acrylic paint, Black micron pen, Glossy accents, make up sponge, low tack tape, Palette knife, Stencil brush, heat gun,  pieces of card in blac,k brown, dark green and olive green and equipment to clean your stencils.

Heres how to complete the project

1  Paint the door hanger with the blue acrylic paint , once dry apply small amount of the white acrylic paint using the make up sponge and leave to dry.
2  Take a piece of black card and attach the stencil to this using low tack tape around all 4 sides, apply the Matt white paste with the Palette knife.  Remove the stencil and put in water ready for cleaning.
3  Take the Metallic FX powders and stencil brush and tap the powder over the design so that the powder leaves a layer, apply as much of the powder as you want to give the colour you want and then tap the excess off the card, the paste will retain the powder that has been dusted on. Use the heat gun to heat the paste and to give the Molten Magic technique.  Leave the piece to one side to make sure that it is completely dry.
4  When the image is fully dry take  scissors and trim all around the design leave a border of about 1/16th inch surrounding the design.
5  Use the die cutting machine and cut out approximately 5 of the leafy branch in brown and 12 of the Monstera leaf (6 in dark green and 6 in olive green).  My die cutting machine is a Big Shot.

6  Put your design together, I made sure that my owl was sitting on the leaves.  I added dimension to the leaves by curling and bending so that there was some shape to them.

Theres your door hanging, ready for some one to put on their door.

My second project involves flowers, I don't know about you but I love flowers, and with summer fast approaching flowers can give inspiration in many ways.  This week I have chosen my all time favourite stencil, Dreamweaver Stencil LL375 the long stem rose.  This is such a versatile stencil and can be used for so may occasions :- Sympathy,Valentine, Birthday, Anniversary and so the list goes on. 


The card is the Diamond Fold design taken from one of the Hot Off The Press CD

To make the card here is what you will need:-

Dreamweaver Stencil LL375 Long stem Rose, white matte embossing paste, Stencil brushes, Cross Stitch Mesh, Kitchen paper, Palette knife, low tack tape, Distress ink pad (Brushed Corduroy), Patterned paper, self adhesive gems, cream card and equipment to clean the stencil. 

This is how I created the card:-

Take the stencil and tape to a piece of cream card, tape only down one side and using a stencil brush apply the distress ink pad through the stencil.  The technique I used for this is the rouging technique, put ink on to the brush and tap off the excess on to scrap paper and then apply to the design using small circular movements lightly going over the stencil.  To get a deeper colour add layers. Remember you can always add colour but you can't take it away. The one piece of tape holding the stencil forms a hinge and the stencil will return to the correct place. This colouring will become the shadow of your rose.  To check your colour keep lifting the stencil to see if you have achieved the right depth.  When the colour is right remove the stencil and clean the stencil as when applying the embossing paste you don't want to contaminate the colour of the paste.

Once cleaned replace the stencil over the image BUT before you  tape the stencil back in place move it slightly diagonally towards the bottom right hand corner of the design, a small outline of cream card will be revealed now you can tape the stencil in place on all 4 sides using the low tack tape.  Take the Palette knife and apply the matte white embossing paste. Remove the stencil and tape and clean.  The image will have an outline of the ink down the left hand side, and gives the impression of a shadow.

Once the paste is dry place the Cross stitch mesh over the design and then place the stencil over the top of this.  The paste image should be exactly in line with the stencil.  Take the stencil brush and stipple through the stencil with gentle tapping movements.  The same application technique applies go from light to dark and apply layers of colour until the colour you want is achieved.

At this point I removed my Cross stitch mesh and very lightly rouged over the top of the stencil to give a blended subtle colour over the whole of my design.

The final stage was to construct my card.  I really enjoyed making this card as it had so many techniques the I like doing and they can be achieved so easily.  I hope my ideas have given you food for thought and inspired you to have a go. 

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If you are in the UK or Europe and would like to purchase any of the products for the above project they are all available from The Stampman or your local Woodware Stockist. 



  1. The door hanger is fabulous Gill! Love the tropical feel of it and its dimension with all the layered leaf dies. I absolutely love the mesh effect and it works beautifully on your card.

  2. Fabulous projects, Gill! Such wonderful creativity and great techniques.

  3. Love your "woodsy" owl! Gill. Thanks for sharing the steps!

  4. Oh, I so love that monstera leaf die that you used on the door hanger. Both of your pieces are wonderful.

  5. The door hanger is adorable! Love the little owl sitting on the leaves. And your rose is just beautiful!

  6. I love that owl. I may have to get that one.

  7. awwwwsome door hanger with the owl and we will have a nesting die set of the owls soon, so that should be helpful too! Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Great projects! I have that rose stencil...really like the way you used have inspired me to get it out...

  9. Wonderful card! I love this stencil and thanks for explaining what you did to achieve this look! Great work. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Katie B.