Thursday, 22 January 2015

Birthday wishes week 4

Welcome to the birth of a new year...2015 to be precise! In honor of that, we've decided that our monthly challenge for January will be Birthday Wishes. We'd love for you to play along with us, and link your creations to the Inlinkz tool at the bottom of this post, or on the Dream It Up! blog, for a chance to win the stencil of your choice...and remember, using Dreamweaver products gets you bonus points towards an extra stencil!

First of all let me apologise for not posting on 8th January but I had a problem with my camera.  So this week I'm posting 2 cards I want to wish everyone a happy new year and all the best for 2015.  I don't know about you but making cards for the men in our lives can be difficult, and cause many long times thinking of what to do.  So I thought the first card I would go for a kind of elegant look which could be used for either male or female. Also I have taken it back to basics by just using paste and the stencils.  The second is again one for the men using three techniques:- Molten magic, creating a shadow and basic pasting.  I hope you like them.

Here's my birthday wish for this week:

Things you will need:-

Dreamweaver Stencils LS1010 Happy Birthday
                                 LJ919 Art Nouveau Flourish
Gold embossing paste
Black card
Gold Mirri card
Palette knife or spreader
Low Tack Tape
Cleaning things for stencils.

and this is how I created the card:-

1 Take a piece of Black card and apply the stencil (do this with both the flourish and the Happy Birthday) to it using the low tack tape and apply the embossing paste over the stencil with the palette knife/spreader.

2 Remove the stencils and place in water ready for cleaning.

3 While waiting for the paste to dry cut the matte and layers for the completed card.

4 Once the stencil design is dry trim to the correct size and attach to the backing card.

This is an easy card to do especially a beginner with paste.

Card 2
Here is the second card

and this is what you will need

Dreamweaver stencil LJ911
Dreamweaver stencil LS1010
Gold Embossing paste
Stencil brush
Versafine inkpad Sepia
A selection of the Dreamweaver Metallic FX powders
Heat Gun
Cream and black card stock
Gold Mirri Card
Palette knife/ Spreader
and this is how I created the card:-

1 Take 1 piece of cream card and attach the flourish stencil to it using low tack tape and tape around all 4 sides.  Apply the Gold paste over the Gear stencil first of all and when this is done remove the stencil and put it in water ready for cleaning.

2 Take your gear panel and using a stencil brush apply the Metallic FX powders by collecting powder and then tapping the powder over the design. You can put as much of the powder on as you like and apply as many colours as you want.

3 Once you have the powder over the design gently tap any excess powder of and use a heat gun to heat the panel.  I start by heating from underneath and after a short time I then heat from the top.  As it is heated the paste will start to bubble and get a texture to it.  Try not to over heat the panel and if it looks like it is getting over heated remove the heat gun and allow the panel to cool a little.

4 To create the shadow effect on the sentiment panel first attach the stencil to a piece of cream card on one side only, using a stencil brush and ink pad apply the colour you want your shadow to be using the rouging technique.  I make sure that the colour is quite deep so that I have a clear shadow.

5 Next clean your stencil to remove all the ink and replace the stencil back over the top of the design and carefully move the stencil down and to the right so that the plain card becomes just visible and attach the stencil back to the card around all 4 sides with the low tack tape.  Apply the gold paste, remove stencil and place in water.  This panel needs putting to the side to dry.

4 When the two panels are completely dry trim the 2 panels and cut matts and layers and complete your card.   

Of course, more birthday inspirations coming your way from our "B" team:

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

These are my 2 cards, I hope you like them and please the team  comments, as we love to hear what you've got to say.

Thanks for stopping by



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  1. Nice variety of card designs Gill! Good ideas for sure.

  2. Both of these are great for masculine birthdays, but are equally perfect for any occasion just by changing the sentiment!

  3. That gold is sooooooooooooooooooo elegant!!! LOVE!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  4. Love the first card. So classy and elegant. The cogs look amazing. Hugz

  5. Your first card is beautiful in it's simplicity! Thanks for the wonderful work this past year and wishing you many more creations!

  6. Card one is stunning - love it!
    Card two is great too!
    Jan Castle

  7. Both cards are amazing!!! gorgeous!

  8. Both cards are great. Love the one with the gears panel.

  9. Great cards! Love those cool gears, your technique and the stencil too! Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

  10. Your cards are very nice and simple.

  11. Great cards...second one is my favorite!