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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Dreamweaver Thrusday

 New  Heron  stencil was used today along with Happy Birthday! I love the embossing paste in Gold and Pearl! Check out Dream It Up! blog. for more inspiration and more links for projects!


I started with a GREAT piece of cool paper.  Yes, real cool paper from Japan!  And it had herons on it!
I used a mix of pearl and gold embossing paste.  It is the "SLUDGE" Technique.  It is fun to mix the colors!
I used the same paste blend for the "Happy Birthday"!

I kept it very simple this week to show off the pretty of the stencils!

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Ann Butler and Walnut Hallow

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What a fun cross promotion/hop this is with Ann Butler Designs and walnut Hallow!  I got a wooden tray to decorate.  So lets see what I came up with!
 Supplies: 
Walnut Hallow Tray
Ann Butler Designs (Unity Stamps, Clearsnap Crafter's Ink)
Valspar Spray Paint
WorldWin Paper (Treasures)
Jumbo Java Tsukineko Ink
Art Glitter Dries Clear Adhesive
Art Glitter Ultrafine Glitter (Martini)
Envirotex Lite Resin
Beacon Adhesive Decoupage
Misc. Buttons and Embellishments
     
I got all my supplies together and got started.  The tray was pretty and needed a little sanding to get a nice smooth surface.  Not a problem at all and then I spray painted the tray with the Valspar colors.  I was really pleased with the way the colors blended and I really liked the way the colors matched Ann Butler's Ink!




 I stamped the 2" squares in several designs and then used a punch to  make sure all my squares were nice and even.  I love these stamps!
 I edged each square with a little ink just to make them stand out a bit more. I then attached all the squares to a piece of cardstock I cut to size for the bottom of the tray. I wanted to make sure everything fit just right and I knew I could attach the large paper with adhesive inside the tray.



 I spread a nice layer of glue on the tray bottom.  I used this adhesive as it dries clear!

 I also brushed a little glue over the top of the design to make sure all the little corners were stuck down well.
 After all the glue dried I wanted to protect the surface for even drying with the resin.  I used this Decoupage finish and just covered the entire bottom of the tray.


 This is the tray dry and ready to add the fun resin layers.


 While the first layer was still slightly wet I layered more stamped images on the tray. I wanted them to be a little off set to give more depth to the project.
 I love how it gives the illusion that the paper is floating.  At this point I was very glad that I would be adding more layers as there were a few dark spots on the bottom layer.


 After the first layer is 100% dry I pour on another layer of resin and let dry almost completely but to tacky. While the surface is tacky you can go n and add more layers of paper and also add in your embellishments.  At this stage I don't have to use adhesive as the resin is tacky enough to hold everything in place. Then I pour the final coat of resin.

 Let Dry.  Here are some closer looks.  By doing multiple layers you hardly even notice the dark and light spots of the first layer.


 I love how things seem to be floating!
 They even cast shadows!  Love the way this project came out!
 The finished product ready to use for serving cookies or well COOKIES!  Happy Creating!

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Dreamweaver Thursday with Ann Butler Designs

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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.

Here is what I created this week...

 I started with a canvas that had sections already blocked off so I used Ann Butler Stamps from Unity and Ann's ink from Clearsnap for the foundation of this piece.
 After the stamping was complete I used the pearl paste and this NEW little owl stencil for my center focal point.  I think he is so cute and so glad there is a little owl to match the bigger one!
 This is how it looks stamped and with the embossing paste applied.  Now to let the paste dry!
 Yay...It is dry enough to tape off and color!
 I used the Color Solutions and Fantastix to color in!

 Now for the wings..


 And the chest piece of Owl!  I love how the colors match Ann's Ink!  Happy Accident!

 And the finishing touches of the eyes and the outlines.  I may go back and add some Crystal Bling....hmm

 And the finished piece once I used some ink around the edges to tie it all together.  Who knows, I may go in and embellish even more, but for now, it is on my wall in my studio.

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