You may not have thought that I could do it. I know I didn't think so--but here it is, another clean and simple card. I am posting it to follow the Dreamweaver Challenge for March--"Spring Clean and Simple". It was very simple. I used two stencils: one of my favorite new ones, LL 3023 Tall Poppy, and LS 1009 Thank You. They were both created with an easy version of one of my favorite techniques, Double Glitter. I just wish that you could see how beautiful this copper glitter is in person. Anyway, here are the steps for each stencil:
1) Apply a soft soap to the back of the stencil, to create a release for the adhesive paper. A simple dulling of the stencil's shine will do. I used the Handmade Hawaiian Soap that is from Dreamweaver, and it makes this step very simple because once the stencils have a more matte appearance you are done. You don't have to worry about how much water to add, because you don't need any.
2) Use a large stencil brush to brush off the small "crumblies" that are on all the corners of the stencil. They will make it difficult for the glitter to stick, so make sure that you really brush them off well.
3) Peel off the protective paper from one side of the Double Sided Adhesive Paper and place the stencil, soap side down, on top of the exposed adhesive.
4) Pour the main color of glitter over the stencil. Rub in a little with your finger. I used the absolutely gorgeous Opaque Ultrafine Art Glitter color 62 Copper Canyon.
5) Use a large soft stencil brush and brush off the excess glitter. Give it a really good brushing, then brush it again. Make sure that there is no extra copper glitter.
6) Place the whole thing face down on a flat surface. Carefully peel the adhesive paper from the stencil, while "walking" your fingers along the stencil to keep it flat.
7) Pour the background color over the entire front of the Double Sided Adhesive Paper. I used Transparent Ultrafine Art Glitter in number 85 Crystal. I find it to be the easiest thing to use on a background.
8) Brush off any excess glitter. You can remove the other side of the protective paper to expose the adhesive and adhere the project to your cardstock. I used the Wausau shimmery cardstock in a complementary copper color for the mats. I then used an older piece of Basic Grey paper for the turquoise color.
You are done. Another simple one. I hope you are inspired by the simple cards you see on my blog and the other team member blogs today. If you are, make one of your own. Take a picture and upload it to anywhere on the internet, even Flickr. Then, link it to the Mr. Linky on the bottom of the Dreamweaver Stencils Blog. You could win wonderful prizes! Just remember, the theme is "Spring Clean and Simple" and go for it. You have nothing to lose!