Thursday, May 10, 2012

Black, White, and a Pop of Color

The Dreamweaver Stencils' Dream Team are playing with a new challenge, and we're hoping that YOU will play along! All of this month, we'll be creating for graduations and/or using black and white with a pop of color. May and June are typically the time for grads in the US, but to keep things even more interesting, you can choose to play with our colorway challenge instead.

So, here is mine. I am so excited to post it because I am absolutely in LOVE with this brand new stencil from Dreamweaver.  It isn't in stores just yet, but it is coming soon. It is the perfect Arts and Crafts style stencil.  It is LX 7015, and is all of the swirly black and silver part of this project.  The notebook is sort of black, white and a pop of color, isn't it, Pam?  Well, we should ignore the brown anyway, because it is part of the notebook.  I purchased the notebook from a craft store for two dollars and added the metal.  Here is how I did it:
1)  I used my Cuttlebug to deboss the metal.  That means that the sandwich went like this:  A Plate, Stencil LX 7015 face up, black coated Mercart aluminum face up, the Dreamweaver Details Embossing Mat, and two B Plates.  Then, I ran it through the machine and kept the metal attached to the stencil.
2)  I placed the metal and stencil on a smooth, flat surface (an acrylic block would do).  Using the Mercart Teflon tool, I refined the edges of the design by pushing the metal against the stencil.
3)  With metal still attached to the stencil, I sanded the surface.
4)  I remved the metal.
5)  Repeat step 1, but put the metal face down on the surfaces.  Use LJ 909 Cathedral Windows Small and the Fleur Di Lis LS 66
6)  Refine again.
7)  Add a little Color Solutions Alcohol Ink in Sugar Plum and Blue Vevet.  Make sure to use a blending tool with this one and try to get near the object.
8)  Sand with the stencils still attached.
9)  Attach using Double Sided Adhesive Paper.  I also used brads to hang the center one. 

You are done.  Pretty easy, huh?
Obviously, to play along with us, you do not have to have a complicated creation, so pull out your supplies and have some fun! Link your creation to the Dream It Up! blog, or email pics of your creation to We love to post your submissions on the blog as well as the Facebook page. Even more, we love to provide you the opportunity to win one of two sets of two stencils by playing along. You have all of May to link as many creations as you'd like! must be from the US or Canada.


  1. I have seen this book up close and personal and it is STUNNING, Laura! Just a wonderful job of detailed metal embossing!

  2. Wow Laura!!! I love what you did with the new stencil and metal - Stunning is definitely right!!!

  3. Smoking Rockets Woman! This is great!

  4. Laura, your work with metals is amazing, incredible, out of this world and, well . . stunning! Love the smoking rockets, too.

  5. You never fail to amaze me with your metal work! I really need to get better at this because it is gorgeous!

  6. Great minds think alike! I covered a notebook with this one as well! Lol. Don't worry...I won't complain about the kraft covered notebook. It's neutral. However, the rest of this is awesome! You did a fabulous job with the metalwork on this.

  7. Great metal work (I think I've told you that before!) Gorgeous. We HAVE to get together one day so you can share your expertise with me!