Thursday, February 20, 2014

Dreaming of the Tropics

The Dreamweaver challenge for the month of February is "February Flutters", meaning anything that flutters. Heart flutters, wings that flutter, breezes, sails, etc. Link your creations to the Dream It Up! blog for a chance to win the stencil of your choice. 
As for myself, I live in Southeast Michigan, where it is the 3rd snowiest year on record so far.  There are mountains of snow on the edges of parking lots and driveways.  We have also struggled with the "Polar Vortex", which has caused extremely low temperatures.  Yet today, the temperature broke above freezing, for the first time in a LONG time.  Spring began to tease us a little.  It had me dreaming of warmth, of summer, and the tropics, which made me think of this simple little card.

Simple, you wonder?  Why, yes it is.  I pasted the Toucan Stencil LG 752 on white card stock (apparently I did this backwards) and the Jungle Leaves Stencil LJ 825 on white card stock.  I used Matte Black Embossing Paste DMBP on both.  Of course, my pasting supplies included the Paste Spreader LM 2010 and the Removable Tape.  I missed a little spot on the bottom left but, in the end, I thought that it added character.
When the paste was dry, I placed the clean stencil over the top of the pasted area and "painted" with Metallic FX Mica Powders.  I used Goldfinch FX05 on the beak and feet, Kimono Red FX15 on the flower and head, Moonstone FX04 on the neck and belly, Cocoa FX18 on the branches and a combination of Kiwi FX10 and Ivy Garden FX11 on the greenery.  I prefer to apply the colors with my fingers.  I think they go on a little more intensely and I don't mind getting a little messy.  If that bothers you, you can easily apply the colors with a stencil brush or even a cotton swab.  The amazing thing is when you use the matte colored paste, the Mica Powders stay on!  The last step is to add a little black rhinestone to the eyes and assemble the card.
Take a look at the way it shimmers when I hold it sideways:
I hope you liked dreaming of tropical climes with me today.  I heard we will be experiencing another "Polar Vortex" again next week......
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  1. I love the jungle leaves background for this card. I like the crackle effect.

  2. Hi Laura! If it makes you feel better, I'm in Upstate New York and we have also had the Polar Vortex hanging around for about a month! I love winter, but I'm really tired of being cold all the time. Anyhoo, I love your card and the faux crackle of the jungle leaves background...very cool!

  3. This is a fabulous job with using the embossing paste with the stencil...This stencil made a really cute card. I know just what you mean about the weather...I don't remember such a cold and snowy winter as we have been having in our area...I am so ready for spring.

  4. Great card Laura, I just love this toucan stencil, there's just something about him....The jungle leaves are the perfect background!

  5. Toucans are so much fun; I like the dimension of the card. thanks, -con