Thursday, May 1, 2014

Dreamweaver Flora and Fauna

It's May! The Dream Team members are challenging you this month to a "Flora and Fauna"theme! Considering most of the Dreamweaver designs incorporate these themes, you should have no problem playing along with our challenge this month! As usual, link your creations at the end of theDream It Up! blog post.  As the challenge gets underway, you'll see thumbnails of others who are playing along as inspirations for your own creations! Speaking of inspirations...the month of April was our Inspirations month, and we had many that linked with us! So exciting! Our randomly chosen winner for April is...JULIE STAVES! Check out two of her creations...
Congrats, Julie! Be sure to email with your choice of stencil, and your address!
Now here is my creation for this week:
 It was pretty simple to make, and I took lots of pictures, so here is my tutorial:

Dreamweaver Stencil LJ 927 Floral With Dots
Black Coated Mercart Aluminum
Stamping Details Rubber Embossing Mat
Color Solutions Thinner
Color Solutions in these colors: Mojito, Pine Bough, Paprika Red and Winter Red
Mercart Deerfoot Teflon Tool (in Beginner Kit)
Large Stencil Brush
Manual Die Cut Machine
Q Tips
Sanding Block
Hole Punch
May Arts Ribbon
Card Stock

1)  Place the stencil on top of the metal and trim around the outside with scissors.  Leave just a little extra metal.

 2)  Place the stencil on the manual die cut platform and then add the stencil, face up, the metal, face up, the rubber mat and your normal embossing top mats.  I use a Cuttlebug, so my "sandwich" is A Plate, stencil, metal, rubber mat and two B Plates. 

3)  Run through the machine.  Do NOT remove the stencil from behind the metal.

4)  Use the pointed end of the Teflon tool to further define the wells created by the stencil.  You can see in this picture how the bottom of the well appears sharper than the top part.  I accomplished this by pressing the metal up against the edge of the metal stencil.

 5)  Place a single drop of the Color Solutions Thinner in each well when necessary and clean out the black with a Q Tip.  Do not worry about going outside the stencil well, as the sanding step will hide all mistakes.

 This is what it looks like when it is cleaned out.

 6)  Place a drop of Color Solutions Alcohol Ink on the tip of a Q Tip and rub into the clean wells to color them.  The Color Solutions are nice and vibrant and should only take one coat to make a nice color, but feel free to add additional coats if you would like to.  Also, do not worry about mistakes on this one because, once again, the sanding should take care of it.

 This is what mine looked like colored.

 7)  Sand off some of the black.  if you want to leave some "scratchy" black marks like I did, be sure to always go in the same direction.

 8)  Use a large stencil brush to brush off the dust you created with the sanding.

9)  Trim any extra metal and assemble the card.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you enjoyed the tutorial.
Please welcome our new "A" team, officially posting for the first time!


  1. Wow Laura! Thanks for the tutorial on this amazing and creative project.

  2. Love this! I don't have any of the metal working tools yet but I'm looking forward to when I do! This looks amazing, I love your color choices!

  3. Great tutorial and close up photos. Thank you.

  4. Great technique with a beautiful effect!

  5. LOVE this , I worked on this technique of few days ago and was again amazed at how simple you make it seem with your tutorials and creations...I need practice practice practice, thank you too for all of the Stampendous blog hop work last week., Laura.

  6. I love embossing on metal, and yours is incredibly beautiful. Thank you for the tutorial.

  7. So pretty Laura! I like the scratched look of the background, it suits it!