Thursday, October 2, 2014


Can you tell that sometimes Dream Team's "Fearless Leader", Pam Hornschu, has a hard time deciding on monthly challenges? Since the team will be taking turns all month with the Smeared and Smudged 31 Days of Halloween, and we are doing a Christmas collaboration with Stampendous and Core'dinations the 13th - 17th, the confusion should be understandable. Therefore...happy HallowThanksMas! As usual, we'd love for you to play along with the challenge and link your creations to the Inlinkz tool on the Dream It Up! blog. Just in case you are wondering...NO, YOU DO NOT NEED TO POST SOMETHING WITH ALL THREE HOLIDAYS ON IT! However, you get bonus points for actually using Dreamweaver stencils and product on your creations! And bonus points might actually earn you an extra stencil as our monthly winner...just sayin'!
Here's my creation for today:
I really wanted to share this project, even thought it is REALLY an autumn card, so I am calling it "Thanksgiving".  I am hoping that everyone is okay with that!
On this card, I used Stencil LX7027 Quartrefoil , Stencil LL3043 Oak Leaf, Stencil LL3044 Maple Leaf and Stencil LM295 Autumn.  I used the my manual die cut machine (in my case, a Cuttlebug) and the Stamping Details Rubber Embossing Mat on all of them.  The real difference in the components is in the materials and finishing.
The background was created with Core'dinations card stock that was sanded after it was embossed.  The word Autumn was "debossed" by running it through the machine with the stencil face up and the red coated aluminum, also face up.  It was sanded afterwards with the stencil still in place underneath.
Now, the leaves.......First, I embossed the mustard colored aluminum. I put the stencil and the metal face down in the machine.  After I removed it, I used the metal tool beginner's kit to "pouf" out the metal, making it further embossed.  Then, I flipped it over and used the Teflon tool in that beginner's kit to make vein lines.  After I fussed a little while, I finally had it the way I liked it.  Then, I filled the back with Mercart Filling Paste.
After a couple of hours, when the paste was dry, I used regular scissors to cut around the leaves.  I then dripped several colors of Color Solutions Alcohol Inks onto the leaves and smeared the colors around with Q Tips.  I used Paprika Red, Christmas Red, Crème Brulee, Aspen, Pumpkin and Mojito.
I love the shine under the colors.  It looks almost like the leaves were cut from fire opal. 

It was the combination of the metal color and the Color Solutions that excited me so much about this card.  I hope you enjoyed it, too.

Remember to visit the rest of the team, as well as our guest designer, as confusion takes rein...could be interesting!

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  1. Laura, your leaves are GORGEOUS!! I love how they look all inked and pouffed! Super cool!

  2. They definitely look like fire opal. So beautiful.

  3. So cool...interesting colors and textures that really pop the leaves. Especially love the leaves!!!!!