Thursday, October 25, 2012

Festively Fall Ranger Fun and a Little Trick (or Treat!)

Welcome back to week two of our amazing collaboration between Ranger's Tim Holtz line of Distress Powders, and our beautiful Dreamweaver Stencils & Products! If you missed last week's event, start HERE.

Last week, we were totally blown away by the awesome response we received from those of you who hopped over from Tim Holtz's blog and the Ranger blog to check us out! We've been doing the "happy dance" ever since! Hopefully, you will continue to check us out, especially over the next few weeks as we continue our play-time in Tim's sandbox. (It is rather an appropriate metaphor considering the cool texture of his Distress Powders.)
Apparently, Tim and the wonderful people at Ranger were also excited by the response, and they've decided to "up the ante" in the form of an additional prize package(s) which will include TWELVE Distress Powders each, and a handful of Dreamweaver Stencils to go with! Wow! Just one teeny-tiny win one of these packages from their blog, you need to create something with Tim Holtz's Distress Powders and Dreamweaver Stencils and attach it to the inlinkz on the Ranger blog. Winners will be selected randomly. For more details, head over to the Ranger blog.

Once again, this week we are offering another fall prize package as shown here. Just leave us all some love as you visit, for an opportunity to be the one random winner we select. Curious as to who won from last week? It could be YOU! Visit the Dream It Up! blog for the announcement of the lucky commenter.

This week, I have two creations for you.  The first is festively fall.  The second, in honor of Halloween, is a little trick (or treat--up to you) of a Halloween decoration.  The main part of both is done in the same, easy way.  Here is the fall card:

Vagabond, or another manual die cut machine
Sanding Block
Core'dinations Kraft Core Cardstock in fall colors
Core'dinations Color Core Cardstock in two teals
1)  Tape leaf stencil over teal cardstock with removable tape onto craft sheet.  You will be taping all the way around the stencil, with the first piece being a "hinge" you can use while removing the stencil.  Dog ear the other edges to make them easier to remove and try to get each side in a single pass.  Check out the picture below.

2)  Use the paste spreader to remove embossing paste from the jar and lay a strip across the top of the stencil.
3)  Use the back of the paste spreader like a squeegee to spread paste all the way down the stencil.  You can put the excess paste back into the container.  Try doing this in one sweep if possible.
4)  Remove the tape from all the sides EXCEPT for your hinge side. 
5)  Carefully lift the stencil, using that last piece of tape as a hinge.  See the picture.
6)  Clean the paste spreader quickly and dry thoroughly.  You can then use it to spread the Distress Embossing Powders across the pasted surface.  You don't have to worry about completely covering the area, that is why I used the red (in case I missed some spots).
7)  When the powders are the way you like them, flick off the excess and let dry.  I love the way the colors come out on the red paste--and they don't need to be heat set with this method.
8)  Use die cut machine to cut leaves from the kraft core paper.
9)  Use sanding block to sand and distress leaves.
10)  Use Distressing Tool to distress the edges of the leaves and the paper.
11)  Assemble card.

I am sorry, but I just couldn't resist, as I love Halloween.  This project was inspired by the Haunted Mansion in Walt Disney World.  There is a scene where a skeleton hand is trying to push open a coffin.  It is nailed shut (well, almost) where mine is chained shut.  Both have a glow coming from the inside.......
Vagabond or another manual die cut machine
Tim Holtz Alterations Movers and Shapers Mini Lock and Key
Alterations Movers and Shapers Magnetic Tray
Small Coffin Shaped Box (I bought it for one dollar at Michael's)
Small Plastic Skeleton (I bought a set of 4 at the Dollar Tree)
Small Paint Brush
Paper Towel
One Glow Bracelet
Jump Ring
1)  Stain the box using one layer of Tea Dye Distress Stain and then one layer of Vintage Photo.  Let dry.  (I used two different colors to add more depth of color--you can use one).
2)  Paint the inside of the box with gold to reflect the color.  You can uncap the paint and dip with the small brush to get into the corners.  Let dry.
3)  Place spider web stencil where you would like the image.  Stencil, dipping the large stencil brush into the Snow Cap paint, brushing it off on paper towel, and then brushing it in circles over the stencil.  Let dry.  (I moved the stencil down to get the bottom of the coffin).

This is with the webbing finished
4)  When web is finished, position the spider stencil onto the web and, using the same techinique as the leaf card, paste it with the black glossy paste.  Sprinkle with the red and black embossing powders.  Let dry.
5)  Cut up foil and add it to the front and the back of a piece of grungeboard.
6)  Use the Vagabond, the tray and the mini lock die to cut a lock from the foil covered grunge board.
7)  Use alchohol inks and applicator to distress the metal lock and all the metal pieces on the coffin.
8)  Use small stencil brush to cover areas of metal with the Distress Embossing Ink and emboss with Walnut Stain and then Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powders.  This makes the metal look rusted.
9)  Use the Picket Fence Distress Marker to enhance any webbing that is not white enough.
10)  Use paste spreader to add black paste against the coffin opening and make an "ooze" down.
11)  Cover with Peeled Paint Embossing Powder and use heat gun to set.  This will make it bubble and change colors a little.
12)  Add skeleton (make sure to leave the hand sticking out) and cracked glow stick.
13)  Wrap with chain and close it and the lock with a large (easy to open) jump ring.  DONE!
Aren't you excited to see what's next? Check out the Dream Team players for today:

You already know where to find Ranger's/Tim Holtz' products, but if you are having difficulty finding Dreamweaver, encourage your local stamp/paper-craft store to carry the line of fabulous stencil designs, pastes, and other products to mix with all of your stash of Tim's crafty goodness. You can also purchase our products on-line at Stencil with Style.

We'd love to see you come back regularly and play along with our monthly challenges (and more opportunities to win stencils) by linking your creations to the mr. linky on the Dream It Up! blog, or emailing pics of your creations to Since you're on the computer already, head on over and like us on Facebook as well. Just another location for dreamy and distressed inspiration!


  1. Both projects are SUPER COOL. I will be making some coffin's myself this weekend for a few neighborhood kiddo's. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

  2. Laura...well roomie you've done it again. Not one but two cool projects. Love them both! R we rooming together again at CHA?

  3. That coffin is out-of-the-grave! Wow! Great use of products!

  4. Wow! Loving the coffin project! Creepy cool!

  5. Green ooze wins! Lovely projects as always, but I love the peeled paint for green ooze!

  6. Two completely different projects, both brilliant and interesting to look at, superb technique and using red paste brill x

  7. WOW!! LOVE all of the FUN little details that you added to the coffin box!! SO AWESOME!! Love the card too!! THANKS for sharing the NEAT techniques and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

  8. The coffin is absolutely amazing Laura, so much detail - loved the texture the green powder gave to the black paste along the side too. You are so creative!!

  9. Wowee...Zowee! These are both works of art Laura! Just fabulous! That dimensional coffin and creepiness takes a certain kind of mind to create. Wait...what am I saying! Hmmm....LOL!!! If the shoe fits???

  10. So incredibly cool! I love that coffin! Very clever and fun!

  11. Gorgeous!!! I love the leaves and the coffin is really special!!! Need some of that paste!

  12. Pretty card Laura, and that coffin is wonderful, love the green slime, very clever!

  13. Great falling leaf card! I need that stencil! Love love the coffin! Especially the green ooze! Thanks for the rip about faux rusting the metal.

  14. Both projects are gorgeous, but that coffin really is awesome! The rusty lock looks amazing! Thanks for sharing all the tips!

  15. Both are really creative nicely done, and great instructions... My mind went in a different direction when I was looking at the "green ooze" the formula you so creatively made. I pictured it on one of my greeting cards stamped with a "cottage" sitting on a hill, and down the side of the hill...some of your "green ooze" looking like moss. Thanks for the inspiration.