Wednesday, September 5, 2012

A new month . . . a new challenge

This month's challenge – getting inky with Dreamweaver stencils – is sure to be a lot of fun.  But first, let's congratulate the August challenge winners
Tiffany Smith 
 for best interpretation of the challenge 
Caroline Duncan 
for best use of Dreamweaver products

September's challenge is wide open to interpretation as "ink" covers a lot of ground – pigment, alcohol, distress, mists – the list goes on as do the possibilities.  But there's a twist:  we are letting you choose any stencil you would like as your prize if you win. Yep, any Dreamweaver stencil you "so desire". We will still have two winners, one for best interpretation of the challenge and one for best usage of Dreamweaver products.

So let's get started.

Here's what you'll need:
Daisy Background stencil (LX7014)
Thank you stencil (LL303)
Color Solutions Alcohol Inks in Creme Brulee, Wild Plum and Gold
Glossy Black Paste (DGKP)
Glossy Paper
Card base and coordinating paper for mats

Follow these steps:
Begin by putting a few drops of Color Solutions Alcohol inks on a craft mat and add one or two drops of gold.  Place your paper, glossy side down on top of the inks and smush (technical term) in circles to blend the inks.  Turn the glossy paper over and set aside to dry.  When dry, place the stencil on top of the card and, with a small piece of paper towel moistened with blending solution, dab at the open areas of the stencil to remove some of the ink.  You should be left with a faint image of the daisies.

Position the Thank You stencil on the card and tape all sides.  Apply the glossy black paste, remove the stencil and set the card aside to dry.  Clean the stencil.  Mat the card on coordinating paper and adhere to the card base, and you're done!

Hop on over to the rest of the Dream Team blogs for more ideas and inspiration and then let us see your interpretation of the challenge.  Link your project to the Dream it Up! blog using Mr. Linky.  We can't wait to see what you've made.

Happy crafting,


  1. Liz I love the way this card came out. I love how you just see a faint hint of the daisies in the backgound.

  2. The background technique is terrific.

  3. wow! amazing background technique and the sentiment looks very striking on top of it!

  4. Love the card, I had never thought to do the "bleach" of the background with the blending solution. New things to think about!

  5. Very cool background! Love the subtle pattern with the daisies.