Thursday, September 13, 2012

Continuing with the "Getting Inky" challenge, I went back to one of the most basic techniques –  stenciling with pigment inks – which is great for showing off a stencil's beautiful details.  

And I decided to go out of my comfort zone and use non-traditional Christmas colors.  It's really fun!  

Here's what to do:
Begin by dry embossing the Line of Christmas Trees (LL532) using either a personal die cut machine or a light box and stylus.  If you use a die cut machine, remember to use new cutting plates and keep the stencil as far away as possible from the top roller.  This will keep the stencil from warping.

With the stencil still in place, color the image using a stencil brush and ink, remembering to rub off some of the ink from the stencil brush on to a paper towel before applying it to paper to keep the excess ink from seeping under the stencil.   This is one of those times where the Picasso tool comes in handy, allowing you to apply color exactly where you want it.

Trim to desired size, adhere to mat(s), then to patterned paper.  Add ribbon or other embellishment and adhere to card base.  There you have it!  This is a great card for making multiples.

Be sure to check out the other Design Team blogs for more ideas and inspiration and leave us a note to let us know you stopped by.  Then link your project to the Dream it Up! blog using Mr. Linky.  There's a twist to this month's challenge:  the two winners (one for best interpretation of the challenge and one for best usage of Dreamweaver Stencil products) will get to pick a stencil of their choice!  

See you next week.
Happy crafting,


  1. Love the colors and love the sharp lines. Wonderful!

  2. I also like non-traditional Christmas colors, BUT I am always to chicken to use them. Great card Liz!! I hope you're well.

  3. After seeing so many autumn posts today, it was such a nice change to see this non-traditional Christmas card, which I absolutely love!

  4. Wow, you did an awesome job coloring this! Darling card, love the colors!

  5. Love how you designed this inky creation, Liz! Hope all is well in your neck of the is cool here in North Yorkshire. Brrrr... hope to bring some of this weather home with me.