Thursday, October 25, 2012

Dreamweaver/Ranger: Festively Distressed

Welcome back to week two of our amazing collaboration between Ranger's Tim Holtz line of Distress Powders, and our beautiful Dreamweaver Stencils and 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.

Here's what I created for this week:

Dreamweaver Stencils Wrought Iron (LG684) and Long Pumpkins (LL514)
Dreamweaver Matte Black Embossing Paste (DMBP)
Dreamweaver Double-Sided Mounting Paper (MPDS)
Dreamweaver Handmade Coconut Soap (DHHS)
Inkssentials Emboss It embossing ink
Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Powders in Black Soot, Walnut Stain, Mustard Seed, Pine Needles,     and Shabby Shutters
Tim Holtz Distress Marker in Walnut Stain
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Wild Honey
Tim Holtz Core'dinations Distress Collection paper in Walnut Stain and Spiced Marmalade
Tools:  Paste Spreader (LM2010), Palette Knife (WDPK), Inkssentials blending tool, sanding block,   and removable tape            

The Process:

Apply Wild Honey Distress Ink to card stock with applicator tool and foam pad.
Tape Wrought Iron stencil (LG684) to card stock with removable tape and apply matte black embossing paste with paste spreader.  Remove stencil and set pasted image aside to dry.  Wash and dry stencil and paste spreader.  
Reposition clean stencil over dry image and apply Embossing Ink to open areas of stencil with dauber.  Remove stencil and sprinkle Black Soot Distress Embossing Powder over image.  Heat with heat tool to set powder.  Applying embossing powder over the embossing paste gives more dimension and textue to the image.

Cut  2" by 2-1/2" pieces of card stock and double-sided mounting paper.  Remove one side of protective paper from the double-sided mounting paper and adhere to card stock.  Set aside until ready to use.

Rub Handmade Coconut Soap on the back of the Long Pumpkin stencil (you'll only be using the three pumpkins on the right-hand side of the stencil, so no need to coat the entire stencil with soap).   With a small brush, remove the soap "crumbs" from the stencil.  Peel off the protective paper and position your stencil over the sticky paper.  Apply Distress Embossing powders.  Separate the stencil from the paper by placing the stencil on a flat surface, paper side up.  While "walking" your fingers over the stencil, gentle peel back the sticky paper.  Cover the remaining sticky surface with embossing powder, tap off excess and heat with heat tool.   
Use the distress marker to give definition to the ridges in the pumpkins.
Trim, if necessary, and adhere to open area of wrought iron sign post.  

Cut mats to size and distress edges with sanding block.  Adhere to card stock.  Stamp sentiment above sign post, if desired, and adhere to card front.  Add buttons or other embellishments, if desired.

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 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!

See you next week,



  1. Liz...Love the card, I like the wrought iron sign with the pumpkins. love the colors you used.

  2. I agree with Georgia!! Great job on the darling Fall sign. Great step by step directions also.

  3. How fun to add the pumpkins to the sign...very clever!

  4. What a fun use of the two stencils. The card is very nice.

  5. Great card, the fall sign looks fabulous, very creative x

  6. This card is awesome! I never would have thought to stack it this way. Genius design!

  7. Wow Liz this turned out great! Very clever use of the sign post stencil. Love it!

  8. Beautiful card! Clever use of two stencils. Just love the shading of your pumpkins.

  9. Great idea to combine the stencils...nicely done.