Thursday, January 3, 2013

Happy New Year

Welcome to another year of stenciling fun!   It's a new year and a fresh start, which is also this month's challenge.  And a fresh start can mean so many things –  new beginnings, a clean slate, an unmarked calendar, new opportunities . . . the sky is the limit.   And what better way to begin our fresh start than by wishing our Stencil Queen Lynell a very big HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

One interpretation of a fresh start is taking an older stencil, Damask (LJ907), which I've used a lot with the double glitter technique, and given it a new look with Pearlescent embossing paste on light colored card stock.  This makes an elegant background for a variety of sentiments.  For this special birthday I chose Happy Birthday (LS1010), another stencil who has seen a lot of glitter.   I dry embossed it and then, with the stencil still in place, applied pigment ink with a stencil brush.    The pin, originally white, was colored with a Copic marker. 

Can't wait to get together at CHA next week to wish Lynell a very Happy Birthday in person, but until then, check out what the other design team members have made to celebrate this special day.  Start out at the Dreamweaver blog, Dream it Up! to get the details on this month's challenge and then visit the rest of the team.  We really do read and appreciate your comments.  A big thank you to all who have left us some love this past year.  We look forward to hearing more from you.

Liz Martin (you're here)

Wishing you a health, happiness and a lot of crafty fun in this fresh new year!

Happy crafting,


  1. Beautiful card Liz. Pearlescent paste is so elegant all by itself, one of my favorites! See you soon.

  2. I do love this tapestry stencil, Liz! Thank you for your enthusiastic sentiment too. You ladies are soooo sweet!!!

  3. Gorgeous color with the Pearlescent paste. That Damask stencil is perfect for this look.

  4. beautiful! the pearlescent paste looks wonderful on the blue