Thursday, March 7, 2013

Is it spring yet?

Welcome to a new month and a new challenge.  And what better way to celebrate the end of winter than with a challenge to "A Bloomin' Spring"?  You've got until the end of the month to submit a project using Mr. Linky on the Dream it Up! blog and who knows . . . you just might be the lucky winner!

Romantic Rose LL585
Picasso tool (stencil shield) LL332
Matte Black Embossing Paste DMBP
Crackle Paste  CEP
Palette Knife
Paste Spreader

What to do
Tape stencil to card stock using removable tape.  Apply matte black paste with palette knife.  Remove stencil and place it, along with the palette knife in a pan of water.  Set the card aside to dry. Wash and dry stencil.

Reposition the clean stencil over the black paste and tape all sides with removable tape.   Apply crackle paste.  Remove stencil; wash and dry it and the palette knife.  Set the card aside to dry.
Crackles will appear as the paste dries.

When the past is dry, reposition the clean stencil over the image and color with ink (I used Tsukineko Splendor ink pads) and a stencil brush.  This is where the Picasso tool, or stencil shield, really comes in handy.  By positioning it over the rosebud, it will help you keep the green of the stem from blending into the pink.

Adhere to coordinating mat, to patterned paper and, finally, to card base.  Add embellishments and you have a lovely card for a birthday, anniversary or thinking of you. 

For more ideas and inspiration, be sure to check out the rest of the Dream Team blogs to see what they've been working on.  Start your journey at Dream it Up! (that's where you'll find Mr. Linky) and then continue down the list. 
Liz Martin (you're here)
Happy crafting,


  1. Very nice Liz. Fun combo on the colors, they work well together.

  2. I love how the black is leaving an outline at the edges! Gorgeous colors too and am loving the Spring theme this month!

  3. This card looks perfect for St. Patty's day as well. The green background with the wild rose is fabulous.

  4. This card is gorgeous! thanks much for stopping by my blog and the note of congrats! It is so much fun in playing with these products again!. Love your colors.

  5. This is so elegant. What a great job, Liz!

  6. Very pretty Liz! Love your layering and colors too!