Thursday, March 14, 2013

Spring is in the air

It's been very warm the last few days and flowers and trees are bursting with colorful blossoms and buds.  While it's still early for big and colorful dahlias in the garden, this Stylized Dahlia stencil is perfect any time.  And it couldn't be easier to have your own flower garden full of them.

Stylized Dahlia LG743
Picasso tool (stencil shield) LL332
Matte Black Embossing Paste DMBP
Crackle Paste  CEP
Palette Knife DPK
Paste Spreader LM2010
Tsukineko Splendor Ink Pads

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.  If you have a warming tray, electric skillet or griddle with a temperature control, this is the perfect time to use it to speed up the drying process for the crackle paste. 

When the past is dry, reposition the clean stencil over the image and color with pigment ink  and a stencil brush.  Use the Picasso tool, or stencil shield, for color separation on the petals and for shading on the leaves.

Mat on coordinating card stock and you have a cheery spring card to send to a special someone.

Don't forget to check out the rest of the Dream Team blogs for more fun, ideas and inspiration.  And there's still time to submit your project for a chance to win a stencil of your own choosing.  Get the details here, along with the mr. linky widget.  Better get started!

Liz Martin (you're here)
Happy crafting,


  1. I am really loving these crackle creations I have seen lately! I know it's a bit more advanced in the pasting arena, but worth it! Very lovely 'bloomin' Spring' creation Liz!

  2. I love the color combination and your crackling is absolutely spot on!

  3. Beautiful Liz! I have loved this stencil ever since it came out, it looks great in so many different techniques! Great creation!

  4. Liz love your DAhlia and the colors are stunning.

  5. Wonderful crackle on this, and such pretty colors.

  6. Really elegant. I love the use of the crackle on this!