Thursday, August 7, 2014

AUGUST as an Adjective/The Newest Dreamweaver Challenge + We Have Winners

The first Thursday of every month we announce the two random winners for the previous month's challenge. Scroll to the very bottom if you want to know the winners right away!


As we are heading towards back-to-school again, it is only appropriate that we break out our dictionary for this month's Dreamweaver challenge..."AUGUST as an ADJECTIVE"! 
Merriam-Webster defines august as, "marked by majestic dignity or grandeur"....there were several other descriptions too and the word elegant also came into play. Now, I don't know just how dignified and stately the Dream Team can become for an entire month, but we are all going to give it a try! How about trying along with us, and linking YOUR creations to the inlinkz tool below for a chance to win the wildest stencil design your little heart is screaming for.

I suppose my "dignified" interpretation of this month's challenge is due in part to the colors chosen. Interesting how color can bring a picture of dignity to mind...but I am thinking the black and gold and rust do just that. The other part is the resist technique...it has always given me a sense of doing something a bit beyond simple...not that it is a difficult process, but rather that it IS a process. The background design (LJ927) was stenciled with Versamark ink and then sprinkled with clear embossing powder and heated, this creates a very strong austere statement of black on black. Then to begin the resist, a base of mellow yellow paper was stenciled using the same background stencil (LJ927) and the same step-by-step process using Versamark ink and sprinkled with clear embossing ink and heated. The resist was then created by using a very large stencil brush and rouging green pigment ink down one side of the background design and a warm rust pigment ink down the other side of the same design. When doing a resist technique I like to use a soft t-shirt cloth and gently wipe off this pigment ink from the clear embossed areas. The mellow golden color will shine through.

Next you will die cut the pear die (DL563) and leaf.

At this point you have a choice how you want to finish it off, the design will be shiny, but if you want the entire pear to be shiny...you can either leave the now colored background with a matte finish or you can put more Versamark ink over the entire pear and leaf using a dauber and then sprinkle it with more clear embossing powder, heat and violĂ„ a shiny pear...so whichever way you think will create a dignified and "august" pear. LOL! 

So I've given it a try and we want you to enjoy our "August as an Adjective" challenge along with us. So join our August Dream it UP team and link up below. But before you do that read to see if you are one of our winners.

Here are our two random winners for the JULY "to die for" Challenge:

Karen Ballantine
Jeanette Thompson

Please email me your stencil selection and snail mail address and we will get those out to you asap! lynell@dreamweaverstencils.com

Now take the time to encourage my August Dream it UP team!








11 comments:

Christina Doré said...

Love your majestic pear! You have certainly set a tricky theme for this month that will require a bit of thinking about.
Congratulations to Karen and Jeanette - they both made fabulous cards for last months challenge.

Janice K said...

A beautiful card, lovely colours/pattern to the pear. Congratulations to Karen and Jeanette! x

ionabunny said...

Congrats to the lucky winners. August and austere! you have been in the dictionary! Off to try my hand. Elegant? Uhhhhh... I assume we do have to use a stencil? Hugs

Amante del Papel said...

majestic card, the colors are amazing!!! and congrats to the lucky winners!

Lea said...

Beautiful card! I love the pear dies, they really are elegant!

Lynell Harlow / Dreamweaver Stencils said...

Hello Iona...yes we love it when you use stencils in our challenges, but we would rather you played along with whatever you have than not play along at all. Please get your nose in the air ..get dignified and join us!

Lynn Mercurio said...

I'm always taken with the various ways you add depth and dimension to your stencils. I always pick up helpful tips, and this card today is a pEARfect example.

Pam Hornschu said...

Rust and gold and BLACK? The picture looks blue. Gorgeous in any case!

BurningRubber said...

Such a beautiful card. I can't wait to see the rest.

Louise said...

"Pear-fectly" beautiful, Lynell! The colors are lovely together!

Jane W said...

So, how many layers of stencilling can one get on a card? Perhaps that could be a challenge! I like the pear though and it's a great idea to build up the textures.

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