Yes! It's that time of year again! The time when we inspire crafters on both sides of the "pond" with a mix of both Dreamweaver and Woodware UK* products for the holidays! Six days, SIX, of beautiful, elegant, merry, cute, artsy, and craftsy projects to have you heading out to your local stores or internet sites to buy these goodies immediately!
|LX7003 Traditional Christmas Tree|
Metallic leafing is one of my favorite techniques. It is one of the techniques which requires using embossing paste and although you can use any of the pastes (including crackle) the "glossy" pastes work the best for beginners.....this includes the metallics, eg. silver, gold and copper pastes.
On this Christmas tree (LX7003) I paste-embossed first with the glossy black embossing paste (DGKP). Then I did the metallic leafing technique, but only on the swirls and swirly leaves and toward the top of the tree I did the leafing on some of the border detail, plus the tree topper. In the next step the other tree parts like the ornaments, birds and poinsettias, and holly leaves I stenciled the dried paste with the Stamp and Stick Gluepad (GSP) and then stenciled those items with a variety of the Metallic F/X colors using a small stencil brush (GHB).
The reason you need to keep these two steps separate from each other is.... if you daub the glue onto the whole design at once you would have leafing all over the areas where you want to apply the Metallic F/X, so do your leafing first. One other important thing is, when you have this much detail you should probably apply the glue with a brush. Often I use a dauber when applying the glue for the leafing, but in this situation you will have a lot more control with a small 1/4" stencil brush (GHB).
Because the leafing technique is fairly complex I am NOT writing each step here, but for those of you who would like to do this technique, please email me and I will send you a pdf of the instructions for metallic leafing. firstname.lastname@example.org
Of course, there will be prizes as well. Three prize packages will be given to three commenters during this week's posts on the team's blogs, including five stencils and one nested die set. You can have an opportunity to win these goodies by leaving some holiday sweetness for each team member posting each day, to be one of the three winners for the week. Here are the team members that are inspiring you today: