Thursday, May 10, 2012

Thursday's Dream Schemes...Graduations and/or Black and White with a Pop

Well, I can't believe it's been almost ten years since she graduated from high school. Time flies whether you are having fun or not, doesn't it? LOL!

This week I am all about graduation and will go back to Black and White with a Pop next week. We want you to play along, so if you have a graduation card or scrapbook page with color we'd love to see it!

I am showcasing a very simple technique today. Since we started selling embossing pastes with our stencils several years ago we also decided to offer a set of heavy-bodied acrylics, often referred to as 'tube acrylics' (TAP). This is because Dreamweaver doesn't have EVERY color of paste possible and yet the mortarboard stencil (LL449) and Friends stencil (LM210) needed to be paste-embossed in a dark purple. So, what do you do if you don't have purple paste? You mix one tablespoon of Translucent Embossing Paste (DEPT) with approximately half a teaspoon of purple 'tube acrylic' (TAP) paint . 

It needs to be mixed well with a palette knife (DPK) on a non-porous surface like wax paper or a foam plate. Now you're ready to apply the paste. Remember the Translucent Paste (DEPT) dries glossy and our Regular Embossing Paste (DEP) dries to a matte finish and the tube acrylics can be mixed into either one. 

The reason that you want to use the tube acrylics is because they are thick and won't add too much moisture to the embossing paste, if you add liquid paint it could make the paste "sloppy" and cause it to seep under the stencil while you're working with it, ruining your work of art.

For this reason the Dreamweaver Metallic F/X (F/X) powders are another way of adding color to the embossing pastes. Again one tablespoon of paste and approximately one half teaspoon of the Metallic F/X mixed in with a palette knife and you are all set to paste-emboss.

Looking forward to seeing some of your creations this month. Remember that we are flexible here with this month's challenge, so graduations and/or Black and White with a Pop makes it easy to do! Please play along with this month's challenge by either emailing me your work ( or link to your blog below on mr. linky. You could win the two stencils used in the Celebrate card shown below!

Also this month we are releasing 11 new designs... so return to the blog often over the next few weeks to see some of the latest and greatest designwork. Now if you have time follow the list below to visit the team's creations.

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Anne Temple said...

I just inherited some tube acrylic and now I know what I can use them with. Beautiful layout and great tips.

Anonymous said...

Nice scrapbook page and card. I have never thought of using a paper plate to mix colors- duh!

Louise said...

Sweet page! I love creating colored paste these ways too!

Pam Hornschu said...

Great tutorial, Lynell! Fun to see the pics of Elizabeth's graduation!

Laura Drahozal said...

Wonderful tutorial! I also love the colors that you used. It is so easy to forget that you can do an easy, creative technique like this.

Scrappychick said...

Thanks for the tip on the acrylics and FXs, very cool. People aways ask me what to mix in for different colors! Love the page!

Terrece said...

Great idea for the page. I need to finish my nephews grad book, will definately use the idea. Thank you for the instructions. I will try the acrylics and FX.

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