Thursday, June 5, 2014

Old, New, Borrowed, Blue: A New Challenge for the Month of June (Plus) Winners from May's Challenge

New nest stencil (LL3041)
At Dreamweaver Stencils, we love to make our monthly challenges something for everyone, and not so strict that no one wants to play along. This month our challenge is, "Old, New, Borrowed, Blue", with the obvious thought being a wedding theme...but not necessarily. Add an old embellishment or picture. Use a new stencil design or technique. Borrow, or CASE (copy and say everything) another designers project, and obviously, blue. Where will YOUR creative process take you for this month? We'd love to see! And remember, linking your creations with the Inklinkz tool at the end of the team posts, provides you with the opportunity to win the stencil of your choice!

I found this scrumptious paper by 7Gypsies this week and was totally inspired to use the new nest stencil (LL3041) with this 6 x 6 inch stack of paper titled: "Conservatory" which  I purchased at a local stamp store ( I love to give the local stores my business). This wonderful tablet had several other bird and nature related designs that were just too wonderful to resist. My only regret was that the store didn't have more than one tablet, so if you want to purchase this oldie but goodie and can't find it from your favorite retailer follow the link for the name of the paper tablet: "Conservatory".

The nest's "definition" was from a dictionary (another oldie from my paper source library...but I guess this could fall under the category of old and borrowed) and I scanned it and added the "Enjoy your new home" sentiment toward the bottom. Then after printing it out I aged it by roughing up the edges with a craft knife and used a large stencil brush to add some of Tim's Distress Inks (vintage photo and peeled paint). This vintage look is the "old" part of my post challenge today.

The nest stencil (LL3041) was first paste-embossed with the regular Dreamweaver Embossing Paste (DEP). Once it was dry the stencil was repositioned over the paste-embossed image and the Versamark pad was applied onto the image using a jumbo dauber (KD02) from Imagine Crafts (also known as Tsukineko). Remove the stencil and the surface is now ready to sprinkle with the Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE). Notice how the egg (and all of the nest) has white speckles all over it....this is the UTEE. Heat emboss this lightly sprinkled surface to melt the UTEE and then reposition the nest stencil and added the blue onto the eggs by stenciling with the Splendor inkpad called CIRCUS. I love this particular inkpad because it has so many colors in one spot...a great palette for stenciling. Then I stenciled the rest of the nest with warm colors from "MAGIC" Splendor inkpad. After stenciling I removed the stencil and sprinkled the entire surface of the nest with UTEE. This time it totally covered the nest ...I tapped off the excess and heated it with a heat gun. This technique is known as faux cloisonné and can be done a couple of different ways. 

So this is my "Old" (a vintage look), "New" (a new stencil design plus the theme of the card...for a friend with a NEW home), "Borrowed" (the definition of "nest" from the dictionary) and Blue (the speckled eggs and outer cardstock colored blue). Now, remember you don't have to do all of these in one card...for some reason my creation today worked out that way, but do join us this month for our challenge and link up below with inlinkz. Next week (BTW) we will be doing a blog hop with Tsukineko's design team...don't forget to stop by for the chance to win some really nice prizes. And today, be sure to visit the team listed below for their version of this month's challenge....until then here are our winners...yes I threw in another prize.

YES, two random winners today...just for the fun of it. One happens to be from the UK and not sure where our other winner is from...!
The #7 creation by: JENNY WILLIAMS
The #25 creation by: Clubdag Project CM
Now, be sure to email me your snail mail addy and your favorite stencil choice to:


Lyn Bernatovich said...

Great card and clever sentiment! I love the dimension of the nest that the Utee gave it. Can't wait to play with that stencil.

Katia said...

Me encanta el tema del reto!

Lynn Mercurio said...

This is stunning. I'm so impressed that you worked in all FOUR words; old, new, borrowed, blue - into ONE project. You rock!

sommrstamping said...

wow this card is beautiful, I also love that you used the theme to the max. Lynn's right you rock!

Unknown said...

Wow, what a beautiful card.

Unknown said...

Love the new nest stencil and how it has been used. What a great new challenge!

Lea said...

This is such a cool card! I love all the elements to it and that bird nest stencil, well, let's just say, it's the bomb! I'm looking forward to using it next week and already have ideas running around in my noggin! I love how you used the dictionary piece. I recently bought an old used dictionary for just such purposes! Anyway, your card is lovely, as always!

Pam Hornschu said...

Congrats to our winners from May! Lynell...awesome paper for this card. Love the speckling on the eggs!

Louise said...

So pretty! That paper is perfect for the nest, and very clever to add to the nest definition! I love how this turned out.

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