Thursday, April 2, 2015

Showers to Showers a New Challenge: Plus March Winners

Our challenge this month is all kinds of showers! WOW...this could be interpreted in a myriad of ways. The obvious and one that many of us are involved in each year are showers for weddings and babies! YAYA! Then as we move into April it could be about mists, rains and downpours which of course bring flowers. Today I am going off the grid a bit by making my creation a shower of embossing powder. I just taught what I called a designer class in Roseville CA. And this was one of the cards I demonstrated by designer Marj Marion. You know how it is though...even when you CASE a card you end up making it your own creation. Thanks Marj for the wonderful inspiration. I know it is different from Marj's original, but the class absolutely loved this process for the spider mum stencil we used.

The embossing powder that was used in this shower was a thick type...the Stampendous brand is "Deep Impressions". I first paste-embossed the spider mum stencil (LJ892) with the original embossing paste (DEP) and let it dry. Next, without the stencil in place and my largest stencil brush (NHB-3/4") I rouged color all over the outer area of the image...then placed the stencil on the design and stenciled the outer edges of the flowers and all of the leaf area. Now it's time to remove the stencil and sprinkle the card with the thick embossing powder...but remember don't overdo it. Just a light shower or "mist" of powder. Heat this with a heat gun, (I always start with the gun under the paper to get things going and so that the particles of powder won't blow away, but keep the gun in motion.) Now I place the stencil back on the embossed image and stencil the leaves greens and blues and the mum blossoms pinks and purples. I remove the stencil and use a 1/2 stencil brush (NHB 1/2") and rouge the pink or fuchsia pigment ink color all around the edges. Take a soft t-shirt cloth and wipe away the excess ink from the powder and the particles show through yellow (remember the first color you used?) this is the resist technique, so simple. 

Now if you want to do it again you can sprinkle the powder again at the edges and heat that layer...then stencil on top of the heated layer with dark purple or blue (or both) and wipe the excess off and the second pink color of particles (or rain droplets) will show through. Each time you add another layer you need to add a color that is darker. Here is a close up of my shower of embossing powder droplets...(I realize this is a bit overkill with the size but it's nice to be able to see it up close and personal). 

Now...just want to get down to the business of having you visit the rest of the team. For a bit Pam Hornschu will be taking some time to heal. Unfortunately she was in a car accident and although she is now home ...she's very very uncomfortable. We wish her a fast recuperation ...we hate it when our fearless leader is under the weather. You can send any encouraging comments her way here on the Dream it UP blog.

Please visit our Dream it UP team and leave a shower of comments. Here is our list of creative team members for this week and then I have listed our two winners for the Marching into Spring challenge:

Dream it UP (you're here)

Winners for Marching into Spring Challenge:
#44 Cec
#68 Heidi Schleimer
Please email me at and tell me your favorite stencil. #68-Heidi chooses two stencils because of using Dreamweaver/Stampendous products in her creation # 44-Cec chooses one stencil. YAY! Thanks for participating! We're hoping you both join us for this next month of Showers upon Showers! Remember bonus points for using our products...

*Just an addendum...because of the accident, we will not have our linking tool up for a few days, this gives you a bit of time to get your creation together. : )

** We were able to put together a gallery link sooner than we thought. Yay! **


Lyn Bernatovich said...

Hmmmm, so bright, springy and full of happy! We miss you Pam and hope you get better soon. xoxo

D.Ann C said...

That is absolutely gorgeous!! Yet another stencil on my wishlist!! : )
Wishing you a speedy recovery, Pam!!

Viki Banaszak said...

This is such a beautiful card!I love the technique that you used. It looks lovely.

Stampendous said...

This is wonderful, Lynell! What a gorgeous breath of Spring!!

rose s. said...

beautiful!!! luv the colours and i printed out the directions so i can try this at home :)

Yolanda said...

Gorgeous card. Love the colors.
Wishing a speedy recovery for Pam. God bless.

Unknown said...

A fabulous card. I just love those colours together, and such a clever technique.
I do hope Pam makes a swift recovery.
And finally congratulations to the two March winners, who both made fantastic projects for the challenge.

Leanne said...

WOW! This card is simply gorgeous. I just posted a card where a beautiful Dreamweaver stencil has been used, but its not apt for the current challenge.

Judy said...

Very lovely card. Your colors are so bright and vibrant. Thanks for sharing the technique for making one of our own.

Mariah said...

I love love love using embossing powders with my stencils and stamps! You have done an amazing job and love hos you layered the powders. Thanks for sharing your idea and technique.

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ionabunny said...

That is stunning. Congrats to the lucky winners. Hope to join the fun this month. Hugz

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