Friday, September 20, 2013

Dreamweaver - Quietfire Blog Hop - Day 4



 
Are you enjoying this amazing week of Awesome in Autumn! We are partnering with the Dreamweaver Design Team and so excited to play with their innovative stencils, pastes and glitters!  Follow along with us and leave your comments on each blog for an opportunity to win one of two wonderful prize packages.



Here is what I've created for today's post:



I simply adore this tree stencil.  I've been doing this technique for some time, but not everyone may have seen it.

 Using 140lb Arches HP paper, I stamped Don't Let Yesterday with Brilliance Galaxy Gold, then thermal embossed with Queen's Gold.

I centered the Tree of Life stencil above the quotation and taped it in place with Removable tape. Add some extra protection if you're worried about going over the edge of the stencil and tape.  In place of embossing paste I used Jones Tones Plexi glue. 

Who me paranoid about messing up the watercolour paper with the glue??

Calligraphers have a thing for raised gilding and this is a fun way to get the effect without the classical torture!  Although I've used composition leaf here, you can use real leaf (gold, silver, copper, aluminum) or transfer foil.  The great thing about the Jones Tones plexi is that it dries sticky and is thick enough that it has body when it dries.  Thus, raised gilding. 


Before you add the variegated leaf to the tree, feel around the surface of the watercolour paper.  The Removable Tape may have left some residue.  If so, rub it off with your finger or you will have a rim of gold where the edge of the stencil was!  Ask me how I know this. I created a paper mask to help avoid it and an eraser can help if there is still any errant leaf.

If your leaf is variegated, pick and choose your pieces and press it into place with your fingers.  Give it a little rub - the softness of your fingers will help press the leaf onto the edges of the glue and not just the top.  Composition leaf is easier to handle than the real thing.

 
When you have your tree completely covered in leaf, use a soft stencil brush and make circular motions over the top of the tree to remove the excess leaf.  There will be some places you will have to scrub more vigorously.  Just be careful not to remove the leaf on the glue.

 
 

Nice, huh?



I decided to leave it there. Sometimes less is more....  I trimmed the watercolour paper and simply mounted it with brads onto a piece of coordinated cardstock.



I hope you've enjoyed this!  Thanks for looking!
To see a variation on this technique, visit the Quietfire Creations blog today.

Here are the thumbnail links on the Quietfire Design site to the products I've used.  The Tree of Life stencil may be found on the Stencil with Style website here.



  

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21 comments:

  1. Stunning! I'd just left a comment on the other version of this ..... I love the look of this one ;) Wonder if I can get that plexi glue here in the UK...?

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  3. Can't decide which version I like best -- both are gorgeous! Did you apply the glue like you would embossing paste, ie with a spreader, and how long does it need to dry?

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    1. Yes, use the glue just like embossing paste. Hmmm, you can use it within a few hours.... I usually walk away and don't get back to it for a while!

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  4. your card is stunning!! I've never heard of the plexi glue - like sherylIH I was wondering how you applied it too. it's always fun to learn of new product and techniques.

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  5. Suzanne - Your card is lovely!

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  6. The card is lovely and adding the tiny brads just finishes it off. Thanks.

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  7. Nice does not cover it....this is STUNNING! Thanks for sharing how you did it!

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  8. Beautiful Suzanne! I love your version of 'less is more'.

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  9. This is beautiful! Never heard of this glue before.

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  10. Suzanne...I LOVE this sentiment. Such a great philosophy to move on in our lives. And this card is done so beautifully and the simplicity of the look fits the sentiment's encouragement.

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  11. What a brillant idea Suzanne with this glue and this is a totally amazing card. I even love the specks left behind before you brush it off. It looks like the wind had blown the leaves about.

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  12. Really like this stencil. Thanks for the instructions.

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  13. Exquisite beyond words!!! Thank you for sharing this lovely piece of art with us.
    <3 J

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  14. This is stunning. the variegated leaf puts it over the top. I love the clean look.
    sue, st. albert, ab

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  15. WOW...such a gorgeous card and technique! TFS!

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  16. The use of the gold is stunning - it "pops" off the card and is the star. Thanks for the reminder about using gold leaf - it has fallen out of vogue but needs to come back!

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  17. I love this stencil and the technique you used. The result is awesome!!!

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