Wednesday, 9 April 2014

12x12 Scrapbook Page Using Dreamweaver Stencils and Mixed Media

As promised, here is the tutorial for the 12x12 Scrapbook Page Using Dreamweaver Stencils and mixed media... sit back with a coffee... this could take some time ;) Happy scrapping, jenx

·         white 12x12 card
·         a light box
·         a round ended embossing tool
·         a large heat resistant mat
·         low tack masking tape
·         Dreamweaver White Embossing Paste
·         Large Dreamweaver Stencil (LH....)
·         palette knife
·         spreader
·         bowl of  warm water and nail brush
·         Splendour Antique Ink Palette
·         Dreamweaver 1/4" Stencil Brush

Tips for Success
·         prepare everything prior to beginning the project, having lots of kitchen roll, tea towels and baby wipes ready on your creative table and in your cleaning area
·         have your cleaning area away from your creating area to avoid splashes and spills spoiling your project
·         set aside plenty of time to complete the project - an afternoon while the menfolk are watching a football match is perfect!
·         if you are unable to set aside a few hours, then complete a few steps spread over a number of days or sessions.
·         allow for drying time and don't try to rush!

Read through the instructions before you begin so you know where each step leads!

This project is built up in layers. The first layer is the main embossed rectangle which provides a dry embossed focus for a photograph. Lightly tac the stencil to the light box and place the card over the light box. Now, remember, if you want your dry embossed focus area to appear on the right of the project, you emboss the left hand side with the round ended embossing tool. As soon as you press your tool onto the card, you have decided that you are working on the back - this is the rear of your project. You are pressing the card gently through to create a raised effect on the front of the project. As you are using the embossing tool to gently break the fibres of the card, you may feel a little resistance. Don't be tempted to press too hard as you will tear the card. Just apply steady, gentle pressure and trace over the detail several times. If you find the tool is snagging, rub the tool gently into a bar of Hawaian coconut soap prior to pressing into the card. You should feel the tool move more smoothly. Repeat this lubricating procedure as many times as necessary. The first photograph shows how your card will appear with the subdued light from the light box peeping through. The second photograph shows the stencil taped to the box with the dry embossed card. Now, we are using a 12x12 piece of card so you cannot tape the card to the light box to eliminate movement.... sooooo, you need to be really slow and careful when you are embossing. If the card slips, just gently realign it and continue. You need to be slow and confident. If you feel that embossing straight onto the 12x12 is too challenging, cut a piece of card to the size of the stencil and emboss the piece just as you would if you were embossing for a greetings card. This way you can tac the card to the light box too, to avoid movement.

The next layer is created using dry brushing through the stencil. The side which as the raised area of embossing is the front of your project. Place this face up and position the stencil in an offset position to the left and down of the dry embossed area. Very lightly tac this down taking care not to apply pressure to the embossed area. Use the subdued tones of the ink on the Antique Splendour pad to highlight the detail of the design. I used the rouging technique - sweeping the stencil brush in a gentle, circular fashion to ensure coverage. However, the stipling technique would work well also and create a different visual effect. I decided to dry emboss prior to inking through the stencil as i wanted the ink to 'catch' the edges of the raised element as I 'rouged'. If I had inked prior to dry embossing, the effect would have been slightly different - why not give it a try! Be ever so careful when removing the tacky tape then clean and dry your stencil immediately. Remember to place your stencil flat to the bottom of the bowl and apply gentle scrubbing movements with a soft nail brush. I would recommend a large lunch box for your cleaning receptacle. Clean your brush using a dry soft cloth, rubbing to remove excess ink residue.

For the next layer, go free style and create an elegant dry embossed border around your page. I split the dry embossing into two parts, adding the ink layer in between, as I did not want the dry embossed edges to cross the inked part of the page as embossing paste is going to be applied over the top of this inked element. it is easier to complete the second phase of dry embossing after the inking as there is no confusion as to where the ink element is going to lie - you know exactly where it is and where to avoid! Again, tac the stencil to the light box and TURN your 12x12 card OVER! Remember, you need to look at the BACK of your layout to dry emboss the card so that the raised design is on the front where the ink is placed. I found it easier to stand to do this part of the layout. I twisted and turned the card and spent a lot of time deciding which parts of the stencil to use to create the swirled borders. Have confidence and just go for it! Slow, steady and gentle is the best approach, taking lots of time to decide where the embossing should fall, before using the tool. If you want to keep your layout really simple, at this point, it is a good idea to add the two journal spots - these are created by dry embossing the square detail from the stencil.

The next layer involves the use of Dreamweaver embossing paste. Lightly tape the stencil in place over the inked area, slightly offset so that an ink shadow will be visible after paste application. Take care not to press firmly over the raised dry embossed areas. Scoop paste from the pot using the palette knife and spread the paste along the edge of the spreader. Working from the top to the bottom of the stencil, in a firm but gentle sweep, holding the spreader at a 45 degree angle, cover the stencil with paste, filling all the appertures. Sweep the spreader over the stencil again, if there are any spaces. Carefully release the stencil and remove the tape. Leave the paste to dry. Resist the urge to dry with a heat gun as the paste will bubble. This is a lovely effect - but not the one used on this project! The second photograph above shows the ink shadow under the paste and the overlap onto the dry embossing. When the paste is dry, the layout is ready for photographs, journaling and additional embellishments.

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  1. Love this Jen! Hehe your were hyper on Saturday goodness no's what you are like now lol! How many sleeps???? xx

    1. two sleeps and one sleepless lol jx

  2. Oh will study this at length when I have time, looks like a fab tutorial Jen! Hope you've put a link on the blog bits on UK Scrappers

  3. Well worth all the work Jen, a beautiful layout

  4. So delicate and beautiful - great tutorial :)

  5. WOW Jen - gorgeous stencilling!