Howdy! Welcome and Happy Thanksgiving. Have a piece of pumpkin pie for me – lots of whip cream!
This is my last post as Guest Designer for Dreamweaver Stencils and I’m almost embarrassed to tell you how easy this project was. But, like many of you this time of year I have more to do and not enough hours in the day so a quick and easy project is just perfect!
This is a cute little holiday decoration and I just am very pleased with the final results.
This frame comes with two acrylic sheets that I slid out and peeled the protective layers off before taping the stencil to the acrylic sheet. I taped it so it doesn’t slide on me when I spread the embossing paste.
I spread the paste across the stencil to fill in all the tiny details of the stencil then carefully peel the tape away and lift the stencil leaving an embossed pattern on the acrylic sheets; repeat on the second acrylic sheet.
While the paste is still wet I sprinkled with a clear transparent finely ground glitter. I left it sit for an hour or so with the glitter on so the paste would set up and dry.
When the paste is dry I tapped the access glitter onto a sheet of office paper and slid back into the glitter container. Then I cut two 4X6 -inch sheets of the paper and slid the paper and the two embossed acrylic sheets into the frame – that’s it! They’re double-sided so what a great little table decoration or a piece to sit on a shelf for the holiday.
Like I said, a bit embarrassed at how quick and easy this was. It took me longer to write this post than to make this!
Make sure to visit these designers for even more great projects and tips! Now go create!Linda Neff (Guest Designer – that’s me!)
Howdy! It’s really cold this week here in Michigan, which led me to create this Winter-themed configuration tray. You like?
Our Xyron Design Team is sharing 30 days of Holiday Projects with you and I’m up today. I’ll tell you, I absolutely love this Bundled Up Crate Paper line! The retro style and colors are just so cute!
I started out with a blank Tim Holtz Configurations Tray and before opening the package experimented where the die cut pieces would lay; then I took a picture with my phone so I could recall the placement. I’ve also learned to circle the layout of the box I want to use on the package insert. These are hard to get back in place where you wanted them without a map of some sort so this works for me.
Then I painted all the box edges with white acrylic paint, including the large outer box and let them dry.
After measuring the boxes and recording the dimensions I cut all the papers and placed them in the boxes to ensure they fit before applying any adhesive. Trust me, it’s so much easier this way and really doesn’t take that much more time. After trimming any pieces (and there are always one or two that need trimming), I inked all edges – even the die cuts – with Ranger’s Old Paper Distress Ink.
Then, all the box papers go through the Xyron with permanent adhesive. I used my Xyron 9″ Creative Station by lining up the pieces across the loading tray. This box is so easy to assemble with the Xyron adhesive on the back of all the pieces! So it costs about $2 to put all these papers through the Xyron and about five minutes to tuck them into the boxes versus the time it would take to use a different adhesive – love it!
You’re probably wondering how I will know where all those papers go. Cell phone! Yep, remember the photo I took in the beginning? I just open it up and follow my little map.
The papers are in and I’m thinking it’s needs some more bling. I’m thinking glitter on the box edges so pull out Xyron Clear Hold Adhesive from my Xyron Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit and a small paint brush. I brushed the box top edges with the adhesive and dipped them face-down into a tray of Donna Salazar clear transparent glitter.
Pretty, pretty! This added just the right amount of
glitter glistening snow.
The boxes are held in place with Xyron’s 3/8″ Adhesive Dots. I used two on most boxes and 3-4 on the larger boxes.
The die cuts are given a little extra dimension by adding Xyron’s Black Foam Squares to the backs.
Here’s the finished piece and a close-up. Be sure to check out the Xyron Facebook Page for so many festive ideas from my other Xyron Design Teammates.
This key holder box has been in my garage for about three years. I picked it up at a dollar store several years ago with good intentions that never materialized. Fast forward several years and I’m in the middle of a Dreamweaver/Beacon Blog Hop for holiday projects and gifts. I remember the box and decide it’s finally time to use it.
I kept this project very simple. The box was black and it opens to hold keys so bring it out during the holiday and use it to house car keys of your visitors. It has a paper picture of roosters on it so I primed the picture and left it to dry.
Once dry, I taped down Dreamweaver’s Stencil LX 7003 Ornate Xmas Tree and spread with Dreamweaver’s Embossing Paste. The more I use this stuff the more I’m liking it. I removed the tapes, leaving one to use as a hinge to remove the stencil and placed it in water. I left it to dry for a bit then came back and painted the door and over the stenciled area with a white latex paint and left that to dry.
I wanted to highlight the tree with gold so used a bit of Ranger’s Adirondack Metallic Gold Paint Dabber; just lightly dabbing the gold onto the tree.
Then I liked the gold so much that I decided to do a gold paint wash over the entire lid. Loved the way that turned out! I wanted to frame in the tree and did this by slicing some Heidi Swapp’s Believe Peppermint Stix paper into 1/2-inch strips. The edges are inked with Ranger’s black Archival Ink. I simply laid the strips on the lid where I was going to place them and cut the edges at an angle.
I used Beacon’s Fast Finish Decoupage medium to adhere the strips. I also sealed them with the medium.
Then I decided to add some gold glaze to the Fast Finish Decoupage medium and brushed it over the entire box cover and lightly wiped it off, leaving a hint of gold shimmer.
I left a heavier gold color around the inside edges of the lid to help highlight the tree even more. The detail I get with these stencils and paste is amazing!
ATC’s are just not my forte. I keep trying but I’ve never been quite happy with the finished results. The Cracker Jack Stamper’s that I’m part of have been swapping ATC’s recently and every time the sign up sheet comes around I swear I’m not going to participate again, but when that paper lands in front of me I pick up the pen and sign my name once again.
These are my attempt at a holiday-themed ATC for this months’ swap. I’m not afraid to show my failures!
They started out as watercolor paper die cut with Tim Holtz’ ATC die. I needed eight so cut 16 pieces – front and back. They are brushed with one coat of Gesso and left to dry.
Then they’re painted with red paint and left to dry before adhering a torn strip of patterned paper with a Xyron Glue Stick.
A thin coat of soft gel medium, colored lightly with a touch of black acrylic paint to make a tinted glaze, is brushed on. While the medium is still a little tacky I randomly pressed down some gold leaf to add a touch of bling – it is the holidays after all!
I typed up a saying – “And she wore holiday dressings” and printed it out on plain office paper. I trimmed the sayings down and inked the edges with Ranger’s Archival Black ink before running them through the Xyron 1.5″ Create-a-Sticker.
The saying is split and adhered to each ATC then the ATC’s are brushed with a thin layer of soft gel medium tinted with Ranger’s Adirondack Metallic Gold paint dabber. I used a baby wipe to blot and gently wipe away some of the gold layer; I wanted just enough left to add a slight sheen.
To complete the look, I stamped the other eight blank ATC’s with a label stamp, wrote my info on the back and ran them through the Xyron 9″ Creative Station. Then I matched them back-to-back with the finished fronts.
I finished them off by edging them with the gold paint dabber and added the cute paper clip!
I took them to Club and exchanged them with the others. Though I don’t love them I’m not ready to give up yet! I love a good challenge so keep watching for that perfect ATC from me!
I’ve been experimenting with Dreamweaver Stencils and Beacon Adhesives while upcycling some pieces for our shop – Green Door Studio. I found this old drawer at an estate sale for just a few dollars. I thought it would make a cute display holder or a shelf.
After I gave it a good scrub-down and removed the handle I painted with a coat of cream paint just to give me a clean base to work with. I filled the old handle hole with wood filler and left it all to dry for an hour or so.