Just a note…

20141126_151719Thanks for stopping by on this wonderful Thanksgiving day! This is my last post as guest designer for Dreamweaver Stencils this month. I enjoyed my stint this month and had so much fun playing with Dreamweaver Stencils.

The Dream Team challenge you to be especially “Thankful and Thoughtful” during this month. Link your creations with this theme in mind on the Dream It Up! blog using the Inlinkz tool and you could win the stencil of your choice. A bonus stencil of our choosing could be yours for using Dreamweaver product(s) in your artwork.
Today I want to share a technique to make another art journal background, but this time we’re going to cut it up and make mini notebooks from it that will fit in your purse or pocket! How cool is that – and just in time for gifting.
I started with Dreamweaver embossing paste, this beautiful Zen Flower Stencil and watercolor paper.
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After my paste dried I colorized the background with Ranger’s Distress Inks, dried and continued to dip and spray until the color was just as I wanted. I added more color by rubbing in some Adirondack Dye Ink using another Dreamweaver Stencil, Tapestry, that is a big favorite of mine.
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After the Tapestry Stencil I used some Aqua ink and rubbed it through Dreamweaver Stencil, Vintage Decor (click here to see how I used this stencil to turn an old drawer into beautiful home decor storage).
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I added some images and text with rubber stamps then more color sprays and blotting to get this final look. This turned into a beautiful art journal page but I’m still cutting it up!
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The art journal page is used to cover salvaged chipboard. I connected the two by running the journal paper through my Xyron 5″ Creative Station, stuck it to the chipboard and used another journal section to cover the inside and the back cover as well.
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Once the covers were covered I punched the binding holes with my Zutter. The inside pages were cut about 1/8″ smaller than the cover on both sides and bottom.
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The covers are so pretty – I really enjoyed this project. I gave no thought as to how they were cut, I just cut them to a size I wanted to use. Once bound they make a perfect little stocking stuffer, thank you gift or something pretty to keep for yourself!
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Christmas is a coming!

linda_neff_dream_weaver_art_journal_6Howdy again! I’m back again as guest designer with Dream Weaver this month and looking forward to sharing with you some ideas I have for using Dream Weaver products. This is my second post this month for the theme Thankful and Thoughtful.
Link your creations, using the Thankful and Thoughtful theme on the Dream It Up! blog using the Inlinkz tool at the end of this post – you could win the stencil of your choice and a bonus stencil of our choosing could be yours for using Dreamweaver products in your artwork. Be sure to stop by the blogs of the regular Dream Team members as well – loads of great ideas out there!
I have another Art Journal page for you this week and an ATC (Artist Trading Card). I love to give credit where credit is due but, honestly, I was on my phone either reading emails or Pinterest and I seen something similar to this technique but my phone wouldn’t let me bookmark it and I haven’t been able to find it again! Don’t you just hate that?
*A friend found the link for me – yippee! This technique was done on Julie Fei-Fan Balzar’s blog by guest designer Melita Bloomer.*
The end result is such a bold and dramatic effect. I just love it!
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I began with watercolor paper and used the smoosh and spritz technique with Fired Brick, Peeled Paint and Mustard Seed Distress Inks – Christmas colors. Stamped with a Christmas script stamp using black Archival Ink then laid Dream Weaver’s stencil, LX7007 Leaves, in the center of my page and traced all the inside openings with a black journal marker.
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I worked out from the center after that till the entire page had traced openings on it.
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After that it’s all hand-painted with black gesso and that creates that very dramatic effect.
It was time to make some ATC’s for my stamp group and I had this cute little Nested Stocking Die DG692 from Dream Weaver along with an adorable embossing folder, FJ922 Christmas Borders. I made the background similar to the art journal page then cut it to ATC size (2 1/2″ X 3 1/2″) then ran it through my Vagabond in the embossing folder. All the edges are inked with Peeled Paint and I also rubbed Peeled Paint across the ATC’s to bring out the embossed areas. I used Dream Weaver’s white embossing paste to make the rim of the stocking look fluffy.
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I actually cut two each of the stocking rim so I could stack them and make them dimensional. I glued a small piece of chipboard in-between then assembled the stocking, added it to the ATC and finished it off with some printed words and cute little gold jingle bell.
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I think these will be a hit with my exchange group. I’m thankful I’ve been able to have this opportunity to challenge myself with my craft using these Dream Weaver products this month!
Be sure to visit the other designers to see what they’ve been up to this week.

Art journal with Dream Weaver

Hey there, thanks for visiting! I’m guest designer with Dream Weaver this month and looking forward to sharing with you some ideas I have for using Dream Weaver products.
The Dream Team is challenging its followers to be especially Thankful and Thoughtful during the month of November. Link your creations, using the Thankful and Thoughtful theme on the Dream It Up! blog using the Inlinkz tool at the end of my post – you could win the stencil of your choice and a bonus stencil of our choosing could be yours for using Dreamweaver products in your artwork.
I couldn’t resist trying out the new Chevron Background Stencil LX7026 and the Pinwheel Checkerboard LX7013 in my Art Journal recently. I wanted to honor the beautiful colors of Autumn – a time to be thankful and a time for change.
I started by stamping a script stamp over my entire background pages (140 lb mixed-media paper) with a waterproof ink, then heat set it.
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Then I painted a wash of yellow acrylic paint over the pages, heat set that and placed little re-positionable sticky labels randomly over the pages. These remain on until the very end so make sure to press them down firmly to prevent any leakage.
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Next I made washes of red, orange and purple and randomly slapped them across the pages at different intervals making sure to dry between each layer. I used a mixture of acrylic paint colors and lightly brushed it onto my leaf stamps and stamped the pages. To bring more texture and dimension to some of the bare spots between the leaves I used Dream Weaver’s Pinwheel Checkerboard LX7013, Worn Lipstick Distress Ink with an ink applicator. I love the shape of the design.
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 I love the shape of the design and look how it fills in the bare spaces and blends so nicely.
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 Once I got the background just so, I added a border strip across the two pages with the Dream Weaver Chevron Background Stencil LX7026, Dusty Concord Distress Ink and an applicator. I used painter’s tape to tape off the rows I didn’t want to use to prevent over-spill.
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 I lightly dabbed some embossing ink around the page and sprinkled some copper-colored embossing powder on it. A happy accident – some of the powder dust spilled over onto the wet distress ink on the Chevron design.
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 When all the layers are finished, the little re-positionable labels are removed to reveal some of the bright yellow below – every little step adds another layer of texture or dimension to the page.  The journal pages turned out even better than I anticipated.
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