Holiday key safety

Welcome to week three of my stint as guest designer with Dreamweaver Stencils. We’ve also teamed up with Beacon Adhesives this month to create a variety of holiday projects or gift items.
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Be sure to visit each of our designers below for so many great holiday ideas!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Fireworks anyone?

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In addition to my post here, you’ll find another Art Glitter project from me over on the Art Glitter blog.

Now, on to the fireworks! I love watching fireworks shoot in the sky. Makes no matter to me if it’s small ones shot in the backyard or if we make the trek to Kensington or Fowlerville to see them – I just love to watch them!

When I ordered this Stencil LX7012, Waves and Dots, I had no intention to use it on a Fourth of July card, but that’s just the way my mind works sometimes. At first glance I originally seen retro with pinks and oranges so how it got to red, white and blue I have no idea; but I love it!

After soaping the backside of my stencil I adhered it to Art Glitter’s Sticky Paper.  Then I noticed it – stencil LX7012 has a lot of tiny little holes in it – a LOT of tiny little holes. I wanted those to be filled in with red glitter so that meant I had to cover all those tiny little holes. Dreamweaver sticky paper to the rescue. I cut it in a couple little strips then into little tiny squares and taped over all those tiny little holes.

Trust me, covering all those tiny little holes takes time but the end result is fantastic!

I really wanted to try my friend Laura’s technique with Art Glitter’s Ariel Dazzlers (D16) so they went down first. I pressed them in like she said and tapped off the excess before filling in with Pacifica Microfine Transparent (701) glitter.

The larger pieces in this mix are the Dazzlers.

Once the blues were down I carefully brushed all loose glitter away from my stencil and workspace so as to not contaminate my blank sticky paper when removing the little squares covering all those tiny little holes; the craft knife worked really good for this.

See, some of those little Dazzlers pieces still snuck into the holes!

The Ruby Red Microfine Opaque (500) glitter was perfect to fill in all those tiny little holes – don’t you agree?

Tap off excess and again, I was careful to brush all glitters away from my work station to avoid contamination of my blank sticky paper background. Flip the stencil over so it is resting on the desktop and carefully peel away the stencil (this little tip helps prevent the stencil from bending) and this is what I ended up with after sprinkling on Winter White Microfine Transparent (711) glitter onto the remaining blank Sticky Paper.

I used this finished paper to make this AaaaHSome 4th of July card! Stamped the sentiment SSC 1094 with Jet Black Archival Ink onto white cardstock, cut it out then framed that with red cardstock. I matted the glittered paper onto a dark blue cardstock, wrapped a piece of May Arts silk ribbon in Navy around that piece before adhering to the white card. The sentiment is popped up with dimensional foam dots and added to the card front to get the finished look below.

Happy Fourth!