Welcome back for another Dreamweaver Thursday tutorial. This week, I’m going to show you how to use Dreamweaver Paste, Metallic F/X and Stencils to create an eye catching image for your paper craft project.
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I am a huge butterfly collector and I was very fortunate to receive LG 709 to work with along with Metallic F/X mica powder and Embossing Paste. I’ve never used embossing paste or stencils before, but I didn’t have much trouble with these products, and this was my first attempt;
I had a place on the flower blossom where the paste smooshed under the stencil, but that was my own fault as it was the very first place I used the paste, and I felt it as soon as it happened. Once I had the feel of the paste, it was easy to use. Next, I flicked the Metallic F/X powder from a soft brush over the wet paste. Additionally, I used Pearl Ex powder and Perfect Pearls to see how they all worked in comparison to each other. Once the powders were on, I very gently used my fluffy brush to tap the powder in place;
Next, I walked away and left it to dry thoroughly. Dreamweavers recommends leaving their paste to dry for an hour or longer depending on the thickness of the paste. I went and did a few odd jobs and did some reading and I don’t know how long I left it for. Now, here’s the very clever thing I did with my image: I took a used dryer sheet and rubbed all the excess mica powder off my paper! The used dryer sheet has an anti-static property to it without the chemicals that make it stiff – chemicals are fine in the dryer with my clean, wet laundry but not for my cards!
Once I had all the stray sparkle off my cardstock I trimmed it down to size and inked it directly with my Versamark pad. I poured Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE) over it and heated it with my heat gun. This first layer resulted in a cool, pebbly effect, which I should have taken a picture of but forgot to! I did this twice more to get a really thick layer of UTEE on my image. Once I was happy with the look, I stuck the image in my freezer for approximately 10 minutes. I took the image out of my freezer and cracked the UTEE immediately. It was a hot day, so I had to work quickly before the UTEE warmed up and became flexible again.
Here’s a close up of the largest butterfly. It was really hard to capture the sparkle the mica powder gives the image, especially since the UTEE has suck a high gloss finish to it which reflects a lot of light!
This technique produces a really fabulous effect and the sparkle looks suspended over the embossing paste. Gorgeousness!!
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stencil: LG 709
paper: Huntington Garden (Riddersholm Design), flintstone, kraft (bazzill)
ink: versamark (tsukineko)
accessories; Metallic F/X, Embossing Paste (Dreamweaver) grey ribbon (offray), button (bazzill), lace (kaisercraft), rhinestones (basic grey), UTEE (Ranger)