Welcome back for another Dreamweavers Thursday Tutorial. This week I’m going to be sharing how to use your Dreamweavers stencils to wet emboss. Before we get to the tutorial, lets announce the past weeks winner. Congratulations Terrie Rodrigue! You are the lucky winner! Be sure to email firstname.lastname@example.org with your address so she can get your Tulip Stencil off in the mail to you. Enjoy!
One of the reason’s I picked the Large Butterfly and the Maidenhair Fern stencils to play with is because they have a nice large open area perfect for inking through. As soon as I saw them I imagined the wet embossed projects I could create with them.
Begin by laying your stencil down on your cardstock. You can tape your stencil in position if you need, but if you’re careful in inking it shouldn’t shift much. Now take your embossing ink and press it down onto the stencil. Be sure to ink the paper well. For areas with thin lines, you can use the edge of your ink pad. Carefully lift up your stencil and place it in your bucket of water to be cleaned. Sprinkle embossing powder onto the inked cardstock. Tap off the extra. If you have any stray flecks of embossing powder, use a paint brush to brush them away. Now it’s time to heat your embossing powder.
Embossing with your stencils is as easy as that! Now that you know how to wet emboss with the stencils, think of all the variations you can do. In this next sample, I embossed it first with green embossing powder. I went back and added a Deep Impression embossing powder while the green embossing powder was still molten hot. This layer of embossing powder will cling to the hot embossing powders. You can continue to do this to build it up to a thick embossed layer. Just be sure to work quickly. Once the embossed image cools, the embossing powders won’t stick.
You can add Distress inks to the background after the embossed area has cooled. The embossed area will act as a resist for the ink.
Emboss on vellum for an elegant, classic look. Wouldn’t this be gorgeous for wedding cards?
Try dry embossing the image first and then wet embossing the raised image. In this next sample, I embossed the butterfly using a light box. While the stencil was still in place, I inked up the raised image.
One of the things I love about this butterfly stencil, is that the stencil is in the shape of the butterfly. I simply traced around it, to cut out the butterfly. To create the card, I cut out two more additional butterfly shapes and adhered the top wings to form a card. I glued the body of the embossed butterfly to the card front and lifted the wings to give it dimension.
If you’re looking for more information and tutorials on working with Dreamweavers Stencils, be sure to visit the Dreamweavers Blog and the Dreamweavers Facebook page. Their Design Team creates some amazing work!
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