Okay. Yes, I know what you are thinking. “This is a Christmas posting. Pam must be very confused.” Generally that last comment would be true, but the first comment is not necessarily so. Just ignore the beautiful pine garland, holly berries, and pine cones, and check out the awesome display of frosty winter vases/luminaria. And yes, these were done with stencils by Dream Team member, Louise Healy. Before you find out how she created these, we need to announce the winner from my tutorial two weeks ago…FRANCINE B.,who would love to have the Houndstooth Stencil. I can’t say that I blame you, Francine, as that is one of my favorites. Such a wonderful background design, especially for masculine projects. So, Francine, please email me at email@example.com with your mailing address. For the rest of you, please remember to go to the Stencil with Style site to select the stencil design that you would most like to win, and mention it in your comment below for an opportunity to win two weeks from now. Want to learn about Louise’s cool luminaria project now? Here we go!
Flat-sided vase (this one is from Ikea) • Dreamweaver Bare Trees Stencil • Dreamweaver Glossy White Embossing Paste • Crystal Glitter (Art Institute Glitter • Dreamweaver Paste Spreader • Palette Knife • flameless votive candles • removable tape
Step 1: Clean outside of vase with isopropyl alcohol or glass cleaner to remove any residue.
Step 2: Line the Bare Trees stencil along the top edge of the vase, and tape down the bottom edge with removable tape.
Step 3: Using a palette knife, load paste onto Paste Spreader, and place at the top of the vase.
Step 4: Holding the Paste Spreader at about a 45 degree angle, pull the paste down along the stencil. Place excess paste back in jar.
Step 5: Carefully remove tape. Lift off stencil. Place stencil, Paste Spreader, and palette knife in pan of water. (Don’t forget to clean with a soft brush later!)
Step 6: Don’t worry about imperfections…nature is far from perfect! For those of you who are fussy, you’ll be able to clean the excess paste off the corners, and between lines after drying.
Step 7: Holding vase over container of crystal glitter, pour glitter over surface of wet paste to cover.
Step 8: Set vase aside on its back to dry for approximately 45-60 minutes.
Step 9: Use X-acto knife to clean edges and bleeds.
Step 10: Use a soft brush to gently sweep off excess glitter.
Note: These create a beautiful display in multiples. Pour epsom salts in bottom of vase for a snowy look, and nestle flameless candles inside. Celebrate the winter! Hmmm, what other Dreamweaver designs would be perfect for this simple technique?
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