Followers

7/20/2014

Dreamweaver Brass Stencil Cameo Head Hello

Good afternoon and welcome. Firstly, warm welcomes to a new follower, Diane H. of  Nellies Nest. Thanks so very much for becoming a new follower.

Secondly, Follower #89 (this post) did not contact me in the specified amount of time, so Mr. RG came back on the job, and selected another follower for a little surprise. Follower #43, Sheila of lalacrafts was RG's choice this time around. So hopefully Sheila will contact me by July 22 (48 hrs from today) to give me her mailing info and I can send her a little surprise.

OK, on with today's card. I've seen brass stencils used for embossing for quite a while, but just never got around to trying this. All the videos I've seen show using a plumber's red rubber mat 'thing-y' to emboss with, and we've never bought this plumber's kit that is shown. Decided why not just try the tan embossing mat I use with everything, so I did. Took me a couple of tries to get the sandwich right (cause I'd forget the stacking order I'd see in the videos by the time I actually got around to trying this!)*


- Embossed a white piece, trimmed out the cameo head section. Very fussy cutting too. Embossed a black textured paper for the background, as I love black & white cameos. I've always thought they were such a genteel, old fashioned look.  Trimmed the oval embossing with tiny pearls - which keep coming off even though they are supposed to be adhesive! Also kept thinking the head looks 'crooked' until I looked at the stencil again. I knew I had the piece straight going through the Big Shot!

-matted on a textured silver snippet and then on a Heartfelt Decorative Window Die because I thought the cameo needed some frills around the plain mat.

- Background created with a white index card (which just happened to be handy and it worked fine). Used Dylusions Slate gray diluted with water then diluted with white linen. The pink spray was made using some acrylic paint which had thickened so much as to be unusable, but a few blobs in the bottle - adding some water, makes a fine spray - just shake it well first. Added some irResistible Silver spray - again shake well. The pink added just a touch of color and the irResistible created some nice blotches. Embossed this piece after it dried with C/B Anna Griffin Piroutte EF. Used a sponge to dab over some Fluid Chalk Charcoal Gray just to bring up the embossing a bit.

- S/B curved border to shape the edge of the card and another border cut some black to go on the inside edge.

*Here's the order embossing was done: Stencil on the cutting plate - face up, covered by card stock. Tan rubber mat, 2nd cutting plate. Used the Big Shot Multipurpose Platform, with all tabs lifted out of the way. I tested the sandwich with one tab down as a shim, the machine didn't want to push it through, so lifted that tab out of the way, and then the sandwich went through more easily. It felt 'tight' but crankable without damaging the machine. Suggest if you try this, test your own cutting machine carefully, and if the sandwich seems too 'thick', try it without any tabs down & use shims if you need to. I've seen videos where the stencils were used with Cuttlebugs too.

Have a wonderful Sunday afternoon and I'm off to get some scheduled posts ready. We really need to get back to the basement project and get some more organizing done. It's a slow process! Thanks for joining me this afternoon. Hugs & Blessings.


26 comments:

vic said...

Oohh gorgeous card Mary and love the die cutting very elegant :)
Hugs
Vic x

Jean Straw said...

I love what you did with the beautiful cameo stencil. A great bit of cutting out and the tiny pearls are a lovely embellishment.
Jean x

Sally H said...

Wow! Just stunning Mary! LOVE it! Such an elegant card

Redanne said...

The silhouette is beautiful Mary and together with the wonderful backing on your card make for a stunning result, love this! Hugs, Anne xx

Bonnie said...

I always loved cameos too and this one is so elegant in the black and white! We had a good soaking rain this morning and some peeks of sun this afternoon. Enjoying the peace and quiet.

Sheila H said...

The silhouette is beautiful - the surrounding pearls are a perfect embellishment. Your colors are classically elegant. I am excited to be your winner! I sent you my address by e-mail. Thanks :)

Loll Thompson said...

Hi Mary. LOVE your cameo silhouette ... have never tried embossing with a stencil before - need to give that a try! Love your design with the silver and black ... so elegant. Loll xx

Carol L said...

This turned out really pretty, and I may need to drag my brass stencils out and play with them again now! Thanks for the inspiration! That's some serious fussy cutting you've done there, but what a fabulous resulting card! NJ!

Lisa said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Mary!! The design and texture are fabulous!! What an elegant and beautiful card!! Love it!! Have a great evening :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Shona Erlenborn said...

Beautiful card Mary. Love the cameo look and the vintage looking background is awesome! Thanks for sharing the "recipe"!

aussie aNNie said...

Classy Mary, your cards are so full of gorgeousness and this is another one of them...turned out beautiful.xx
♥aNNie The Journey is the Start

Mrs A. said...

Your embossed cameo is very elegant and of course you just can't beat it being in black and white. I have some brass stencils in my stash which I have never been able to use so must look into this way of doing it. hugs mrs A.

Maxine D said...

Mary this is so elegant - love the texture you have in the gray layer.
Blessings
Maxine

crafty-stamper said...

Beautiful-love the cameo-I love the embossed background a brilliant result and love the lacy dies-good luck with the basement project
carol x

Marilyn said...

Beautiful!!

Petra Swart said...

Oh, I love your cameo, Mary!!! She looks so lovely in the crisp white with the black frame. The pearls look great and you've got a stunning bg!!! Nicely put together!!

Hugz

Wynn Walton said...

Hi Mary thank you for popping over to my blog and giving me love and support for my Mail Art.......really appreciate it.
Your Cameo card is awesome by the way. Not tried this method before.....so guess what..... I'm off to play. I'm your newbie follower too. Thanks and million again for your love. Wynn x

Pat said...

I love this cameo metal stencil and what you have done with it Mary. The pretty die cut frame and border and the ink sprayed embossed layer too. So elegant! x

Tina Campbell said...

Soooooooooo pretty wow this card is gorgeous :)

Faith A said...

BEAUTIFUL card and the embossing is superb, love the shapes and dies you have used to bring it all together.

Donna Ellis said...

Hi, Mary! What a lovely card design! So classy! hugs, de

Pippa said...

What an elegant card Mary. I love the cameo theme.

Mrs A. said...

Found excellent instructions on how to use on my big shot with the beige spellbinders mat which it says to cut in half to get the correct sandwich. Just need to order a spare one so thanks for highlighting. being abel to use up our brass stencils . hugs Mrs A.

jimlynn said...

Beautiful! I've tried several times using my Cuttlebug and the brass stencils. Think I'm going to have to get the plumber's thing a ma jig though. Can't seem to get a good impression otherwise. Love your card.
Lynn

Kim Heggins said...

Stunning card...You are amazing!

Brenda said...

Oh my Momma Mary, this is just stunning!!! I love, love cameo's and like you love the black and white ones as they do look so old fashion and I love anything old fashion. First off I love that cameo brass embossing plate!! I didn't know there were any out there nor did I know you could still buy the brass plates. lol Duh to me! The embossed background is perfect and gives another old fashion layer, love the fancy mat and the beautiful edge on this card. Yes, this one is a beauty Momma Mary! Hugs, Brenda