Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Die-Versions new release this month is all about music and I've incorporated four of the new dies into this card, plus a few handmade flowers that remind me of carnations. The new releases are the Music Stand, Musical Boy, Musical Girl, and Harmony Wee Petites (music notes).
I started out by creating my background using a technique which combines embossing powder and embossing paste. (You can see a video of it here by Jennifer McGuire.) I placed the Dreamweaver metal stencil down onto white cardstock and applied the embossing paste. After carefully removing the stencil, I covered it with Lagoon Blue embossing powder from Sparkle N Sprinkle and let it completely dry.
Once it was dry (I waited a couple hours), I heat set the embossing powder. This gave it a really nice, but subtle, shimmer. I didn't like the white background, so I spritzed the entire thing with Dylusions Ink Spray (Dirty Martini). The raised embossing paste/embossing powder design acted like a resist and I was able to take a paper towel and remove all the ink from that portion, leaving a nice variegated background.
I wanted the boy and girl in silhouette and decided they were playing a duet together. The little girl is pop dotted beside the boy to give the illusion she's standing right beside him, reading the sheet music from the music stand.
After adhering everything together, I felt it needed a little something more. I remembered seeing these flowers several years ago and decided to make a few. It's so easy too.... just die cut or punch a bunch of scalloped circles, all the same size. Then lightly spritz them with water or a spritz (I added Smooch Spritz Vanilla Shimmer) to soften the fibers of the paper. This allows you to crumple them up in a ball easier. Once they are dry, punch a hole in the center and begin threading the layers through a brad. Unfurl the layers as you go. You can add as many or as few layers as you want to determine the size of the flower. As I mentioned, these remind me of the carnations I taught people how to make out of gum paste or fondant for cakes.
You're definitely going to want to check out this new release as well as what the rest of the DV Dynamos have come up with. I think you're going to be pretty impressed.
I'm entering this in the Dreamweaver's challenge: February Flutters.