Thursday, September 22, 2011

Celebrate the F/X of Autumn!


Hi, Pam here once again. Lynell should be travelling back from Hawaii today, and therefore was unable to write the blog post for this week. Since it was a free week again, she suggested that I post this gorgeous card from our terrific sales rep in Illinois, Elaine Benedict. You've seen some other fabulous creations by Elaine on the Dream It Up! blog. Personally, I think we need to add Elaine to our Dream Team! What do you think? I love how she very softly stenciled the large LJ916 Butterfly stencil in the background of this card. I'm not precisely sure whether she used the Paintstiks or one of the Splendor Ink Pads with the stencil brushes, but either would achieve this effect. Then she went on to paste-emboss in Glossy Black the LJ906 Maple Branch before setting aside to dry. When paste-embossing a larger stencil like this one, we recommend using the new Paste Spreader. It works sort of like a "squeegee" to spread the paste evenly and helps to remove evenly as well. Once the paste was dry (approximately 45 minutes, or 20-30 minutes if placed on a low-heat electric pancake griddle, or the top of your toaster oven), she applied various shades of the Metallic F/X Powders. These leave a wonderful shimmer of autumn colors. One of my favorite parts of this card, is how even through the paste and powders, you still see the great textural lines of the cardstock base...and of course those beautiful butterflies! Now is your opportunity to see what the Dream Team has been up to for this free week. Please take advantage of the free week, to create your own piece of artwork and link at the bottom for us to see as well!

10 comments:

sommrstamping said...

This card is gorgeous, I love hte way she used the butterfly as the background. what a great idea

Laura Drahozal said...

I really like that butterfly in the background. Elaine is quite talented.

Marijane said...

I vote for Elaine to be added to your Dream Team! She does such beautiful work, as is evidenced in this card. Her blending techniques are always a knockout... whether using FX powders, Splendor inks or Paintstiks. I've taken several classes from her and she's an excellent instructor.

Louise said...

I love this card, it was the perfect use of the new butterfly stencil for the background! Beautiful Elaine!

Liz Martin said...

The butterfly background and texture on the leaves makes this an elegant clean and simple card - my favorite kind.

Daria said...

This is incredibly beautiful. I love that background, and the leaves are gorgeous.

Wendy said...

THIS is beautiful Elaine!!!!

Julie Makela said...

I can't add anything else to the previous comments because I think it has all been said. A very inspiring piece of art Elaine.

SherylH said...

Gorgeous fall card!

Deborah March said...

Oooohhh YES...Elaine would be a wonderful addition to your team Lynell! This card is fabulous...love the beautiful shading she achieved with the FX powders...YUM!

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