Giveaway and a Dreamweaver Tutorial on a layout

Hello all,

I have a Dreamweaver Tutorial to share today – using embossing paste and using a stencil as a template for a scrapbook layout background. This post is also on Paper Craft Planet blog … so leave me a comment there as well for an opportunity to win a brass stencil of your choice!! The quality of Dreamweaver brass stencils are the best I have used.

Before I get to my project, I should say if you have never used embossing paste before, you should definately try it. The raised effect after the paste has dried is reall something now and you can add all kinds of glitter, pigment powders to get this awesome 3D/textured/glittery look to your image. Here is my project.

I am so happy I can use these stencils on my layouts too – not just for the background but also to make my custom embellishments. This is a layout of our very hot summer vacation to Hong Kong this year – it’s really hard for me to find Asian inspired embellishments and Dreamweaver has just the stencils for the job.

Here are the basic Dreamweaver materials I used to create the lantern banner as well as the background of my layout:

I created the background of my layout first so there was time to dry before I added my photos and papers. Also gave me some time to muster up the courage to use the embossing paste.

First, I swiped a couple of stokes of distressed stain on the background; then I inked up the part of the Big Dot stencil with distressed ink along the entire length of the background.


After I’m happy with the stenciled background, I spritzed and dribbled a bit of mist randomly around the stenciled image.


Let the background dry as I work on the lanterns.

Gather all your supplies for using the embossing paste – as a beginner, I can never work fast enough before the paste start to dry.

Tape your stencil down on all sides with removable tape. (This rookie has discovered why you should be generous with your tape in the next photo)

See the left side of the pink lantern where the paste has oozed beyond the image – that is from not taping the sides of the stencil down.

Back on task – spread your paste on the stencil using the palette knife – like you are icing a cake – about 1/8″ to 1/4″ thick.

Scrap off the excess paste with your spreader like so.

Remove the tape from all 3 sides, leaving the top as a hinge, so you can cleanly remove the stencil from the wet paste.

While the paste is still wet, sprinkle on your metallic F/X as desired. Tap the excess F/X off and let dry. (around 20-30 mins.) Try not to touch it while it’s drying – I did on the 1st piece I did..LOL. (the excess powder does brush off with a dry paint brush once the paste is dried)

I fussy cut my lanterns out and by this time, your background would have been dried and I just assembled my papers and photos as you see on my finished project.

What a fun and easy way to create a layout with embellishments that are just totally customized and unique to my photos.

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