Showers to Showers Challenge

We’ve seen fabulous rain drops, umbrellas and sweet baby colors so far with this month’s challenge. What showers will be in today’s Dream Team inspiration projects? Let’s go check them out!

Showers to Showers

We are excited to add a little more to our Dreamweaver posts with a wonderful archive of tutorials from the Paper Craft Planet blog. They will be a great way to keep the inspiration going with stencils you might already have in your stash.

These tutorials were published between 2011 and 2013 on Paper Craft Planet blog and are still available there. You can hop over to the Paper Craft Planet blog any time and search under the category Dreamweaver Stencils Tutorial Thursday to see them, but we thought it would be great to have them available here, too.

Originally posted April 4, 2013, Pam Hornschu is creating Showers to Showers with her Making a Point with Pointillism tutorial. Here is the post for convenience, but you can also click the tutorial’s title to see it on Paper Craft Planet.

The Dream Team for Dreamweaver Stencils have the challenge through the month of April to create with the theme of “Mists, Drizzles, and Showers”…which really can be left wide open to interpretation…and is just what they are hoping for. My version is quite literal, however. But the technique is a bit more unique…not new, just unique. The art of pointillism made it’s main debut in  1886 France with the artist Georges Seurat‘s most famous work, “Sunday Afternoon”, of which Wikipedia describes the technique:

“Motivated by study in optical and colour theory, Seurat contrasted miniature dots of colors that, through optical unification, form a single hue in the viewer’s eye. He believed that this form of painting, called divisionism at the time but now known as pointillism, would make the colors more brilliant and powerful than standard brush strokes.”

His works have always inspired me, and I was very fortunate to see another work hanging in the National Gallery in London, UK, entitled, “Bathers at Asnieres”. The style is truly amazing close up and from afar. I do not begin to compare my creation to his work, but inspiration can be found anywhere, and at any time.


Dreamweaver Stencils Umbrella, Rain, and Rain Words
Dreamweaver Stencils Translucent and Matte Yellow Embossing Pastes
Dreamweaver Stencils Paste Spreader, palette knife, stencil brush
Copic Sketch Markers (or other markers with small tips)
Premium white cardstock, orange cardstock, patterned paper
May Arts Cotton Twin-striped ribbon
Button, baker’s twine
Removable tape, embossing machine


PH_httppapercraftplanet.net20130404_02 Step #1: Machine emboss white cardstock panel with Umbrella stencil following this previously shown “sandwich” technique HERE. Place removable tape over stencil on embossed panel. Begin applying dots of color…darker and denser in the areas to be shaded, and lighter and more broken up in the areas to denote a source of light. Color handle as desired.

Step #2: With taped stencil still in place, spread Translucent Embossing Paste over surface, following the lines or bridges down the stencil to prevent oozing underneath. Lightly use the edge of the palette knife or paste spreader to remove excess and smooth surface in one swipe.

PH_httppapercraftplanet.net20130404_04 Step #3: Carefully remove strips of tape from sides and bottom, and using top piece as a hinge, lift stencil up and away from the pasted piece. Set piece aside to dry until clear.

Step #4: Place Rain stencil over umbrella panel, and tape down to secure. With medium stencil brush, apply light blue ink through stencil.


Step #5: Remove stencil, and mat panel with coordinating cardstock. Embellish with pompoms if desired.

PH_httppapercraftplanet.net20130404_07 Step #6: Mask off excess words on Rain Words stencil with tape. Tape stencil over ribbon, and paste emboss with Matte Yellow. Set aside to dry.
Step #7: “Fishtail” cut ends of ribbon and adhere to card as desired.



NAMTA Show with Fran•táge Melt Media!

Fran was at the NAMTA show in Denver this week, cooking up a storm with embossing powders. She’s showing the art world what a great medium embossing powder can be for so many uses.

Fran at NAMTA

She’s got a hot griddle and a teflon mat and she’s going to town.


Fran showing off all the great samples using her Melt Media technique.

See the entire product line of Embossing Powder and Fran•táge Embossing Enamels on our website to imagine the possibilities!

To order in bulk, contact Customer Service at

Acoustic Sounds and some Winners

The burst of Acoustic Sounds is evident on our collage style stamp by the same name. It’s swooping and swirling seems to elevate the guitar above the musical background and with these layers already built in to the design you can create a full A2 size card  (4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches) in minutes.


R224 Acoustic Sounds Wood Mount Rubber Stamp (also available in Cling Mount)

This fantastic card example by Fran Seiford is perfect for a quick card. It has a great rythmic feel to it with that colorful background created using the Creative Palette Rectangles plate.

Creative Palette Rectangles and Acoustic Sounds by Fran Seiford

Creative Palette Rectangles and Acoustic Sounds by Fran Seiford

A more extravagant project on wood canvas made with only a little more time results in this amazing piece by artist consultant Debbie Cole.

There’s more to see from our designers posting their musical projects today —

Kristine Reynolds

Jamie Martin

Amy Hurley-Purdie

And now for some news I’m sure you’ve been waiting to see on our blog!

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We have some winners!

The awesome giveaway of Spectrum Noir Pencil Full Set plus accessories was picked by Rafflecopter

Heather Thompson

Our three blog comment winners chosen by  will win House-Mouse Designs® Painting Pals, Painted Posies and Making Prints Cling Rubber Stamps by Stampendous PLUS a $30/£30 gift certificate to the Spectrum Noir website.

Craftymom205 from Alabama

Amy#8546 (The Tigers Haven)


Congratulations! Winner’s please submit a mailing address to to claim your prize.

Making Texture Collaboration Blog Hop


We have a different sort of collaboration for you!

At Stampendous we’re very excited to be able to offer our products in many countries around the world. We’re able to do this thanks to our terrific distributors in those countries who help retail stores to stock our products. In the UK we have a very long and valued partnership with Woodware Craft Collection. These wonderful folks stock almost all of our products, and they even stock several classic items that have retired from our store here in the US. They also stock almost all of our new Dreamweaver Stencils line, so we thought it would be another great event to celebrate the addition of Dreamweaver to the Stampendous family.

This week we’re going to celebrate with the awesome Woodware Design Team and the Dreamweaver Stencils Dream Team all of the the great Stampendous and Dreamweaver Stencils products that Woodware makes available to the UK market. This is good news for our crafty friends in the UK because we’ll be offering prizes and our UK friends are eligible to win!! We’ll be offering three prizes in the UK and three in the US. Each prize package will consist of Nathalie Kalbach’s terrific Grunge Mixed Media Cling Rubber Stamp Sets and the beautiful Zen Butterfly Dreamweaver Stencil! Both products are ideal for adding texture and backgrounds to your projects!

Deadline to comment is Sunday, March 29th, Pacific Time. Winners will be picked using and announced Tuesday, March 31st, in the afternoon.

And that’s our theme!! Making Texture. We hope you’ll enjoy the wonderful inspiration that three talented teams will bring you this week! Be sure to visit all the blog links listed and leave your comments! Each comment will count as an entry towards one of the terrific prize packages.

Here are the designer’s sharing their projects today —

Janelle Stollfus

Pam Hornschu

Kristine Reynolds

 Woodware Craft Collection Blog

Dorothy Adam

Francoise Read

Dreamweaver Stencils Blog

Lyn Bernatovich

Cindy Groh

Gill Wilson

Alison Heikkila


Stampendous and Dreamweaver Stencils Abroad

Fran Seiford and Lynell Harlow are out of the country with some of the newest and most fantastic Stampendous and Dreamweaver Stencils products.

They recently checked in with us stateside to share some snapshots while they were at the Craft Hobby + Stitch International Trade Show and we aren’t ones to keep it to ourselves!


Decorative Details with Medallions and Borders

If you’re needing decorative elements for the next mixed media, papercrafting or decorative painting project, then take note of these great medallion and border stamps that are lovely as the main focus element or the strong supporting background.

Look at Tenia Nelson’s fabulous focal image card. She rocked this one!


At 3 inches tall our Medallion Circle stamp turns into a great border when repeated across a scrapbook page or even as an etched accent on a mirror.

A border stamp can double as a lacy tablecloth with its double edged design. Did you see it used on Lea Kimmel’s Teacup Cupcake card for our tea time theme week? Here it is again, do you spot it now?


With two different ornate edges it’s like having two stamps in one Ornate Border is beautiful from edge to edge and ready for any design you throw it’s way.


Ornate Border Rubber Stamp


And now it’s time to hop along to see some designer projects. I’ve seen them {wink} both and I think you are really going to like them.

Amy Hurley-Purdie

Janelle Stollfus


Just Rusting with Andy Skinner at CHA

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International Mixed Media Artist and Instructor Andy Skinner is DecoArt’s Executive Creative Consultant. He leads their international design team and is now designing stamps for Stampendous! We’re super excited to have his new designs to expand our Mixed Media offerings, and he was kind enough to demo in our booth at CHA. Here he shows us how you can use just a couple of DecoArt’s Fluid Media Acrylic paints and his new stamps to make a rusty piece of metal out of a piece of cardboard. You’ll be itching to try this one!!

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