March 2021 Class and Workshop

March 2021 Class and Workshop

So, I decided to shake things up for our March 2021 Class and Workshop. Shaking things up means we were making shaker cards using two different methods. First we used the traditional method of creating the shaker void with a piece of window sheet and foam strips, making this sweet jar shaker card.

Jar of Love shaker card

The second shaker card was made using the Painted Poppies sequins and a clear envelope instead of the window sheet and foam strips.

Painted Poppies shaker card

I try to teach new and different techniques to my customers. With the other cards we made, I demonstrated what I’m calling a spotlight technique. This is where you create an open diagonal area on the card that goes from a narrow area of focus to a wider one.

Painted Poppies spotlight card

The last card for this month’s workshop showcased several of the products in the Final Art Floral suite, and focused on the various ways to apply gilding flakes. This card used the Fine Art Floral designer series paper and the Golden Garden acetate overlay. The layering panel was embossed with the Painted Texture embossing folder. Double sided tape was used for adhering the gilding flakes. While a bit messy, everyone agreed that applying gilding flakes is a much easier process than they imagined.

Fine Floral Art card with gilded leafing layer

Those interested in future classes, feel free to sign up at one of my monthly classes or workshops here. You can learn more about me here.

If you are interested in any of the products used to make these cards, please visit my online store at https://conniec.stampinup.net (click SHOP NOW).

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January 2021 Class & Workshop

January 2021 Class & Workshop

It seemed like a good idea to use up some retired product for my January 2021 Class and Workshop, especially since we missed several in-person ones due to the virus shutdowns. So please pardon my use of retired products in these projects.

North Brevard Senior Center Class

For the class at the North Brevard Senior Center, we made a different fold card that uses a unique template with efficient use of card stock normally used in making a standard A2 card. By cutting half of the front of the card base and front panel, and layering them sideways, you create a completely different card. But, this template only uses the same amount of card stock.

Card stock and layering pieces for this card template

This sweet card, using the Healing Hugs stamp set, makes great use of this template.

Healing Hugs card
Happy Birthday card using Whole Lot of Lovely DSP

With this card, I was teaching a one hole bow or knot closure. In doing that, we also altered how the card opened by scoring 1″ from the fold of the card and gluing it in place. After adding the designer series paper panels, a single hole is punched in the center of that 1″ folded strip. A 12″ piece of ribbon is laid across the front, folded around the card base from both the top and bottom. Then the ends are brought through to the front, on either side of the ribbon and tied tight.

Close-up of Happy Birthday card

As a demonstrator, I find that some of the simplest techniques, like this, make the most impression. Because even the most beginner card maker can execute it and feel special for having done it. As one in the class stated, “I can’t wait to go home and make a whole bunch of these.”

January Workshop at Trinity Lutheran Church

At the workshops, I demonstrate a bit more advanced techniques. The cards usually involve embossing and die-cutting. We made a Valentine card since this group won’t meet again until after Valentine’s Day. Using the lace 3D embossing folder on red foil card stock and Be Mine dies, we created this cute holiday card. A retired border punch added some more laciness to this card. Fussy cutting the sentiment is a reminder that you don’t always have to have a punch or die to add a sentiment to your card.

Valentine card using Lace 3D embossing folder and Be Mine dies

Lastly, we delved into stenciling, using the new Blending Brushes, to create a silhouette image, birthday card. These brushes are great for blending and the whole class loved them. It was also an opportunity to showcase one of the many great Sale-a-bration items, like this Corner Bouquet stamp set.

Corner Bouquet silhouette Birdthday card
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Single Layer Cards

Single Layer Cards

Single layer cards with a little extra technique can give a simple card that extra ‘wow’, prompting people to ask ‘how did you do that?’. I usually use single layer cards at the class I teach at the North Brevard Senior Center. The classes are only an hour long and may include ladies not very familiar to stamping; so these easy-to-make- cards fit into the schedule nicely.

Here are two cards that anyone could make in just a little over half an hour, but look like you spent more time on them.

Timeless Tropical beach sceneThis first card uses the Timeless Tropical stamp set, with just a little bit of sponging and masking. A piece of scrap paper was placed across the panel to create a horizon by sponging ink below it. To create the sun, a small circle was die cut into a piece of clear acetate and So Saffron ink was sponged inside it. The scrap paper was then flipped across the card to cover the area above the horizon and a little more So Saffron was sponged in the water area to highlight it below the sun. The tree was stamped with Garden Green and Early Espresso, along with some “thumping” of Old Olive on the fronds. A little Sahara Sand ink was swiped across the base of the trees with some scribbled lines of Old Olive to look like grass. The sentiment was stamped in Pacific Point to match the water sponging. The panel was then attached to a coordinating card base.

Positive Thoughts cardThe second card uses the Positive Thoughts stamp set. The leaf image was stamped three times without re-inking. A piece of tissue paper, larger than the card panel was completely crumpled up and opened back out before placing over the entire panel which was covered with Kraft stick glue. Pressing well to adhere the tissue to the glue, the excess tissue was wrapped around the back of the panel and glued in place before attaching the panel to the Garden Green card base. The sentiment was stamped over the tissue covered panel, and a twine bow was added with a glue dot.

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Lovely Lily Pad Cards

Lovely Lily Pad Cards

It’s too bad that this cute Sale-a-bration stamp set, Lovely Lily Pad, isn’t carrying over to the upcoming 2020-2021 Annual Catalog. I know that’s the point of these sale items – for a limited time only. But the technique I’m going to share can be applied using any stamp set. The technique, that others are calling a “Faux Pearl technique”, also worked really well with another retired item, the Share What You Love specialty designer series paper from the previous year because many of those papers have this shimmer frost look.

First I took the Frost White Shimmer paint and some scrunched-up plastic wrap and, using just a large drop on my silicone mat, I dabbed it all over a sheet of whisper white. (well, actually, a couple of sheets of whisper white, because I made a lot of cards.) But one drop is pretty much all you need to cover a single sheet. It dries pretty quickly if you don’t glob it on.Shimmer frost and sponge white card stock

Then, I sponged on patches of different ink colors for the cards I planned to make. Once that is all dry, I stamped my images with Black craft ink, instead of my regular Memento black ink. Be a bit careful when stamping because the paint you applied makes the card stock more slick. So it’s almost like stamping on vellum or acetate. (Guess I didn’t get a photo of the stamped Lovely Lily Pad images). Since I don’t have the dies for these images, some were cut with my Brothers Scan ‘n Cut and others were fussy cut.

Lovely Lily Pad cards

These are some of the cards I made. Others are already in the mail. Hopefully, you can see the shimmer in at least some of the cards.

I went back after shooting the lily cards and added some translucent jewels drops on the lily pads to look like water droplets. You can see that I also used the shimmer paint on the Balmy Blue card stock for this card.

 

Lovely Lily Pad card

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On these last cards, I reached back into my collection of SU sets to find images that matched the DSP, and found them in What I Love stamp set and Garden in Bloom stamp set, along with Love What You Do stamp set.

Share What You Love cards

Share What Your Love cards with shimmer frost die cuts

 

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Stamping and Coloring on Acetate

If you’ve never done any stamping and coloring on acetate, you should definitely try it. While I’m sheltering in place this month, I’ve been watching old videos from some of my favorite card makers and finding techniques that are new to me. This card is CASEd from a video that Jennifer McGuire posted over two years ago called 4 Ways: Clear Card Elements.

Love What You Do Acetate

After stamping, coloring and attaching the acetate to the back of the card front frame, I liked that she popped it up from the card base with a card backing. This way you don’t see the card base through it, especially since my card base is red. For my card, I wanted to add a little interest on the backing for the acetate panel. While testing the idea out on copy paper, it came out perfect, so I decided just to use the paper I’d stamped instead of trying to get it perfect again on card stock. Also, the stamping is not perfect either, so I’ll chalk this card up to it being my prototype.  I even like how the crackle stamped background shows through the colored flower petals.  The coloring was done with alcohol makers.  You can’t blend on acetate the way you can on card stock. But if you give it a couple of minutes to dry, you can go back and add more coloring.  As Jennifer explained in her video, if you pounce your marker onto the acetate, it works pretty well. I wish I would have used thicker dimensions to pop up the front frame/acetate as there is not enough space between the acetate and backing for my liking. It took me a while to complete this card, so I decided not to tackle a more perfect version right away. And I have this prototype to copy from when I’m ready.

A tip for success when stamping on acetate is to use a stamp positioning tool, like the Stamparatus. Acetate is such a slick surface to stamp on, that once the ink hits it, your stamp will slide if both the acetate and stamp are not set in place. I hope you’ll give stamping and coloring on acetate a try.

The stamp sets used here are the Love What You Do set and Amazing You bundle with the Celebrate die, which I die-cut twice and stacked them, red on orange.

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February 2020 cards

As February 2020 ends today, I thought it was time to finally get pictures of the February 2020 cards from this month’s workshop and class. So I am putting them into a blog here to share with you.

The cards we made at the Titusville Senior Center were a Valentine card (since it was still 4 days out) and a Daisy Gingham Birthday card. The Daisy card uses some retired Gingham Gala paper and Lemon Lime cardstock, while the Valentine card uses paper from the new From My Heart Specialty Designer Series Paper. Adding this paper to the flap of the envelope really dresses up the package. Using the Heart Punch Pack, that has both a plain and scallop punch, made this an easy and fun card to make.

 

Birthday Daisy card using Gingham Gala paper

Valentine card using From My Heart designer series paper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the workshop, we made cards that use products from both the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog and the 2020 Mini Catalog. These products can be found through my online store at the link below.


Get well card using Pressed Petals DSPGet well card using Special Someone stamp set

The Washi tape that is part of this Suite of products is actual washi tape petals.  These are put together to create these beautiful pressed petal-like flowers. The vibrancy of this Pressed Petals designer series paper is unmatched. Many of the designer papers appear on a linen-like background making them look so realistic.

 

This card was fun to make from the Special Someone stamp set, especially with the sentiments. On the outside, “this balloon is special”, and on the inside, “it’s filled with heal-ium”. I used a branch die from the Colorful Seasons dies to catch the heart balloon. Those attending used the Stamparatus to successfully stamp the two step critters. So cute!

I hope you enjoyed seeing our February 2020 workshop cards and that you consider joining us in a future workshop. The products used here can be found at my online store using this link.

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