Saturday, July 13, 2013

Week One Homework

I haven't been able to do much card making lately.  Life has gotten in the way and I lost energy and creativity.  Even though I was excited to take the online card class Summer Camp 2, I just watched the videos and dreamed of what I would do.  If you've never taken one of these classes, I highly recommend it.  The instructors are so talented and their instructions clear and easy to follow.

I did a little work in my craft room yesterday and finished up a couple of cards today, so I'm finally getting a blog post in.

Day 1 was all about a color combo for the week and three sketches. Here's my take.

Day 2 was stamping techniques.

I loved the dragged gelato look.  I don't have gelato, or any glossy cardstock, so I did mine with Distress Inks.  I ended up making two cards, each one on a different card stock.  I think a gloss card stock would have worked much better.  I cut the opening with my Cricut, and used a sentiment from My Craft Spot, masking off the "you".  The die cut "you" is from Papertrey Ink and the stars from Simon Says Stamp.

Day 5 (yes, 5.  I skipped 3 and 4 for now.)  introduced some alternate color combos.  I ended up using the original ones with a technique shared by Jennifer McGuire.

I must say that this card was WAY out of my comfort zone.  Not because I have difficulty with the design but because I don't do much image stamping and have very few stamps.  I just happened to pick up a flower stamp set from Inkadinkadoo on clearance at Marshall's last spring, and another small set at WalMart from Studio G yesterday.  

I just hope I don't get addicted to stamping now because this was actually fun.  Part of the idea was to use vellum to tone down the bright colors on the card but I actually like them.  This is a double layer of vellum, stamped with a sentiment from Hero Arts and embossed with silver.  I stamped and cut out a couple of the flowers to add on top of the vellum.  That is definitely NOT my strong suit.  With all the quilt making I've done, I have a difficult time cutting paper with scissors.  Go figure.  

 Here's a picture of the plain card front.

FYI: You should take a look at some of your other stamps for small images. The little yellow flower came as part of a My Craft Spot stamp set. The same Hero Arts set that the sentiment is from had a tiny flower that looked a lot like the image I call Queen Anne's Lace that I used to fill in.  All the inks are from Hero Arts.

Now that I have finally posted for the first time in over a week, I'm getting anxious to get back to my paper.  I have a couple of challenges that look interesting and more class homework.  Next challenge:  a 10 minute card.  Wish me luck.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope your day is full of creativity in one form or another.  


Anonymous said...

I really like the backgrounds you created using Shari's technique from class. I was wondering why mine (also using distress paints) weren't quite working and then I noticed your comment about glossy card stock. doh.

Joyce said...

You have been so busy with your class. I love the cards you have been making, and that class looks fabulous. I just won some gelatos, and have not even figured out how to use them yet. I guess I can copy your card--it's a fantastic look.

Happy Dance said...

Wow! You've really been working hard! These are just marvelous. I love all the textures, the colors and the dimension on each one. You are rocking this class, Bobby! Way to go. Bev

Kate said...

These cards are amazing!! I absolutely love the first one. It looks so simple and yet SO impressive!! And the second is just as amazing. The distressed inks are fantastic - and how fun is that little window?! The third is so pretty with the combination of stamps and colours. For being out of your comfort zone, you did an incredible job!!