Category Archives: Deb’s (Oscar’s) class samples
The August Monthly Hero Arts kit is all about Fantasy and Fairytales. The theme is fun to work with as your imagination can run wild. After all, no one is going to insist that your dragon be a particular colour, or that it has scales of a certain shape or indeed scales at all.
The Paper Layering Dragon is even more versatile than I first
thought. You can add dimension just by using your flower moulding tools while keeping the overall shape in the card front. You can take the dragon out of the background entirely, and poke up the scales for dimension. You can die cut it out with or without the matching border die. I ended up doing all of these techniques and liked all of the results.
Here are some of the other dragon cards that I came up with.
Sadly, the Middle Ages have come and gone for me, but I loved this sentiment so much that I just had to make a card with it.
This card is one of few that actually turned out how I imagined it in my head! I usually get distracted (by something shiny, perhaps) before I finish the card that is in my head, and go off in a new direction.
It is made with a sentiment from the August 2019 Hero Arts Monthly Kit and the Paper Layering Dragon from the available add on products.
Hero Arts also has a scroll die in the available add ons, but I had a similar one from Penny Black so I used that.
The dragon is done on watercolour paper with Ken Oliver’s Colorburst. I think it is pretty cute! Take a look:
I mentioned that there was unspeakable issues with my first attempt at this type of card. One of the issues that I could not overcome is that the design of the cover die resulted in very small pieces being left at the point where the lacy design folded over to the back of the card. There was no way it was going to lie flat and look nice. I may try it again using acetate behind the lacy parts to have something to glue the bits to, but for now that is a no go.
Happily though I did a variation that will definitely get mailed to someone. As in Jennifer’s card there is a blank top folding card inside that a photo could be tucked into, or be used for the annual highly anticipated holiday letter where seemingly everyone but you has earned a new degree, went around the world or discovered the cure for cancer.
This is a case where the operation was successful but the patient died. I love the look of the card, but sadly it will not actually work. I don’t even want to discuss what I did to render it useless, but useless it is. I will be remaking this card when I am not sitting in a messy house with company coming in a few hours.
This card acted like many watercolour cards I have done. It was ugly, until suddenly it wasn’t. Probably still wouldn’t be the one I would choose to send to the Queen or even Prince Charles 🙂 , but it does have some charm. Funny how I needed triangles as my stamp again, but at least this one from Concord and 9th was adaptable to the task.
This card using the Paint Resist technique as demonstrated by Shari Carroll came together quite easily. I had a large background stamp of trees, so I decided to stamp this in Pewter Distress Paint. I then added the distress ink background wash and trees as Shari did in her sample. I added the diecut deer from Impression Obsession to the front of the card.
If struggle and hard work ensures good results, then my card would be a Picasso. Working on this card is pretty much all I have done today, and my craft room mess emphasizes this. Trouble started early, when I realized that I didn’t really have any stamps sets with triangles on them for trees. In fact, the only stamp set I had with varying sizes and solid and outline images was my circles set from Simon Says Stamp. No problem, I say to myself…………..I will make snowmen instead of trees. This proved problematic as well, as the graphic elegance of Laura’s card was impossible with snowmen as the image. They are just cartoonish, and that is all. No problem, I will make a fun version of the card. More problems arose with ink selection, blah blah blah. I finally got the card made, albeit with much darker colours than I intended, but then I went to embellish. I found great little hats in my stash, but they were too big for the snowmen heads. Yikes.
I started over, this time picking snow man heads that fit the hats and worked backwards from there. This time, I liked the results and the holographic cardstock that I used to frame the card finished it off nicely. The only remaining problem is that the camera doesn’t play well with shiny, sparkly things. The card is actually nicer that it appears in a picture.
Supplies: Lots of Dots Stamp Set from Simon Says Stamp, Recollections glitter embossing powders in Mauve Blue and Green, Hero Arts and Simon Says Stamp dye inks, hats from Happy Howlidays Lawn Fawn, Glasses and bowtie from Stylish Simon, DCWV holographic cardstock, Happy Holidays sentiment stamp from Be Joyful stamp set from Simon Says stamp
Sometimes it pays to go outside your comfort zone. I was wandering around Creativation when a nice lady walked up to me and invited me to a Make and Take at the Tombow booth. “What are we makin and takin?” I ask. “Brush Lettering” she says. Well, if you lined up all things that I am not good at, brush lettering would be at the top of the list, so I declined. As I was walking by the table , the lady noted again that there was just one spot left………..for me. So I sat down, made the most horrendous attempt at brush lettering and proceeded to win the grand prize in the giveaway. Sometimes it just pays to humiliate oneself!
I walked away with an Advanced Set of Brush Lettering Pens AND their brand new Planner book. Woo Hoo!
I cannot post my Brush Lettering entry as I deliberately left it on the table. It truly would be total humiliation for me to post it, but I will post the cards I made in the Waffle Flower workshop. There are some great stamps coming out from Waffle Flower. The one I am most excited about is a layering stamp for making marbled backgrounds. Included with the workshop was the stampset with the deer on it entitled Wild and Free.
Here they are:
I had so much fun making my light up card yesterday, that I wanted to make another one. This time I made a card that fits the criteria of the Wild Card class and the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge so I could link it to both.
Simon Says Stamp is featuring Memory Box this week and the theme is Halloween. I have a great Bat Cave die from Memory Box so it was great for the theme and lent itself to a light up card as well.
I think the card turned out really well.
Memory Box Bat Cave Cutout, Tim Holtz Halloween Cutouts stamp set, Tim Holtz Distress Paint, Unknown orange embossing powder, Recollections vellum, Scotch 3M foam tape, Papertrey Ink LED light, micropore tape, Simon Says Stamp top folding card base, Scor tape.
Just when you thought card construction couldn’t get any crazier than Days 1 to 4, it does! Day 5 has cards that light up with circuits and everything. I had seen some tutorials of cards with lights on the internet before and had taken an interest in Chibitronics. So far I had not gone so far as to press the “in my cart” button. That changed today, but that is a story for another day.
I decided to make a card that lights up using a small LED light I had gotten in a kit from Papertrey Ink. Finding the little lights that I had stored in a very special place, took about two hours, but finally I came up with them.
If I were to do this card over again I would have doubled up on the foam tape to make the light more diffused. Generally though, I like the card and you can’t say that the sentiment isn’t “spot on” for the theme.
My table is already set for Canadian Thanksgiving tomorrow, but it is the only place with a dimmer switch on the lights!
Simon Says Stamp Watts up stamp set, Light bulb washi tape from stash, Led light Papertrey Ink, Simon Says Stamp Card Base and Scor Tape