For today’s card, I decided to do a slimline card with some rainbow coloured coffee cups.
Well, how about that? I have been through 40 days and 40 nights of cardmaking classes between Spring Card Camp 1 and Spring Card Camp 2. Somedays I feel like I should have used those 40 days and 40 nights to build the modern equivalent of an ark………………….maybe like a giant dog cone that fits on the top my head and goes down to my toes. Then maybe I could walk around wherever I want without fear of the scourge raining down on me.
Today’s tutorial was about paper weaving. I was afraid that it was going to be time-consuming and I wouldn’t like the result when it was all over. Luckily, I was wrong on both counts. It didn’t take that long and only one colour choice change, I was done.
Both cards turned out well. Take a look:
Today’s tutorial was presented by Dawn Woleslagle and was about Gel Press Printing. I admit my heart sank when I saw the topic. as I am very much a newbie when it comes to Gel Press. I was hoping to post a quick card and then get some housework done. Who am I kidding?……………………..but at least maybe get some weeds pulled in the garden…………………………………………or maybe at the very least get out of my Pj’s.
I had taken a class at Creativation about Mono Printing and came away excited about it enough to buy a full set of Gel Presses……………you guessed it………………the scourge came and I left Phoenix in a hurry forgetting all about my Gel Presses even though I did bring them home.
Well, I got them out and am I glad I did! Dawn’s instruction fit in well with my need for control. This method of using the Gel Press was not crazy messy and allowed me to use my Oxides and stamps and keep some degree of control over the resulting backgrounds. I ended up with many many backgrounds and I loved them all. I think I could make 20 cards in various patterns and colours. I will post here the 2 that make up the cards that result when you take images off the gel press for 1 card and then brayer over a blank piece of cardstock laying on the gel press for the second card.
I don’t think I have looked at the results of a technique with as much wonder since I discovered heat embossing many years ago.
I have had the stamp set I used from Skipping Stones Design for years. I had to bring it out again as it personifies me exactly during this current scourge. It is 1:34 ande I am still in my PJ’s thinking about wanting another cup of coffee.
It always makes for a nice card, and the patterned Coronavirus paper fit in quite well here. It looks like a floor, baseboard and wallpaper,
I decided to combine the theme of the Spring Card Camp 2 Day 18 tutorial with the coffee theme of the Coffee Lovers Bloghop.
I used several ink pads in uncontrolled smears to create a number of backgrounds. I am sure I have at least 8 more hiding somewhere on my desk. I did find as Yana mentioned that some of them did not look so good when first inked, but they improved considerably when they were dry.
I have been making a large number of blog posts lately. First there was the Spring Card Camp that lasted 20 days. This was followed by the unexpected Spring Card Camp 2 which is still in progress and will also last for 20 days. On top of this I have been busy making card samples for the Scrapbook store that I work for. Now today, is the first day of the Coffee Lovers Spring Summer Bloghop. This bloghop has been very good to me. I have been lucky enough to win a prize every year but one.
The only real rule of this bloghop is that every card be new………no backlinking allowed. I decided to use an up to the minute and very topical patterned paper to show that this card is not back linked.
Although I can honestly say that I detest the symbol on this patterned paper, Photoplay has made it palatable with the happy bright colours.
Today’s video was presented by May Park. The idea of the video was to use a cover die as the background on a card and then add the pieces cut out of the cover plate back on to the card in a dimensional and pleasing design. May used a thread nest on her card which I have not used in a long time and I thought it would be fun to use this design element again. Sadly, time has not improved my thread nest making skills and my thread nest does not look that great. Otherwise, I like the card.
Today’s tutorial was presented by Ashlea Cornell. She was demonstrating easy watercolour backgrounds. when I do watercolour backgrounds, I always end up with twice as many backgrounds as I intended. I just can’t wipe away all the luscious colour that is left on my media mat, so I just make another background.
I had a bit of a minor miracle happen today too. The card I am posting today was teetering on the rim of the big round file, and then the miracle happened. I wanted to use a mainly black image on the brightly painted stripes. The stamp set I had in mind was Altenew’s Watercolour Half Tone set. The problem was that I had painted the stripes on the very textured side of the watercolour paper. I absolutely knew that the subtle gradations of grey/black on the Halftone image would not show up well on the texture but I stamped it anyway. Sure enough, it did not stamp well, and the card started it’s trip to the big round file. It was then that I thought if I could stamp the Half-tone image on smooth cardstock and put it on top of the watercoloured stripes, I could salvage the card. The next problem was that I did not have the coordinating dies for this stamp set and the image was a fussy cutting nightmare with its’ little disconnected curves and edges. That is when the miracle happened. I decided to see if my Scan n Cut would be able to cut out the image. It should not have been able to discern the edges that were not clearly connected to the main image, but low and behold, it did a fantastic job of cutting it out and the card was saved.
It is back to my comfort zone today on Spring Card Camp 2. Kristina used a theme of using a basic circle to make a shaker card. Shaker cards are one of my favorite cards to make, and so I dove in to making one right away.
Recently, I got two new die sets from Paper Rose. They are dies of woodworking tools and are relatively small. As I was listening to Kristina talk about putting multiple layers of foam tape together to allow the shaker bits to move and shake freely, I realised that I could make shaker bits of these small tools if I made sure that I did NOT give the little tools enough room to flip over. The back of the tools are just plain white and would spoil the look of the card. Putting together the shaker card was easy using Kristina’s first method, and the one I use most often. The only problem that I had was that I have virtually no Dad/Father’s Day sentiments in my stash. Thanks to my print feature on my Cameo, I was able to print off an appropriate banner.
It just happens that late yesterday afternoon, I decided to make a shaker card out of a die that I picked up very inexpensively on a super sale. I decided that because it essentially uses a circle shape and the first method that Kristina showed for making a shaker card, I could also post it here.
Today’s tutorial was presented by Debby Hughes. I would love to be able to watercolour just like her. Perfect realism with wonderful muted colours that I am so drawn toward. To my surprise though, the video was about “winging it” with no or minimal supplies to produce a child-like project.
This style is soooo far outside my comfort zone, that I was literally cringing as I made this card. I had immediately thought of this Spellbinder’s Large die of the Month kit that I had, well, because I had received it as part of my Value Club kit and thought that I would never use it. It did serve to make me feel less guilty about owning it though,when I actually used it. Debby was wondering what type of palette the students would use. She used her more usual muted palette even though she was making a rainbow, but wondered if others would choose a more traditional palette. I decided to use bright Colorburst watercolour, as I felt this was going to be a totally uncontrolled project and Colorburst is pretty much uncontrollable too, so it would fit.
At first, I thought this card would go to the big round file as soon as I posted it, but it is growing on me. I think two of my granddaughters would like and appreciate the rainbows and bright colours. In fact, maybe we will have a cardmaking session when this scourge is over, and make some rainbow cards together!