It is true what they say. The toilet paper runs out faster at the end of the roll! The older I get, the faster time goes on by. I can’t believe it is over 6 months since I posted on this blog. The truth is, I have been making more cards than ever, but most of them are designated to be samples at the store where I work. Most days, I complete the sample card that I am taking to work in the hour before I leave for work. This makes it nearly impossible to have the time to create a note about it and get it posted on the blog. I have some ideas on how I could morph the blog a bit to keep it going without additional time crunches. In other words, I don’t want the blog to bog! We will see what happens.
One of the things I am thinking about is using the blog to post cards/pages that are made from my stash rather than from store products. I want to be able to use my stamps and dies multiple times and not for just one store sample. Craft products turn over quickly and something new is always on the horizon.
Today’s card is made with an embossing folder and matching stencils from Altenew. I struggled with the idea I had as the stencils are not the exact size of the flower clusters on the embossing folder. I guess the intended design was a loose artsy look, while I was going for a precise colouring look. I made it work OK. Now maybe I will look it up on the Altenew website to see if I can see what was intended.
I think most often cardmakers decide what kind of card they want to make and start from there. They look through their birthday stamps, pick something and begin to form their card. Strangely enough, I usually start from a product that I want to use and then develop a card I need using that product. This is what happened for Day #3. I purchased the Lawn Fawn Swish n Pop Pull Tab and wanted to make something with it. I needed to make a coffee card to post for the bloghop, and so the two plans were combined into the card that you see here.
I sometimes find interactive cards easy to do, but hard to perfect. If I had more time, I would remake this one slightly differently, but it turned out ok.
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.
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.
Sometimes, I don’t even tell myself that I am not satisfied with how a card turned out. What happens is that I just start making another one, without even being conscious of the decision to do so. That is what happened today.
As a result, I have a second card to post that I am much happier with. This time the elements flowed together well and it was much quicker to make.
Today the video was done by Lydia Fiedler and it was about using stencils to create vintage-looking images. This was fortuitous as I had just picked up a new rose stencil from Altenew. I have to say that I am not too much of a fan of vintage, but I was eager to try out the new stencil, so I gave it a go.
I appreciate the advice to use a soft brown as the base of the ink blending to provide an instant vintage look. It worked very well to do this and I love the resulting card. In fact, I have decided to give this one to my Mom today for Mother’s Day instead of one that I had ready to go, so I guess I really like it.
Jennifer Mcguire provided the video today. The topic was second generation stamping. This just means stamp down two images without re-inking in between. I confess that I had to cheat a little to get enough ink on the second image. Jennifer warned us to use somewhat darker colours and I think my first peach colour was just too light. Otherwise, the cards turned out well. I really like the simple white on kraft background on these two cards.
Once again, Cathy Zielske presented the card camp instruction video today. The theme was to use word dies in both the positive and negative form to create two cards.
The instructions were simple, easy to carry out and resulted in two cards with a CAS but elegant look. If I didn’t have to wait for the glitter paste and Nuvo drops to dry, I could have had these cards posted in about fifteen minutes.
Here is the final set of cards from today’s tutorial. I really like how they all turned out. I am having trouble picking a favourite.