Late, late, late today, but it is not because I made a 5 hour card. No, no, no………….I am late for a wonderful reason. One of my grandsons is 3 years old today and I was out for a “drive-by”, proper social distancing, no hug birthday party. Luckily the weather co-operated and we could sit on the deck and watch Theo play with his new toys from a safe distance.
Anyway, the tutorial today was about substituting images for certain letters in a sentiment emphasized card. At the time that I was watching the tutorial, I was in the midst of creating a donut card using an image from Picket Fence and the Wreath Builder stencil from Gina K. The donut on the stamp set was the perfect substitute for an “o” so it was a “no-brainer” to pick this image for my card when I got back from the birthday party.
It came together very quickly and it really is quite cute.
I knew there was going to be trouble today. The theme of the tutorial by Daniel West was to let your imagination wander and envision your stamps/dies/stencils in a totally different way. This is precisely what I like to do with my supplies, but it is this very methodology that turns what should be a 10-minute card into a 4-hour card. The funny thing was that even though I like to do this re-imagining of stamps and dies, I drew a complete blank at first. When I finally thought of something, I said to myself…………don’t do it……………..it is too stupid and “out there”. So of course, I set about doing exactly that. I don’t know if the card “works” but I think there is an “E” for effort in there somewhere.
I will show you first the two dies that I started out with. Take a moment to guess what I transformed them into.
Now you can see the finished product. So ok, I know it is a stretch……………..Glass Catfish in an aquarium. It is my imagination and so I can do what I want with it. The one outstanding problem with this project is that I put so much clear glaze over the fish (Pico Embellisher), that it is unlikely to dry any time today. That is ok though as my newly acquired Spring Card Camp friend Sue Ellen says…………..drying time doesn’t count when determining how long a card takes to make.
I took about 10 pictures trying to get one that sort of reflected the transparent glisten of the fish. This was the best of the lot, taken in bright sunshine while the card was sitting on my partner’s jeep tire. I know I need to get some proper photography backgrounds
I had a few extra moments before doning my mask and heading out to the bakery, and so I decided to use the second set of painted strips for another card. To my shock and surprise, I loved how it turned out. Proof positive that if you don’t like a project, it just isn’t finished yet!
Whew! I thought I was in trouble with today’s tutorial. It was presented by Kristina Werner. In the video, she indicated that it took her about 1 1/2 hours to do the faux dip painting. My immediate reaction was that if it took her 1 1/2 hours, that meant it was going to take me over my newly imposed 4-hour limit. I came up with a solution though…………………….I just didn’t do as good a job as Kristina.
All in all though, I liked the resulting card.
Today’s video was presented by Caly Person and was about using vellum. In one of her samples, she used a jungle border. I had a different jungle border from Hero Arts that is one of my favourites and so I decided to do a jungle card too. My card is really a mixed media card as I used stamps, diecuts, Copic markers, coloured pencils with gamsol, and ink blending to complete the card. I liked the resulting card but if I had the time to do it over again, I would use the vellum a bit differently to make it appear more prominently. I am totally reformed, however, and vow not to take longer than 4 hours to make a card, and so I declared it done and here it is.
Today’s tutorial was about colour blocking. As usual, I would have been done a long time ago if I hadn’t decided to do a “reverse” kind of colour blocking. I stamped three shades of cardstock with a silhouette image background stamp. This was not a problem other than it took about 4 repeats of inking and stamping to have good dark ink coverage on all the cardstock. Then blah, blah, blah and then I had to cut my own shadow for the Thinking of You on my Scan n Cut and then blah, blah, blah and then it needed matching mats and then blah, blah, blah. Finally, it needed a liberal dousing of Shimmer Spritz and a dash of Stickles to finish. My friend Dianne is right………………it takes me hours to make a card.
This card will never make my favourites list, but it turned out well. It looks better in real life than in a picture as the glitter spray never photographs too well. It is a 5 X 6.5 inch card which I rarely make, but I needed the extra room for the blocks. I have lots of the stamped cardstock left to make more cards in this style as Laurie Willison did but no time to do so. I must don a mask and risk my life to get some groceries.
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.
While doing today’s card, I was thinking about my friend Dianne. Yesterday on a Facebook Live presentation, she mentioned that she likes to make creative but quick cards NOT like her friend Debbie who takes 8 hours to make a card. I cannot argue with her really, I have taken that long to make a card. Usually, though it is because I am really fussy and will start over if I think the card would look better in a slightly different cardstock or colour. The card for today’s tutorial did take me about 2 1/2 hours. There was a lot of measuring and glueing of delicate pieces. I found out the hard way with the P’s in Happy that they weren’t the same size and only fit properly one way.
In the end, I liked the card. I wanted to make a slimline card that is becoming so popular and I actually have a recipient in mind for it. I feel bad for graduates this year whose graduation plans have been cancelled or substantially altered.
Anyway here is the card:
Today’s tutorial was about using stencils to create dry embossing. One of my current favourite stencils is Simon Says Stamp Tumbling Leaves. In fact, I made two cards with it in the Spring Card Camp 1. I decided to break it out again for today’s card.
This was an easy card to do, not so easy to get the subtle embossing to photograph well.
So ok, I managed to wipe the stink off my having to prepare some income tax returns, and found some creativity to make a card for the Day 1 tutorial.
I have a confession to make though………………..when I use a craft knife, the only thing that gets cut is me. I have absolutely no skill in that area so I cheated. I cut the letters out nice and cleanly on my Silhouette Cameo. The part that I am proud of, is that I was able to produce a truly one layer card. More often than not, little stamping errors and smudges necessitate that I have to put the card front on a clean card base or add some doodad to cover a booboo (both technical cardmaking terms). So all things considered, this card is a success. Take a look: