Class: Happy Cards

Before I talk about the class I took yesterday, I just want to give a major shout out to my local stamp store (LSS). If you live in the southern California area (or will be visiting our area) and enjoy stamping, you should definitely check out Stamp Fever in Tustin. They carry a wide variety of stamps and have lots of cool classes taught by members of the store’s Design Team.

In addition to local instructors, there are also four classes coming up in August that are being taught by Sandy Allnock. I’ve already signs up for all four and can’t wait! If you’re interested in signing up or want more information, contact the store via the phone number listed on the contact page on their website. You can also find information about the four specific classes being offered on Sandy’s website.

As I mentioned at the start of this post, I had the opportunity to take another fun card making class at my LSS. This class was taught by Linda and the theme was “happy” cards.

Reverse Confetti TweetThe first card we made was this adorable hello card featuring stamps from Reverse Confetti. The little birds, sentiment, and flower stamps are from The Tweet Life. There is also a coordinating die set available that is called The Tweet Life Confetti Cuts. I’m not sure who makes the banner die because, once again, I forgot to ask. Now that I’ve started a card blog, I really need to remember to ask these little details. LOL (UPDATE: The banner die is Pennant Bunting from Crafter’s Companion.) I didn’t ask about the grass die either, but it looks like the Grassy Border die from Lawn Fawn.

Participants could us any coloring medium desired for this class, so I colored the birds using a variety of blue and yellow Copic markers. If memory serves, I used B93 and B95 for the blue bird and colored in his belly with Y13. For the yellow bird, I used Y17 and Y38 and colored his belly with B24. I drew the lines on the belly of the blue bird using a Sakura Pigma Micron pen in size 03 (.35mm). I finished off the birds by adding a bit of Glossy Accents to their beaks and eyes as well as some clear Wink of Stella glitter brush to their bellies as well as to the pink flowers.

Reverse Confetti TweetFor the background, I cut a general cloud shape from a piece of card which I used as a stencil. I did some basic ink blending using the Mini Ink Blending Tool and a Mini Distress Ink Pad in Tumbled Glass. The sentiment was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

Reverse Confetti DonutThe next card we made also featured products from Reverse Confetti. The sentiment is from the Donut You Know stamp set and the donut shapes are from the coordinating Donut You Know Confetti Cuts die set. The sentiment was stamped using Memento Rich Cocoa ink.

Reverse Confetti DonutDecorating the donuts was so much fun! For the donut in the upper left corner, we applied some Multi-Medium Matte and smeared it around with our finger. We then covered that with some Martha Stewart Crystal Fine Glitter to which we added a few heart shaped gems which were also adhered with the Multi-Medium Matte.

For the pink frosting donut, we randomly applied some pink sequins. I think they’re from Pretty Pink Posh, but I could be mistaken. After the sequins were attached, we then used Glossy Accents to add some tiny dots to mimic sugar crystals.

Finally, for the vanilla frosted donut, we applied some Glossy Accents and then smeared that around with our finger. We then added some tiny cream colored seed beads to mimic sprinkles. You could easily use some tiny bugle beads for this as well if you wanted the look of the long straight sprinkles.

Dare2B Artzy ButterflyThe third card was this birthday card made using one of the large butterfly from the Tangled Jumpstart stamp set from Dare2B Artzy. The birthday word was cut using the Birthday Script die from Mama Elephant. I’m not sure of the source for the happy sentiment, but any “happy” word sentiment would work.

We started things off by masking off the stamped butterfly image. We added a bit of Peacock Feathers Distress Ink on an acrylic block and spritzed it liberally with water. Using a small paintbrush, we picked up the ink and splattered it on the card base. We then removed the mask and colored our butterfly with our medium of choice. Again, I used Copic markers. For the inner part of the wings, I used B02 and B05. For the outer part of the wings, I used B93 and B95. I used E35 for the butterfly’s body.

Dare2B Artzy ButterflyOnce everything was colored, we drew in patterns on the inner portions of the wings. I again used the 03 Sakura Pigma Micro pen for this step. I used the edge of some scratch card as a straight edge to ensure my lines were straight and just eyeballed the distance between the lines. I then drew a dot at each of the intersections. For the lower wing, we just added some random circle doodles.

Since I love sparkly wings, it was then time to add some bling! For the inner portion of the wings, I used some clear Wink of Stella. I loved that it added lots of shimmer without covering up all of the hand-drawn details that we added to those areas. For the outer portion of the wings, I used Stardust Stickles because I really wanted those area to have lots of dimension and sparkle.

Now it was time to move on to the sentiment. The birthday word was cut three times from Silver Surfer foil paper from Chickaniddy. I loved how it looked so much that I ended up buying two 12×12 sheets each of the Silver Surfer and the Goldie Lox. Since foil is all the rage right now, this is an easy way to get that look without having to buy a laminator.

Anyway, I digress. Each of the three birthday die cuts were coated using the E6000 spray adhesive. We then stacked the three layers together creating a really nice dimensional look for the card. Now, here’s where you can learn from my mistake. I stamped my “happy” sentiment before I added my “birthday” die cut. I ended up having really move things around to get my “birthday” to fit under my “happy” without going off the card. So, don’t do that. LOL Add your die cut first and then stamp your “happy” sentiment above it. To finish up the card, we added a few blue gems using the Multi-Medium Matte.

That covers pretty much all of the details for the three cards from this class. We had a great time and Linda was amazing, as always. Since we had a donut themed card, she even brought in some Krispy Kreme donuts for everyone. I was a good girl and resisted, but I think the willpower came more from not wanting to get my cards sticky than from not actually wanting to indulge in a donut. 😉

Until next time …

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