Before I get to my post about the recent card class I took at my local stamp store (LSS), I’ll address what many of you may have noticed immediately. Yes, my blog has a new look. I made the decision to move from a free Blogger site to a paid web host and WordPress. I’ve been using WordPress for work and other personal blogs for the better part of 10 years, so I’m just more comfortable using their platform.
Other than the new look, this should be completely transparent for all of you since I’ve kept the same domain name. The only thing you might need to do is resubscribe via email if you had previously subscribed via Blogger as those subscribers didn’t carry over in the move.
Now, on to the primary purpose of this post …
I attended a really fun class card recently at my LSS. I wasn’t going to take it initially because the theme was owl cards using stamps from Dare2B Artzy and I’m generally not a fan of owls. I ended up deciding to take it though because my pal Darla was going to be taking it and it’s always fun to stamp with a friend.
This first card we made was this birthday card. As always, feel free to click on any of the images for a larger view. The cupcake is from the Birthday Owl stamp set and the owl is from You’re a Hoot. Unfortunately, I’m not sure of the source for the dual side embossing folder. Linda, our instructor, had embossed the panels before class and I didn’t think to ask her who made it.
Each student was free to bring their own choice of medium for coloring the stamped images, so I took my Copic markers. I didn’t write down the markers I used though, so I can’t provide that information, unfortunately. I know they were all from the Ciao 72A marker set though as that was all I took to class. Before anyone has heart failure, no I didn’t pay anything even close to retail price for my markers. LOL
Once everything was colored and assembled, it was time to embellish! Both the candle and flame were decorated with Glossy Accents to give them some dimension and shine. The frosting on the cupcake was covered with Stardust Stickles. The final step was adding some googly eyes for a touch of fun.
This was my favorite card of the evening. I actually like it despite my lack of love for owls. LOL The owl is from the Owl Miss You stamp set and the sentiment is from the You’re a Hoot set. The patterned paper on this card is from the Hello Sunshine 6×6 paper pad from Doodlebug Design. Again, I colored the owl using Copic markers from the 72A Ciao set.
The final embellishments included some Glossy Accents on her eyes, nose, the flowers, and the HOOT letters in the sentiment. We also added some pink gemstones for a bit of bling. When I got home, I added a bit of clear Wink of Stella glitter brush on her eyelids to give her eyeshadow a bit of extra shimmer.
This was the final card we made for the evening. I actually liked it quite a bit as well because this is a great masculine card and I struggle with making those. The owl is from the Birthday Owl stamp set. The branch and sentiment are from the You’re a Hoot set. Again, the instructor had embossed the card base prior to class, so I’m not sure of the source for the brick embossing folder, but any brick embossing folder should work fine. The navy banner was also die cut in advance, but I’m fairly certain it was cut using the small banner from the Stitched Party Banners die set from Lawn Fawn.
For the embellishments, all of the leaves on the branch got a bit of Glossy Accents, as the the owl on his nose and feet. Once again, googly eyes were added for a touch of fun. Finally, I added some clear Wink of Stella on the black stripes for just a touch of shimmer.
Even though owls aren’t my thing, this class ended up being a hoot! Get it? Owls … hoot … ok, it’s corny, but I thought it was cute. 🙂
I’ll be visiting my LSS again tomorrow for another class. This one will also be taught by Linda and will feature “happy” cards using stamps from Dare2B Artzy and Reverse Confetti. Thankfully, for me, no owls this time. 😉 I’ll post a recap of that class sometime next week.
Until next time …