Long Overdue Update

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been so long since I’ve updated my blog! Between being super busy at work and trying to get into a fitness routine again to lose a bit of weight, my cardmaking took a bit of a back seat for about a month. Of course, that’s all about to change in a MAJOR way this weekend because I’m taking FIVE classes at my LSS (local stamp store) that are being taught by Sandy Allnock.

I am beyond excited to take more classes from her. I was fortunate enough to take one back in January at the CHA Mega Show, so when I found out she was coming to teach at my LSS, I was all over making sure I got signed up for everything she was teaching! Here’s the list of classes I’ll be taking:

  • Watercolor for the Novice
  • Florals for Cardmakers
  • Shading 101
  • Coloring with Lawn Fawn
  • Watercolor Freehand Flowers

My blog may have been idle for a few weeks, but brace yourselves. I’m sure I’ll probably have a deluge of posts coming over the next week or so as I share about my experience taking Sandy’s classes. LOL

For now, I realized I haven’t actually shared yet about the last class I took at my LSS which took place at the end of June. It was taught by Linda C., one of the local design team members for the shop. I always enjoy her classes so much, and this one was no different. My techniques could definitely use some work, but hey, at least I had fun! 🙂

Spotlight Coloring CardThe first card we made featured the spotlight coloring technique. For this card, we used stamps from the Fintastic Friends and So Jelly stamp sets from Lawn Fawn, as well as the Surf and Turf stamp set from Paper Smooches. All of the images were stamped on watercolor paper and then the center circle was marked off using a circle die as a guide. We watercolored everything using Distress Inks from Tim Holtz. The images contained within the certain were painted very vibrantly and everything outside the circle was painted in a monochromatic pale color. The sentiment was stamped on vellum and heat embossed using white embossing powder.

Ice Cream Cone CardThe second card we made featured the Here’s the Scoop stamp set, also from Lawn Fawn. The card featured a different type of spotlight coloring. Most of the cones on the card were left plain with just the black ink outline, but the center most cone was colored in using some Copic markers. Not only was it colored, but we also stamped it off a second time and colored that one as well which we then fussy cut out and popped up over the one on the card for added dimension.

Cone Card Close-UpEverything, including the plain white cones, got a bit of sparkle in the end. They all got a generous coating of some clear Wink of Stella glitter brush pen. To finish things off, we also scattered some Pretty Pink Posh sequins around the card for a little extra bit of bling.

Red, White, & Blue CardSince this class took place during the last weekend of June, the final card we made was inspired by the (then) upcoming July 4th holiday which was coming up the following week. We created a watercolor wash on the background using some red and blue Distress Ink colors. We then stamped some “fireworks” using some of the flower stamps from the Enamor stamp set from Penny Black. The flowers were colored using some red Wink of Stella glitter brush pen. For the finishing touches, we added some clear Pretty Pink Posh sequins and some Liberty twine from Lawn Fawn. I absolutely love how this card turned out!

I actually did make a couple of birthday cards over this past weekend. Unfortunately, I can’t share them on my blog yet because I haven’t mailed them to the recipients and I don’t want to spoil the surprise. As soon as their birthdays roll around and they’ve received their cards, I’ll share them here on my blog.

Until next time …

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