Day 5: One Layer Cards

This one uses Lawn Fawn’s Life Is Good stamp and die set. Since I live in Florida, this is more pertinent than snow. We actually use our old snow brushes to brush sand off our feet after a day at the beach!

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Next up is a card utilizing masking techniques. Stamps are from Lawn Fawn’s Snow Day and Let It Snow sets. I really love all the small snowflake stamps that I used on the border! I am less pleased with the trees. I think I will try this again with an emboss resist.

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Online Card Class Day 4

The focus was watercoloring. I embossed the Hero Arts trees in silver and did the watercolors with Distress Stains. I have no watercolors, but this substitution works beautifully. The background was faint enough that the trees did not show well. So, I rubbed Distress inks to create a more vivid effect. Next, I applied dots of Stickles. Stickles interact with the distress inks which adds more depth. I finished with a Simon Says Merry Christmas die.
(DH says this one looks ‘so good’ that it doesn’t look homemade. I am trying not to be offended!)
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Day 1: It Really Does Get Better!

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I thought this technique would be very fussy and unforgiving, but it actually wasn’t because there were very good tips for lining up all the various text stamps. I dug through a lot of stamps and found some unloved (virgin) sentiments that really deserved some love.

Next up is my absolute favorite card from the first day.

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I tried a more rustic color scheme for the next card and ended up with a more masculine card. I made one major tweak to this one. Instead of using embossing paste, I used an embossing folder. My embossing folders have been very lonely. I dressed this up with some Distress Inks.

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Stretch Your Stamps 2

The gals over at Online Card Classes have whipped up a pretty FAB first day for the new Stretch Your Stamps 2 class. Honestly, I was on the fence about this one. Between work and life, the last class I took barely got enough of my attention to justify it. The class was good, but I was a bad student. So, I am trying again, and it has inspired me!

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The background stamp is from Hero Arts.  The Awesome die is from a recent Studio Calico kit. The color is from Distress Inks.  The flair came from somewhere, but I do not recall.

Well, unfortunately, the night ended before I could finish my second card, and there were two more techniques from today’s class that I haven’t even tried yet.  Still, I am looking forward to new lessons tomorrow even if I am already behind!