Online Card Classes Christmas 2014

I started the Day 1 assignments four days after class began. I thought I could catch up, but the cards have had so many new ideas that I am spending a lot of time exploring variations.

First up:


Ok, I’ll be the first to tell you that I wasn’t really thrilled with the results of this one, but it was a warm up exercise after being away from my studio for nearly a month. It gets better.

OCC- Optical Illusion


This is one of my riffs on creating the illusion of dimension and depth on a single layer card.  The one above was a happy accident and was quite different from class instructions.  (Sometimes things can go wrong in a good way!)

1.  I masked the center rectangle and used to Distress Inks (Picked Raspberry,  Fresh Lemonade and Peacock Feathers)  Next, I rummaged through my stash and found a stamp of unknown origin.  It didn’t stamp as clearly as I wanted, but I wanted to move on to the next step and didn’t bother to re-stamp it.  As it happens the washed out effect seems to provide even more depth.

2.   I removed the mask and then colorized the frame area with Peacock Feathers.  I used larger-scale floral image (also unknown origin) to stamp the corners.  Because the scale of this is so much larger it gives the illusion of a distinct fore and back ground.   I colored the flowers with Distress Markers.

It’s not perfectly implemented, but conceptually, it works.  My perfectionist streak balks at this, but this was a learning example.  Perfection can occur when I am not already more than a week behind in class!

Now for my next illusion:


For this one, I once again played with a small scale background and then added a larger image over the top.  In this case, the background is an old Hero Arts Asian text image with the Crafters Workshop Mini Bamboo Stencil.  I inked the text in Studio Calico Doc Brown ink and then applied various distress inks to the stencil image.   I had some beautiful origami papers that were begging to be used and these became the small flags in the upper right corner. I used some alpha stamps in white for the text.

Rules are made to be broken…the final piece is more than one layer!

Layered Die Cuts

I am taking the Clean and Simple Cards 3 class over at Online Card Classes, and this technique is layered die cuts. I used the Shell Set dies from Impression Obsession. (DIE077-W), and I used Distress Inks and Markers to colorize the cut outs.

This technique creates a single layer card that appears to have layers. I did add the pearls and gems–the card demanded this! So, it is not exactly a single layer.