Today I’m posting a card I made for the Color Your Day class I’m taking. The process they wanted us to use was adding color. I used the Altenew Peony Bouquet layering stamp set. the instructor, Therese Calvird, who was great by the way, showed us how she cut out a thin rectangle after she stamped and layered the images.
I, of course, had to bring in my Cricut Explore and have it do it for me so it would be precise. I layered the middle section and popped it up to give it some dimension. And as always, added some glitter & Wink of Stella!
This week I’m taking a class from Altenew. It’s called Color Your Day and the theme of the class is being inspired to use color around you to create cards and artwork. I decided to use a photograph I took recently around the pond by our property. It has some very pretty flowers, a trumpet vine, & very green foliage around it. So using these colors as a baseline, I embossed and water colored some flowers I stamped on a card which I added a sentiment to.
I’ve recently started using water coloring pens/brushes after attending a class hosted by Art Impressions. One of their artists, Bonnie Krebs who is amazingly talented, taught the class. AI is having a “29 Again & Anything goes”, show your art challenge, so I thought I’d post a couple of projects I’ve done. One is a little watercolor picture I’ve done. The other is a card I did with their Tryfolds stamps/dies set Hello Friend. The Tryfolds collections are very unique. You create your project, then using one of their custom dies, cut out an insert where it will reveal another project on the inside of the card. There is actually another stamp/die with this set, but for this project I chose only the two here. Watercolor pens I use are from Marvy Uchida.
I’m in the process of taking an online card class from Online Card Classes . It’s a class focused mainly on heat embossing techniques and skill development. Each day’s lesson is unique and shows the extreme talent the instructors have.
As homework, we are to create a card using some of the techniques used in that Day’s class.
- Day 1 – I chose to stamp and heat emboss a black background of bouquet of flowers, then watercolor stamp the colors of the flowers. The flower stamp set is from Rubbernecker Stamps. For the sentiment I heat embossed and then lightly and sparsely heat embossed the edges of the sentiment outline to give it a rustic look.
- Day 2 – Today’s class focused on heat embossing with different materials; glue, tape, water. I used a stamp set from Penny Black & the sentiment is part of a die set from Spellbinders. I embossed in black ink and then using the technique taught today, spotted glue on the flower petals and on the butterfly. Used a dark blue embossing powder on the flower and sentiment at the bottom and a gold on the butterfly.
Another technique they introduced to me today was the use of glue tape for a border and then embossing. I really like the way that turns out. It gives it sort of a leather look. Finally, with the sentiment, I used a technique they show us yesterday and die cut the word Thanks, then covered it with glue and clear embossing powder to give it a raised, shiny look.
One of my favorite SVG sites to go to is Dreaming Tree. One of my Facebook groups Cricut Explore and More hosted by Narelle, had a creative competition using a free file from the Dreaming Tree. It is a treat box, similar to a french fry box. DT example of its use was for fathers day but my daughters birthday was coming up.
I changed it a bit, added glitter paper and made it into a treat box to hold my daughters birthday gift. Loved making it and it wasn’t hard at all. And the best part was that I won a prize for my creation!