Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Techniques Cards and More

Techniques Tuesday Classes are always an adventure. Mostly for ME! I begin with something in my mind.. and often migrate the concept into something completely different! The classes are generally kept short, lasting no more than 1.5 hours. I try to teach a quick and simple technique, along with a more complicated technique. The participants go home with written directions, a sample for their techniques book, and a completed card. During the class, we always work on a sample first.. and sometimes two samples, just in case the technique requires a little more skill. I want the students to go home with a finished project that they will actually use, whether or not they choose to do the technique again.. they have at least one card sample of the technique which they can use and/or display.

The first card was done with the 'ink wash technique'. It was a very simple purchase the set!
technique, the almost amethyst, garden green, and whisper white card stock compliment each other well. The stamp was from the "abundant joy" set, which features lovely flowers: an elegant rose, forget me nots, hydrangea, grapes, and a blueberry branch which I have also used as a china berry branch.. The set also includes quotes from Robert Louis Stevenson, and Victor Hugo. The rose is reminiscent of the old 'stipple rose' stamp which is retired, and that is also what prompted me to purcase it!

The second sample perhaps shows the "ink wash" technique a bit better.. I added no color to the very merry snowman.. just washed the color into the image. I also used my cuttlebug snowflake template on the long notes enveloope.. and the NEW sizzix big kick and snowflake embossing template on the card. The big kick was a wonderful surprise gift from Kelly and Debbie! Neat, huh??!

The other technique I taught at the class was "rock and roll". I thought this card was a bit lame, crying out for something more.. but it was quite a hit with the students who often seem to prefer quick and simple cards. The card is bright and stunning. The Brilliant Blue and Bashful Blue Butterflies flit across the border on Whisper White Card stock complimented by Brilliant Blue Card stock! The technique was quite a hit. Just remember if you are doing it for the first time, stick with more oval or rounded images, and clean your stamps after every rock and roll.. this will keep your pad from muddying!

The last share today is a trifold card, the directions can be found at I still love this little and sweet "very merry" set from the winter/holiday catalog!! The snowflake punch and ice brads also compliment the card well. It's a fun card to make too!

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1 comment:

My Paper World said...

Wow! Love them all, the snowman one is super cute! love all the detail its amazing!