The lesson for day 5 at the Online Card Class was on designing cards for “Him” or “Her” and adapting your design to suit. I’ve kept the cards pretty clean and simple.
I started with my masculine card and used the negative space of the happy die and filled it with some bo bunny paper from the woodland winter collection, which has some great colors and designs for mens cards. I stamped the “happy holidays” greeting in versa mark smokey grey, to go with the colors in the paper and put 3 brown/silver jewels on the card. I thought I would enter this in the following challenges as well. Less is more - which is to use designer paper in a clean and simple way. Cards for Men - which is Merry Christmas. Here is a closer look.
For my “Her” card, I used the positive “happy” and embossed it in silver. I also embossed the “Happy Holidays” greeting in silver. I masked off a small section of the card and used tumbled glass distress ink, then stamped over that with lots of random snowflake stamps in a few blue/green tones. I also added a small glittered snowflake. Here is a closer look.
I couldn’t help but do another card for todays class at the Online Card Classes. I just loved the idea of making your own tree stencil, plus I love this seasons greetings sentiment from stamping’ up. I also noticed a couple of challenges were “White on White” for Inkspirational and “triangle” for Casology. So I thought they would all combine to make a sweet and simple card.
For this card I drew a triangle shape on my card, then masked it off so the ink didn’t go over the edges of my triangle. I stamped the “seasons greetings” sentiment over and over in versa mark ink and embossed it with hero arts white embossing powder. I then die cut a small star and also embossed that with the same color.
The effect was quite hard to capture with my camera, but it looks really lovely. The only tip I have is to make a very light pencil line for your stencil. I was a bit heavy handed and my pencil marks didn’t erase very well, so don’t look too closely… : )
Clean and simple was the theme today for the Christmas Online Card class. I really loved the christmas tree card Cristina made using a stencil, so I have made one here using the moroccan stencil from one of the simon says card kits. I used peacock feathers distress ink for the tree and graduated the color from dark on the bottom to light on the top, some zing metallic green embossing powder for the greeting and star, then added a few little green pearls to the tree. I love that embossing powder – it is just a perfect christmas color and it sparkles!! I will also add this to the CAS-ual Fridays challenge #120 which is Christmas…
I enrolled in a creative background class at the Color me creative site. Marie Gamber is taking giving the classes. I love copic markers, but once i’ve colored in my image I can never work out what to do with my background. Anyway, this class gives you some fun ideas for backgrounds. The one I used above was the marbelization technique and I love how it turned out… It doesn’t detract from the images, just adds to the cute playful nature of the focal image.
I also tried using some dots for a fun and whimsical background, which I liked as well, but must say I prefer the marbleized look above… You may need to click on the photo’s to make them larger to be able to see the effect a bit better.
I love these one layer cards. I love how you can mask off the top and bottom of the box you create and do some stamping inside it. I made a few christmas cards from this great close to my heart stamp set called “Share the magic” (I got this set from ebay as I don’t think it’s a current set). I love these images, they are so adorable and perfect for me to color with my copic markers. The big bold greeting is from a stampin’ up set called “Curly Cute”. I added a bit of glitter to santa’s suit and belt buckle and rudolfs nose, but you could go to town with these cute critters and stickles, glossy accents, enamel accents small google eyes – the sky is the limit. I used a number of different combinations for my cards, here are a couple more:
I also made a couple of these cards with a hero arts flower stamp and colored them in with my copics. As you can see, I have left the bottom of this one blank and I can add any greeting to it later on – I just added a happy birthday greeting to one and set it off to a friend of mine. They would also make beautiful thank you cards or get well cards – just change the greeting to suit your purpose!! I thought I’d add these cards to the Less is More challenge which is one layer cards.
The Online Card Class today was all about using die cuts. I used the technique by Stephanie to suspend the snowflake, but I used glitter over my snowflake like Debby did, rather than embossing. I just love that shimmer and sparkle!! I suspended the snowflake with white cotton as I did not have fishing line. I also used a snowflake embossing plate. I added a bit of sparkle to a couple of the snow flakes with my wink of stella glitter pen, but you can’t really see that very well in the photo. It looks much better in person. I embossed the season’s greetings sentiment with white hero arts embossing powder and I love how crisp and clean the words came out.
I love these Online Card Classes. I have participated in quite a few now. This one is especially for christmas cards. The day one class was on the inside of the cards – or ways to bring the inside to the outside as this card above shows with the creative fold show in Jennifer McGuire’s video. I colored the santa in with my copic markers and added some wink of stella glitter to give his fur a bit of sparkle. I inked the background with a little snowflake stamp I had in soft pool and soft green shadow inks.
I am also entering this card in the Marker Pop challenge #34, which is anything goes.
The next card shows a little pocket on the inside of the card for putting a gift card in. I tied the inside and outside of the card together by using the same stencil from a “simon says stamp” card kit which I thought looked a little similar to a christmas ornament. Once again I used a little bit of wink of stella glitter pen and some stickler for the ornaments on the tree.