Saturday, April 30, 2016

Day 3 - Online Card Classes "Clear & Sheer"

Hi All,

Welcome back to my Day 3 homework for the Online Card Classes "Clear & Sheer".

Today I decided to go with the tried and true use for Acetate which is for shaker style cards. In the past year or so shaker cards seem to be the new "Pantone color of the year", so to speak, for us paper crafters.  I mean, how cute are they!!  Sparkling things that move around on your card .. can you say "Squirrel"!! haha.  Such a great way to add visual interest to your cards.

While I did go with the basic use for acetate this assignment, I do have to say that sometimes shaker cards can be a bit of a chore to make.  The shiny bits like to stick to everything and the acetate attracts everything, including my lovely cats hair .. OY!  So while I love making them it probably takes me just as long to remove all the little static'y bits from my acetate as it does to make the card.  That might be a bit of a exaggeration but at the time it doesn't seem like it :-) I did follow the "water" technique as shown in one of the videos and that did help a bit to remove some of the static.

So here are my bright and vibrant shaker cards for Day 3.  I have to say that this class was so worth signing up for because not only is it challenging me to think outside the norm it is also giving me a bit of a boost that I needed right now to get my creative butt in gear!  So thank you to all the wonderful teachers .. I'm forever grateful!

Hope you enjoy!  Have a great weekend.

Supplies used:
Memories and More - Open stock vellum
My Minds Eye "Cambridge court" - Dotted paper
KaiserCraft "me Collection - Doodle paper
Dollar Store - Sequins
Martha Stewart crafts - Mini heart sequins
May Arts - Black ribbon with gold edge
Recollections - Card base and gold "hello" paper.
Poppy stamps - Hello die
Bazzil - Black card stock
Darice (Memories and more) - 3mm black foam sheet
Ranger - Multi Medium Matte
Dollarama - Foam adhesive tape (found in automotive aisle - super cheap option for pop up foam tape and it is super sticky)

Friday, April 29, 2016

Day 2 - Online Card Classes "Clear & Sheer"

Welcome everyone to my Day 2 post from my Online Card Classes "Clear & Sheer" adventures.

Today we saw some amazing video's around taking vellum to a new level by dry embossing it, coloring it, using it to mute a busy background and making envelopes with it.  All great ideas that I will definitely take away with me on my creative vellum journey.

My take on Day 2 was to use my Zig Emboss Writer pen to highlight the gorgeous pattern on my paper underneath the vellum.  While the vellum mutes the background the gold embossing highlights the areas you want it to.  That is what I love about using an embossing pen.  You literally draw where you want, add powder, heat the powder and voila!  Instant embossing highlights how and where you want them.

Background paper
Supplies List:Simple Stories - So Fancy patterned paper and hello flag base.Recollection - Vellum and card baseRanger - Queens Gold embossing powderMay Arts - Gold edge pink ribbonPrima - Crystal gem/gold wireZig - Emboss it writing pen (LOVE LOVE and a must have)Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

1st time participant in Online Card Classes

Hi Everyone,

Michelle here and welcome to my 1st post as I join Online Card Classes - Clear and Sheer session.

A great crafty friend (Maresa) told me about this fun class that she was taking part in and I was intrigued as to what these classes were all about so I decided to join myself.  I've always loved the way vellum and acetate looks on cards and look forward to learning more about ways that I can use them on my cards.

After watching Day 1's videos I decided to use a pre-made piece of watercolored paper that I had worked on a little while ago.  I knew I would find a great use for it and after watching Kristina's video I knew exactly what would make a great base for my card.

Inspired by her video I decided to use the negative and positive cut outs of my design on my card but in reverse order.  The positive cut outs underneath and the negative cutout on top.  I think it turned out great and I love the way the sequins and teeny little stars add a little bit of wow factor to my card.

Hope you enjoy!


Yarka - Watercolors 
Die-namics - Lucky stars dies
Memory box (mb clings) - Reach for the stars stamps
Ranger - Queens gold embossing powder (LOVE this stuff)
Martha Stewart - Teeny stars
Dollar store - Sequins and foam adhesive tape
Strathmore - Bristol Paper
Recollections - Card base