Friday, January 13, 2012

C & S class - Day 4

The Day 4 technique in our Clean and Simple card class was tone-on-tone cards.  I attempted to make a male card, using Steam Punk gears and brown colors.  After working on it, I decided it was booooring!! Here's what it looked like halfway through:

I decided to make another card entirely, using a herringbone technique from SplitCoast Stampers: Herringbone.  I salvaged two of the gears from my failed card above and used up plenty of scraps putting the strips of paper on the card.  I embossed the Happy Birthday sentiment with Antique Gold embossing powder (Martha Stewart).  The paper I used is from Graphic 45.

Here's my result:

I'm submitting this card for the FCCB Challenge #93 - Man Time.  Tomorrow I'll try another technique - I've learned so many this week.

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

C & S Class - Day 3

There are so many card ideas to choose from in our daily Clean & Simple card class!  Today, I used Tami Hartley's gate-fold card design to create a simple birthday card.   I used an argyle rubber stamp from Impression-obsession as the background on my card, with the Hero Arts pool ink.  I cut the balloons out of scrap paper and drew the balloon strings by hand.

I love the pop of color that the bright green gives to the sentiment. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

C & S Class - Day 2 cards

Yesterday I started on the Day 2 cards for the Clean & Simple class and finished them today.  I learned how to make flat cards today - it was hard not to "pop" up an element on the card, but I kept them flat.

My first card is a CASE from Julie Ebersole (a great teacher!).  I found some floral stamps, used the Fired Brick distress inks and simply stamped them slightly off the card.  Since my stamps were small, I scaled down the card to be 4.25 x 4.25:

For my second card, I tried the masking technique using Post-It labels (I didn't have any Post-It notes!), which worked fine.  I sprayed the inside of the mask with Mr. Huey Green ink and cut out two stamped images as well to make them masks.

Unfortunately, I couldn't stamp over the masked images because the adhesive was left on the card.  So, I just stamped and cut the images out, then added Smooch coloring to them.  It's not exactly as Julie showed us, but at least I learned the masking technique and will definitely try it again.

I love these labels - I've used them all over my craft area:

I've also developed a small cats decided they like to sleep on my craft chair!  Why oh why do they decide to sleep here when there's an entire house to find a snooze place?  I feel so guilty for politely asking them to move when I need to work!


Monday, January 9, 2012

Clean & Simple Card Class

Yeah!  I'm happy to take another online card class from Kristina Werner, Jennifer M and Julie E called Clean and Simple Card Class.  My goals are:

- make at least one card a day
- keep my craft area clean (it took me a week to clean up after the Holiday class!)
- use the supplies I have (so I can buy more supplies later  :-)

Today's class is based on monochromatic colors and sketches. For my first card, here's the sketch and card that I made.  I used the Peeled Paint Distress Ink, Paper Trey Ink card stock and a Hero Arts background stamp.  I used a silver pen to ink the edges and silver embossing powder for the sentiment (which also is by Hero Arts).  The silver embellishment is from a Spellbinder die.


I used the same cardstock for another card sketch, but the card is loosely based on the sketch.
I made a few mistakes with this card and inked the base twice, which you can see around the edges if you look closely.  I'm not going to sweat the small mistakes and just keep going!  (Another rule for this class). 


I'm really looking forward to our daily inspiration and seeing what all of the talented ladies make. 

Thanks for looking!