I’ve been taking the incredibly awesome Online Card Class – Stretch Your Stamps and I LOVE IT!! While I haven’t been posting any of my cards (until today) I have been thoroughly loving the class videos and just soaking up all the info. If you’ve never taken one of these classes and you’re a card-maker the only thing I can ask is, WHY?!!
So, anyway. I’ll stop harassing you. Today’s technique to stretch your stamps was all about getting the most out of your reverse stamps. Background stamps that have a reverse image. So when you stamp, it leaves the area white, or uninked. I’ve had this really beautiful Poppy Background stamp from Hero Arts that I’ve never used that meets this criteria. I’ve never known exactly what to do with it, but now I do!! Yay!!
Here’s what I made after watching today’s class:
I followed the lead of the incredibly talented Shari Carroll by stamping by background onto a text-type of paper. I decided to highlight just one of my flowers by using colored pencils and coloring it kind of lightly, then adding a few teeny gemstones to the center. All the other elements just came together very naturally and I really like this card a lot. Did you notice? NO RIBBON!!! I know, shocker.
I can’t wait to see what the next Online Card Class will be. HUGE kudos to Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner. They are amazing teachers and organizers for these classes. I cannot possibly thank them enough. And, I really have to catch up on my homework so don’t be surprised when the days in my titles are all wonky.
Hope you all have a happy and blessed weekend!
Paper: All paper (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Pumice Stone, Black Soot Distress Inks (Tim Holtz for Ranger)
Stamps: Poppy Background – CG140, Find Joy – CL497 (Hero Arts)
Die-cutting/embossing: Fishtail Banner Stax (MFT), Swiss Dot Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug by Provocraft)
Accessories: Pencils (Prismacolor), Gems (Taylored Expressions), Pearls (Kaisercraft), Clear EP (Ranger).}