Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Techniques Class

I had the first of two techniques classes at the store last night. I had 8 ladies last night, and they loved the projects, even if I was having a melt-down and was sure that each one was going to backfire! Everything went off without a hitch, except for the customer that thought my sample card was her card, and glued her piece to the back of it!
So this first card is actually only a card front because we had to separate hers from mine! This "Winter Magic" card was created using Moon Glow's Glitz Spritz. I inherited a LOT of it with my job at the store and I have had no clue what to do with it, and want to sell it so I can get other things! So I created this card using 2 different techniques with the Spritz. The main image in the circle (stamp from Northwoods) is stamped on black cardstock with Versamark ink, and embossed with Moon Glow's Silver Moon/Turquoise embossing powder. Then it is sprayed lightly with the Glitz Spritz, and heated until dry. The circle was then cut out using my circle Coluzzle, and I inked the edges slightly with silver Encore ink. The background is also Glitz Spritz sprayed on white cardstock. You spray the Glitz until it puddles on the cardstock, then blot with a paper towel and dry with a heat gun to get this cool, sparkly marblized effect! The corners were punched with Fiskars Heritage punch. Winter Magic (also from Northwoods) is stamped in silver Encore, and embossed with the Moon Glow EP. The navy cardstock for the card base is Bazzill. The black and white cardstock is generic.

This next card uses a Chalk Resist technique that I found on Inkadinkado's website. The wheat image is from Magenta and is stamped on glossy cardstock with Alabaster white Colorbox chalk ink. Then, before that ink is dry, Blush Rose Colorbox chalk ink is applied directly over the image. Then you just buff with a paper towel, and heat slightly to dry! The birthday sentiment is from Verses Rubber Stamp Company, and is stamped in Blush Rose on cream cardstock. The brads are from Lasting Impressions. All cardstock (with the exception of the glossy) is from Bazzill.
This next baby card uses the Baby Wipe technique! (For a tutorial, go to This is the one I was sure would backfire last evening! The pale blue and pink inks (from Memories) that I got to do the technique ended up being too pale, I think and the image isn't stamped as nicely as I wanted. So I quickly called my supplier on Monday morning (they're in Cleveland, thank God and can ship in one day!) and ordered a little bit darker pink and blue ink. Well, those inks came yesterday afternoon, and they were just totally wrong shades to go with the polka-dotted background paper! But I have to say my customers adapted well, and had fun playing with the technique! They played with the colors, and ended up doing combinations of all the colors for great results! I even put out plain baby pink and baby blue ink pads and told them if they'd rather not do the technique for their card, they could just stamp in the plain colors, and I don't think anyone chose that option! The "onesie" is from Rubber Soul, and the dotted designer paper is from Paper Salon. Cardstock is Bazzill, and the ribbon source is unknown. The light blue ribbon also has baby footprints on it, but I didn't turn it so it was visible before I took the picture! There is a sentiment stamped inside.
This last card I also feared would backfire. It uses the cracked glass technique. Technically, it did backfire because the post office is holding up my package that contains the bare-branched tree stamps and the ultra-thick embossing enamel I needed for this card! Luckily, I was able to buy the stamp at the Adventures in Stamping convention this past weekend, and had UTEE here at home to use instead! The tree stamp is from Sparkle n' Sprinkle, and the sentiment is from Verses. I colored the tree, ground and moon with Tombow markers, and the sky is done with a combo of black, gray and navy chalk. For a tutorial on how to do the cracked glass technique, go to The sentiment is stamped with Memories Chestnut ink, and I used Ranger distress ink in the cracks of my "glass." All cardstock is Bazzill, with the exception of the generic black, and the white cardstock which is 100 lb. from Hollo's. A close-up.


Michelle Quinno said...

Your cards are beautiful! I love the baby one. So cute!

I will have to try the cracked glass technique some day soon.

Anonymous said...

Tammy -- I love these cards!! Can you PM me your class schedule ~ I would love to see what is offered. luv100wv at hotmail dot com.

Debbie said...

I am very interested in the card with the birthday greeting and the wheat stamp. When you say stamp in alabaster chalk on glossy cardstock, do you mean glossy, white paper? I really like the look.