April All Occasion Card Class Reveal

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I wanted to share the cards we made in my card class last night. They were so fun to make, and I have enough kits to do another class so if you’re interested, please contact me and we can set up a date for you and your friends to play!

The class includes a dozen cards, though several share the same design. I kept the design simple so that they were quick to assemble, and we did all the stamping first, then cut out the paper, and then assembled each card.

I used a combination of stamps from my (vast) collection. The frame above and the bold sentiment is from Papertrey Ink. Part of my prep for the class was to design a die cut that would fit the stamped frame. It’s not hard to do using graphic design software; I simply scanned the stamped image and drew a line around the contours. Then I converted that line to a cut file for my Silhouette.

Seeing as I keep my stamps for years and years and years, I will be able to use this die cut anytime I use this stamp set, and always be guaranteed a perfect fit. (die cut first, then stamp inside the die cut)

I absolutely love this stamp set from Close to My Heart. The outline flowers are clean and classic and the set also comes with tons of text stamps – it’s extremely versatile! You can order it here. The sentiment on this card is from Papertrey Ink. I want to point out the technique I used to colour the flower – I wanted it the same blue as the frame, and so I inked a little make up sponge and sponged the colour in, choosing different colours for the leaves and flower centre. It’s not a precise way to colour, but adds a lovely soft effect, and the depth of the colour depends on how much ink you sponge on! I love the way the flower and the frame blend together for an almost transparent effect.

This is probably the simplest card. A chance to show off some beautiful paper, and a few words that say it all.

The paper for each card is from My Mind’s Eye Miss Caroline. My current favourite paper line!

Another simple card. We did two versions of this design, turning one horizontally:

Again, more fabulous paper!

One more die cut frame – this time I took a scissor and cut out the circle from the centre, and then adhered some paper in behind – another way to spotlight on beautiful paper! I was also trying a messy colouring technique – the kind that looks like hasty brush strokes. Whether or not that worked for this is a matter of opinion.

I also wanted to use the interactive cut files I designed, and so we made two interactive cards. The zip strip card hides a message under a pull off tab. We also made some rolled paper roses for this card.

This one used my slider window design. When you pull that little tab, the window opens and a message is revealed. It was fun to show my friends how to make one last night!

Whew! That was a lot of cards to share! But a totally fun way to spend a couple of hours, I promise you!

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