It is no surprise, I guess, that I joined Online Card Classes’ latest class: Stretch Your Dies. The class started yesterday and it is already proving to be well worth the money. My first card tackles a fun way to using fun foam, word dies and a heat gun that was introduced by Jennifer McGuire on day 1. I have to a large degree used Jennifer’s card as a template for my own card but I’ve gone with stars rather than flowers and I only used fun foam for the sentiment.
Instead of having to colour in white fun foam, I diecut my sentiment in black fun foam before I shrank it with the heat from my heat gun. I didn’t like the look of the coloured fun foam (at least not for this card) so I used shapes diecut from the same gold foil as I used for the strip along the left edge.
As Jennifer did, I too stamped and heat embossed a pattern on the left edge of the card base. It adds a lot to the card as well as setting a tone for the entire card.
I was so inspired by Yana Smakula’s technique so I came up with a new design using the same general idea. Instead of keeping it completely tone-on-tone I did most of the whales in white and then just stamped one of them.
I love googly eyes – plain and simple love them. And for this card I chose a googly eye with some character which I think really makes this whale very cute. The sequins work as the “bubbles” a whale might blow out of its blowhole.
For Clean & Simple 4 Yana Smakula inspired us to use diecuts to build backgrounds. Layering diecuts tone on tone on a background is actually something I do often but it is always lovely to have a reason to revisit a technique.
For the design of the card I was inspired by this card but I chose a different colour scheme and a different word die for my background. I stamped the sentiment on a banner and embellished the banner with a heart and a single sequin.
I when I was at it I made sure to make two cards 🙂 It is something I don’t do often enough. It is so much easier to just do multiple cards when and if you have the materials out anyway.
On day 3 of Clean and Simple 4 Julie Ebersole showed us a gesso resist technique. I didn’t own any gesso so I was a bit stumped at how to go about that particular technique (which I really liked). Thankfully, I found some inexpensive gesso while visiting a store for painters’ accessories and now I have enough gesso to create hundreds of similar cards 🙂
I really like the look of the three different Distress Ink colours mixed over the gesso. In fact Distress Inks are rapidly becoming my favourite inks… Who would have ever thought!
I decided to mount my white front panel on a black card base to play up to the black dymo label and the black splatters.
It is a bit of a mess making card like this but it is also a lot of fun!