It’s the weekend, finally, and the weather is not inviting me outside, so I have time to get to practice what I learned in the current Online Card Classes “Clean and Simple 3” course. It’s an amazing class so far and I’m learning so much about different techniques and using certain tools in different ways.
On Day 1, I was most impressed by a technique demoed by Shari Carroll, showcasing inlay die cutting. Her card was very bright and cheerful and I wanted to reproduce this for a card of my own.
To be honest, my first attempt at this card failed miserably, but the second one looks pretty decent to me. I especially like the bright colors of the card stock, which makes this the perfect birthday card. The balloons were cut with Clearly Besotted Stamps dies; the string hanging off the balloons is from Lawn Fawn 🙂
I added some Wink of Stella clear glitter over the balloons to make them sparkle. The strings were stamped with matching Hero Arts Shadow inks. It’s just so happy.
The sentiment from Wplus9 worked perfectly with the Simon Says Stamp die cut “you”. I cut it from black card stock and applied some black Wink of Stella marker afterwards to make it shine.
To finish up the card, I added some faux stitching on the top layer with the same black Wink of Stella Marker.
And I try to complete every card by doing something on the inside, too, that rounds it up. Here I used a sentiment by Kaisercraft. Don’t like the stamps too much, they seem to be acrylic and don’t hold the ink well, but the text is too nice not to use it.
My second card uses the Stamp Layering technique demoed by Laura Bassen. To be frank, I don’t think I did a good job here because the background is too busy. I could’ve used another stamp, but I think the main issue is that I don’t have an ink color that is light enough not to distract. That means shopping spree for me.
The background arrows were stamped with Soft Granite Shadow Ink from Hero Arts, but I still feel this is too intense. The stars are from Clearly Besotted Stamps “Superstar” and I stamped them twice each to intensify the colors and have some contrast to the background. Still, not happy with how it turned out.
I finished off the outside with a faux stitch line with a silver marker.
On the inside, I used a Hero Arts stamp to round off the card. It’s supposed to be chalky, so it’s ok to look like its not stamped perfectly.