Sunday, February 3, 2013

First Card Making Class of 2013!

Well, I had the guest teacher come and give a taste of stamping to my creative crew before busy season settles in and runs my life for the next few months!  This time, we had a demonstrator from Close to My Heart (CTMH) and fellow Kards for Kids Smiley Card Team member, Sheri Ballantyne.  CTMH specializes in acrylic stamps, but also sells products like papers, brads, bling, adhesives and more.

Here are the samples that Sheri made for us.  She brought us some pre-cut kits and we all got to learn some new techniques.

We learned how to bend a stamp to fit a curve, some simple masking, patterned stamping (the hexagons) with second generation stamping (stamp off and then stamp the remainder to a more faded colour), shadow stamping around a sentiment and some other neat tips.  Sheri made sure at least two of the cards were masculine appropriate and gave us some tips on how to transform any card inspiration to a more masculine theme.

The star of the cards was the waterfall card.  This style of card has been on my "to do" list of neat project cards for some time.  I was quite pleased when I saw it come out with the samples!  We learned how to stamp in different colours in a single pass on this card.  A number of us had to make more than one attempt to get something we liked but, hey, that's what they make the other side of the paper for!

I had two new "students" in the class too and I think at least one of them is smitten with stamping now.  I find crafting to be quite relaxing (especially with the tunes flowing, which I can't do during classes).  It's just nice to let your mind drift.  (Sometimes I ruin things near the end of the steps because I'm too busy bopping to the tunes but I have learned to accept that mistakes are part of crafting!)

I had fun!  I think my crew did too.


  1. I never realized the amount of science there is behind card making!

  2. Great cards, sounds like a fun class :)


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