Happy Saturday to you! As I stated in my previous post, OWH declared Mission Accomplished so I have been focusing on making cards for SAS4Kids. Before I started with that, I decided to do some reorganization of my craft space and storage, which took a bit of time but felt good to finish. However, I am a very messy crafter and my work space still looks chaotic, but I know where everything is.
I just sent my first box of cards out to SAS4Kids and it included some Halloween cards, which are new for me. I never really made any for OWH but had stamps accumulated along the way including hand-me-downs from Julie and loaners from Marie (thanks, Julie and Marie!), so I spent some time coordinating those with paper colors, Stickles, patterned paper, sequins, etc.
Halloween Card, Witchy Kitty
Halloween Card, Stickled Stars Kitty
Halloween Card, Smell My Feet
I tried to make them sweet or silly rather than scary but figured older kids would want something a little edgier, but this is just about as edgy as I get for Halloween.
Halloween Card, Bats and Spider Web
The spider web is heat embossed which gives it a raised texture and I thought it turned out pretty cool.
Heat embossed spider web
I know Halloween is still a ways off but the cards are due in by October 1 in order to be distributed to the hospitals. I had fun making them but don’t want to rush these last few days of summer, and I hope you have time to enjoy the sunshine a little more before we have to break out the sweaters and jackets.
Yes, I know I have neglected this blog but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been extremely busy with my crafts. After taking the Watercolor Online Card Class for Card Makers, I found that I really enjoyed this medium. As mentioned previously, I always wanted to learn to draw freehand and how to use watercolors successfully without making a bunch of mud, which unfortunately is remarkably easy to make! I scoured various websites, YouTube videos, Pinterest, library books and magazines, etc., and I practiced many months and created projects that I now jokingly call abstracts. I finally found a real class to take where I could get some feedback and learn firsthand.
After 7 weeks of classes I finally have been able to make something I feel confident enough to share. The joke with my instructor was that the first week I used tons of paper towels, and each week I used fewer and fewer. The last class I used only 1 so maybe I got the hang of it a little. Here is my last class project. I know it is simple, but most of the paint is where it is supposed to be!
Watercolor Snowman – class project
Also, because we are two days away from Christmas, I am sharing two Christmas cards I previously made.
The first one is a poinsettia image stamped on a piece of vellum and heat embossed in gold. I then took a second image, cut out the center portion, and pop mounted it on top of the base image to give it a little dimension. These cards were a lot of work but I enjoyed each step in the process and was happy with the elegant look.
2103 Christmas Card
Because the making of this year’s card coincide with my watercolor classes, of course I had to use a little watercolor technique on this card. I made a panel with a simple multicolored wash background and let it dry. I then stamped the snowflakes, heat embossed them with white powder, and mounted the panel to sparkly white paper. The sentiment and chain of gems were also heat embossed in white. I thought a little more sparkle was needed and because sequins were all the rage this year in the world of cardmaking, I opted to add just a few.
2014 Christmas card
May you be surrounded by the love of family and friends this Christmas!