I realize that it is already Day 3, but I am here to post the cards I made for Day 2. I did 2 of them yesterday, and then had to complete the third this morning.
The first video of the day showed how to emboss resist on patterned paper. I just love the way that sounds, and I am pretty happy with how my card came out. I pretty much stuck to the layout of the first sample card by Jennifer McGuire. I used papers from Basic Grey What's Up, a Quickuts bird die I've had forever and never used before, and a sentiment from Paper Smooches. I used Turning a New Leaf to stamp my patterned paper, and sponged with Distress Faded Jeans ink.
Some of the pattern paper tricks I used on this card were to choose patterns from the same collection, separate two of the patterns with a miniscule strip of white, ink the edges of the patterned papers with a Copic T-4 marker, and carefully cut that little pink strip so an entire row of the pattern is centered (pretty much).
My next card is based on a video by Laura Bassen, where she stamps on patterned paper, over a mask of die cut letters. I used papers from Fancy Pants The Good Life for this card. One trick we learned was to hoard our striped papers, and to cut tiny strips to use on our cards. The colors in the card can then be based on the colors in the stripes. I stamped stripes from Background Basics Super Stripes in Harvest Gold, Aqua Mist, Real Red and Grey Flannel, which are the colors I pulled out of the striped pattern. I stamped over a mask made with the Hello die. I also inked all the edges with a Copic T-4 marker.
I was not totally thrilled with the way this card came out. I don't think my stamping was all that great, and didn't want to start over because I didn't have much of that polka dotted background paper. Something else was bothering me, and I didn't know what.
I had another idea for this same stamp set, die, patterned paper and color scheme. It came to me this morning during spin class, and I made the card as soon as I came home. I used a Pure Poppy die cut, layered and offset over the sentiment 'hello' stamped in Aqua Mist. I pulled the yellow out in a very thin strip on the right side, and used about 1/2 inch of the striped pattern on the left. The front panel is popped up on foam. I am happier about this card, and it seems more 'me', while still putting in place many of the things taught in the class so far.
Funny thing is that today's lesson, which I watched after making this card, had a card by Debbie Hughes, showing how to use a strip of patterned paper just like this, if you have a patterned paper that may be too bold or bright to use a lot of. So, maybe I am just a bit ahead? Do you have a preference?
That's it for now. I am off to try to make some cards based on today's lessons.
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