As you are no doubt aware by now, I love to craft. What I have discovered is that I also love to share crafting with others. My hope is that they will get the same enjoyment and reward from it as I do. So last week, I spent a fun couple of hours one evening teaching these lovely ladies how to make beautiful greetings cards to send to their nearest and dearest – or not as it seems they were so taken with the finished products that they were keeping them all for themselves!
The ladies in action!
I try to make the class interesting by introducing different techniques for each card. The cards we made at this class were as follows:
Dragonfly and Dandelions
This featured on my blog in October 2018 and has become one of my most pinned items on Pinterest 🙂 It entails simple stamping and a couple of die cuts.
Paper Pieced Lady
This idea was from Amanda, my SU! team leader. I used the technique with a teapot and cup stamp in my blog post on 10th March 2019. It involves stamping and fussy cutting.
‘In Focus’ Dandelions
I don’t know if this is the correct term for this technique but to me, it makes the eye focus onto the cut out-sections so the title seemed to make sense. This card is created using stamps and punches.
Embossed Foil Card
This card uses an embossing folder and a die cut.
Thanks to Ruth and Nikki for being such great students and making the evening so enjoyable. At the end of the night, despite their initial concerns that they wouldn’t be able to create the cards, all were completed and looked fabulous – nice work ladies!
The idea for this card came to me whilst trying to think of a quick project to make an anniversary card for Mr L. It had to be quick as we were going on holiday for our anniversary and I had to make it in the hour before the taxi picked us up and I hadn’t even finished packing! Panic crafting at it’s best!! It uses the partial die cutting technique to get the opening heart shape and would be perfect for anniversary, valentine and wedding cards. I also wanted to have a go at hand lettering for the sentiment to fill the heart spaces.
Since the card for Mr L was made in somewhat of a rush, it opens the wrong way (!) and the front heart overhangs the edge. I had thought that was an error but when I made the MkII version, I realised it was due to the card stock not being wide enough so the second version is only single fold rather than bifold. I used a heart die but circle dies would also work.
The partial die cut is made by placing the die in position on the card front, overlapping the score line, and lining the top cutting pad up along the score line.
When run through the Big Shot, the die will not cut beyond the cutting pad. I trimmed the excess off down the score line to create the heart shaped front.
I die cut a smaller heart for the front and a piece of Gingham Gala DSP for the inside and decorated them with hand lettering.
I used the cat punch and some silver glimmer paper to make the two cats for the front.
I also punched two cats from the gingham paper for the back of the cats.
I reversed the cats on this card and intertwined the tails rather than having them head to head.