Thursday, October 13, 2011

Stamping Basics Class Card Samples

My creative mojo has completed gone on vacation lately. I'm teaching a class this Saturday and only just completed the cards yesterday. That's cutting it much closer than even this veteran procrastinator is comfortable with. The cards use a matte finish cardstock that gives a really unique resist effect when paired with some layered stamping. I've used this cardstock before on this card. Both cards feature Hero Arts cling stamps: Large Solid Flower and Small Solid Flower; they are perfect for this resist technique.

Here's the first card; you'd be surprised how many failed attempts preceded this one that finally made the cut.

For this card I did some simple resist on the background; I stamped the Large Solid Flower with Versamark ink 4 times on the white card base and set it aside to completely dry. Then I blended Wild Honey Distress ink over the top to cover the card. Since I didn't clear emboss the stamped flowers the resist image is softer.

The main panel was first stamped with an Impression Obsession Cover-a-card background stamp, Small Paisley, with Versamark. Then the Small Solid Flower was over-stamped in both Wild Honey and Seedless Preserves Distress inks. You can see how the paisley pattern resists the Distress inks. To finish the panel I used a bit Seedless Preserves on an ink blending tool to lightly ink the edges.

I die cut the leaves and inked them with the Wild Honey and Seedless Preserves Distress inks, stamped the Hero Arts sentiment, then punched a tiny hole in each leaf. I wrapped a length of jute twine around the panel twice and tied it in a simple knot. I threaded the ends through holes in the leaves and knotted them.
The panel is attached using a tape runner and the leaves are held in place with dimensional foam adhesive.

The second card is totally simple but with that same fabulous resist effect.

Just lots of layered stamping here. Friend Definition stamped with Versamark, then Large Solid Flower over-stamped with Seedless Preserves Distress ink. Then I stamped the sentiment with Black Soot Distress ink. A little layering with a lace edged die cut and a clear crystal gem and this 4.25 square card is done.

Here's a little peak at some of the designs that didn't make the cut:

I tried several different backgrounds before I realized I really didn't like the colors I had used. There were many more attempts that I didn't photograph, too awful for words.

If you have stuck with me through all of this I think you deserve a little peak at my adorable grandson. I hate to admit it, but I'm that grandma proudly sharing photos of the little darling.

Little Uriah is just over a month old, growing like a weed and such a happy little guy. If the bib is any indication he apparently takes after his daddy.

~ Proverbs 9:7-12 ~
"Anyone who rebukes a mocker will get an insult in return.
Anyone who corrects the wicked will get hurt.
So don't bother correcting mockers; they will only hate you.
But correct the wise, and they will love you.
Instruct the wise, and they will be even wiser.
Teach the righteous, and they will learn even more.
Fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom.
Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgement.
Wisdom will multiply your days and add years to your life.
If you become wise, you will be the one to benefit.
If you scorn wisdom, you will be the one to suffer."



  1. Wow, Nancy! How gorgeous is that!!! I'm am SO going to try that resist technique. I love the paisley behind the flowers. It adds so much interest to the card. Fab colors, too. Great Friend card, also. Love that tiny rhinestone in the center of the flower. Your grandson is super cute! No wonder you want to brag ;) ~Hugs, Cheryl

  2. These cards turned out so beautifully, Nancy! Love them both - heck, I even love your so called rejects! Uriah is adorable and I'm really glad you're "that" grandma because I'm expecting to see lots more photos of this cutie! Hugs to you, and have fun teaching on Saturday! :)

  3. Glad you finally got a colour scheme you liked. I must admit the one that you are teaching is lovely. Both cards are perfect for beginners. Uriah is adorable... no wonder you are such a proud Grandma.

  4. That's a lot of beautiful work Nancy! I am sure your class is going to be great! And your Grandson is just too adorable!

  5. Oh Nancy! I think you should stop all that negative talk this instant! lol There is nothing wrong with your mojo or any of your cards! They are all beautiful! The colors are wonderful and the techniques you used are fabulous! I sure do wish I was able to attend your class...just know that I would if I could! Your sweet grandson is absolutely adorable! Thanks for sharing him!...Nancy :o)

  6. LOVE the cards and the techniques you used.....Just Perfect!! What a fun class.... and Your Grandson is precious.....I love to show pics of mine and my readers ask for it....Ha!! Hugs....Kelly

  7. Wow, these are fabulous, Nancy! My fave is the first one but they are all beautiful. And your grandson is a cutie!

  8. Beautiful cards Nancy and I really love the photo of your grandson - you must cherish his visits!

  9. Such a dear little one! You are so blessed. I love your cards and wish I could take your class. So amazing. I can't believe that you struggled so - a pro like you! Great job!

  10. Love the bright beautiful colors on your cards. Beautiful cards.

  11. Such beautiful cards Nancy!!! LOVE the kissing technique with the IO stamp!! AND what a cutie pie that grandson is!!!

  12. Thank you for this wonderful lesson! Your cards are A-MaZing!! My fave is the 'friends' card, such an awesome CAS design!

  13. I love that 2nd card, the colors and design are fabulous and your grandson, he's so cute!!!


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