Online Card Classes: Copic markers for card makers Day 1 Homework


Another fabulous class from the amazing girls at Online Card Classes. This is the fourth class I’ve taken with them and I’m loving it. Not only are the classes jam packed with ideas, techniques and tips, the homework for this class is such fun (and has got me back onto my blog, finally!). I don’t work on Fridays and so was able to catch up with Days 1-3 at last. Here’s my basic blending practice sheet.

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Shari Carroll’s Star Card

I so adored the Hero Arts star card that the amazing Shari Carroll posted on her blog here that I had to try it. All of Shari’s cards are so beautifully put together – I love the way she arranges the different elements on her projects and her use of colour is masterful. Here is my effort at Shari’s card:



I made this one for a little girl’s birthday so used more pinks, but it’s such a great general design that changing the colour palette would make it suitable for any age.


Stamp: Hero Arts Big Star
Stencil: Tim Holtz Bubbles
Cardstock: Stampin Up!
Ink: Distress inks: Festive Berries, Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint, Wild Honey, Versa-mark
Other: Embossing paste, Hero Arts white embossing powder, Lawn Fawn patterned paper


WPlus9 Step It Up Challenge


WPlus9 is celebrating its 4th birthday and there’s lots of inspiration happening over on their blog. I wanted to use the Quilt Cuts die for the current Step It Up challenge. I’d seen Dawn’s great video here with tips on using this die with adhesive sheets and it certainly does make the process of putting the “quilted” square together very easy! I used an old silver brad from my stash to finish it off. The sentiment is from WPlus9’s Fanciful Feathers stamp set and was heat embossed in white. I added some interest to the background panel by spritzing it with Dylusions White Linen ink spray (love this stuff!), a few sequins  and finally some faux stitching with a gel pen to keep with the sewing theme.


Thanks for looking :).

Dies: WPlus9 Quilt Cuts
Stamps: WPlus9 Fanciful Feathers
Cardstock: Stampin Up Confetti White, Crumb Cake, retired SU paper
Other: Ranger Dylusions White Linen ink spray, Hero Arts white embossing powder, Signo Uniball gel pen, sequins, Stampin Up silver brad, Silhouette adhesive sheets.

A Wedding Card


My dear cousin Dominique is getting married on Sunday to her love Mark, a musician. When I sat down today to make a card for them I knew this sentiment (from Mama Elephant’s Love Quotes) would be perfect since Mark has written many love songs, all about Dom! The colour palette was inspired by the beautiful photo for the current Mama Elephant challenge:


I used the Femme Frames stitched die for the matt piece and used some Stampin Up vellum paper for the main panel. I heat embossed the sentiment first, then added all the sequins and the adorable little critters (coloured with Copics and then die cut using the coordinating Love Quotes dies). I used a white gel pen to add some dots to the border of the vellum piece.

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Stamps: Mama Elephant Love Quotes
Dies: Mama Elephant Femme Frames, Mama Elephant Love Quotes
Cardstock: Stampin Up Blushing Bride, Rose Red, Vellum
Other: Versamark ink, Hero Arts White Embossing Powder, sequins

Embossing Paste + Glitter


Here’s another card inspired by the Stencilled class – I used white embossing paste over a Crafters Workshop Garden Gate stencil and while the paste was still wet sprinkled dry Ranger Rock Candy Distress Stickles dry glitter over the top. It gives a lovely fine shimmer over the entire surface. Even though Christmas is over, and here in Australia we’re having a heatwave, I felt the panel needed a delicate finish so I used a Memory Box snowflake die to cut a snowflake from white card and also from vellum. I spritzed the white snowflake with Mister Huey Seafoam and Calico Shine spray and held the white and vellum pieces together with glue dots and an old Stampin Up silver brad from my stash. I stamped the sentiment from WPlus9’s Woodland Wreaths onto vellum and heat embossed it in white.


I thoroughly enjoyed the Stencilled class and am already looking forward to Online Card Classes’ next offering!

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Stencilled Day 3


So glad the weekend is here and I finally have time to catch up on my Stencilled class homework :). I absolutely loved the card Shari Carroll demonstrated using translucent embossing paste and distress inks. Here’s my CASE of the card, altered slightly by mounting the panel on black card and adding a panel with the sentiment and some flowers. I love the batik-look this stencil and inking produces and would love to try it out with some green and blue distress inks. Here’s a close up:


Dreamworks Translucent Embossing Paste, Heidi Swapp Doily Flowers stencil, Tim Holtz Wild Honey, Ripe Persimmon and Festive Berries Distress Inks, Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock, SU black cardstock, Lawn Fawn Sunny Skies, Hero Arts white embossing powder, Prima and other flowers.

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DIY Stencil with Colour Pencils


This card was inspired by Kristina Werner’s video on Day 2 of the Stencilled class. I don’t have any stencils with larger shapes, so made one using a few small die pieces from various sets I have. I placed them randomly on a scrap piece of card stock (in my Big Shot I use the Stampin Up Magnetic Platform which makes keeping the dies in place easier).


On the panel I stamped the sentiment from  Mama Elephant’s Hello set first and then moved the stencil around and used colour pencils to colour the negative spaces. I used the SU note paper punch to trim the side and mounted it on black card.


Dies (used to create stencil): Memory Box Cosmic Stars, Paper Smooches Hearts.
Stamps: Mama Elephant Hello
Ink: Hero Arts Hero Hues Black, Prismacolour Pencils
Card: SU Confetti White, Basic Black

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Stencilled Fun – Day 1


I’m currently enjoying my first ever online card making class, Stencilled, from Online Card Classes. This morning I had a chance to try out a couple of the techniques from Day 1 – misting and inking stencils. First I used the Tim Holtz Bubble stencil and spritzed it with Mister Huey’s Bazinga blue. After leaving it for a couple of minutes to dry I positioned the Simon Says Stamp Falling Snow stencil over the top and used a piece of stamping sponge to apply ink directly from a Stampin Up Daffodil Delight ink pad. I like the control that inking with a sponge provides ;). I felt the panel needed a third colour so this time spritzed Mister Huey Sea Foam closer to the panel to get the splotchy look.


The sentiment is from the fabulous Neat and Tangled Everyday Circles set which arrived in the mail this week – love it! The little arrow was from left over die cuts from the Avery Elle Chevron Bits dies. The top of the white panel was punched with a retired Stampin Up notebook punch.

Hopefully I’ll have more stencilled cards to share later!

Stencils: Tim Holtz Bubble, Simon Says Stamp Falling Snow
Ink: Studio Calico Mister Huey’s Bazinga, Sea Foam, Stampin Up Daffodil Delight, Hero Arts Hero Hues Black
Stamps: Neat and Tangled Everyday Circles
Card: Stampin Up Whisper White, Coastal Cabana

Thanks for looking!
Deanne W