Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Four Cards For "Wooden It Be Good" Glitter Pot Class

Last Saturday I ran a "Wooden It Be Good" all day class at the Glitter Pot.  The class featured four cards made with faux wood effects using a woodgrain stamp and a woodgrain embossing folder.

I love a card with a dangly element so I had to include a personal favourite of mine - one of my dangly birdhouse tent card designs!  I inked the plain side of the X Cut Woodgrain folder with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and embossed the front of the kraft card base - oh my giddy aunt, what a fab faux wood look that gives, so realistic!  I cut a circle aperture out of the card front - making sure to keep the cut out circle to use on a later card - and added a frame.  The kraft die cut birdhouse was stamped with the Hero Arts 'Designer Woodgrain' stamp using VersaFine Vintage Sepia ink and I inked the edges of the birdhouse with gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  Baker's twine was threaded through the hole and taped to the back of the card on the inside so the birdhouse dangles freely.  A piece of blue CS was added to the inside of the card and the front was embellished with die cut leaves, punched flowers, gems and gingham ribbon.  A few minutes before the class started I decided the card really should have a bird on it - so I quickly added a small black die cut bird to the birdhouse!

Here's a view of the card from the side showing the W shaped piece of CS I attached inside so that the tent card doesn't collapse when on display - that's a pet peeve of mine!

The second card was a simpler design of a wooden flower box with punched leaves and flowers.  I used a Smoothies ink blending sponge to apply Tumbled Glass Distress Ink to the front of the white card base and added a torn strip of green Core'dinations paper at the bottom.  I stamped a rectangle of kraft CS with the woodgrain stamp, trimmed it to size and used some offcut pieces for feet for the flower box.  Using an alcohol marker and ruler I drew lines to represent planks and added dots to look like nailheads.  The edges of the flower box pieces were inked with Gathered Twigs ink and then I glued the pieces to the card front.  Then it was time to get busy punching out leaves and flowers to fill the box.  I edged all the flowers with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink, shaped them and added a gem to each centre.

After lunch the class made two masculine cards featuring DIY tools made using a fab Leane Creatief set of dies.  The dies are a great size and have wonderful embossed detail to them.  I didn't emboss the shapes after I'd die cut them, I just added a shim when cutting and that helped the embossed detail stand out.  I made a card in a box design and placed the tools inside so it looks like a tool chest - I was really happy how that idea turned out!  I used kraft CS for the card in a box, stamped the Hero Arts Woodgrain stamp in Gathered Twigs ink and inked the edges with Walnut Stain ink.  I used silver mirri CS to cut the tools and used coloured CS for the screwdriver handles.  The blue handled screwdriver and the spanner are both popped up.  I added a flagged sentiment banner and the screw brads were the perfect finishing touch!

Here's another view so you can see the tools inside the box.

The final card uses the die cut circle left over from the dangly birdhouse tent card - a simple design with popped up tools and a few silver nailheads.

What a fun day - lots of laughs and some legendary home made rock cakes - add in crafting and that's a recipe for a perfect day!  I'm really having a blast running the classes at the Glitter Pot, I'm meeting some amazingly creative crafters who are very happy to share wonderful tips and ideas.  Many thanks to the lovely ladies who attended that day!  I must give a special shout out to Carol, Lesley and Wendy - my posse of supportive pals - posse sounds better than groupies which is what they called themselves LOL!  Big {{{{HUGS}}}} to you!

Supplies for dangly birdhouse tent card:
Stamps: Hero Arts Design Block 'Designer Woodgrain'
CS: Craftwork Cards kraft, Glitter Pot black, Bazzill 'Starmist', 'Sunshine' & 'Petunia', Core'dinations 'Amazon'
Ink: VersaFine Vintage Sepia, Gathered Twigs Distress Ink
Tools: X Cut 6" x 6" 'Woodgrain' embossing folder, Marianne Design 'Birdhouse Flowers' die & stamp set, Joy Crafts Vintage Flourishes 'Branch Leaves' die, Woodware 'Christmas Flower' multi punch, circle Nestie dies, sponge dauber, flower shaper & moulding mat
Embellishments & accessories: black & white gingham ribbon, blue & white baker's twine, PaperMania black gems 

Supplies for wooden flower box card:
Stamps: Hero Arts Design Block 'Designer Woodgrain'
CS: Woodware white Linen Effect, Craftwork Cards kraft, Bazzill 'Petunia', Core'dinations 'Amazon'
Ink: VersaFine Vintage Sepia, Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass, Victorian Velvet & Gathered Twigs Distress Inks, dark brown alcohol ink marker
Tools: Woodware 'Grass 1', 'Regular Flower' & 'Large Flower' punches, Creative Expressions 'Smoothies' ink blending sponge, sponge dauber, flower shaper & moulding mat
Embellishments & accessories: PaperMania clear gems

Supplies for tool chest card in a box:
Stamps: Hero Arts Design Block 'Designer Woodgrain', Woodware 'Happy Birthday'
CS: Craftwork Cards kraft, silver mirri card, Bazzill 'Bahama' & 'Raven'
Ink: VersaFine Vintage Sepia & Onyx Black, Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Ink
Tools: Leane Creatief  'Tools' die set, paper piercer
Embellishments & accessories: Woodware Screw Brads, 3D foam pads

Supplies for wood circle & tools card:
Stamps: none
CS: Craftwork Cards kraft, Bazzill 'Raven' & 'Sunshine', silver mirri card
Ink: Tim Holtz Gathered Twigs Distress Ink
Tools: X Cut 6" x 6" 'Woodgrain' embossing folder, circle Nestie die
Embellishments & accessories: silver nailheads, 3D foam pads 

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