Monday, March 14, 2016

Cards from our Saturday Card Class at Scatter Joy Center for the Arts

As many of my "regulars" know, I have had the privilege of teaching card classes at Kathy Davis Studios since 2013, and for the past year at KDS's nonprofit off-shoot, the Scatter Joy Center for the Arts, in Horsham, PA. 
Much as I am to be the "scatterer" of the joy as one of its many teachers, I also receive an incredible amount of joy in teaching such fun students, many of whom have become Regulars.  I love you all! 
Our most recent two-hour class was held on Saturday March 12 and we took on "Happy, Happy Birthday" cards that I designed.  Participants were able to finish four of these five, and will work on the fifth again at our next session, on Saturday, April 23.  Let me show you what (and how) we made each card:
The first card we took on was a "masculine card" with a complicated fold that's really easy to make:
The paper used is Close To My Heart's "Urban" paper pack. I cut and supplied the silver metallic gears and the cut sentiment, using a Silhouette Online Files.  Here is a very basic tutorial for the fold. It's a lot easier to follow along in a class or a video, so do search YouTube for a great video.
We moved to another more complicated cut/designed cards, meant for a child in your life.  This file uses stamp sets from Close To My Heart that students colored using ShinHan markers and colored pencils. The paper pack is Penelope (believe it or not, it's not Regatta!), along with solids in Sapphire and Glacier.
This design is called a "Side Step Card"; the finished size is a standard A2 card (5.5"w x 4.25"h).  A cutting diagram is below.
Next, students prepped their watercolored papers for stamping flowers for the fifth card that I'll show later. While the paper dried, we moved on to cards three and four, which were both more basic and used the same stamp set:
This card coupled CTMH's Kaleidoscope paper pack with colored candles, and solid cardstocks in Pear, Thistle and Black.

This fun card used a strip of CTMH's Fundamentals paper (Thistle colored dimensional strip on the right), and dots done with a flurry of markers. Students had the option of putting Liquid Glass on the hat and candle flames, as shown.
...and for our last card, we ran out of time, so we'll pick it back up on Saturday, April 23.  Here is the pretty:
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