Today's card is one that I made for my new post over at one of my all time favorite forums, StampNation. I discovered StampNation in March of 2012, just two months after I started playing with paper and glitter, and I knew NOTHING about making cards. Nada, zilch, zip. I was dinking around the internet one night hungry to learn and discovered one of Catherine Pooler's AWESOME tutorials on YouTube. Long story short, I found StampNation, joined up within a day or two, and I've made some wonderful friendships, learned so much about paper crafting, and even attended the First Annual Retreat in April of this year (and can't wait until next year's Retreat!).
There are now over 325 video tutorials there with more being added almost weekly - how can you beat THAT! Catherine Pooler is a fabulous lady who knows her stuff, and she puts on wonderful tutorials that are easy to listen to and full of useful tips and tricks. Plus she's a wonderful, sweet lady with a fabulous sense of humor, too! (I only wish I lived next door to her.) Her blog always has fun ideas and I urge you to pay her a visit.
Catherine has asked if I will join StampNation's Design Team, and she has graciously allowed me to have my own "column," which we've named "Shea's Lounge." (Sorry, we just couldn't resist.) It's a monthly column for members only in which I'll present a tutorial and a project showing the finished product. This month's tutorial, which will go live tomorrow on the 15th, features the fun acetate flowers. They look like glass, and the customization options are nearly endless.
I put the large one on a side-step card, the first I've ever made. Rather than deal with the many cuts, folds and scores (I'm very measurement challenged on the best of days), I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut it for me.
Here's a close up of the flower using the Tim Holtz Tattered Flowers die, one of my favorites.
The bird was also cut on my Silhouette and painted with Neocolors, then coated with three coats of Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE).
The little banner was made from loose canvas which I unraveled on both edges (more on the leftover pieces in a moment). The stick holding it up is just that, a piece of a branch from my recently deceased Japanese Maple, courtesy of our Texas summer heat. I used a miniature rose, tiny button, really tiny stamp and a flattened bead cap with a pearl as the ornaments. Oh, and a really REALLY tiny, glittered butterfly.
Remember the trimmings of the canvas flags? I used them to make a tiny bird's nest and airbrushed it with Copics. The flowers are airbrushed, and the tag behind the flowers and sentiment is stamped and distressed. The little sentiment tag is a tiny piece of wood that I painted with shimmer paints and stamped and then doodled the edge designs with a Copics marker.
Some pearls, a gold leafed button, and various seam binding and crochet ribbon and flourish die cuts complete this fun piece.
Here's a side view so you can see the "steps." It was my first side step card but not my last - it was SO much fun to decorate!
Thank you so much for joining me and I urge you to go pay Catherine Pooler a visit, either on her blog or on StampNation, or both!
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