Welcome to another edition of Cathy Makes a Card, the series wherein I, a new card makers, share with you a card I made and what I’m learning as I go. This card features a number of techniques, some of which I nailed and some of which, well, let’s just say I winged it.
I will tell you this: I am having WAY too much fun making cards. And one of the big reasons? Stitched dies. In today’s video, I am using a basic, all-purpose, stitched rectangle shape dies from Lawn Fawn, as well as one of their border die sets. I never knew how cardmakers got that faux stitched look. I always thought it was a punch, or maybe they just made little cuts along the edges. Yes, I was that green. But these stitched die sets are probably my favorite thing on the planet right now, next to coffee and watching my offspring play ultimate.
One of the reasons I’m in love with this whole nested shape die thing is that they make it SO easy to create cards with lovely, perfectly spaced margins. If you’ve ever taken a scrapbooking class with me, you know I’m nothing if not about even margins. Even margins rule my world.
- Always stamp your sentiments before you assemble the card. I completely forgot this. I made the top panel and then stamped the sentiment. It worked out just fine, because of the incredible MISTI tool and its magical powers to help you perfectly place your stamp, but having all the extra layers made my impression a bit heavier than it would have been with just the single piece of patterned paper. Duly noted.
- Do not squeeze your Wink of Stella pen after the intial priming. I couldn’t tell if the Wink of Stella pen was flowing that well when I went to add some shimmer to my stamped rose. Turns out it was, but I went ahead and squeezed the pen and ended up with what I like to call a Glob of Stella. When I purchased my pen, I actually had to watch a YouTube clip to figure out how to get it going. I think if you’re new to this pen, it’s worth watching. You don’t need to do it more than once, from what I gathered but for whatever reason, it went in one ear and out the other. Again, duly noted.
- Always stamp some extra images you plan to color. If you’re new like me, you’re going to make mistakes. If you don’t like mistakes, have some extra to play with. Easy peasy, plus you get in more practice with whatever coloring technique you’re playing with.
- You don’t need a ton of markers to make something awesome. I am just getting into Copic markers and to learn more about them, I am taking an online class called Copic Markers for Card Makers. As tempting as it to want to buy ALL the things Copic related, I’m learning that you can do a lot with just a few markers.
Here is the video and I’m definitely going to work on getting faster so my videos are shorter, but right now, it does take me a bit longer to do this stuff, even with sections of the clip sped up for the sake of time.
I’m also planning to do a post soon about stuff I think is helpful to a new card maker. It’s so fun to have this perspective right now, because I am so new to all of this and I’d like to share what I’ve learned and how much I’ve spent to get started on making stuff.
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