Another month has come and gone. It seems like just yesterday the Create & Craft team was at Red Letter Journal for the monthly card club. No one knows how fast time can fly like the brave souls who were up until the wee hours of the morning making their cards for today . . . I mean . . . the extremely dedicated members of Create & Craft were up through the wee hours of the morning ensuring the best work possible for card club!
If you recall from last month, the theme for July 3 was coloring black lined stamps. Participants could use markers, pencils, crayons, chalk – whatever could add color to the stamps. Do you know what I like most about stamping? It gives adults a good excuse to color! I love to color! I find it relaxing, and I would gladly curl up with a coloring book and a new box of crayons and color the day away! Since most frown upon a 30 something year old professional wasting the day away with a Mickey Mouse coloring book, I choose the next best thing – stamping!
For my first card, I chose a rather large stamp that Joe Morgan brought back to me form one of his many adventures. I just find the ladies hilarious, and I had the perfect quote to go with this fun loving group – “Inside every older person is a young person . . . wondering what the heck happened.” I colored the stamp with Copic markers, but my favorite technique was the background. By applying ink to my distressing folder, I was able to add a different color and dimension. For my second card, I turned to my favorite moose – Riley! To make the round card, I covered a CD with paper and attached a smaller circle to the CD using my Crop-a-Dile. Riley was colored using Copic markers that complemented the patterned paper.
Before jetting off to New York to spend a couple weeks with her grandson, Betty Scott created her card using a butterfly stamp and Copic markers. It is hard to see in the picture, but Betty also used Copic Spica pens to add color and sparkle to the butterflies antennas. Spica pens are quite amazing. What gives them their sparkle is actually ground of glass. If you decide to give Spica markers a try, be sure to store them laying down.
Joe Morgan loves dragons, I love the color purple, and I was touched to know he added purple to his dragon stamp just for me! Joe started coloring his dragon stamp with chalk; but after completing one card, he decided that was going to take wwwwaaaayyyyy too long and switched to Prisma pencils. What’s so cool about these pencils is how nicely they blend. Using a paper blender and Gamsol liquid, you can make the colors smoothly blend into each other.
Last but not least, Joe Rotella used several shades of orange Copic markers to color the flower. Joe stamped the flower twice, colored it, and then trimmed one of the images which he pop dotted to add dimension. My favorite part of the card is the center of the flower – that’s bird seed! It adds great dimension and texture to the card.
Next month, Carole and Joanna will be joining in the fun! The theme is interactive cards. For our make and take, we created a pocket with a removable tag. This should be fun! If you want to join us, just send us an email, and we will get you connect with the awesome Heather who leads the club at Red Letter Journal!
I hope everyone has a GREAT 4th of July!