Sunday, February 1, 2015

Spring is going to be colorful!

I hope you don't shoot me for posting about a class the second day in a row but I have a feeling the bonus kit for this one is going to go FAST and I don't want you guys to miss out!

Scrapbookers, I need to confess: Sometimes I get a little kit envy... for example when you got the beautiful silkscreens in your SC kits in fall. I loved them but truthfully, I already have so much stuff here and couldn't justify to get the SB kit or add-ons just for those screens. Well, and if I had gotten them, I would have still needed to figure out how to effectively use them.

Now, imagine my happy dance when I woke up to the news that Wilna Furstenberg (!!) is going to teach a class this March at Studio Calico with four beautiful silkscreens as part of the bonus kit! I have a feeling that Spring is going to be fun… and colorful!

Color Theory class with Wilna Furstenberg

If you don't know Wilna yet (is that even possible?), she's certainly a favorite in the scrapbooking world when it comes to playing with paints on paper projects. She makes it look so easy and artistic, all while keeping it real. And did I mention, she likes to do cards occasionally? ;)

Here's what the class description says about Color Theory:

Let Wilna Furstenberg be your guide in learning how to use your Color Theory paints like a studio artist. In this class, you'll explore amazing paint techniques and tricks for creating perfect color combinations on every project.

  • 8 technique videos + new projects from Wilna, all featuring cool techniques you can do with Color Theory Paint.
  • 24 projects from our contributors, sharing their take on the techniques. We'll be featuring layouts, cards, and Project Life® spreads.
  • 8 PDFs sharing step outs and thoughts on the techniques from Wilna and her contributors.
  • Access to a class message board and gallery, where you can share and learn with your teacher and fellow students.
  • Weekly challenges to inspire you to use what you've learned.
  • Digital Die Cut files from Wilna's I Heart Studio

Enrollment for Color Theory will close on February 28th at 11:59pm EST. While supplies last, Color Theory students will receive a set of four 4x3 inch silkscreens and one Color Theory Deja Blue Acrylic Paint.

Bonus Kit for Color Theory class with Wilna Furstenberg
This bonus class kit will ship to you for free, no matter where you are. In addition, ONE lucky Color Theory student will receive all 12 Color Theory Paints. Head over to the class page to sign up! While you're there, check out the "Buy three, get one free." offer for class students who sign up until February 8th.

I personally can't wait since I never had formal training in arts or design and working with paints. It surely wouldn't hurt this old pony to learn a new trick or two ;-) 

On the Grid Sneaks

I promised to show you my sneaks for the On the Grid class with Marcy Penner, so here they are! One is full of color, making the most of even simple stamps to build your grid and, not least, embracing whitespace in your designs.

Sneak for @Studio_Calico's On the Grid class by @pixnglue

This second sneak is very different. It's a full on grid with different design shapes and more of a masculine, reduced color palette.

Sneak for @Studio_Calico's On the Grid class by @pixnglue

I've seen some fun sneaks from the other contributors on social media and personally can't wait to learn more about using grids on projects. Just search for the #SConthegrid hashtag to see for yourself or watch the little slideshow here:

If you click on any of the slideshow images, you'll be directed to the contributor's Instagram account.

Only a few more hours before the class starts!! You can still sign up here until midnight (EST) tonight - learn more on the Studio Calico class page.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Studio Calico Cirque Kit

Hey-ya! Today is the day when you can start ordering this month's Studio Calico kits. I'll quickly give you a tour through the first two of my gallery projects and how they came together. I wrote up step by step instruction along with some tips and hints on the design. I did something similar for my On the Grid class projects and thought you might enjoy this on the blog, too, for a change.

Thinking of You Card

Thinking of You card with hot-air balloon by @pixnglue
Thinking of You card with hot-air balloon by @pixnglue

How to:

  • Stamp the balloons first and color them with Neocolor watercolor crayons and/or Copic markers. You can add dimension by stamping/coloring a second image and punch the balloon out with a 1 1/2" circle punch. Just put it on top of the image on the card base.
  • Next, fill the gaps on the card by stamping a few clouds (ink color: Mint Hint) and "line" them on the bottom with a silver gel pen. Tip: You can flip the cloud image for more variation.
  • Die-cut the frame image from Everyday Sentiments and stamp the open frame with Versamark ink. Sprinkle the die-cut with embossing powder (American Crafts Zing Aqua) and fill the frame with a sentiment sticker. Put some foam squares on the back of the die-cut to create dimension and staple it in place (tool: Tiny Attacher). 
  • Decorate the card with puffy heart stickers. Note how the hearts and clouds both build a triangle that lead your view to the sentiment.

Sending You Hugs Card

Sending You Hugs card with hot-air balloon by @pixnglue
Sending You Hugs card with hot-air balloon by @pixnglue

How to:

  • Stamp the balloon image first with black ink and color the wicker basket with Neocolor watercolors (start on the left and blend out to the right). 
  • Then stamp three of the mountain images as well as the sentiment (ink color: Clean Slate).
  • Add three clouds images using Versamark watermark ink and heat emboss them with American Crafts Zing Opaque White. Clouds are white/grey after all not blue (Yes, I needed a moment to process this while making the card.)
  • Watercolor the mountain images and sky. As for the sky, it looks more natural to start in the corners and blend out to the middle. Use a circular motion with your brush to create some depth.
  • Lastly, punch three 1 1/2" circles, stack them and sow them down the middle. You can then fold them up for dimension.

Let me know if you like this new format! Happy shopping :)