Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Gamsol, Beginner's Class & Heartfelt Creations Card

Sue's Getting to Know Gamsol class on September 13 from 1:00 to 4:00 filled up quickly; she's scheduled another class the evening before on Monday, September 12. Cost is $25 per student. We know there are a few dozen of you who purchased the Gamsol kits who still haven't signed up for either class -- this is your chance to learn how to use the Gamsol to your best 'artists' advantage. Sue has been experimenting with colors, techniques, and combining pencils with Copics, glitter pens, and even watercolor paints. Quick and easy, but more importantly – BEAUTIFUL!  You'll make four finished cards and extra toppers as time permits.

Sue has started prepping for her classes, so please call the store if you'd like to sign up for the Monday evening class (Sept. 12) at 360.357.6820 or stop by the store.

by Sue Moffat

Numerous customers have asked us to schedule a class for beginning stampers. We've finally made the perfect match . . . Dianne Johnson, our newest staff member, has worked up a class that we are very proud to offer at Art 'n Soul.

Saturday, September 24, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. -- $25 per student

Are you new to stamping and cardmaking, and would like to take the mystery out of the process?  Do you wonder how all of the different types of ink are used?  Are you curious about the different types of stamps, and how they are used; what sizes should you cut your paper; or what is heat embossing, and how is it done?  These questions and many more will be answered in Basics 101.  You will get to practice stamping with many different ink types, cut paper to size, heat emboss images, and even make a background with distress inks.  You will receive a handout with all of the information covered in class, and will also take with you samples of your own stamping and embossing, as well as a completed card.  Bring your basic kit, and be ready for some fun!

I have to tell you that I've seen the hand-out material. That information alone is more than worth the class fee. It's information that any stamper, novice or expert, would find extremely useful. Sign up soon . . . call the store (360.357.6820) or stop in to sign up.

Tomorrow, I'll plug my Shimmer Sheetz! class. I originally scheduled it from 1:30 to 3:30 on September 22 and I've discovered I have to change it to later in the day; I'll post the new time in tomorrow's blog. Schedules . . . seriously challenging!

I cannot put my Prismacolor colored pencils down. I stamped this Heartfelt Creations' stamp on Classic Crest White Solar 80 lb. paper (aka Karen Lockhart paper at our store). It was a very simple card to make.

Stamp by Heartfelt Creations

by Debbie Gaetz

The die is from Spellbinders' new Labels Twenty-Three and the Grand Labels Twenty-Three. Using my Grand Caliber, I used the Grand Labels Twenty-Three on an 8.5x11 glossy white sheet folded in half horizontally, making sure that one edge of the die was outside the fold. I used two sizes down from the Grand Labels Twenty-Three to cut the stamped image and another the same size out of white glossy paper. I then used the largest die from the Labels Twenty-Three set to cut inside the last die cut to form the frame. I ran the frame through the Cuttlebug with the rose patterned embossing folder and used the dull side of the paper for the frame. Narrow strips of foam mounting tape were used around the backside of the frame for added dimension. I found an excuse to use my new Candi on each corner of the frame.

That's it for tonight.

There is in every artist's studio a scrap heap of discarded works in which the artist's discipline prevailed against his imagination.
Robert Brault

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