I'm really glad I decided to take this A Cut Above class. I haven't used my cuttle bug that much over time, and these assignments are really getting me to try some new things. The Day 3 lesson was about creating shaped cards. I had several large dies that I thought about using, but opted for my large scalloped square die from Stampin' Up!. Can you believe this was only the 2nd time I had used it? I really need to use my tools more.
I used a Spellbinders square die to cut the hole in the center, making a frame for my scene. This card uses the Frida por Vida stamp set from Paper Wings Productions, designed by Handmade by Lissie Girl. The curtains are paper pieced from a Basic Grey red distressed paper (the frame is from BG "Out of Print"). I needed a background to stamp Frida, but white or ivory seemed to stark, so I looked in my stash and found this book paper that I had painted with some gesso. I stamped her using Archival ink and colored her in using my new Distress Markers. Isn't she cute??
I took the Tim Holtz Online Card Class too, but didn't have the distress markers when we were practicing marker techniques. I couldn't wait to get them. I really love how they look on top of gesso. They have a beautiful translucent quality, and the blend very nicely. I will definitely use them on gesso again, and I can't wait to try them on watercolor paper too.
Inspired yet? As my husband says - go make something pretty!
Keep checking back for more A Cut Above / Paper Wings samples!