Sunday, March 22, 2015

Day 1- Stretch Your Dies Online Card Class - Heat Shrink Craft Foam

I've had a very busy week with a trip to California crammed in for work.  I signed up for the Stretch Your Dies Online Card Class and found it to be, once again, the busiest week to have homework.  I've tried to catch up this weekend, but find that I am woefully behind.  This card was created using a technique taught on Monday- die cutting with craft foam.  Each embellishment except the purple border was cut from craft foam.  The Hello die is a Paper Smooches die, the flowers are Heartfelt Creations Asters and the leaves come from a Spellbinders set.  I cut everything out of white foam and shrunk them with a heat tool.  I used my distress inks (Shaded Lilac, Shabby Shutters and Seedless Preserves) to color the images.  There is quite a bit of dimension on this card and I'll admit to being skeptical of the technique.  i thought it might look cheesy.

Well, it doesn't.  It is unique and different and though I might not use it on a lot of cards truly represents a reason to take an online card class.  I find plenty of technique videos for free online and I can follow those instructions.  However, I find myself watching the same kinds of videos over and over and using the same kinds of techniques.  This card is an example of how I can spice up my mojo by stretching a bit.

It's not too late to join the class, just click the link to sign up.  Maybe I'll see you over there as I catch up on my homework.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Challenge #175: Anything Goes

Simon Says Spring Pinterest Inspiration Challenge - I used the colors in one of the photos (purple and green) to inspire this card.

Inspiration Emporium's Spring Blooms challenge

Come join the fun or just look at all the inspiration.


  1. That is cool for you to take an online class, I can't hardly follow a schedule. It was even more fun to see you post a project along the way, this is awesome!

  2. Very cute card! Thanks so much for joining us for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

  3. I love that background! TFS


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