Today, I attended class at The Purple Magnolia again – one of my happy places in all the world. I went with a friend, and it was a class that had sponsored prizes. These classes do happen from time to time, but it was an unexpected, and happy surprise. Both my friend and I won a pack of paper sponsored by FabScraps, a local paper crafting company. We also won a prize to be shared by a friend couple – a super cute little enamel pin heart broken into two pieces. It says Crafty on the one side and Friends on the other.
Here are pics of the pin on my bag, and on hers:
Anyway, back to the crafting. What I love about the Purple Magnolia is that you learn techniques to use on a card / project / page / journal, etc. We always make a completed project (or two) but we also always learn a new technique to use on the project of the day, and it is usually a technique we carry forward with us for all our future projects. These techniques are not necessarily new, but more often than not, they are new to us. Today was no different. We learned how to make a faux metal embellishment using Ultra Thick Embossing powder, a stamp, and some wax.
Here is card number one with a few techniques, including the faux metal piece – you can see it on the bottom left:
We used a bunch of embellishments on the card to sort of make it fancy and balanced, and I particularly love the little brown polystyrene balls. This card also shows a technique of using metal or resin embellishments, painting them with black gesso, and then applying wax over them to create a colourful and unique item.
On the next card, we used three techniques – adding glitter for some highlights, adding foiling for highlights, and making faux metal embellishments another way – using foil over card and alcohol ink to colour.
As you see, at the bottom of the card, we also added some mini stones and beads to give a sort of beach and water’s edge feel.
But that was not all (as they say in the adverts). Purple Magnolia had also sponsored a pack of items each. It contained some beautiful and useful things for masculine cards – a piece of hessian, some twine, a sticker sheet, and a bunch of envelopes with tags to use inside them. <3
We were all having so much fun that we didn’t even remember to make the third card. The pack of paper included in the course (along with all the other bits and bobs) is enough to make several cards (or other items), and it was an absolutely magical and wonderful day. We felt spoiled, and all came home with hands filled with ink and glue and glitter. As it should be.
I hope your weekend is as much fun as mine is, and that you will pop in again soon. Take care of yourselves. 🙂