On top of that I'm really enjoying being in the new Creative Chemistry 101 Class and have already learned quite a few new things about a variety of inks and also all about the various inks we use every day in crafting. Tim is an excellent teacher and also very enjoyable to watch on Video. He gives tons a great information and like all the other classes I've taken at the Online Classroom, we also have PDF files to print out each day.
Yesterday's class was very much a general information class and also very interesting. Even after all the time I have spent in classes and making cards, I still learned quite a lot of about how various inks works and a lot more about the differences in Dye vs. Pigment inks and so forth. If you have ever wanted to learn about this, particularly as it related to Ranger products, I highly recommend you hop on over to the classroom now and sign up for this class. We are only on Day Two and I think you'll be very pleased and also be able to catch up.
Today, we starting learning some of the many techniques we will be learning in this class and we started with Distress Inks. I can't share all the details of the class, you'll have to take it yourself to have that information, but I can tell you that I really like it and today was fun.
I have have my first two sets of Tags to share, as we can share our personal project, but not any of the class content, as always. I can also say that all the tags I created today were done solely with Distress Inks and Water in one form or another and all my tags today started as Manila. There are three tags were I used stamps along with the inks and those images were first stamped onto watercolor paper, which I later applied to my tags.
Those three tags are each created with a different technique, but you can also combine techniques to come up with even more styles and ideas. I have also LOVED the way Distress Inks works and between classes at my LSS, Tim's Class I took when he was here, along with Classes I've taken from Jennifer McGuire, I've learned so much about them. I especially LOVE how they react with water of mist and that' is what makes them so cool and unique. Tim also shared the story of how he first introduced them and it was really fun to learn and hear about this first days with Ranger. He's really a great teacher and has so many tips and such to share, after all, he did create these products!!
This next set, were simply my own sample sets that I made using the techniques we learned in class. I created two with the same Hero Arts Fabric Background Stamp, but totally changed the look with the different colors I used.
Another really fun part of class is seeing all the wonderful projects that everyone in class shares in the the Class Gallery. WOW!! There are some amazing projects already out there and some very talented crafters. I also like ready the forum and there have been lots of really good questions and Tim has taken the time to answer them all! It's a very education class and I love that you can practice what you learn each day!!
On top of that I was at my LSS for the Monthly Card Club classes today too, but don't have a thing to share. Unfortunately, I did not really 'love' many of the cards and they were pretty much all in an Easter Theme and that's simply not one of my favorite themes. I sent out maybe one or two Easter Cards at the most, these days! I also admit that I'm not much of a 'sticker' person and quite a few of today's cards had Stickers as embellishments...which sadly are not my thing. On top the that, my new Fiskars Trimmer ended up breaking while I was trimming, so that pretty much was the end for me at class today. I did bring everything home and will use all the card-bases and some of the elements for others cards, so they will be put to good use. I'll also donate the stickers to someone with children, who loves to play with them.
I did contact Fiskars as soon as I did get home and they will be replacing my trimmer. They have a warranty form on their website that I completed and I also included a picture of the broken area, which is the guide wire. I had a reply within minutes saying they had all my information an a new trimmer would be shipped to arrive in 5-7 days, so that was really good. I have a larger version of the trimmer, at home and Love it and have never had any problem, and hopefully won't. I bought the smaller one to take to classes and I should have the replacement next week.
My navy blue cardstock from PTI was also here when I got home, so I did also cut some more of the custom envelopes we'll be using for Bri and Meg's - Save the Dates and Meghan is planning to come over tomorrow after work, so we can hopefully finish them. Busy, Busy Busy!!!
Tomorrow, I'll be off early for a hair appointment, but then have ALL day to create and I'm very much looking forward to Day 3 in Creative Chemistry. I did buy a few new supplies today too, that are on the recommended list. I wanted to try the new Ranger Stamping Paper and the new sets of the Kraft core cardstock. I also picked up some really pretty new Bo Bunny papers, from the new Double Dot Line...awesome!!!!
I'm now wiped out...so time to say Goodnight!! Hoping tomorrow is as fabulous as today!!