Card Café at Creative U

Friday, February 22, 2013

CU2013 cards1

One of the things I enjoyed most about this year’s Creative University was designing all of the projects myself. In the early years I offered a couple make-and-take projects, but nothing like the amount of artwork I created for this year’s event.

At the Card Café, students created two each of four designs, leaving with a total of eight cards. Each of the cards had a fun technique to make them a little more challenging and maybe learn something new.

CU wishes

The Heartfelt Wishes card (above) uses the embossed resist technique. The bird is stamped and heat embossed in white onto white cardstock, then sponged with twilight ink for a soft graduated colored background.

CU feel better

The Feel Better Soon card (above) uses pen detailing on the medallion portion of the card. I added this little detail in order to repeat the same element found in the background paper. By repeating these black dots it really pulls the whole design together.

CU thank you

The Thank You card (above) uses spot glitter to highlight the leaves and flower petals. Prisma glitter by CTMH is a translucent glitter, so it allows the undercolor of any paper or ink to show through. Used here, it appears green on the leaves and white on the petals. Pretty slick trick!

CU happy birthday

The Happy Birthday card (above) wasn’t so much about technique, but it did show off a cute way to make a handmade embellishment. The little pennants are nothing more than flat toothpicks topped with cardstock strips, hand-trimmed to size. You can even stamp a little word or design on yours, further customizing your own personal embellishment for next to nothing! Hooray!

One last mention about this card class you might not have noticed. All of the cards used the paper pack Chantilly, which is very “girly” with the pinks and yellows. I purposely designed two of the cards to be unisex colors so that they could be used for either men or women. All of the Close to My Heart paper packs have two-sided patterned paper (we call it B&T paper, for “background & texture”). So there are always plenty of choices for alternate color schemes in every pack!

I go through a lot of thank you cards, since I send one to every online customer when they place an order. I’ll be adapting some of these designs into thank you cards to use up my leftovers from Creative U.
How about you? What type of card do you use most? Leave a comment and let me know!

CTMH products used in these cards (click on the names to shop my website):
PAPER Chantilly Paper pack
STAMP SETS Happy Thoughts
Frame Flair
4 My Friend
Card Chatter – Sympathy
Say it in Style (retired)
Perfect Fit – Birthday
Stitched Together
Prisma Glitter
Baker’s Twine, Grey Wool & Cranberry


Terrie Dodd said...

Oh my Tresa...these are some of the most beautiful cards I have ever seen! I thought I saw a rumor that there WILL be CU next year, is that true? I would so love to come, but the dates didn't work out again this year. Let us know so we can start planning for next year....
Thanks for sharing your beautiful cards!

Tresa Black said...

Thank you Terrie! Yes, the tradition of CU will continue, thanks to the amazing women and their input at this year's event. It will be different in some ways, but many of the same traditions that have made CU so special will return. Registration will open October 1, 2013.

Debbie DP said...

Tresa-love your artwork. You are so creative. I too am always in need of thank you cards.

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