Ken Oliver Class at Paper Dreams

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Paper Dreams Store, Kennesaw, Georgia

This weekend I had the privilege of attending a Color Burst Technique class by none other than the inventor himself, Ken Oliver of Ken Oliver Crafts!  What a treat!

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Ken is a great teacher, personable and approachable.  He shares a real time view of what he is doing on a tv so you can see exactly how he performs a technique.  He also moves around the class offering tips and looking over everyone’s progress.

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Paper Dreams Store in Kennesaw, Georgia

The class was held at Paper Dreams in Kennesaw, Georgia.  Paper Dreams is a lovely store with a nice selection of paper, stamps and supplies.  They emphasize classes with a busy schedule and plenty of various activities in which to participate. The owner, Stephanie is helpful and knowledgeable.

Even my Mom attended class!  85 years old and still crafting!!!

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Pay at visit to Stephanie and the other ladies at Paper Dreams  and look through the goodies or take a class.  You’ll be glad you did!

 

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Local King Sea Life Card

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Seahorse Birthday Card using Local King Sea Life Stamp Set!

Today, I am sharing a Birthday card I made for my Uncle.  Cards for the men in our lives are always a challenge aren’t they? My Uncle is an artist and the sea has been the focus of a majority of his paintings.  I felt that a card with a “Sea” type theme was a good choice.

  1. Using Local King Sea Life (5) Stamps, color Seahorse stamps with markers and stamp on GLOSSY paper.  The blending of colors will not work on matte or absorbent paper.  Fussy cut both Seahorses and put aside.
  2. On matte, white cardstock, create background with 3 different colors of Ranger Distress Oxide Ink Pads. I used Broken China, Cracked Pistachio and Wilted Violet.  Apply random drops of water to activate the Distress Oxide Inks – this helps further the impression of water.
  3. Stamp Techniquejunkies Sea Waves Stamp #S628 background waves in Tsukineko Versafine Ink Pad Deep Lagoon.
  4. Cut random “seaweed” shapes from matte white paper and color to taste (I used Tombow Dual Brush Pens markers in Olive and Brown tones.  Attach to card with Liquitex Matte Gel Medium.
  5. Attach seahorses with tape dots
  6. Stamp the sentiment from  Darcie’s Heart and Home #POL2016 Ocean Pals Stamp Set
  7. I finished the card by applying random small dots from a white paint pen. 

If you haven’t used any of the Local King stamps with their awesome technique of coloring the stamp with markers, head over to their site Local King Rubber Stamps.  They have lots of great videos!

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Pan Pastels

Have you tried Pan Pastels yet? They are artist’s pastels that come in shallow, wide pots. They are commonly applied with a sponge applicator. The colors are absolutely gorgeous! They blend flawlessly and easily lend themselves to gradient color applications such as backgrounds. I used them to create the background for the tag below.

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The tag is made of medium pink cardstock. I stamped and embossed the image with white embossing powder. Then, I applied a medium blue Pan Pastel at the bottom, a purple on the center and a yellow at the top.

Be sure to try them! I am still experimenting a lot but love them!Link for Pan Pastels