Sunday, September 13, 2015

Craftsy Class - Sneak Peak of Lesson 1 and a Giveaway!


True to my blog and passion, Craftsy chose topics that have always been my readers’ favorite features. I teach 7 classes and show techniques in quilling as well as making flat sheets of paper pop off a page. 

Let me show you a sneak peak of Lesson 1, a Christmas Tree Card. All DIY crafters know Christmas surprises are planned in advance and need a few elves to complete before the special day. In my class, I show how to assemble the tree, dust it with snow, and top it with a 3-D star. Besides the 1/8-inch hole punch for snow, the cutting files are all included in the Class Materials.

If you look closely, you'll also see a little Hershey's kiss tucked inside the tree, just a sweet prezzie for someone special. It's hard to see in this photo, but the falling snow is not simply flat dots - they're textured paper that really look like fluffy snow.

I don't like wasting paper so I used up the space within the tree too. The Class Materials includes a bonus shape to make a place card holder - in case there are any Christmas weddings or large parties being planned this year. It really made my sister-in-law-who-is-a-Christmas-fanatic, start salivating. 


What I learned as a Craftsy instructor, is their high standards for ensuring students receive skills to apply what they've learned in class to other projects. To show how this can be done in Lesson 1, I made a birthday card using the fanned 3D symmetrical shape technique. 

First, I made an oval and elongated it, tapering one end to make the balloons. I assembled the balloons in varying colors to make them more festive. I put two 3D stars back-to-back and glued all three elements to cloth covered floral wire. To make the streamers out of quilling paper, I used the technique I show in my book, Pretty Quilled Cards (Easter Basket, page 88). I chose a font I liked and cut it out several times to create my own chipboard (I show how that's done in this post). Then I assembled them all on my 3D Cake Collection (available in my Etsy shop).


If you'd like to make your own 3D balloons, I'm offering the free SVG or PDF files here. The shapes are simple enough to cut by hand as well.

To thank you for all your wonderful words of support, I'd like to offer a giveaway of my 3D Cake Collection to one commenter of this post. The details are very intricate, so I do suggest using a digital die cutter that can handle SVG files. To enter, please leave a comment and a way for me to contact you. This giveaway will end Friday, September 18th. I'll announce the winner once they've been notified.

*** UPDATE ***

Congratulations to Honey Moser of Honey's Quilling, who won my digital die cut file for a 3D cake. I pulled the number 2 out of a deck of cards and she was the 2nd person to comment. Thanks everyone!

10 comments:

  1. What unique cards....the tree is Wonderful, and the pop ups are adorable. Would love to win the 3-D Cake Collection....thank you for the chance!!!
    Paper Hugs,
    Janet Castle castle 77 at comcast dot net

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    1. Thanks so much for entering Jan! I'd love it if you won! What cutting machine do you use?
      Cecelia

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  2. What an adorable card! I can't wait to see your classes on Craftsy so I can guide my readers there. Love the platform and I'm so glad they are adding paper quilling to their repertoire!

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    1. OH that would be so great Honey! Thank you so much! Yes, I've waited for them to focus on paper for quite some time and am anticipating all their new courses to come.
      Cecelia

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    1. Thank you :D I'm grinning from ear to ear!

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  4. Love these cards. Can't wait for classes. I bought your book and am learning a lot!
    Peggy

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    1. That is SO sweet of you Peggy! Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. I really love reading comments like yours because sometimes I just never see what happens after my work is done. I'm so thrilled you like my book!!!
      Cecelia

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  5. Lovely...I want to learn this techniques for such a long time.

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    1. I'm really still pinching myself that I'm able to show what I do - something I've been secretly wanting to do for quite some time but didn't know how.
      Cecelia

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