Annual Catalog 2017-2018, Occasions 2018, Technique Class

Oh So Glossy!!

Tuesday I mentioned I would share the cards we made at Technique class over the weekend! The technique was using glossy card stock. It was new for me too! I have never used glossy paper before on cards. When I was trying to decide on what technique to start with I was browsing Pinterest, of course! I had other ideas in mind until I saw this beautiful card by Carolyn Bennie. I was like how, just how did she do that background?! So I checked out her blog post and video. I was amazed and couldn’t wait to try! Click her photo to go to the coordinated blog post.


Then I searched for glossy card stock technique and found another amazing inspiration! Shannon Lane from Crush On Colour had these amazing cards! I FELL IN LOVE!! So I knew I had to do this for class! Click her picture for her post about it!


Now here’s the tricky part, I haven’t done this technique before and wanted to teach it… so I had to learn it. Well I didn’t have any glossy paper on hand so I decided to offer the class and hope I could learn it enough to teach haha So I played with it two days before class and came up with some beautiful backgrounds to use. I didn’t even take pictures of all of them.

Here are two out of 4 cards we made at class!! We started with the tree bark texture that Carolyn Bennie shared. At first I was skeptical after I did the background but once I looked back at it then I saw it! Plus once you assemble your card it pulls it all together! Then the next card is one that was inspired by Shannon Lane. I just changed it up a little and I just love how it turned out!

The glossy paper technique can be a little messy but isn’t that the point of playing with ink?! hehe We had this awesome sponge that helps get the ink off your hands so my stampers didn’t have to go home inky if they didn’t want to.


I used Sahara Sand and Chocolate Chip for the main colors. Then since I didn’t have any other browns on hand I used a couple retired colors just to see if I could add some extra dimension. Any browns you have will do the trick, I do suggest one dark, light and mid range. The pressure you use as you slide the ink pad across the paper will also help with the light and dark within the one color.

I used the new Petal Passion bundle for the bird, branch and, sentiment! I can’t wait to play with that bundle some more! You’ll be seeing more if it next week probably! hehe

The other card was messier, and had a more instant impression on me. You spray your paper with alcohol and then use reinkers to drop ink onto it then use a second piece of the glossy card stock and squish it together and twist some! I used Bermuda Bay and Daffodil Delight for this one.


I used some of the Color Theory designer series paper for a paint swatch piece. I used the paint brushes and sentiment from the stamp set Crating Forever. I love this set so much! I used my blender pen to color in some of the paint brushes and pot.


Oh I can’t forget to share a picture of the variety of designs my stampers did based on my first card. I love that they have creative ideas while working on a card I show them. Some kept very close to my design and some changed theirs some. Love it!


I hope you enjoyed seeing my cards today. I know I didn’t go into a ton of detail of how to do them but feel free to ask me questions in the comments. This week has felt a little off and I think it’s because of the time change we just had. This weekend I’ll be creating some new projects! If you ever have something you would like to see let me know and I’ll see if I can do it! 🙂



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