Hey there papercrafter. How ya doing?
I’m Sandy. And I’m the teacher around here.
Many of you may know me from my YouTube channel and my long history of working in the craft industry. I cut my video teaching “teeth” using stamps!
I might have been one of the coloring instigators making scenes on cards. Lots of folks do that now, but when I started, I couldn’t find anyone who’d already done so, except in animé. Fortunately decades later, many more have begun creating context for stamps with scenes, and that makes my heart happy!
Classes developed for this site began with cardmaking in mind, but quickly branched out as more than crafters were interested. But so much of what’s here will help you make more awesome cards too!
I’ve collected just a few of the 100+ classes here that might be of special interest to crafters – I hope you find something that will inspire you! (Poke around the site, you might find more!)
Learn to create your own seamless patterns using Art Impressions stamps and distress inks! Use the same templates to design countless new patterns of your very own as well.
Get a jumpstart
The best way to learn the basics of any medium is at the beginning. Even if you’ve been using one of these already, I’ve heard from experienced crafters that they learned valuable info too! Each Jumpstart includes the basics of color theory, techniques, shading, and more.
This course can be taken with any brand of alcohol markers – just find similar colors in your brand, and learn color theory, technique, shading, and more!
Learn to create your own sketchbook – then fill it with color charts and technique tests that you’ll refer to throughout your watercolor journey.
Stamped Watercolor Jumpstart
If you haven’t heard about stamping and watercolor – you’re in for a treat with Art Impressions watercolor stamps!
Watercolor Pencil Jumpstart
Learn some creative ways to use watercolor pencils, and take on just a little drawing by tracing along the way!
If God meant for me to have a clean house, He never would have made me creative.
Just the cards, ma’am.
(Jack Webb would approve.) The MOST card-specific classes. Not that the rest aren’t but, ya know.
CLEAN AND SIMPLE DESIGN
The principles of design are taught in this class – from the rule of thirds to focal points – and even a new invention called “Scene bursting” so you can include your coloring skills!
Stamped Watercolor Scenes
After the Stamped Watercolor Jumpstart class, where to go? How about this intermediate mini class where scenes are built from both stamps and drawn lines!
Flowers are the most popular subject in the crafting world – it’s time to learn to color the stamps…but also how to draw our own beautiful flowers!
Realistic Flowers (Pencil)
Learn to shade five flowers in detail – in a class that includes the digital images, a $25 value! (Flowers are different than the Alcohol Marker class.)
Realistic Flowers (COPIC)
Color five beautiful flowers in detail – in a class that includes the digital images, a $25 value! (Flowers are different than the Colored Pencil class.)
Copic wildflowers I
In this exciting “Look ma, no stamps!” class, begin with blank paper and turn it into your own wildflower card design! (PS Yes you CAN do this.)
Copic wildflowers II
Not enough flowers in the first class? Time for another! Let’s create another set of five beautiful wildflower cards and save buying stamps to do it!
There are those days when we just. need. to. chill. Make something lovely. And play.
Copic Hex Art
Fill a hexagon chart with freehanded techniques for textures and elements that can be used for many of your card scenes in the future!
Follow simple instructions and sketches to create these whimsical “polaroids” – wouldn’t these be adorable on birthday cards?
How do you know a cardmaker loves you? She pulls out the good cardstock.
Enchanting alcohol marker scenes
Add a touch of magic with your alcohol markers.
Take a garden scene to the next level in this class! Slimline (long and thin or tall and thin) cards can have stamped images easily added to the magical forests and gardens taught in this class.
Mini Scene Classes
Mini courses were developed primarily for crafters: they’re taught mostly at A2 size, Level 3 (intermediate), and all with stamped images in mind. Your biggest problem? Choosing which to take first!
Underwater Scenes (COPIC)
Learn five scenes to color in alcohol markers that will give homes to your fish, whales, and mermaids!
Underwater Scenes (WC)
Paint watercolor scenes for your sharks, surfers, scuba divers for the perfect cards to send to friends and family all summer.
Rainy Days (WC)
Learn how to paint rainy scenes in watercolor with beautiful techniques that can enhance stamps or stand alone on the front of a card.
Rainy Days (ALCOHOl marker)
Get out your alcohol markers on a rainy day and bring that weather into your studio! Well not literally, but make some cards to tell someone you miss them, at least!
STORYBOOK SCENES (copic)
Children’s books often have simple, clean imagery – which are easily creatable in alcohol markers. These may be perfect for your latest stamp purchase!
The soft look of colored pencil is one that can give a card scene a dreamy look. Learn techniques to create cute scenes for all those cute stamps in your stash!
Island Time (COpic)
Visit the islands from the comfort of your home studio! Learn to create gorgeous scenes to set off your summer cards. Swimsuit optional, eh?
Star Light Star Bright
Dedicate yourself to working on painting skills daily for a month – then compare where you started with where you wound up. You’ll be amazed!
Blue Skies – Watercolor
In this course you’ll learn five techniques for creating lovely skies behind your stamped images. Learn about softening edges, blending, and more!
Blue Skies – Alcohol Marker
On your next card, delight your recipient by giving a stamped image “atmosphere” by way of a sky full of pretty clouds!
Autumn Scenes (WC Pencil)
Five gorgeous colorful fall landscapes will make your fall stamps come alive – foxes in sweaters, and so much more!
Autumn Scenes (COPIC)
Create spectacular backgrounds for the fall season in this alcohol marker class. Enjoy some pumpkin spice whie you learn!
Not all stamps are created to be outdoors – give a setting to those that are inside!
Sit down with the lessons in this class to learn how to provide indoor settings for the holiday season. Christmas trees, fireplaces, and more will make it a cozy one!
You can’t buy love, but you can buy handmade and that’s kind of the same thing.
Not everything’s a card…
Here’s a few projects to consider when all your cardmaking is caught up. *lol
Creative Holiday Tags
60 videos in this course will show creative ways to make all the tags you need for Christmas – or any time of year! Just adapt colors and stamps to suit the occasion.
Working on your seasonal cards all year? Get a jump on it!
Winter Wonderland (Copic)
Grab your markers and sit down to create five chilly scenes perfect for the holidays or just for a wintry setting for a favorite stamp – bundle them up in a scarf!
Winter Wonderland (Pencil)
Learn to make soft frosty trees and more in this class to celebrate the season of the year. Add your own stamped images to give them a focal point.
Winter Watercolor Bookmarks
Sit down to practice winter painting techniques – skies, trees and snow that’ll teach you far more than that about watercolor!
Christmas Berries in Watercolor
Learn to make leaves and berries in traditional watercolor in this course. Turn backgrounds into cards, or paint wreaths that will let your friends and family know just how much you care this season.
Be sure to also check the category for your favorite medium in the menu bar – not everything could fit on this one page!