Whether you’re a beginner cardmaker or seasoned crafter, each of the links below can provide a source of inspiration, education and motivation.
For general techniques, introductions to products and materials, how-to’s, here’s where to start.
The ultimate place to learn techniques, see new releases in action and get absolutely inspired. Jennifer does not work for any companies, but simply shows us the things she loves – encouraging new skills and sharing kindness all at the same time. If you’re unsure about how to use a product (ink, tool, die or stamp), type its name in the search bar at the top of her page and you’ll likely get a list of videos for inspiration.
Ever sit at your craft table and have no idea what to do? This binder class is meant to help solve that problem by archiving all the techniques your craft room is capable of so you can pick a technique and get crafting!
Justine Hovey launched her Technique Binder Resource Classroom earlier this year. You get 24 ‘lessons’ and matching PDF printouts to complete your very own Technique Binder. You can then refer to this for your own cardmaking – whether it’s a refresher, or a whole new technique to try out. The lessons have started but if you sign up now, you can get access to all that have been released so far along with the rest to come.
I have been a maker for many years, I enjoy the process of crafting things by hand in addition to the development + design of innovative products to create with. My love for eclectic vintage has inspired a career designing for various companies in the industry to create a signature brand of products including Ranger: Distress & Alcohol Ink, Advantus: idea-ology & Assemblage, Stampers Anonymous, Sizzix, Tonic Studios and Free Spirit: Eclectic Elements. This is your creative journey so get out there and explore the artful adventure. What you’ll discover is wonderful, what you’ll discover will be yourself.
TIM HOLTZ CREATIVE CHEMISTRY 101
In Creative Chemistry 101 Tim Holtz teaches the “science” behind it all. This class will give you the confidence to experiment with an abundance of techniques and give you ideas for ways to use all the creative mediums in your stash. This jam-packed online workshop is your front row seat to 100% technique know-how.
Colouring Lessons and Resources
Below are some of the people I’ve found online who specialise in colouring with certain mediums. There are videos, charts and inspiration abound!
Alyce Keegan is the owner of Kit and Clowder, and she is based in Australia. If you’re wanting to upskill your colouring – either with markers or colouring pencils, this is a great place to start. There is a free Markers 101 class – for Copics, Promarkers and other alcohol markers – but it covers topics such as light source, texture, skin & hair, so well worth a look regardless of medium you’re using. There are also great resources and charts for blends, colour combos etc. Monthly classes are sent by email for around $20AU per month, and you get two classes per month, complete with video tutorial breakdown, printable booklet and discount coupon for digital images used in class.
Join the Kit and Clowder Facebook Group (you don’t have to be a monthly paying customer) for freebies and giveaways.
A watercolour artist focusing on card making. Kristina uses many different mediums in her card making and her videos are short-medium length. I will also provide a separation link to her Youtube video where I learned how to colour hair – prompting me to purchase my first little set of Copic markers.
Kristina’s Blog: http://www.kwernerdesign.com/blog/
YouTube Colouring Hair: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I83lvee8dEE
A very talented artist, Sandy uses many different mediums to sketch and colour images. She has a bunch of great resources on her website including colour charts, watercolour tips and how to use digital images.
The Copic Hex Chart is an excellent aid to colorists because of the color arrangement in visual order – not numerical. The chart makes marker selections more visually instinctive, allowing the artist to see appropriate and sometimes surprising blending colors a few blocks away on the chart. The cost is $5.99US but well worth it. Purchase here: https://art-classes.com/product/copic-hex-chart/
Kathy Racoosin is a colouring genius. She hosts regular 30-day colouring challenges full of inspiration, giveaways and fun.