I decided to take part in the Stress Free Cardmaking Summit - I bought the Ultimate package as I knew I'd never get to watch all the presentations over the three days - this way I can go back again and again.
On Saturday (my time) I watched two presentations - the first by Sharon Curtis. - She showed how to make a Christmas wreath card.
I didn't have any of the same products so shopped my stash. To make my wreath I used two circle dies (one Spellbinders one and one Impress one) to make the wreath frame. I took dies from a number of companies and mixed and match to come up with the poinsettia flowers and leaves. Sharon used a sentiment die, but I went with a stamped sentiment. This one is from Waffle Flower Designs. Added some of the little pink dots from a Sizzix die set as the flower centres and for embellishments. Added the white pen stitching and some ink spatter. It was a fun card to make and I can see myself using this idea in the future.
The second presentation I watch was from Ardyth. It was about easy "gel prints" with out a gel plate. Using some shimmer powders on a smooth surface to dip you card into. I used some Pixie powders and Nuvo shimmer powders.
Ardyth used a stencil to "stamp" with some paint made with the shimmer powders. I tried mixing a couple of powders to get a darker blue - but it went way too dark and I really thought I'd messed it up. But I preserved and from one sheet got 4 panels and from two of them I made these three cards.