When my sister asked me a couple of weeks ago if I wanted to join her in a card workshop at Archiver's, I was excited, but hesitant. What if I embarrassed myself by being a complete noob? What if my stuff turned out like a 2nd grade noodle project? I furiously scoured the internet for remedial crafting courses ... to no avail.
First, let me just say that the instructors at Archiver's have the patience of a saint. Seriously. Second, I was incredibly relieved when the class was from a pre-packaged kit (whew!). No real creativity involved, per se; it was more about the techniques and tools, which was perfect for me! I got to learn the "lingo" (pop dot versus glue dot, etc.) which I never knew before. I also got to learn what all those fun tools were for (half of which I probably have stashed away in my storage room because I never knew what they did or why I bought them)!
We made Itty Bitty Valentine cards from a kit created by Archiver's. The final product was this:
|You can't really tell, but the cupcake top is puffy and blinged out.|
|My card with little quilled heart in the bottlecap isn't exactly cooperating|
We also got to make a bag! It looked a lot harder than it actually was, and I was quite pleased with my end result:
Even the envelopes got some lovin'!
In a little over 3 hours, I learned the basics of stamping, scoring, punching, quilling, layering, and all the vocabulary that goes with them (excluding the words of the four-letter variety - those were all mine). Not a bad deal for $20.
So after this class (and another $80 or so on my way out of the store) this was my first official foray into the world of papercrafting. Heroin has nothing on Archiver's. Just sayin.