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January 14, 2012 / artonalark

January and February Classes at Main Street Stamps

I’m teaching some fantastic classes at Main Street Stamps in Tigard, Oregon this winter — lots of exciting papercrafting techniques, special projects, altered books, and basics basics basics! Call Main Street at 503.639.3180 to register for classes or go to their site for more information.

And please e-mail me at if you have any questions, comments, or requests for future classes. Hope to see y’all soon!


Rubber, Paper, Inks-Back to Basics with Helen
Thursday, January 5, 3:00-5:00 PM, $25
If you are a veteran or new to rubber stamping, this class will help brush up your skills. We’ll make the mysteries of inks and papers a bit easier and introduce tricks and tips to make your stamping successful and satisfying. Helen also gives her “10 Most Wanted Stamps” list. Class repeats regularly throughout January and February: January 7th, 10th, 13th, 19th, 21st, and 26th.

Thursday, January 19th 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Composition – 6 Breakable Rules $25.00
Do you ever look at your card,  scrapbook page or a collage you’ve done and thought that something wasn’t quite right, but couldn’t figure it out?  Learn these few “rules” of composition and a few ways to help you look at your work with new eyes.
Bring a few unfinished pieces you are working on, and we’ll create a few in class.

Composition Six "Breakable" Rules

Friday, January 20th 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Valentine Musical Card $20.00
Let’s make Music! This card uses a music module especially designed for card making. We will create a card perfect for a Valentine that will play a tune when opened.

Saturday, January 21st , 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Essential Techniques – Back to Basics $25.00
Now that you are familiar with inks and papers, it’s time to move on to the techniques that you will use over and over, no matter your stamping style. Masking, sponging, coloring, layering, resists, art mediums and even kissing! (Stamp kissing that is.) We’ll touch on all of these and more.

Essential Techniques Class

Tuesday, January 24th 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Grunge Board Book  $35.00
Even if you’ve never worked with this versatile material, you will enjoy creating interesting pages for journaling, pictures, or even to cut up for other projects! We will use papers, inks, stamps and metal embellishments to create interest and a start on your 6 page book.

Saturday, January 28th 10:00am – 12:00n
Distress Inks & Stains $25.00
Ranger’s Distress Inks and the NEW stains will become your favorites (if they aren’t already) after seeing how many easy and beautiful ways they can be used. We will create multiple tags ready for stamping and collaging.

Distress Inks and Stains

Saturday, January 28th 1:00am –4:00pm
Configuration Shadow box $35.00
This is your chance to work 3-D without stress! Tim Holtz created configurations boxes to coax all of to “think outside the box”, by working inside the box! Since the hardest part is deciding on a theme, we will all use Graphic 45’s Wizard of Oz papers and unusual dimensional embellishments to make our boxes. You will need to bring a Tim Holtz Configuration’s Box and anything small and OZ! You can get yours at Main Street Stamp & Stationery!

Monday, January 30th 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Alcohol Inks $25.00
What’s the big deal about “Alcohol Inks”? What do they do that regular inks can’t? when would I use them? This class answers those questions by experimenting with different techniques and surfaces.

Alcohol Inks Class


Rubber, Paper, Inks-Back to Basics with Helen
Saturday, February 4th 10:00am – 12:00n
If you are a veteran or new to rubber stamping, this class will help brush up your skills. We’ll make the mysteries of inks and papers a bit easier and introduce tricks and tips to make your stamping successful and satisfying. Helen also gives her “10 Most Wanted Stamps” list. Class repeats regularly throughout January and February: February 4th, 9th, 11th, 17th, 21st, 25th.

Friday, February 3rd  6:00pm – 8:00pm
Embossing Folders and Die Cut Ideas
This class will explore different ways of using embossing folders to create unusual effects in your work. We will also use Die Cuts of various kinds with various materials to create unusual embellishments. We will look at Cuttlebug, Sizzix and Hero Arts new products.

Saturday, February 4th 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Shading and Highlighting Coloring Class $45.00
Colored Pencils, Alcohol Markers (like Copic), Watercolor pencils, crayons, water-soluble pastels, we will try them all! This is your chance to get a taste of many mediums. This class will allow you to have fun experimenting with different materials and learning their secrets. We will also play with where and how to add shading and highlights to your coloring work.

Shading and Highlights Class

Saturday, February 11th  12:00n – 2:00pm
Make Your Own Custom Ink Pads $25.00
Have you ever wanted to ink a particular stamp in specific colors every time you stamped it? This class will use Ranger’s Cut N’ Dry felt and re-inkers to create a custom pad. Once you see how easy this is, you will see your stamps in a whole new light. Bring one or two stamps you might like to ink in multiple colors.

Friday, February 17th 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Altered Books, Windows, Niches and More $25.00
This class continues on after the beginnings class. We will start cutting holes in our books, forming different kinds of windows, niches to hold 3 dimensional objects and maybe a pocket or two as well. Don’t forget to bring a book for altering!

Altered Books Class

Tuesday, February 21th 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Shrink Plastic Bracelet $35.00
This class will show you how fun it is to work with white shrink plastic, stamps, stazon inks, colored pencils and chalks. When completed our tiles will be attached to a pre-made bracelet blank and ready to wear or give as a gift.

Saturday, February 25th 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Tool Time – Back to Basics $25.00
This class explores as many tools as we can in 2 hours! We’ll talk about cutters like craft knifes, punches and trimmers, different mats, brayers, bone folder, even the dreaded stamp positioner!

Tool Time Class

Monday, February 27th 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Star Book or Card  $35.00
Unleash your creativity making a not-so-traditional Star Book. Always a favorite, we’ll use fun techniques and unusual images to create something special to give or keep to display.

More pictures will be coming soon, and keep an eye out for the March and April schedules!

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