"Cardmaking can be an excellent creative outlet and in these classes we cover many techniques, including stamping, use of distress inks, embossing, creating backgrounds, iris folding, gilding flakes, ribbon weaving and anything else that takes our fancy - oh yes and the use of glitter....lots of glitter. Everything you need is supplied and because of that everyone puts £3 in the kitty at each session to replace and buy all the goodies we use. Whether you are a total novice to this skill or a seasoned cardmaker you are welcome. If you are experienced you may consider starting up another group sometime, so more places can be made available. holding these classes at home makes sure everything you need is readily to hand but it does limit numbers - only so many can comfortably fit around my table. I have extended my original class to two sessions one starting at 10 a.m. and the the afternoon group at 2 p.m. We spend the time chatting, drinking coffee and, most of all, being creative - it is great fun. We have also raised several hundred pounds by selling our cards for charity."
March 2013 - Recent cards made in the group:
Joining U3A has been a great way to become involved in a new area and being a group leader has made it even easier to make friends and find people with similar interests to myself.
I began card making when I had some temporary health problems and could not be as active as I would like, But I soon became hooked and have been designing my own cards ever since. Most of us have a desire to be creative, some are lucky enough to be artistically gifted .Others (like me!) find a more accessible creative outlet. It isn't just about making a card, it is all about learning techniques, judging colours and shapes. I had no idea that there were so many different creative techniques used to create a focal point for a card and although there is a certain amount of 'cutting and sticking' that is definitely not what we do here. It does help if you have a bit of an 'eye' for colour and shape and attention to detail is also good but anyone can have a go.