Stephinka’s Reviews – Online Card Classes: Inspiration Showcase Class Review

Recently I attended the Inspiration Showcase class offered at Online Card Classes. It was a stamping technique class with daily videos and PDFs posted over 12 days and is put together by the fabulous Jennifer McGuire.

As I previously took the first class ever offered by Online Card Classes, I had a special rate to sign up for the Inspiration Showcase for $2 less, making it $17 to attend which is a HUGE bargain for all that you learn.

Jennifer encouraged students to use what they have for the class, but let’s be honest here, some of these techniques do require certain supplies to achieve a certain look, for example a stamp with is an outline shape vs. a stamp that has more solid areas is going to give you a different effect for what is being taught here. You will also need some supplies like Distress Inks and Stains, and unless you only want to end up with one colour on everything you do, you’re probably going to need to buy a couple more ink pads. Some tools you already have may not work as well with the types of techniques too, so again, you may need to run out and get something along those lines just to put what you learn to practice.

Or maybe you get tempted by the amazing stuff she uses, if you’re like me 😉 Anyway, this really means you spend more than the $17 for the class! I know for a fact that I spent a shameful, SHAMEFUL 😦 amount of money buying things because I wanted to recreate what Jennifer did, and what I had just wasn’t going to work as well. So this is something to keep in mind.

If you took Summer Card Camp 2011 like I did, you might also notice there are a few overlaps of techniques (around 3 or so) with that class. If you watched Jennifer’s videos with Two Peas in a Bucket’s Youtube channel, or the Hero Arts channel, you may also notice certain similarities in some techniques. There are some updated techniques or new ones of course, but you might just feel like it can all be a little familiar… And then you might feel just a wee bit shortchanged, like I did!

That being said, this is still a really fun class and I enjoyed each day of it. It’s a great resource to have, all in one place, and it will be online for all students to access and watch and refer back to forever (or until the internet dies or they close the site I guess ;)). There will be a Holiday Card Boot Camp this November, but I doubt I will be signing up for the class. I am however, definitely looking forward to new, never-seen-before techniques from Jennifer McGuire, who is so lovely, talented, and a great teacher!


4 responses to “Stephinka’s Reviews – Online Card Classes: Inspiration Showcase Class Review

  1. Steph.
    You post made me smile — LMBO!! Like you, I totally enjoyed this workshop and also took the Summer Card Camp – another wonderful class!

    And what makes me smile most is to know that not only do we share the same love of crafts, but that I also SPENT a whole lot of money, buying all kinds of fabulous new stamps, distress ink colors, embossing powders and so much more, so that I too, could re-create my cards/hearts to be as close to Jennifer’s, as possible. I have to admit that for me, I enjoy shopping for new supplies, almost as much as I enjoy creating with them after.

    On the upside, this is my only hobby and it’s now become my passion and love every minute I spend in my craftroom. I also tend to be forgetful, so even if some techniques are repeated, I look at this as a refresher and it reminds me of how many other ways I can create and make new and exciting cards.

    And….I don’t know about you — but I’ve loved each class so much that I already signed up for the Holiday Card boot camp and know I’ll love that one too! I’m pretty certain now that I have a great stash of supplies and hoping to that I won’t need to add much for that session. 🙂

    Hope to see you back in class and thanks for stopping by my blog!! I’m now a new follower of yours!!

    Happy Crafting,

    • I’m definitely tempted to do the Holiday Card Boot Camp but since it is in November, it would be too late for me to catch up on and complete all the cards and list them in my shop or send them out *laughs* I’ll think about it though!

      This is pretty much my only hobby, but I also LOVE shopping so it’s all very terrible 😀 I think I’ve amassed a good amount of stash, inks and stuff so I am good to go without buying more!

      I’ve added you to my RSS feed reader and following you now too, thanks for leaving me a comment 🙂 Gentle hugs

  2. wow that sounds like so much fun. I will think about doing her next class.

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