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You never stop learning with card making!
New products and techniques are being created all the time.
And some of us crafters are prone to going off at a tangent! One creative idea can lead to another that needs new skills. And new supplies! ;)
Over this past year I've focused on learning water and pencil colouring and have used online courses to expand my knowledge.
I'm a fan of online card making classes as it gives you the flexibility to learn at your own pace.
In between all the other things you have to juggle in your life!
The providers listed all offer classes at affordable prices....
Altenew has a fantastic array of online card making classes - at a reasonable price!
Cost is usually $8.95 (£6.92) a course with discounts on bundles.
They cover every aspect of card making and are presented by expert instructors.
New classes are added every month so you can update your skills to latest trends and techniques.
The courses use Altenew products but it's easy to apply the information to your own products.
You pay for each class individually (apart from bundles) and the course is added to your online profile.
Jennifer MacGuire and Kristina Warner are the inspiration behind Online Card Classes.
It features 46 classes covering most aspects of card making including clean and simple cards, holiday cards and card making techniques.
The classes vary in length and this is reflected in the price. They are presented in online videos with detailed accompanying notes for printing.
Jennifer and Kristina present most of the videos with guest appearances from other well known card markers.
There are also courses led by Tim Holtz, Dawn Woleslagle, Sandy Allnock and Kathy Racoosin.
For some of the older classes the stamps used are no longer available but the information is still valid and relevant to card makers today. Just apply to techniques to whatever stamps you own.
You pay for each class separately and the courses are retained in your online profile.
Kit and Clowder offer online colouring classes in both pencil and alcohol markers with the inclusion of a digital stamp for each project.
There is a monthly subscription for online classes and they offer some classes for free.
I am currently trialing a free class and I'm impressed by the level of information. You receive a detailed step by step booklet that lists the colour alternatives for different brands of coloured pencils and markers. The video s give clean and detailed instructions.
If you are interesting in colouring do try the free classes to see if their format is for you.
Craftsy is back after a brief incarnation as Bluprint. It covers a wide variety of crafts from Quilting to Cake Decorating!
Card Making is found in the Paper Craft section though some card makers may also be interested in the Painting and Drawing sections.
The video courses are presented by expert instructors such as Shari Carroll and Catherine Pooler.
Craftsy has a membership option that gives you access to it's complete library of classes. Great if you are interested in a number of crafts.
Alternatively, each class can be purchased separately and retained in your account.
Craft Courses is a resource providing details of workshops, classes and courses on a wide variety of creative arts and crafts in the UK.
There is a comprehensive search facility where you can narrow down your search including courses that are residential or online.
Card making can be found in a sub section of Paper craft.
Meet up is a platform for finding a groups of people who want to pursue an interest together.
It includes details of classes and workshops located around the world.
To find a local group you may need to undertake a number of different topic searches....such as.....card making, Stamping Up! paper crafts and rubber stamping.
With the global pandemic there is a growth of online/zoom events with kits by post.
Some groups might be listed in more than one section.
Skillshare is an online community with creative and media classes.
There are courses for the beginner card maker from tools and supplies to heat embossing.
A few courses are offered free including.....
Easy Photo Editing for Social Media - share your photos with your friends or on Pinterest/Instagram
Scrapbook.com is an online craft shop based in the US. It's classes cover a number of craft areas including card making.
All classes are currently free and feature well known creatives such Tim Holtz and Wendy Vecchi.