Card Design Seminars coming to OWH

On Saturday, January 29th, Operation Write Home will be launching the first of our brand new Saturday Seminar Series covering topics of card design. These will be FREE seminars, offered every other month here on the Stars and Stamps blog, and will be taught by professional graphic designers!

The Seminars will cover design principles like Focal Point, Texture, Color, Contrast, and more. They will apply the concepts specifically to papercrafted greeting cards. Sample cards will illustrate the before-and-after in several styles, clearly showing the difference that the application of one simple principle can make in a card, and a gallery of juried projects will be added to the OWH card gallery. A preview of the January 29th seminar has received rave reviews, so  you won't want to miss it!

  1. How will an online Seminar work? A blog post here on S&S will explain the principle, show examples of before-and-after cards, and give instruction on the homework assignment. 
  2. How do I enroll for the Seminar? Pre-registration is not necessary. The day the Seminar is posted, you'll be able to use InLinkz to post an assignment, and once you post your first one, you'll be emailed the code to use for an "Enrolled" badge for your blog. Any other Seminar participants who see that badge on your blog will know you are practicing the design principles, and can give you feedback based on what you attempted. We hope this will encourage all your classmates to view work and provide encouragement.
  3. What if I don't have a blog? Flickr, or other online photo accounts can be used, and since we'll use McLinky for submitting cards during the weeks of the review period, you can upload a card from your computer (though comments will not be possible for that option, so we recommend Flickr.). For these seminars, please do not use Facebook images; our team and other classmates will be visiting the postings, and if you aren't already friends on Facebook, feedback is not always possible. If you use a photo service, please be sure there is an ability for feedback, and if registration with a site is required, that it be free and easy for visitors.
  4. What kind of assignment can I expect? To encourage us all to learn at the level we're already at, we'll be asking you to find a card you've made in the past that did not employ the design principle, and "re-make" it. Not always with the same supplies, but something similar that will allow you to exercise your new knowledge. You can use a photo of an old card, or if you still have the old one, take a side-by-side with both cards. We would like everyone to practice the Seminar principle for 2 weeks, making as many cards as they wish to practice the concept, and leaving the "enrolled" badge on their site to solicit feedback from other class members.
  5. What happens after the Seminar? After two weeks of practice, choose ONE of your before/after pair of cards to submit to our Seminar galleries on our Cards page. The instructor for that class will be approving all gallery submissions, so pick your best, and take a really nice photo of it. Once you are approved for the gallery, you'll receive a special blog badge to display.
  6. Will the Seminar be open past the initial posting? Yes! The content will be there anytime for new folks or for review; but we'll be asking for submissions for the gallery between week 2 and 3 following the posting of the seminar. We'll eventually have a tab at the top of the S&S blog with links to all Seminar topics, so it will be an ongoing resource for cardmakers all the world over. 
  7. Is this an ongoing series forever? Who knows! We plan on one every two months for a while and will see how it goes. Your feedback will help us figure out when it's 'over.'
Mark  your calendar for Saturday January 29th for the first in the Saturday Seminar Series! Please help us spread the word by posting the badge below on your blog - and leave us a comment if you think you'll be attending! We want to see lots of you here joining in on the fun!

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Are you going to join us for the seminars? 

liannallama  – (January 22, 2011 at 3:01 AM)  

oh, that sounds FANTASTIC! I took a class in design principles but I have a hard time with design and how to apply it to my art so this will really be good for me!

Susie  – (January 22, 2011 at 3:09 AM)  

Sounds like just what I needed. I'll be joining for sure. I will post the graphic on my blog right now to encourage others.

Anonymous –   – (January 22, 2011 at 4:00 AM)  

I'll be here!! This is such a fabulous idea!! thank you for offering this!! Blessings!

Kathryn  – (January 22, 2011 at 5:55 AM)  

I'm in! I haven't taken an art class since I was in middle school, so I'm sure I'll learn many new things. Thanks for this great free opportunity!

Yvonne  – (January 22, 2011 at 6:48 AM)  

I am really looking forward to your new seminars! I'll post the badge on my blog now!

Jan Hunnicutt  – (January 22, 2011 at 8:48 AM)  

I can't wait! The more I can learn about what I love to do the better I become at my craft! Thanks for offering a free seminar for us!

Nancy Keller  – (January 22, 2011 at 8:49 AM)  

Hey - it sounds interesting, I will give it a go!

Nancy Keller  – (January 22, 2011 at 9:03 AM)  

LOL! I just tried to post the banner. . . what I am getting is very cute. . . it's a GI Joe banner. . . doesn't look like the seminar one but I love it just the same. :D Glitch?

Operation Write Home  – (January 22, 2011 at 9:22 AM)  

OOPS! I'm such a doofus, I added the code at 6am....I should know better! Try it now, Nancy.....


Seongsook Duncan  – (January 22, 2011 at 9:40 AM)  

It sounds great! I am in. Thanks very much for organizing this.

Sherry Hickey  – (January 22, 2011 at 9:51 AM)  

This is fantastic! Thanks for this opportunity to learn and improve our craft!

simplybren –   – (January 22, 2011 at 9:52 AM)  

what an awesome idea. I am so excited to get started. I am so new to this whole art form (actually any art form) I have never taken any courses and have been trying to figure out where to get started with learning some design techniques. Well, I know where to begin!! Thank you!

Lauri  – (January 22, 2011 at 10:15 AM)  

What a great idea! I usually design "by eye" with no idea as to whether anything is good or not! I will be tuning in and will add this to my blog!

Ann  – (January 22, 2011 at 10:22 AM)  

I am very excited about this! Oh how much fun we will have and how much we will learn!! YAY!!

MelissaS  – (January 22, 2011 at 10:28 AM)  

awesome! I can't wait :) Hubby owes me some time on my own after this week's business trip - I now know how I'll be spending it!

Louise Fox  – (January 22, 2011 at 3:59 PM)  

I am so glad this wasn't posted a couple of weeks ahead of time - I wouldn't be able to wait! Sounds sensational!

One Scrappy Gal  – (January 22, 2011 at 4:58 PM)  

I'm really looking forward to this seminar. It sounds like just what I am looking for.

airbornewife  – (January 22, 2011 at 5:57 PM)  

How neat... thank you for doing this. I'll be here, my kids have to make up one of three school days that Saturday.. so my day will be open.

Rufus  – (January 22, 2011 at 8:48 PM)  

Thank you for organizing this. Sounds VERY interesting, can hardly wait for the first class!

gbinion  – (January 22, 2011 at 8:50 PM)  

I've never heard of anything like this... I think I might try it!!

Brenda  – (January 23, 2011 at 6:16 AM)  

This sounds like a lot of fun, can't wait to play. And, I can't wait to see everyone's lovely designs!

Happy stamping everyone!

Donna  – (January 23, 2011 at 10:18 AM)  

Count me in! This sounds like it will be terrific. I've alreay posted the banner to my blog.

Just A Pac Rat  – (January 24, 2011 at 9:12 AM)  

Oh I can't wait for the classes to start it sounds like lots of fun and a great challenge!

Posted the banner on my blog!

CaBoo  – (January 24, 2011 at 9:56 PM)  

This sounds like a great opportunity for me to learn another creative outlet. I love crafting just about anything I can get my hands on or into. Thanks for this opportunity to help out us fellow crafters.
Just so happens to be my day off of my regular job also.

Unknown  – (January 27, 2011 at 1:33 PM)  

This is so exciting !! Thank you so much for offering this great opportunity!!


Desert Rose Stamper  – (December 21, 2011 at 6:51 AM)  

I am looking forward to this -- what a wonderful opportunity to stretch and grow our skills.

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