Trying something new – Basics to WOW!

Learning and being adaptable is part of my everyday life. As a researcher I was trained to conduct my tasks by specific standard operating procedures to ensure there was no human error or bias that occurred in our trials. The goal of every good researcher is to create repeatability. We measure the likelihood of repeatability by statistics and the holy grail of a “P < 0.05”. But the real world of animal nutrition is not so rigid, but fluid and ever changing.

Making cards is an outlet for me to channel the right-side of my brain and creativity, but following simple steps also ensures that the look or effect you are after is repeatable. Thus, I have changed my Sunday classes to incorporate basic techniques to help the beginner card-maker into a class on design to turn the basics into WOW! I forget how the little things and slight changes we can make can turn a simple design technique into a WOW card. But just a warning…I have said it before that practice makes perfect or at least close enough to perfect. Preparing a class on the basics reminds me that even the best of us need to revisit the basic techniques and practice.

Arthur has been doing this as well, practicing his writing of letters and numbers, even though he hates it, he is becoming better and better every day. On a side note he is also a LEGO builder and can spend hours building different machines and every week his builds improve and his ultimate wish is to become the next LEGO Master! He spends hours watching people build different items, while I spend hours researching my next card or class. So, I hope you enjoy these two classes I have created with starting from the basics

Card Bases

I focused on the standard A2 card base as that is my go-to size, like many of us. I explained cutting on the landscape and portrait sides of the cardstock to make two bases and then taking a top-fold base and stepping it up to a Z-fold card. Within the design I made a simple addition of a piece of DSP (4”x5.25”) cut at 2” and flipped for a two-paper look with a simple sentiment in the middle. Then I stepped the design up by using a strip of 1.25” (depends on sentiment) x 5.5” cardstock that I stamped the same sentiment on, but also used a border punch to add to the strip of cardstock for a nice look. My Z-fold card stepped it up further with the same papers but used a die-cut and stamped strip for the sentiment. I even made a present out of paper and ribbon.

All About Mats

For the Mat class I went through how to make mat size templates for design with different colors of cardstock. Then I demonstrated how a beautiful piece of DSP from the Ornate Suite can be enough for a WOW card with a simple mat and a colored card base. Then I stepped it up and talked about nesting dies and demonstrated the triple mat card using the stitched rectangle dies to give your DSP or stamping an extra level of WOW.

What type of research do I conduct?

For my job as an animal nutritionist we must run laboratory, feed mill, and animal trials to bring a new feed ingredient to market. We test the safety, the benefits of the product on digestibility or gut health, and ultimately the impact to the animal’s performance and efficiency. Most of the trials I run are with the live animal to demonstrate the efficacy and value of a feed additive to the producers. I love working in new product development because if there is a new way to bring value to the animal and producer, while making agriculture more sustainable it is extremely rewarding.

Next time…let us talk about sustainability and what that means to an animal nutritionist. Have a blessed day.

One thought on “Trying something new – Basics to WOW!

  1. How did I not know you have this excellent blog? I’m sorry I haven’t been following it but I’m starting today! Great job Casey

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