If you’re planning on gifting one of our popular textbooks to special someone this holiday season, you’re running out of time to make sure it’s under the tree!
Monday, December 16th is the last day to order in time for Christmas delivery!*
And starting now through Monday, we’re offering $5 off shipping with the code NCHOLIDAYSHIP13! That means that all single textbook orders for domestic delivery will ship absolutely FREE!
So don’t wait — place your textbook orders right now! And don’t forget to add an online class or a gift certificate to your order as well. Both add-ons make great gifts and we know that special someone will be very appreciative!
*Applies to single textbook orders for delivery in the contiguous US only. Does not apply to multiple textbook orders or orders for delivery to Alaska, Hawaii or outside the US. Please note this is not a guarantee and we are not responsible for orders that do not arrive on time. For general questions about shipping, please visit our FAQ page.
**A non-update on our Illustrator 101 book: We don’t yet have an update on when it will be in stock again (if ever), but when we do, we’ll announce it via the newsletter, so make sure you’re subscribed!
We know we can’t be the only ones who still haven’t sent out our holiday cards… right? Right? Well, if you think you don’t have time to do it this year with the holiday fast approaching, think again! Our holiday card templates are super easy to use and are now on sale for just $10 through December 25th (for those super last minute needs)!
Just pick one of our 25 great designs, download it, add your photo(s) and a quick update in PS, and send ‘em off to Overnight Prints. Bing, bang, boom! We dare say you could finish it all in less than hour for under $30, while the kids are napping or during a reality tv rerun. It’s that easy!
So don’t put off sharing your year in review, download one of our holiday card templates now!
For tips and tricks on how to use our templates, visit Alma’s posts and videos here, here and here.
It’s been one week since our Cyber Monday sale, and guess what?! We’re still buried under piles of orders and emails! We posted the above image to our instagram last week and it’s still an all too familiar site this week.
We definitely realize this is a very fortunate problem to have, but while we try to dig out from under it, we want to thank you for your continued patience. If you’ve emailed us, rest assured that we will get back to you very shortly and honor all requests that were made to the best of our ability. So please continue to hang in there!
We do have a little bit of business to attend to before we get back to furiously mailing out books and answering emails — the announcement of winners from our Back to School Party!
The 2 winners of a free online class are: Cyndi Riley and Cindy Blackham!
And the winner of a free camera bag is: Chelsea Yanguez!
We’ll be contacting all the winners via email soon, so please stay tuned if you’re one of the lucky ones for information on your winnings!
Another important bit of info we wanted to share with all of you is that December is going to be a slightly quieter month for us here on the blog. We give all our instructors the month off for the holidays to be with their families, so we won’t be posting every day while they’re on vacation. You can still expect 2-3 excellent posts a week, including sales and promos, at least one contest and student work we’ve been saving up. And we’ll be back in full force January 1st with posts every day, so please stick with us until then!
Thanks again for being the best readers and customers and Happy Holidays!
It’s been a while since we’ve posted any student work, and boy do we have some great stuff in the hopper for you all! We’ll start with some amazing images from our Floral Arranging 101 class, which was chock full of impressive work in November.
First, we have a hand-tied bouquet from Abi Devries. She says working with flowers is “The Dream” for her, and we couldn’t agree more — her arrangement is a total yellow and pink dream (not to mention the photo styling)! Great work Abi!
Next, Nikelle Orellana whipped up a stunning hand-tied bouquet for her homework. We love how different her arrangement is from the previous one, and yet just as beautiful. We love how flowers can capture a mood and have different personalities and we adore Nikelle’s!
Lastly, we have a lovely bouquet from Tina Lau. Her sprawling arrangement is just the right amount of wild while still being perfectly balanced. We also love the choice of shabby chic props — j’adore Tina!
Has this inspired you to work on your green thumb? Sign up for our Floral Arranging 101 class in the new year!
The final month of 2013 is here, and I’d love to share with you a simple and glittery desktop calendar to see you through the year!
Want to know how I did glitter in Illustrator? It’s very easy:
1) Find a free download or purchase an image of glitter. You will want to look for something that is flat, meaning the image isn’t brighter on one side than it is on the other. This is a good example.
2) In Photoshop, make it into a manageable size. If you are going to be using glitter for web/screen only, then you don’t need a file that is 300dpi and 10 inches by 10 inches.
3) Bring the glitter file into Illustrator and EMBED it (in the control panel, it will give you the “embed” option as long as you have the image selected).
4) Drag it into your swatches palette.
DONE! You can now apply the glitter as you would use any other swatch in Illustrator! Apply it to fill or stroke of any object or text!
To download one of these desktop calendars (I’ve provided 2 colors) simply click on one of the images below to see the full resolution version, and save the large version to your computer!
If you like these, I recommend my Illustrator 101 class, as well as Pretty Paper Products, where we learn to do calendars!
Can we just say WOW?! The turnout for our Cyber Monday sale was insane! We’re so excited that so many of you are getting and giving our classes as gifts this holiday season. Thanks again for all your support!
In case you missed yesterday’s smashing sale, we have a little consolation prize for you — today is Last Chance Tuesday! We’re offering 20% off everything in our store until tonight at 11:59pm PST with code LASTCHANCETUESDAY13!
It’s your last chance to score our classes at a discount before the holidays, so make sure (if you haven’t already), to give the gift of learning with Nicole’s Classes!
It’s here, it’s here! Our much anticipated Cyber Monday sale starts right this minute! And it’s better than ever this year…
All items in our store are 40% off!
When you enter the promo code CYBERMONDAY13, that means…
– All online classes are just $36 (regularly $60) and $75 (regularly $125)!
– All 26 Holiday Card templates are just $9 (regularly $15)!
– All 6 denominations of Gift Certificates are perfect for everyone on your list!
– Our 2 Textbooks are just $9+ shipping (regularly $15 for Photoshop 101) and $24+ shipping (regularly $40 for Photo 101)!
This is truly a once-a-year opportunity to get our popular classes, books and digital downloads for a crazy steal! So load up that shopping cart with some items for you (make sure you get what you want this year!) and some items for your friends (if you want to learn with us, you know they do too!).
Happy Cyber Monday-ing!
*Please note: The Cyber Monday discount code expires Monday, December 2nd at 11:59pm PST and is not combinable with any other discount or promotion. Not applicable on past purchases.
All purchases made on Cyber Monday are final sale. No refunds will be given for any purchases, only credits (as necessary). Per usual, all textbooks and digital downloads are final sale, no credits will be given.
Gift certificates purchased at any discount are not redeemable during this sale. Gift certificates purchased during the 2013 Cyber Monday sale are not redeemable on sale merchandise, today or at any time in the future.
Please also note that we will be experiencing an unusually high volume of customer service requests today, but we promise to get back to everyone as soon as possible (within 48 hours). We will honor any requests made during the day on Cyber Monday, even if we don’t respond right away. Thanks for your patience!
That’s right… Just 3 days until our crazy Cyber Monday Sale! You have less than 72 hours to wait until you can purchase all our classes, textbooks, holiday cards and gift certificates for a whopping 40% off!
So hold tight until Monday, December 2nd at 12:01am!
We’re taking a break from our usual posting today to stuff our faces with, well, stuffing. But we wanted to take a little minute to not just wish our readers a very happy Thanksgiving, but also to tell you all how grateful we are for your continued support!
We feel very blessed this year to have taught so many of you in the virtual classroom, to have helped so many of you learn to create and design, and to have interacted with such wonderful students and readers. Truly, you are what Nicole’s Classes is most thankful for this year!
We’ll be back with a regular post tomorrow, and stay tuned for our Cyber Monday Sale on Monday, December 2nd at 12:01am!
Happy day before Thanksgiving everyone! If you’re still looking for last minute ideas to make your table a little more festive, here are a couple of ideas to personalize your decor with watercolor place cards. I drew an acorn and an oak leaf lightly in pencil on 140 lb cold pressed paper. Then using the wet on wet technique, taught in my Watercolor 101 class, I chose some fall colors and applied the technique inside the sketches. I then cut them out and wrote down my guest’s name on the card. If you are worried about using an ink pen on your painting, you can always sketch it in pencil first. If you have a scanner, scan the final painting, print it and then cut it out. I really like the weight of matte brochure paper.
You can also try a reverse wet on wet painting. I taped off a small square and sketched the leaf shape and then applied the paint on the outside of the shape. It makes a great place card, but you can also leave it empty and have guests write what they are thankful for on the inside which is a tradition we have at my house.
I encourage you to jump right into this fun project — it is easier than it looks! But if you are up to your ears in pies and stuffing (and you promise you’ll try to paint your own over the weekend), then I have included a free download for you of the acorn and large leaf to print and cut out for your table!
Enjoy! And if you want to learn more about watercolor, sign up for my class in the new year!