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About Your New Electronic Membership Card

This year we sent our membership cards electronically to our members who have an email address on file. Your electronic membership card serves the same purpose as the print version we’ve traditionally mailed.

The Decision to Go Digital

An electronic membership card makes our community greener. There is a cost savings, which helps our financial health and allows us to invest the membership dues you pay annually in our events and other projects and tools that will result in greater membership service and value.

An electronic membership card also allows you to have your card two ways – both in electronic and print formats – an option that has never been available before. This lends members who have smartphones and tablets more options on how to carry their membership card with them wherever they go.

Your Membership Card and Number will entitle you to the following benefits:

  • Access to the Members-Only page of our website where you will find: a list of exclusive member discounts; current and previous digital editions of The Decorative Painter magazine; bonus magazine projects; projects for beginner painters; and an Online Video Library consisting of everything from one-minute tip videos to demos and complete lessons with instructional material.
  • A discounted rate to attend our 45th Annual SDP International Conference & Expo, which is taking place this year, May 16-20, 2017 in Daytona Beach, FL.
  • The opportunity to VOTE for your Board of Directors during our Annual Meeting*.
  • You can also join a SDP Chapter or start your own!

Replacement Cards

Having our membership card in a digital format allows us to send you a replacement card in a timelier manner. If you misplace your membership card, please contact Tanya Horn, Coordinator, Member Services & Certification, at tanya@decorativepainters.org or call (316) 269-9300 x105. We’ll email you a replacement membership card within two business days.

Saving Your Membership Card on Your Smartphone or Computer

It takes just three steps to save your membership card on your smartphone or computer.

Follow these steps to save your membership card on your smartphone:

  1. Open the email we sent you that contains your membership card.
  2. Take a screenshot: a. Have an Android? Hold down the Sleep/Wake button and the volume-down button simultaneously until your screen flashes. b. Have an iPhone? Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button on the top or side of your phone. Immediately press and release the Home button.
  3. Save your screen shot. a. Have an Android? Your screenshot will automatically save to the Gallery app. Find it in the Screenshot album. b. Have an iPhone? Your screenshot will automatically save to the Photos app. Find it in the Camera Roll.

Find a step-by-step process for taking screen shots here:

Follow these steps to save your membership card on your computer:

  1. Open the email we sent you that contains your membership card.
  2. Take a screenshot. a. Have a PC? Select the “Print Screen” button on your keyboard. b. Have a Mac? Press Shift-Command-4. Your pointer will change to a crosshair, which will allow you to select and drag to take a screenshot of the portion of your screen where your membership card displays, and then release.
  3. Save your screen shot. a. Have a PC? Open a program like Microsoft Word or Paint and paste the screenshot you copied by pressing Ctrl + V or using the paste tool installed within the program you’re using. These programs have a cropping tool, which you can use to remove the parts of your screenshot that are not the membership card. Once you are happy with how your membership card looks you can save it as an image: - Paint: Click the main “File” option in the top-left corner. Select “Save as”, title the new file, choose a save location, and select your desired file format from the drop-down menu. For most purposes, JPG will do fine, but a variety of other formats are available to choose from such as PNG, BMP, GIF, and others. - Microsoft Word: Right click the image and select “Save as Picture”. b. Have a Mac? Once you release the screenshot automatically saves as a PNG file on your desktop.

Find a step-by-step process for taking screen shots here:

Printing Your Membership Card

Follow these steps to print your membership card:

  1. Open the email we sent you that contains your membership card.
  2. Go to the main File options and select Print. a. Print Options: You can print your card in color ink or black and white. Also, if you do not want to print the entire email, you can print only the first page.
  3. Cut out the membership card and store it in your wallet or place of preference.

You can visit your local print shop to inquire about membership card holders or laminating services.

*A full Individual or Business membership is required to receive the print edition of The Decorative Painter and to vote at the annual meeting. Individuals and Businesses with a full membership will receive up to four print issues of the magazine based on the time of year they join, as the Society produces each issue based on the number of current members at the time of production. All members receive access to the current and previous digital editions of the magazine via the Members-Only page of decorativepainters.org.

Meet the Teacher Blog Series: Meet Prudy Vannier CDA

Registration for Oceans of Color, our 45th Annual SDP International Conference & Expo, is open! Over the next several weeks, we’ll be introducing you to some of our class teachers so you can learn about the projects they’ll be teaching and why you should register for their classes.

Today we meet Prudy Vannier CDA!

Prudy gave us a preview of the two classes she’ll be teaching at our Conference this May. Read on to learn more and register today!

By Prudy Vannier CDA

I'm excited to teach two classes this year: How To Crack Nuts (class 403), which is a traditional elf design, and White Lilies (class 203), which is a more formal lily painting.

The elf design is an illustration that shows the elaborate way the elves have to crack nuts in the holiday season. The base wood piece is embellished with wood gears to elaborate on the story and design. I love to paint "night" designs in order to use candlelight as the extreme light source. This piece is guaranteed to be fun to paint – a happy subject means a happy class!

The white canvas board is in a loose impressionistic style. It has lots of blended brush strokes and bright colors. If you haven't painted in this style, you must give it a try! It’s very rewarding, and the style is a change from the usual. What I like best is the colors – blues and greens so popular in today's décor, with warm contrasting tints.

The best thing about the painting industry and the Society of Decorative Painters is the people involved. Most everyone is in it because they enjoy what they do. That makes for very happy get-togethers! And for that reason, I'll never miss a convention. Each year I look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones, and taking part in the organization that provided me with my career.

Register for Prudy’s classes and our other classes and events at Oceans of Color. Stay tuned to meet another teacher soon right here on the SDP Blog!

Meet the Teacher Blog Series: Meet Sandy McTier

Registration for Oceans of Color, our 45th Annual SDP International Conference & Expo, is open! Over the next several weeks, we’ll be introducing you to some of our class teachers so you can learn about the projects they’ll be teaching and why you should register for their classes.

Today we meet Sandy McTier!

Sandy will be teaching two classes at our Conference this May: Fleurs Parfumerie (class 216) and Ruby Red Hibiscus (class 307).

Join her on Wednesday, May 17 from 1-5pm for Fleurs Parfumerie and create this elegant, mixed media glass perfume bottle and rose.

Then, join her again on Thursday, May 18 from 1-7pm for Ruby Red Hibiscus and paint this vibrant, tropical, ruby red hibiscus using water soluble oils.

Read our interview with Sandy to learn more about her and why you should sign up for her classes in Daytona Beach!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m blessed to be the wife of an Air Force Veteran – he’s my biggest cheerleader – and the mom of three wonderful sons, all currently in college or graduate school. For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved creating things, and in 2011 took the leap of faith, starting Sandy McTier Designs. I absolutely love the process of designing something and watching that design come to life in the form of a painting, stencil or stamp. It’s hard to define my art and style or limiting it to one medium or subject as I really enjoy designing and creating a wide variety of art. I travel teach around the world, sharing my love for painting and creating!

In a few words, tell us about the classes you’re teaching at Oceans of Color.

I’m excited to be teaching two classes at Conference this year… a beautiful hibiscus, using water soluble oil colors and a mixed media class, painting a beautiful perfume bottle and rose.

Why should someone take your classes?

If you want to learn something new, you’ll want to take my classes! I’ll teach you techniques that you’ll be able to use in all aspects of your creative journey.

If you find yourself stuck in a creative rut, you’ll want to take my classes! We’ll concentrate on how to loosen up, create and watch things happen!

If you’ve never tried oils or have been forced to change mediums due to harsh chemicals and odors, you’ll want to take my Ruby Red Hibiscus class! We’ll paint with water soluble oils (wOils), and we’ll only be using water to thin the paint. Clean up is as easy as soap and water.

If you want to learn mixed media techniques using stencils, stamps, mediums and paints to enhance your decorative painting or to stretch yourself as an artist, you’ll want to take my Fleurs Parfumerie class!

Plus, I teach my classes in such a way that, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned painter, you’ll learn something new… and I bring CHOCOLATE!

What are you looking forward to the most at Oceans of Color?

I always love meeting new artists and rekindling the ties I have with my creative friends!

I’m also looking forward to being on the trade show floor with some of my favorite people and Dynasty Artists! I hope you’ll come by our booth and say hi!

What do you love most about the painting industry?

Oh my, there are too many things to list, but the top three are what I call the three Ps – the People, the Products and the Possibilities! I so enjoy meeting all of the students, teachers, distributors, manufacturers and everyone tied to the industry. The people are who make it ALL worthwhile! The products in this industry are incredible, and I’m always ready for the new paint colors, mediums, stencils and more to hit the market! The possibilities are truly endless! There is something for everyone, whether you want to learn how to paint or create, start designing your own designs, create your own products and more. It’s all available to everyone! It does take some hard work and dedication, but there’s a lot of fun too! I’m so honored to be a part of this community.

Register for Sandy’s classes and our other classes and events at Oceans of Color. Stay tuned to meet another teacher soon right here on the SDP Blog!