Hello and welcome to today’s blog, which is geared towards you and what kind of crafter you are. Have you ever given it any thought? Are you just beginning your crafting journey? Maybe you have been making cards for a while and make them as needed? Better yet, you have a designated crafting area and like to spend time making cards to have on hand and readily available? When I attended OnStage in November, Stampin’ Up! talked about this and really gave some food for thought. Sometimes as a demonstrator we get caught up in all the new products and how to incorporate them all and make all these fabulous cards, but if you are just starting this can be very overwhelming and not know where you should start! So today I am going to make 3 cards and discuss what kind of crafter you are!
You may or may not have seen this, but what a simple stamper is, is someone who is just starting out as a crafter. As I said before, figuring out where to start can be very overwhelming. One of the things that attracted me to SU! years ago was the color and product coordination. When you start, it is easiest to start with paper, ink, and stamp. No matter what catalog you are first introduced to, not only are there beautiful example for you to CASE (Copy and Share Everything or Copy and Selectively Edit), but you are given a list of colors for coordination. So now where do I start? The best suggestion I can give is start with what kind of card you want to make. I have 3 categories that I put my card making in, starting with the most made to have on hand/make as I need: 1) Birthday 2) Holiday (Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s) and 3) All Others (Anniversary, Wedding, Baby, Condolence, Get Well, ect). Whether you are limited on time, space, or even budget, start off with what works best for you and do not ever think that you cannot make a beautiful card with just paper, ink, and stamps! We all start out as a #simplestamper! Lol
For this example, I chose to use the Forever Lovely stamp set, Lovely Lipstick and Whisper White cardstock, and Lovely Lipstick, Flirty Flamingo, and Memento inks:
Lovely Lipstick cardstock base: 4 ¼” x 11” and scored at 5 ½”
Whisper White cardstock: (2) 4” x 5 ¼”
On the base layer of Whisper White cardstock I stamped the heart image in Lovely Lipstick and Flirty Flamingo inks and the sentiment is stamped in Memento ink:
The inside piece of Whisper White cardstock, the sentiment is stamped in Lovely Lipstick ink and the small hearts are stamped in Lovely Lipstick and Flirty Flamingo inks:
What is a casual crafter? This is generally someone who has basic supplies and start adding punches, embellishments, and ribbon to their cards. They may or may not have a designated crafting area, but make cards “as needed”.
For this example, I used the Forever Lovely stamp set, All My Love Designer Series Paper, Lovely Lipstick and Flirty Flamingo inks, 3 punches, ribbon, and an embellishment:
Lovely Lipstick cardstock base: 4 ¼” x 11” and scored at 5 ½”
All My Love DSP base layer: 4” x 5 ¼”
Punches-Starburst in Lovely Lipstick cardstock, 2” Circle Punch in Flirty Flamingo cardstock, 1 ¾” Circle Punch in Whisper White cardstock
Ribbon-Silver Metallic Edge Ribbon cut at 6”
Embellishment-Heart Epoxy Droplets
Since the sentiment is too long for the circle punch, I first stamped You Are, cleaned the stamp, and then stamped Loved underneath. Since this is photopolymer, it made it very easy to see the words at the edge of the ink pad, however, you can always mask what you don’t want inked with a piece of tape. I layered the circles, stamped the small hearts in Flirty Flamingo ink, and then added 3 of the smallest Heart Epoxy Droplets. The ribbon is adhered to the DSP, the layered circles are adhered with dimensionals, and then this piece is adhered to the card base:
For the inside, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamp the heart stamp along the side and the small hearts in Flirty Flamingo ink, and stamp the sentiment in Lovely Lipstick ink:
What is an avid crafter? This is generally someone who has a designated crafting area/room, makes cards for any occasion, and spends time making cards ahead of time. An avid crafter also has really everything they need to create a card, big shot, heat tool, ribbons, embellishments, etc.
For this example, I used the Forever Lovely Bundle, All My Love DSP, and the Be Mine Stitched Framelits to create this card:
The card base is Soft Sea Foam, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”.
The base layer is All My Love DSP, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”.
The sentiment is stamped in Lovely Lipstick ink.
I used the Lovely Flowers Edgelits Dies on the sentiment cardstock, the Lovely Lipstick cardstock layer underneath, and cut two leaves in Soft Sea Foam cardstock.
The heart is cut out of Vellum cardstock using the biggest heart framelit.
For added embellishment, I used Whisper White Baker’s Twine wrapped twice around the DSP, 2 of the large Heart Epoxy Droplets colored with Dark Flirty Flaming Stampin’ Blends, and traced the cut out rose with Wink of Stella:
The inside sentiment is on a piece of 4” x 5 ¼” Whisper White cardstock, stamped in Lovely Lipstick ink. The flowers are stamped in Lovely Lipstick ink, cut out with the coordinating die, and the leaves are stamped in Soft Sea Foam ink, cut out with the coordinating die. One of the flowers and both leaves are popped up with dimensionals:
So, after all this, what kind of crafter are you? Of course, I’m an avid crafter! But then again, it took me a long, long time and it also required a bedroom that I could turn into a craft room, which didn’t happen until my oldest son left home (we are “empty nesters”, both of my sons are serving in the military). I definitely started out as a simple stamper, budgeted, and planned what supplies I needed…and I still do! Remember that you don’t have to feel overwhelmed and need to buy the whole store! Lol Even if you feel that you’re “not that crafty”, Google is your friend and you will find so many beautiful cards to inspire you and/or CASE!
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