Hey stampin' friends...thanks so much for stopping by today! A couple of days ago, I posted two cards on my blog...one using #simplestamping and one that I had "stepped up". If you were wondering about that at all, let me explain.
At OnStage, we talked a lot about three different types of stampers: 1) a beginner--someone who is picking up a stamp for the first time, or just learning to stamp; 2) a casual stamper--someone who has a few stamps and basic accessories but doesn't stamp a lot and doesn't want to spend a lot of time on projects; and 3) the avid stamper--this stamper wants everything and spends a good deal of time indulging in the art of stamping. As we were seeing tons of gorgeous ideas, I realized that, even though I have been doing a "simple" project on Sundays, most of my projects are geared toward the avid stamper.
Although we avids exist (I would definitely consider myself avid!), there are still lots of beginners and casuals out there! I wondered if I could create TWO projects to showcase a stamp set and coordinating products that would appeal to different types of stampers... I honestly can't promise that EVERY post will have multiple projects, but I'm going to try to do this as often as I can. Whenever I do a project for the beginning or casual stamper, I'll mark it with this:
...so be watching for #simplestamping projects, as well as "avid" projects! When I post a #simplestamping project, I'll include a showcase below it showing what products I used, as I've always done. Below that, you'll find the second "stepped up" project and another showcase with any additional products I added.
Which category of stamper are you? You might be a beginner now, but you will shortly move into casual...and maybe even become avid! Wherever you are in your stamping journey, hopefully you'll find more projects that suit the type of stamper YOU are here on my blog!
Let me start with today's #simplestamping card:
I used the same stamp set (Country Home) for today's cards. On this first one, I used a single stamp pad and added just a couple of accessories to dress it up, so this is a quick and easy project for either a beginning or casual stamper.
I started by stamping the sentiment in the center of a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock using Early Espresso ink...I eventually covered it with the same sentiment stamped on a separate piece of paper, but I used the first one for placement before stamping the other image. Stamp the floral image over the sentiment on the top left corner (it's ok if it overlaps the words...remember we're going to cover it up in a minute!) Turn the cardstock around and stamp the floral image in the opposite corner.
Stamp the sentiment again on a strip of Crumb Cake cardstock and clip each end to create a flag. Add some SNAIL adhesive to the back side. Wrap line thread around a couple of fingers a few times, then twist it into an "8" shape and press it into the adhesive. Add a couple of stampin' dimensionals and secure it to the first piece over the first stamped sentiment.
Layer the Crumb Cake piece onto a piece of Wood Textures designer series paper, then layer both pieces onto an Early Espresso cardbase. Finally, use the Wink of Stella pen to splatter a bit of shimmer over the entire card front. (If you haven't done this before, gently squeeze the barrel of the pen to release some of the ink into the tip--not too hard or you'll have a mess! Now tap the pen against your finger to release the ink as a splatter over your paper. Play with it a little on a piece of scratch paper until you get a feel for it...but be warned! Once you start splattering with Wink of Stella, it's hard to stop!)
I used these products for this card:
For my avid stampin' friends, because I wanted to color this image with Stampin' Blends, I started by stamping the images in Memento black ink. To create the floral spray, I stamped the cotton floral image twice, bottom to bottom, onto a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. The image was then colored in with Light Old Olive, Light Soft Suede, Dark Cajun Craze, and Light and Dark Calypso Coral Stampin' Blends markers. I used the Wink of Stella brush to color the cotton boles, then fussy cut the image out and added a linen thread bow to the center with a mini glue dot.
To give the image a bit of dimension, I only applied SNAIL adhesive to the center of the image before adhering it to a piece of Wood Textures DSP. The sentiment is stamped in Memento black ink.
The DSP is adhered to a piece of Calypso Coral cardstock and finally onto an Early Espresso card base. To finish it up, I splattered Wink of Stella over the card front and added three gold metallic pearls.
I added these products to my stepped-up card...
I hope you enjoyed today's projects! If you saw something you really liked, be sure to comment...and also let me know if you find this idea of two projects helpful! I would greatly appreciate your feedback! :) :) :)
Thanks again for spending a little bit of your time here with me today! If you have questions about these projects, let me know....I'd love to help!
Until next time...happy stampin'!