My classes last week marked the first time I have done what they call a product based class. For those of you not familiar with the term it means that all the projects we made during the class are focused on one product. People attending the class can choose to pay for just the class or they can purchase the product and get the class for free! Stampin’ Up!’s Beautiful You stamp set was the perfect match for this endeavour.
When you come to my classes we make three greeting cards and a special project. Today I am sharing the three cards we made during class. The special project was also a card this month. I will save that for later because it is also my swap card for an upcoming Stampin’ Up! OnStage event in April and class attendees are patiently waiting until then for instructions! No sneak peeks!
Even when wet, life is beautiful! This cutie is brightening the day with a paper pierced Melon Mambo dress on our Shimmery White paper giving the rainy background a little sparkle. The background is created by rubbing and then dragging the ink pad directly on the paper. It takes a little practice and you might get inky but it’s a quick way to create a scene!
I got lots of comments on the colouring for this card. Often I find that people are afraid to mix colours. I have to admit that I didn’t even think about it. Stampin’ Up! makes everything so easy. Colour families and co-ordinating paper means the colours are already complimentary. Sweet Sugarplum and Peekaboo Peach are in the 2016-2018 In Colour family so they fit together nicely. This elegant lady is ready to celebrate any of life’s events!
This last card was created using only the swoosh stamps meant for colouring over the dresses. Even in a set that is so clearly geared toward women, it is possible to create a more gender neutral card. I love the versatility of this technique. Pick three colours and just go to town filling a piece of paper with your choices to create your very own designer series paper. Add a sentiment and embellish and you are good to go!
Maybe now you can guess which stamp will be used for my OnStage swap? There are a handful of people that already have this card in their hands and it has a special surprise in store. What is OnStage you ask? Twice a year Stampin’ Up! holds a convention across the world. There is a main site, local smaller venues and online experiences that allows demonstrators to gather, share, create and learn what is coming up in the new catalogues from Stampin’ Up! Swapping cards is a fun way that we have to share ideas. People create a bunch of one card and then we trade them over the course of the day. It is always great fun and I will be heading to Toronto on April 8th for this fun event.
In the meantime, why not consider adding the personal touch to your next greeting card and make it one you have created yourself! Let me know if I can help you on your creative journey. Why not try a class? It’s a fun, productive, social night out!!
—Inking of you, Jenn