In my last post I talked about how having a card kit on hand can be helpful when you want to create but are needing some inspiration. This week I was reminded by a new friend and fellow demonstrator, Tristan Dawes, how great card challenges can be for this, too! She's a member of the design team for the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge, so after checking it out I decided to play along.
The theme for this week's challenge is "Masculine Anything Goes," As we card crafters know, it's more challenging to come up with cards that the guys will really like, so it's great to have them in our stash.
For this card I wanted to use the Enjoy Life stamp set by Stampin' Up! I really like doing silhouette stamps against a watercolored background and played around making a couple until I got one I really liked with this stamp. My favorite technique is to smoosh ink pads onto a clear block, then spritz with water before pressing it onto a piece of Whisper White card stock. Once it was dry I stamped the image 3 or 4 times with Memento Tuxedo Black using my Stamparatus. I love how I can get a really opaque image this way. The sentiment only needed one stamping to come out nice and crisp and dark. I kept everything simple by mounting the image directly to a Cajun Craze card base.
Why don't you play along, too? Don' have a blog to link? Please send me a picture of your creation:firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you live in Australia and would like to purchase any of the supplies I used to make this card, click on the image below and go straight to my online store.
1) You want to make cards, but don't have a lot of supplies.
This could be because you're just getting started with card crafting. Or because you're traveling/moving. Either way, an all-inclusive card kit is the perfect solution because along with a bit of adhesive and some paper snips you have everything you need to create a small stash of cards. Plus, you then have another stamp set and Stampin' Spot ink pad to add to your stash - double win!
2) You feel like crafting, but are out of ideas.
Pull out a card kit and make a couple just like the directions say. Then challenge yourself to mix it up on a couple...be a rule-breaker! The cards shown in this post are are a combination of by-the-book and alternative designs, based on my personal needs.
3) It's a great activity to do with family and friends.
Family visiting? Rainy day? School holiday and the kids are bored? Sit down with a card kit and some yummy snacks and connect in a new and creative way. Challenge each other to make creative use of your kit's supplies and have fun!
4) Makes a great gift.
Whether you're an advance-planner type or looking for something at the last minute, card kits can be a great go-to gift for friends and family. In addition to the kit, you can include a note that offers to host a crafting get-together!
5) You want to make a lot of cards in a short amount of time.
I confess, I am determined to send handmade Christmas cards to all 150 people on my list each year, but often run short of time...fortunately Stampin' Up! has a great card kit to help boost my card count! Likewise, a more general kit (with alternative designs) can generate a nice collection of thank-you cards if needed. Bonus: most of our kits now come with refills - so you can make even more of a good thing!
The cards shown in this post are from the Soft Sayings Card Kit. I brought it with me during my move to Australia, and while all of my crafting supplies were either jumbled into one suitcase or still in my shipping container crossing the Pacific, this was how I got my crafting fix. I have used many of the cards already to thank various people who have been helpful in our transition to our new life, or to reach out to friends back in the U.S.
Check out all the great card kits Stampin' Up! offers.
I've been paper-crafting since 2006, and an Independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator since 2010. I love sharing my craft with others, either through classes or by creating special cards and gifts that meet their needs. Join me in creating fun!