Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Simple Cardmaking Using Sand & Sea Suite

As I was coming up with designs for my January Online Class, I had time to really enjoy the Sand & Sea Suite from the new 2021 Jan/Jun Mini Catalogue and it provided a lot of solutions for a class where stamping had to be at a minimum. There are many images in the Sand & Sea Designer Series Paper (DSP) that can be either die cut or hand cut to add to the projects rather than needing to stamp them. The Seashells 3D Embossing Folder gives great texture and coordinates with the Seaside Seashells dies and the Friends are Like Seashells stamp set, so you have so much versatility and utility with this suite. There are also stickers and embellishments that come with it! 

One of the projects I made, a birthday card, is a fairly simple design, so good for any level of stamper, but could be upgraded easily to add more complexity for more advanced stampers.

  • Just look at that texture from the Seashells 3D Embossing Folder. There are two ways you could upgrade that. One would be to rub ink onto it directly from the ink pad. I would use either Whisper White Craft ink or Sahara Sand. As you drag the ink across the embossed surface, the embossed edges catch on the ink pad's surface and take the majority of the ink, which emphasizes the raised portions of the design.
  • The other way you could increase the level of difficulty is by placing the die on the cardstock surface on the Stamparatus and placing the stamps that correspond to the different shells within their areas of the dies, stamping surface down on the cardstock, uninked, then pick them up with the Stamparatus flap and remove the die. Ink up each stamp in the colours that you want and stamp using the Stamparatus, repeating the stamping as needed to get a good clear image. Then insert the cardstock into the Embossing Folder, matching the images with their outlines on the embossing folder and carefully run through the Stampin' Cut & Emboss machine.

  • I've added here a panel of the Sand & Sea DSP and a sentiment stamped using one of the sentiments from the Friends are Like Seashells stamp set, in Sahara Sand ink. It's die cut using one of the Tasteful Label dies.
  • A couple of seashells are fussy cut from the Sand & Sea DSP and added as well as a Braided Linen Trim bow.

Here are the details of the January Online Class: Click HERE

I can remember back when I was a Stampin' Up! customer, before I became a demonstrator, how excited I would get when Sale-A-Bration time would roll around every year, because of the FREE STUFF I would earn! It was always so easy to earn the Sale-A-Bration rewards because of the beautiful new products in the Mini catalogue that came out at the same time, so I made the most of it! Here's the way it works: For every $60 you purchase, (before tax & shipping) on one order, you earn one First Level Sale-A-Bration reward. If you reach $120 you can earn either two Level 1 rewards or one Level 2 reward. You choose the rewards from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure

Then I learned that I could really make a haul by maximizing my earnings through hosting a party, but it didn't mean I had to go the traditional route of cleaning, baking and cajoling reluctant guests to come and spend money so I could hit the jackpot! I had some different options. I could hand out some catalogues and collect orders. I could have an online party where people can tune in when they have time. But the best one for me was to join my demo's Stamp Club, because I could make a small investment each month and then one month I would get the stampin' rewards from everyone else's orders in the Club! This year hosts could earn a free stamp set called Punch Party.

After a couple of years of this though, I got smart and learned that the very best deal of all was to join Stampin' Up! And I did, and I joined during Sale-A-Bration, because there's always an extra incentive to sign up then! Look at the facts: You spend only $135 and you get $165 worth of any Stampin' Up! products of your choice, with free shipping!! And then, on top of that, this year Stampin' Up! is giving you five*  6" x 6" stacks of the newest Designer Series Paper from the upcoming 2021/22 Annual Catalogue! You really can't lose!

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