I know it’s a cliché, but practice does make perfect or at least you end up with inky fingers like me. This cliché is a quite relevant in my life now, from card-making to developing my new business streams. I remember designing my first website over 20 years ago my freshman year in college, but today it is a totally different ballgame. I have also been perfecting my PowerPoint slides and preparing for the opportunity to visit customers once again in person. Needless to say I am finding joy and release in my card-making versus being an animal nutritionist at the moment. It is a difficult situation for all parties involved, but hopefully there will be a rainbow after the storm passes.
For the Month of May I am focusing on Water Scenes and the Sailing Home Bundle. I pushed the envelope on my stamping patience versus expertise. As you may have guessed I prefer coloring over stamping at times. But I wanted to demonstrate repetitive stamping and how the stamparatus is a great tool for that need.
In my practice run I made the card with a T-ruler and patience (and several pieces going into the trash can). But in my FaceBook Live Class I demonstrated how the Stamparatus makes things so much easier. The removal binder plates make it easy to incrementally move your stamps up to continue a repetitive stamp process without having to reposition the stamp. You can change colors and stamps to keep a repetitive process going to give it a totally different look each time.
What if you do not have a Stampartus?
Use a T-Ruler and a piece of acetate. Tape down your card front or mat to your work surface (with removable tape). A grid surface makes the next part easier but line up your T-Ruler and place a piece of acetate over your mat and line up block on T-Ruler and stamp on acetate. If you like the placement then remove acetate and stamp again in the same spot, if not adjust your stamp, block or T-Ruler.
Want to learn more beginner tips, check out my FaceBook Live Classes starting Sunday, May 10th at 3pm CST (The Scientist’s Art Page).
Watching the replay from the Sunday, May 2nd class?
Here are the supplies you need for the project:
- Sailing Home Bundle (151066, 10% off until June)
- Swirly Frames Stamp Set (146519)
- Peaceful Moments Cling Stamp Set (151595)
- Subtle Embossing Folder (151775)
- Stitched Rectangle Dies (148551)
- A2 Card Base (Whisper White, Night of Navy or Real Red)
- Night of Navy, Real Red, Balmy Blue, Mango Melody, Versamark Ink
- Night of Navy, Real Red, Whisper White Cardstock
- Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper (149481, hurry retiring)
- White Embossing Powder (109132)
- Vellum (101856)
- Baker’s Twine (149483, hurry retiring)
- Stampartus (146276)
- Sail Away Trinkets (149482, hurry retiring)
- Foam Adhesive Strips (141825) or Dimensionals (104430), liquid glue or tape runner
Want the May Card Kit ($15 + S&H) Please email (firstname.lastname@example.org) me for more information.
Hope you enjoyed my video and for my next blog can you guess what pigs and water have in common? I will share the importance of water for pigs (and all living creatures) and how they love baths. Remember practice makes perfect or close enough!