OMG! I have learned a ton over the last two days and I still have one more day of Stampin’ Up!’s OnTour Online for Demonstrators. Yesterday, after one of the presentations we were given a challenge to make a card using only paper, ink, and stamps. Sometimes, that is hard for me. I like to use die cuts, dimensionals, embellishments, and other fun tools that I have accumulated over the years. However, these card ideas were meant to be used for those new to stamping. I wanted to make something that a beginner, who has no stamping supplies, could make at home. It only required two pieces of cardstock, three different ink pads or markers, and one or two stamp sets.
I decided to use an old technique of using the stamp pad to highlight the white cardstock. I used Daffodil Delight to highlight the Whisper White Cardstock. I followed with stamping my dandelions in Balmy Blue from the Dandelion Wishes stamp set. Now Dandelion Wishes has some sentiment stamps included, but I wanted something more “Smiley” to send on my Making Smiles One Card at a Time mission during COVID-19. I ended up choosing the sentiment from the Waterfront stamp set and stamped that in Night of Navy. To complete the card, I mounted the card front onto a Night of Navy card base. Easy-peasy, lemon squeezy and just like that you have a nice simple card to send out to make someone smile.
Then, between OnTour meetings, Diane Evans, from the Stampin Café Facebook Group, posted a cute card she made for her UPS driver. I saw that and had to CASE it! For those new to stamping and scrabooking, that means Copy And Steal Everything. Here is my take on her card. Isn’t it so cute! I can’t wait to give the three I made to my UPS driver (who delivers my Stampin’ Up! Supplies), my Amazon driver, and my every so faithful mailman. These heroes have faithfully delivered everything Jay, the kids, and I have ordered to keep us sane during this pandemic. They are underappreciated, unsung heroes, and are very much needed, so why not send them a smile during this stressful time while they are out risking their health delivering the mail.
If you would like to make your own card for these wonderful people, I used the You Always Deliver stamp set that is retiring. The stamp set is still available (I just checked) and sells for $16. The Simple Stripes Embossing Folder is retiring as well, so you might to snatch that up while there are still some in stock. It’s on sale for $5.10 right now. To color in the mailman, I used my Stampin’ Blends markers. The other items I used are all retired now, but you can always find substitutes like I did for Diane’s card. That’s the lovely thing about card making. You make adjustments to already created designs to work with what you have on hand. I have a ton of the old Stampin’ Up! cardstock from the last time I was a demonstrator, so I will use that whenever I can. I am thankful that my favorite Night of Navy color carried over. However, I am in love with all of the new colors and wait until you see the new In Colors! They are to die for!
Stampin’ (Ink) PadsDandelion Wishes Cling-Mount Stamp SetWaterfront Photopolymer Stamp SetYou Always Deliver Photopolymer Stamp SetSimple Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing FolderStampin’ Blends Markers