Today, I have a little bit of something for every level of stamper. Sometimes it is hard for an advanced stamper to go back to the basics, especially when you are a demonstrator who might have customers who are just starting out. That is why I like to challenge myself by making, what we call, Step-It-Up cards. The idea is to make a beginner level card, then make an intermediate level card, and finally an advanced card. Sometimes it is easier for me to start with my advanced card and work backwards by thinking to myself, “How can I make this easier?”
Here is a sample of my beginner stamper card. Don’t worry if you are a beginner stamper. We’ve all been there and you will be up to a casual stamper (intermediate level) in no time at all! Besides, look at how cute this card is! Not too shabby for mailing to a friend. Your friend will love it because YOU MADE IT! You took the time to make something for just them.
The Casual Stamper card has a few more elements on it. Noting too complex and may even be a good card to mass produce if needed. Add an embossing folder to the card front, add a couple of borders to the elements, and a touch of Wink of Stella (though you cannot see it on this picture) to the round background to boost up your WOW! factor.
For my advanced card, I could have done a fancy fold, but I wanted it to stay in regular card format. I added ink to my embossing folder before running it through my embossing machine, added some DSP instead of a stamped background for the square element, and I ran the main element through the embossing machine with a different embossing folder. I also changed my tag shape to fit the sentiment a little better and added Wink of Stella to the flower pods.
So there you have it! Three cards for three stamping levels. If you are at the level of the first card, just think of the fun you have in store for yourself as you progress to the third card!