Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Keeping it simple... then stepping it up

Old Olive again, eh? And why not? There’s nothing wrong with Old Olive! After all, green goes with everything – you don’t see the grass clashing with the flowers...

This is a demonstration for a Stampin’ Up!® party I’m doing this week in Derby. The hostess says many of the guests won’t have stamped before so this is to show how you can make simple cards with very limited supplies.

I call these my SIP cards because, for less than £30 you can get set up with Stamps, Ink and Paper. Newbies can start with outline images, which they can stamp in black or grey and then colour with whatever they have to hand – coloured pencils, paints, the children’s felt tips... I’ve used Watercolour Wonder™ crayons and blender pens here because it’s my favourite colouring technique and very easy to do.

The second card is what can happen when you step things up a little with Designer Series Paper and some embellishments. I changed the image, too, for variety, but it’s basically the same card. I’m looking at this card now and thinking of more things I could add to it... but I won’t because it’s late here (you don’t really think I type these blog entries at 7am do you?) and my stamping tote is already packed for the party.

Stamps: A Tree For All Seasons
Cardstock: Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Summer Sun, Whisper White
Paper: Haiku
Ink: Basic Gray
Accessories: ¼” Grosgrain Ribbon - Pumpkin Pie, Linen Thread, Earth Elements Buttons

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  1. Excellent idea - they'll be wowed with it for sure. x

  2. Beautiful colouring work.

  3. so simple and yet lovely - if the guests at the party have never stamped before they will be well impressed with the cards they produce - Lesley x


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