As a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator you’d think I’d have every colour of ink pad and card, and you wouldn’t be far wrong. Having been a Demonstrator for almost 6 years I’ve had time to build up my stash, but even I get caught out from time to time. Today’s project is proof of that.
At the beginning of October I set myself a personal challenge for World Card Making Day. I would design and make from scratch 24 different cards in 24 hours. It was a challenge I achieved with just minutes to spare. But looking back at some of the projects there are some I’d tweak if given a second chance. Like this one…
LET IT SNOW
I started with the Let It Snow 12″ x 12″ Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP). Although the DSP features a lot of snowmen I chose the reverse of one of the sheets with this simple ‘snowy’ design. Then using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) I attached it to a Tick Whisper White Card base.
Next I looked at the Snowman Season Stamp Set and chose the “Let It Snow” sentiment. I love the simplicity of this phrase and it would be perfect for my project. Then for inspiration I looked at the label on the DSP pack for the list of colours used in the designs. I wanted my sentiment to be bold but not black, so instead I went with Blueberry Bushel.
I stamped the sentiment onto a strip of Whisper White Card and then fixed that to the card front with liquid glue.
In order to keep things simple I then glued a 1″ strip of the DSP down the left edge of a layer of Whisper White Card. Then I added this to the inside of the card base.
Finally I glued one last piece of the DSP to the flap of a Whisper White Medium Envelope. Then I cut it to shape with my Paper Snips using the edge of the flap as a guide.
To add some glitter to the front of my project I cut snowflakes from some Sparkle Glimmer Paper. I found these in the Seasonal Layers Dies and cut two of the smallest and one of the medium-sized snowflake. Then I used a Fine Tip Glue Pen to attach the snowflakes and I was finished.
I was reasonably happy with the project at the time but remember thinking that I’d have made it differently with a complete selection of coloured card.
You see I wanted to keep this project fresh looking so discounted using Blueberry Bushel as a layer. I just thought it would be too dark. What I really wanted was Coastal Cabana or Pool Party, and all I had was a few scraps, none of them big enough to mount the DSP on. So with the challenge clock ticking I chose nothing. A decision I now wish I hadn’t made. Still it is what it is.
What it has reminded me though is when ordering DSP to check the list in the catalogue to see the colours used. Then check that I have sufficient of the appropriate card colours, or if not to order them at the same time. Needless to say I’ve since rechecked my card stocks. When I did I was shocked to find 9 different colours where I had two sheets or less! So I immediately added them to my ‘wish list’
I haven’t ordered all the card just yet, but I did start with the colours from the Regals, Neutrals and In Colors families. I mean with Stampin’ Up! offering 15% off until the end of today, it would be rude not to. Check out the Online Extravaganza section of my online store to see everything from the Annual Catalogue that’s reduced until the end of today. Just remember that from tomorrow these items will return to their original catalogue prices.
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Snowman Season Stamp Set in a bundle with the coordinating Snowman Builder Punch. This meant that I saved 10% off the cost of buying the two items separately. Although I didn’t use the punch for today’s project I’ve included a link to the bundle below in case you want to look at that option.