Creative Inkers Annual Stamp Camp
Each year in February we gather in Rotorua for our annual Stamp Camp. It’s a great weekend away from the usual chores to catch up with friends and focus on our love of all things Stampin’ Up!
Over the weekend, we had five product suite presentations, each followed by a project that we were taught how to make using the stamp sets and other products shown in the presentation.
There were also business training sessions and an opportunity to participate in a service project.
This year we made cards in support of a lovely lady who makes gift packs and beautiful handmade bags for women going through treatment for breast cancer. She sends out hundreds of these packs each year and includes an inspirational or encouraging handmade card with each.
Visit from Rich Jutkins
We were all so blown away when Rich Jutkins the President and COO of Stampin’ Up! appeared on Saturday morning! He made a flying visit to our event as he was already in Australia. It was amazing to have him around all day, he sat and chatted with us and also took notes of things we said that he wanted to take back to head office.
So Much Fun
The weekend was a lot of fun and it was great to paper-craft with other like-minded people where we can also bounce business ideas around and help each other. It really is such a great community to be involved in, there are real friendships and genuinely wants to see others achieve their goals. I think I speak for all who attended when I say we all come away inspired, motivated and excited for another year ahead.
These are the 2 projects I managed to complete over the weekend, I’m afraid I was talking too much to get the other 2 finished.
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Carousel Birthday Card
Another of the February class projects using watercolour pencils this time with the Carousel Birthday stamp set. I was commissioned to make a card for a young girl using pink and this is what I came up with. The design was cased from Holly Stene in America, I changed the colours, added the scalloped circle, background stamping and sequin trim. I love how it came out.
Tips & Tricks
- Card base is Blushing Bride cardstock cut at 14.8 cm x 10.5 cm
- I stamped a lace background from Delicate Details using Blushing Bride at the bottom of the card
- The patterned paper is from Cupcakes and Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack cut to 7.5 cm x 10.2 cm
- The vellum has been embossed using the Sparkle Embossing Folder
- I stamped the pony using Archival Black ink and coloured using Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight and Basic Gray pencils
- I used a blender pen to blend and soften the pencil
- For the sentiment I used Archival Basic Gray ink
- Use the Layering Circles Framelits to cut the circle and scallop circle
- Adhere the Vellum layer with glue under where the pony goes so it will not be seen
- The Blushing Bride Sequin Trim was adhered to the back of the Blushing Bride Scallop Circle using a glue dot. Then dimensionals were used to adhere it to the card.
- Add some Solid Bakers Twine in Blushing Bride to the top of the card and tie in a bow
- Run your bone folder along the length of the sentiment to make it curl 2 different ways then add to the card using dimensionls
This completes the projects made in February classes, view the other 2 projects here, Tasty Trucks , Beautiful You Calendar. I hope you have enjoyed all these projects using the Watercolour pencils, if you would like to order them you will see a Shop Now button on the right hand side of this post, simply follow that to place an order in my Stampin’ Up! shop. To join a class simply follow this link to register for my March classes.
Beautiful You Watercolour Calendar
Images can speak volumes, this girl from the Beautiful You stamp set looks like she’s dancing or about to perform a cartwheel on the beach. Just the type of uplifting image to see you through the year on a desk calendar. Also the sentiment is a lovely reminder each day to live life to the fullest.
We made this project in class this month and everyone loved it. The design was cased from Anke Heim in Europe. I purchased the small calendars from Teacher Direct (the link shows an image of 2015 but the description is correct and that’s what I received).
Tips & Tricks
- Card base is Basic Grey cardstock cut at 25.5 x 10.5 cm and scored at 6.5 and 13cm
- Next layers are Basic Grey 12.58cm x 10.5cm, Bermuda Bay 12.2 cm x 9.9 cm and Shimmer White – 11.8 cm x 9.5 cm. Bermuda Bay under calendar measures 9cm x 9.9cm
- I used Archival Black Ink to stamp the girl in the centre of the card and for the sentiment.
- Bermuda Bay, Basic Gray and Pacific Point are the watercolour pencils I used.
- An aqua painter was used to blend and soften the pencil, therefore the girl looks like a watercolour painting .
- For the sky I just dabbed the Aqua Painter on the tip of the pencil to get a small amount of colour.
- Use the Stitched Shapes Framelits to cut and detail the sentiment and mount on dimensionals
- Put a brad through the corners to hold the calendar pages in place.
- The layered card front it adhered to the folded section to create the triangular stand.
All this month’s projects used the watercolour pencils, we used either aqua painters or blender pens to get the look of watercolour. This depended on the type of look we were trying to achieve and also the size of the image. It’s easier to do small areas with the blender pen’s finer tip. But for large areas and backgrounds there is more colour variation and it’s quicker with the aqua painter.
I have posted the Tasty Trucks card already and I’ll add the Carousel Birthday card tomorrow. To create your own cards and 3D projects come along to one of my March classes.
Tasty Trucks Stamp Set
This cute Tasty Truck Stamp Set with it’s various food items is available free with an order of $110 + shipping during Sale a Bration. I will be teaching this card in my February classes, it showcases the Tasty Trucks Stamp Set, the Stitched Framelits and the Watercolour Pencils!
Tasty Trucks Stamp Set | Stitched Shapes Framelits | Watercolour Pencils
I’m including the Stitched Framelits in a lot of my projects at the moment, they really do give a lovely finishing detail. (These Framelits are now available! Click HERE to purchase)
Tips & Tricks
- Card base is Pool Party cardstock – 14.8 x 10.5 cm
- Next layers are Calypso Coral 7.5 cm x 10.5 cm and Whisper White – 7 cm x 10.5 cm
- I used Smokey Slate ink to stamp the flags on the card base.
- The truck, ice-creams and flags were stamped in Archival Black ink on Shimmer White cardstock.
- I used Calypso Coral, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Basic Gray and Basic Black watercolour pencils. Then I gave them the watercolour look using a blender pen. Due to the small areas I chose the blender pen as the tip is finer.
- The truck, flags and ice-creams have been fussy cut.
- The embossing folder on the Whisper White layer is Falling Petals. I used only the top section of the folder so there are only a few hearts shown.
- The Stitched Shape circle was cut from Smokey Slate cardstock and mounted on dimensionals.
- Finally Bermuda Bay Bakers Twine is wrapped 3 times around the Whisper White layer.
- The sentiment is from Thoughtful Banners and has been curled using a bone folder then mounted using 2 dimensionals together underneath the raised part.
To create your own version of this card come along to one of my February classes.