Big Sky Stampin' Papercrafting

I have been a crafter most of my life, starting in about 8th grade when I tried to embroider some frogs on a quilt, that I never finished! Although the list of what "I never finished" is long, and includes cross stitch, knitting, crocheting, quilting and more, my latest obsession is paper! I joined Stampin'Up! as an independent demonstrator in October 2011 and have been going like crazy ever since! I offer classes in my home, do catered card parties at your home and sell my cards locally in Bozeman, Montana and around the lovely Gallatin Valley. I would love to meet and talk to you if you are interested in the papercrafting hobby or just need some unique handmade cards for a special occasion!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Life is a Beautiful Thing!

Hi Stampers!
I recently started a "Techniques Tuesday" class to explore different techniques with papercrafting. There are so many inventive ways to use ink, paper and other supplies that it is really fun to see what you can come up with!  At our first class, we used the new embossing paste and coordinating products on a card:  Here's the result:


We used the brick mask to create the pattern with the embossing paste. We then used the very edge of a dauber and some Cajun Craze ink to color the bricks. There are other ways to color the embossing paste, but this was easy and quick and you didn't have excess paste that is dyed a specific color that you don't need anymore. One more trick:  We colored the plant and basket with markers before we stamped, allowing us to use 2 colors, which is always a great result!

Another project included a fun fold picture frame featuring the "Foil Frenzy" paper. This paper is thick and stiff and to work with it, you need to score well, use a bone folder and then secure the folds with tear tape!  Here's the project:



By creating the folds on each side, it left some space for a picture to be inserted into the frame. The dimension for the front of the frame (Foil Frenzy paper) is 5" x 9". We scored at 1" and 1-1/2" on the left side, flipped the paper over and scored at 1" and 1-1/2" on the other side.  The folds are a Z pattern, then adhered down with tear tape. The back of the frame is a 5" x 8" piece of white cardboard that comes in every pack of Designer Series Paper. I always save those as you never know when you might need one!

Our last project was the card featured on my blog yesterday, using the "Ribbons of Courage" bundle and spritzing Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper with reinker and alcohol in a spritzer.


I'm going to try and hold these classes monthly and would love to add an evening session if there is enough interest!  It's fun to play around with different ideas. I promise you will learn something new!

Hope you have a great weekend!
Happy Stampin'!
Sarah

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