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Jan 17, 2012

Back to Basics: How-to Make a Cardbase & a Sweet Sunday Sketch Sample

Good morning! I know lots of you have been stamping for a long time, but when I teach classes, or attend trade shows, I'm always reminded that there are constantly new people picking up this hobby.  The questions I get are usually focused on the basics, so I thought I'd try to take a few steps back and review for anyone just jumping in!

I'm often asked what size I make my cards, and with few exceptions, I'm making a standard A2 (4 1/4 x 5 1/2) or a 5 1/2 square card.  I can't even begin to tell you how much card stock I wasted when I first started attending card making workshops at a friend's house.  For whatever, reason I couldn't figure out where to line up the paper, I had a really bad paper trimmer, that I swear would cut things crooked!

So, I've put together a quick video sharing how to make the basics, an A2 card in both a horizontal and a vertical orientation, a 5 1/4 square card, and a fun card you can make with the remnant card stock from your 5 1/4 square card!

I put together this video for the My Favorite Things Feature Friday segment, but I wanted to share it here too.  I've used LOTS of MFT supplies in my sample cards in the video.

I'll have more Back to Basics videos for you, and would love to know what topics you could use some assistance with!  For reference, my go to products for making a card base are my Fiskar's SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer, and my Scor-Pal, Scor-Mat and my Scor-Tool.

Of course, I couldn't just make a video... I also have a card to share today too!  I had all those extra card bases to fill up, and my friend Karen Giron had this fun sketch this week.  If you're just jumping in to stamping, I can't stress how amazing sketch challenges will be for you.  This is a GREAT way to jump start your creativity!  

I've reached for my Crate Paper: Paper Heart 6x6 pad again (I'm loving that one...) and my Sew Nifty stamp set.  And if you're a *newer* stamper, this is a fabulous set which you can use with absolutely no coloring required!  With a combination of open and solid stamps, as well as coordinating Die-namics dies. This is a really fun one that I highly recommend!

I've added a Loopy Bow to the sketch and subbed in two small buttons in place of the fish tail banner points.... If you're not able to get the Loopy Bow look just right, you could easily try a Cheater's Bow too...  Thanks so much for stopping by today, I'll be back at 10pm EST with this month's VIP Kit for My Favorite Things...

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