When I went to the Stampin’ Up! OnStage Live in Orlando last November, they did a lot of talking about different kinds of stampers. They particularly talked about beginner stampers. I have been a Demonstrator for 11 years now and most of my classes have stampers who have been crafting for a while so I often forget about beginner stampers. It can be so overwhelming to be a first time stamper and sit in a class where everyone else knows what I am talking about and doing. It was great to be reminded that not everyone knows a lot about this hobby.
That being said, I decided I would make a card for the beginner stamper. Ideally the card should only use cardstock, ink and stamps. That was my original goal when I was making this card. Unfortunately, it didn’t end up that way. I just could not help myself and had to throw in some die cuts along with the stamping. Therefore, I can no longer call this a card for a beginner although it is still fairly simple.
To make this card, I first stamped the sea plants in Pear Pizzaz and Garden Green Ink. Then I stamped the coral in Calypso Coral ink and the sand in Crumb Cake. Then I stamped the sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.
Now, if I had just left it that way, I could call it a simple stamping card. It just looked like it needed more so I added the sand dollar, sponged the background in Pool Party and then used a die cutting out the fish.
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What a lovely card! I love that school of fish and the Pool Party sponging makes it feel very Caribbean. So fun!
As soon as I saw your card, the song ‘Octopus’ Garden’ popped into my head – and is stuck there! Great card, and I think the ‘extra’ touches are just perfect. In my experience, ‘new stampers’ don’t want to be ‘new’ – they like adding die cuts & more! 🙂