Starter Kit Challenge: Day 5

Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit Challenge

This is day five of my personal challenge for the week, to create at least half a dozen cards using only the supplies I could purchase in a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Start Up Kit (that’s $99 for $125 worth of supplies). Here’s why; I was cruising around on splitcoaststampers.com and found a post from eons ago from a brand new demonstrator that needed help. She had just a starter kit and didn’t feel like she could make enough different cards to show people how awesome Stampin’ Up! was (and still is). I was so saddened, because there was nothing I could do to help her! However, I can help future people like her, so that’s what this challenge is all about.

The challenge

  1. Choose supplies that you could buy in a starter kit.
  2. Make at least 6 different cards.

That’s it!

Here’s the list of supplies I selected:

  1. Stampin’ Trimmer – $30.00
  2. Brights Stampin’ Write Markers – $29.00
  3. Brights Designer Series Paper Stack – $22.00 OR Brights Cardstock – $8.00
  4. Whisper White Cardstock – $9.00
  5. Sprinkles of Life Photopolymer Stamp Set – $21.00
  6. Block D – $8.50
  7. Memento Tuxedo Black Inkpad – $6.00
  8. Snail Adhesive – $7.00

I tried to make sure that someone who started with nothing could still make cards with this kit. There are lots of people who start out with some basics like glue and a trimmer, but I included those in the price for people who really are starting from scratch (though I did assume that everyone has a regular pair of scissors and maybe some post-it notes). I accidentally went over budget because I forgot to include any adhesive before I started making cards! Oops!

One Winning Tip for Sparking Inspiration

Aside from the amazing set of cards I have shared this week, new demonstrators can also look to card challenges as a source or inspiration! All week long I’ve been sharing some of my favorite challenges and showing how even with only a few supplies you can participate and get loads of ideas. As a bonus, you usually get a lot of feedback on your card from the contest designers and other participants. It’s a great way to build community!

This particular card was inspired by two different challenges.

The first challenge was CASology Challenge #212!

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What could be more fun than ice cream? Okay, maybe jell-o, but not much else!

The second challenge is Time Out Challenge #64, which this week is to CASE Julia Altermann!

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CASE means to Copy and Selectively Edit (or Copy and Share Everything). I borrowed Julia’s bright color scheme and the blue and white patterned border with an interior white square.

This homemade card By Natalie Lapakko was created using only the materials that could be purchased as part of a Stampin' Up! demonstrator start up kit.

How to Stamp With Marker Ink

One of the reasons I selected Stampin’ Write Markers in my starter kits is because they give you a lot of different colors with a lot of versatility. Of course you can color with them, but you can also watercolor, sponge, spritz, and stamp with them! Today we’ll focus on stamping with markers instead of an ink pad.

To stamp using marker ink, use the wide end of the Stampin’ Write Marker and color the stamped image. Add two or three layers of ink to make sure it’s got enough, then right before you stamp the image on the paper breathe on it. Your breath adds just a bit of moisture to any areas that start to dry out as you are coloring. Then stamp the image!

How to Make a Sprinkles of Life Stacked Ice Cream Cone

Now that we’ve got that technique figured out, here’s the steps for the entire card.

  1. Cut a Whisper White card base.(8-1/2″ by 5-1/2″ creased and folded at 4-1/4″)
  2. Cut a Bermuda Bay polka dot panel from the Brights Designer Series Paper at 3-1/4″ by 4-1/2″ (that’s 1 inch smaller than the folded card base).
  3. Cut a Whisper White panel 2-1/4″ by 3″. This is the center panel.
  4.  Cut a quarter sheet of Whisper White cardstock for stamping on.
  5. Stick the cherry image from Sprinkles of Life onto the clear block.
  6. Using the wide side of the Real Red Stampin’ Write marker, color all the raised surfaces of the photopolymer image. Give it two or three layers of ink.
  7. Breathe on the stamp!
  8. Then stamp the image on the Whisper White quarter sheet.
  9. Mask the cherry image by stamping it again on a post-it note, cutting it out, and sticking the post-it cherry right on top of the stamped cherry.
  10. Repeat steps 5-9 using three ice cream scoops (Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, and Bermuda Bay) and an ice cream cone (Tangerine Tango). Stamp from top to bottom until the whole ice cream cone is stamped.
  11. Remove all the post-it note masks.
  12. Cut out the completed ice cream cone image.
  13. Dry fit everything together (that means put it all together but don’t glue it yet). Make sure everything is lined up the way you want it.
  14. Stamp the sentiment on the front Whisper White panel.
  15. Adhere everything together!

Tip for Crisp Photopolymer Stamped Images

When stamping with photopolymer stamps, put a slightly cushioned surface underneath the stamping area for the best results. An old mousepad, a sheet of craft foam, a Stamp ‘n’ Pierce Mat, or a couple sheets of newspaper will all do the trick!

This homemade card By Natalie Lapakko uses Stampin' Write Markers instead of ink pads for stamping colorful images.

A Fun Color Combo for Summer

I love how all the colors in the Brights family go together so well. These particular colors remind me of all the tasty cold things to eat and drink at this time of year. When it is hot out, there is nothing better than a popsicle or a slushy in one of these vibrant hues!

Color Combo: Real Red, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango

More Starter Kit Challenge Cards

See the rest of the cards I’ve created using my recommended starter kit.

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Thanks for visiting! As always, happy stamping!

Starter Kit Challenge: Day 4

What is a Starter Kit Challenge?

I’m on Day 4 of my own personal challenge to create half a dozen cards (or more) using only materials that a beginning Stampin’ Up! demonstrator could purchase with their starter kit; kits are $99 for $125 worth of supplies. Stampin’ Up! has a recommended list of supplies, but new demonstrators can choose whatever they want to put in their kit.

I put together my own list of materials that I would recommend as a good starter kit and started making cards! Here’s my suggested starter kit:

  1. Stampin’ Trimmer – $30.00
  2. Brights Stampin’ Write Markers – $29.00
  3. Brights Designer Series Paper Stack – $22.00 OR Brights Cardstock – $8.00
  4. Whisper White Cardstock – $9.00
  5. Sprinkles of Life Photopolymer Stamp Set – $21.00
  6. Block D – $8.50
  7. Memento Tuxedo Black Inkpad – $6.00
  8. Snail Adhesive – $7.00

A savvy mathematician might notice I broke the budget by $7.50. I forgot to include adhesive in my list of materials before starting to make cards! I hope you will forgive me, new demonstrators everywhere!

Why do a Start Kit Challenge?

I saw a call for help from a brand new demonstrator who needed ideas for lots of different cards she could make with her Starter Kit… but it was posted a long time ago and I came along too late to help her. However, I’m not too late to help other new demonstrators in the future!

Additional Inspiration for New Demonstrators

I think another great source of inspiration for new demonstrators is entering challenges! Challenges give great ideas for themes, colors, or layouts to use and they usually so versatile that whatever materials you have, you can participate!

This particular card was inspired by TGIF Challenge #69!

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I love the colors of the challenge banner, so I used the same ones in my card! There is also an apple image in the Sprinkles of Life stamp set that is perfect for this challenge!  I didn’t have a “Welcome Back” greeting, so I used a friendship one. Going back to school is the perfect time to connect with friends you haven’t seen in awhile!

This simple card, using Sprinkles of Life, is made by Natalie Lapakko.

How to Make a Simple Back to School Card with Sprinkles of Life

This is a very simple card, easy to teach to others and easy to mass produce.  If you are making cards for all the students in a classroom, this would be a good design for you!

  1. Create a standard size card base in Whisper White. (US sizes are 8-1/2″ by 5-1/2″, creased and folded at 4-1/4″.)
  2. Stamp the leafy image from the Sprinkles of Life stamp set on the right hand side of the card with black ink.
  3. Optional: cover the leaves with a post-it note right up to the very edge if you don’t want the branches and leaves to overlap.
  4. Stamp the tree trunk below the leaves in black ink. If you used a post-it note, remove it after stamping.
  5. Cut a rectangle at 2-3/4″ by 4″ (that’s the same as a 4-1/4″ by 5-1/2″ with 1-1/2″ cut off the top and side)
  6. Place the rectangle on top of your card, right in the middle. For added stability, you can use washi tape or masking tape to hold it down (you should be able to remove it carefully later without damage to the card). I chose to live dangerously!
  7. Trace around it with the Real Red Stampin’ Write Marker, leaving spaces where the leaves and trunk of the tree peek out. Remove the rectangle.
  8. Stamp the sentiment just off center of the card, so it balances with the tree.
  9. Stamp two apples from the Sprinkles of Life stamp set, color them Real Red, fussy cut them out, and attach them to the tree.
  10. Optional: Make lots more!

Tip for Perfect Borders

If you want a border that is the perfect size, but don’t know the dimensions, start with a rectangle the same size as your card and trim evenly from the top and sides a little at a time until you have a size you like.  Start by removing 1/4″ from the top and side. If that isn’t small enough, take off another 1/4″ until you are happy with the size!

This homemade card by Natalie Lapakko is perfect for simple back to school cards.

A Splash of Color

If you aren’t sure what colors to put together, one combination that is guaranteed to look good is black, white, and a splash of color. It doesn’t matter what the color is, black and white coordinate with it all.  If the card is mostly neutral colors with only a bit of color, that color will for sure stand out! Make that colorful piece the focal point!

Color Combo: Whisper White, Basic Black, Real Red

Thanks for visiting today! I hope you find this helpful, interesting, inspiring, or some mixture of those three! Happy stamping!

Other Starter Kit Challenge Cards

Homemade Card By Natalie Lapakko Inspiring Bluebird

Homemade Card By Natalie Lapakko A Bunch of Inspiriation 3

Homemade Card By Natalie Lapakko A Sprinkle of Inspiration

Homemade Card By Natalie Lapakko A Stack of Inspiration

Homemade Card By Natalie Lapakko Ice Cream Inspiration 3

This homemade card by Natalie Lapakko features only materials that could be purchased in a Stampin' Up! demonstrator Start Up Kit.

Starter Kit Challenge: Day 3

A Starter Kit Worth of Materials

I am in the midst of a personal challenge inspired by a comment I saw from a brand new Stampin’ Up demonstrator from years ago. The new demonstrator was asking for help; she had purchased a Stampin’ Up! starter kit, but didn’t have enough ideas for cards she could make with only the items in her kit. Sadly, the post was from years ago, but I’m sure there are others out there facing a similar challenge and this post is for them!

I started stamping almost exactly a year ago and all of my supplies lived in a cardboard box top on my dining room table. I remember what it was like to have very limited supplies; it can be a challenge, but it is definitely still possible to make a wide variety of different cards! This personal challenge is all about making a lot with a little.

The Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Kit comes with $125 worth of supplies (for $99), and my personal challenge this week is to make at least half a dozen different cards using ONLY the supplies in my suggested kit.

  1. Stampin’ Trimmer – $30.00
  2. Brights Stampin’ Write Markers – $29.00
  3. Brights Designer Series Paper Stack – $22.00 OR Brights Cardstock – $8.00
  4. Whisper White Cardstock – $9.00
  5. Sprinkles of Life Photopolymer Stamp Set – $21.00
  6. Block D – $8.50
  7. Memento Tuxedo Black Inkpad – $6.00
  8. Snail Adhesive – $7.00

My total is $132.50 (it would have been $125.50, but I forgot adhesive at first). I also used a regular pair of scissors, since most people already have those, and a sponge that I think came from the dollar store.

Another Sweet Challenge

One great way to get the creative juices flowing is to participate in community challenges! You can get ideas for color combinations, design layouts, themes, and more!

This card was inspired by Paper Players Challenge #309!

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Clean and simple challenges are great if you have limited supplies! Clean and simple designs often have lots of open space, limited layers, and limited embellishment, like this card:

This homemade card by Natalie Lapakko features cupcakes from the Sprinkles of Life stamp set.

How to Make a Clean and Simple Sprinkles of Life Card

This card combines two techniques; stamping directly on  designer series paper and sponging with no ink pad.

  1. Create a card base from Whisper White. I used one that was 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, creased and folded at 4-1/4″.
  2. Stamp cupcake bottoms from the Sprinkles of Life stamp set onto Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, and Bermuda Bay polka dot patterned Brights Designer Series Papers.
  3. Fussy cut the bottoms of the cupcakes, leaving an extra 1/2″ or so at the top for gluing.
  4. Stamp three cupcake tops at a slanted angle on Whisper White cardstock.
  5. With the wide end of the Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write Marker, scribble onto a clean block until a small patch of ink is deposited.
  6. With a piece of a sponge, dab up some of the ink from the ink pad.
  7. Using small circular motions, apply Daffodil Delight down the center of the cupcake tops.
  8. Repeat 5-7 with Melon Mambo on one side and again with Bermuda Bay on the other side. Where the colors overlap slightly, they will mix to form a rainbow. See the diagram for how to apply the ink.How to make rainbow cupcake tops using sponged ink, by Natalie Lapakko.png
  9. Fussy cut out the cupcake tops.
  10. Adhere the cupcakes together in a stack on the right side of the card.
  11. Stamp the sentiment on the left side of the card.

Sponging Tips

This sponging technique may take a little practice! I found that it applies ink more slowly than traditional sponging using ink pads, so it takes a little more work, but it is much more controlled. Sometimes when you first touch the sponge to the paper, it leaves a dark splotch. To avoid this, start your sponging outside the image or off the edge of the paper and work your way inward with circular motions. This will give you a nice smooth color!

This card by Natalie Lapakko is one that can be made using limited supplies purchased with a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Start Up Kit.

A Sweet Color Combination

This color combination is very close to a primary color scheme, so the colors mix really well to make a rainbow. Even when they aren’t mixed, they make for a cheerful combination, perfect for kids, birthdays, and celebrations of all kinds.

Color Combo: Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo.png

More Starter Kit Challenge Cards

Homemade Card By Natalie Lapakko A Sprinkle of Inspiration

Homemade Card By Natalie Lapakko A Bunch of Inspiriation 3

Homemade Card By Natalie Lapakko Inspiring Bluebird

Homemade Card By Natalie Lapakko Lucky Inspiriation

Homemade Card By Natalie Lapakko Ice Cream Inspiration 3

This homemade card by Natalie Lapakko features only materials that could be purchased in a Stampin' Up! demonstrator Start Up Kit.

Thank you for visiting my blog today! I appreciate all the comments and “likes” you all leave me! They cheer me through the long day. Happy stamping!

Starter Kit Challenge: Day 2

First, I’d like to give a big thanks to Jaydee and all the other designers over at the Paper Players for selecting my Parade of Primary Penguins card as one of the winners for the week! The number one benefit of participating in challenges is all the great ideas and inspiration I get from the challenges and all the sample cards… but it is also really nice to be noticed! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Starter Kit Personal Challenge

I have set a personal challenge for myself this week. I have decided to help out new Stampin’ Up! demonstrators by creating half a dozen cards made using only the materials that could be purchased with a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator Starter Kit. I’ve limited myself to using only these materials to show how many different and unique cards can be made even with only a few supplies.

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge

This particular card was also inspired by a sketch challenge! If you only have a few materials (or if you have a whole bunch, too) and are stuck on ideas, these challenges are great at getting the creative juices flowing!

This challenge comes from Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #250!

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Here is my card for the sketch! You’ll notice that I substituted a square shape for the circle, because I didn’t include any circle dies in my suggested starter kit. Challenges are pretty flexible and most will accept substitutions if you don’t have exactly the right shape. If you have limited supplies, don’t be afraid to enter a challenge just because you don’t have the exact shape in the sketch!

Homemade Card By Natalie Lapakko: See how to make a simple card using Sprinkles of Life and other materials part of a SU! Starter Kit.

How to Make a Simple Sprinkles of Life Card

  1. Cut and score a Whisper White card base using the Stampin’ Trimmer. Side opening card: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored and folded at 4-1/4″. Bottom opening card: 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored and folded at 5-1/2″.
  2. Cut a crooked panel out of Tangerine Tango designer series paper. I started with a rectangle that was 4″ by 5″, cut the right side at an angle, then turned my paper in the trimmer so that new angle was flat against the bottom of the trimmer and cut what is now the top at a 90 degree angle. For more details and pictures of how this is done, see my tutorial on crooked panel cards.
  3. Cut a Whisper White square at about 1-1/4″ by 1-1/4″.
  4. Stamp the top of the cupcake on Whisper White, color it in with the Tangerine Tango Stampin’ Write Marker, and fussy cut it out.
  5. Stamp the bottom of the cupcake on a piece of Bermuda Bay Designer Series Paper and fussy cut it out.
  6. Adhere everything together.
  7. Stamp the sentiment along the top angle of the crooked panel.

Stamping on designer series papers is tons of fun! I love how the cupcakes in the Sprinkles of Life stamp set look when stamped on patterned paper: it’s the reason I chose to combine them even in my very limited list of materials!

Tips for Stamping With Photopolymer Stamps

  • Put your paper on top of a somewhat cushioned surface before stamping on it. This insures that the entire image will come into contact with the paper. Rubber stamps have a built in cushion that photopolymer stamps don’t have. Examples of a cushioned surface include: an old mouse pad, a piece of craft foam, a piercing mat, or a couple layers of newspaper.
  • Check before you stamp. After inking your stamp, look at it before stamping the image. Check to make sure the entire image is covered with ink and make sure there isn’t any ink in undesirable areas.
  • Stamp a test image on scrap paper. Check what the image will look like before stamping is straight on your card. The last thing you want to do is ruin the hard work you did on the rest of your card with a stamp that is misbehaving.

Homemade Card By Natalie Lapakko, features Srpinkles of Life and uses materials that could be purchased as part of a Stampin' Up! Deonstrator Starter Up Kit.

Contrasting Colors Add Pop to a Card

All of the colors in a Stampin’ Up! color family are designed to go well with each other. Since the markers and designer series paper I selected are all “Brights” I can put any two or three together for great results.

These two colors are opposite on the color wheel, which give them a lot of contrast. On a mostly Tangerine Tango card, a little bit of Bermuda Bay really sticks out. This let’s the viewer know that the cupcake is the focal point of the card. Color contrast is like a neon sign that says “Look at me!”

Color Combo: Tangerine Tango, Bermuda Bay

Materials

This card was made using ONLY materials that could be purchased from Stampin’ Up! in a Demonstrator Starter Kit bundle. For $99, a kit comes with $125 worth of supplies. My materials cost just over $125 (because I forgot to include adhesive at first…oops).

  1. Stampin’ Trimmer – $30.00
  2. Brights Stampin’ Write Markers – $29.00
  3. Brights Designer Series Paper Stack – $22.00 OR Brights Cardstock – $8.00
  4. Whisper White Cardstock – $9.00
  5. Sprinkles of Life Photopolymer Stamp Set – $21.00
  6. Block D – $8.50
  7. Memento Tuxedo Black Inkpad – $6.00
  8. Snail Adhesive – $7.00

My total is $132.50 (or $125.50 without adhesive). I do also assume that a person probably already owns a regular pair of scissors, so they aren’t included.

More Starter Kit Challenge Cards

Homemade Card By Natalie Lapakko

Homemade Card By Natalie Lapakko

Homemade Card By Natalie Lapakko A Stack of Inspiration

Homemade Card By Natalie Lapakko Lucky Inspiriation

Homemade Card By Natalie Lapakko Ice Cream Inspiration 3

This homemade card by Natalie Lapakko features only materials that could be purchased in a Stampin' Up! demonstrator Start Up Kit.

This is now the complete list of cards made using the same supplies from during the Starter Kit Challenge!

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Starter Kit Challenge

The Demonstrator Starter Kit Challenge

For those of you who aren’t already familiar with Stampin’ Up, here is a tiny bit of background: for $99 you can purchase any $125 worth of Stampin’ Up products and officially join the Stampin’ Up! demonstrator team. Some people build up a whole collection of Stampin’ Up! products and then decide to become a demonstrator. Other people go to their first Stampin’ Up! party and fall in love at first sight; they sign up to be a demonstrator right away!

I was exploring the forum at Splitcoaststampers this week and saw a comment someone had left about two years ago about how she had just purchased the starter kit, but didn’t feel like she had enough supplies to make a variety of cards for a demonstration. It was too late for me to help her, but I was left with the thought that it wouldn’t be too late to help future brand new demonstrators.

I decided that, in addition to the normal challenges I participate in this week, that I would also set myself a personal challenge! My challenge was to create a list of Stampin’ Up! products that would cost approximately the amount of a starter kit and using only those supplies create at least half a dozen unique cards.

Materials on a Budget

My list of materials comes first today! These are the things that I decided would be in my suggested starter kit. Even though I have other materials, I made sure to limit myself to ONLY these items when making my cards:

  1. Stampin’ Trimmer – $30.00
  2. Brights Stampin’ Write Markers – $29.00
  3. Brights Designer Series Paper Stack – $22.00 OR Brights Cardstock – $8.00
  4. Whisper White Cardstock – $9.00
  5. Sprinkles of Life Photopolymer Stamp Set – $21.00
  6. Block D – $8.50
  7. Memento Tuxedo Black Inkpad – $6.00
  8. Snail Adhesive – $7.00

I also used post-it notes, which I got for free from work, and a bath sponge from a 4-pack that someone gave us when our son was born and probably came from the dollar store. Since these are very common and very cheap, I didn’t count them in my total price.

My total was $132.50 for the above items, so I accidentally went over my budget of $125. I was doing great; at first my items came in at $125.50 and I was so proud… then I realized I had forgotten to include adhesive. I didn’t have any way for all that paper to stick together! I could have substituted Brights Cardstock for the Designer Series Paper, but alas, I had already started making cards! Oh well.

An Additional Challenge or Two

The first card in my Starter Kit Challenge was also inspired by Pals Paper Arts Challenge 314!

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Both of these first two cards were inspired by Stamp Ink Paper Challenge #61!

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My first card is for the center row: Bird, Tree, and Blue. My second card follows the upward diagonal: Stripes, Tree, and Flowers.

This homemade card Bb Natalie Lapakko features only the supplies you could buy with a demonstrator starter kit.

How To Sponge With No Ink Pad

I had to get creative in order to create this sponged gradient background. I didn’t have ink pads at my disposal, due to my personal Starter Kit Challenge, so instead I used my Stampin’ Write Markers! These markers are so versatile, which is the reason I included them in my suggested kit. You can even sponge with them! Here’s how:

  1. First, stamp the clouds.
  2. Second, stamp additional clouds on post-it notes and fussy cut them out.
  3. Cover the clouds on your paper with the post-it note clouds.
  4. Scribble on a clear block (Block D) with the wide end of the Tempting Turquoise Stampin’ Write Marker.
  5. Dab up the ink from the clear block using the sponge.
  6. Rub the ink on the paper in circular motions. Repeat steps 4-6 until the color is as dark as desired.
  7. Remove post-it notes.

I discovered that this method transferred color slower than when using ink pads. While this meant that it took a little more time and effort to get the color dark enough, I had a lot more control over the ink because I was adding it only little by little. I actually liked this a lot and may use this marker technique instead of using ink pads for future projects. I never would have discovered this if not for this personal challenge!

This homemade Card by Natalie Lapakko features the Sprinkles of Life stamp set.

How to Make Your Own Brown

You may have noticed that my tree trunk is brown… or you may not have noticed, tree trunks are often brown. What makes this one special, though, is that brown was not one of the colors included in my starter kit’s marker pack. I had to make my own! I used two layers of Tangerine Tango marker ink, then added a single layer of Old Olive on top. This made a nice rich brown!

If you mix markers, always use the lighter marker first so you don’t stain it with the darker ink!

Color Combo: Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive, Tangerine Tango

Keeping it Simple for the Second Starter Kit Challenge Card

Since my first card used a more advanced technique, with masking and sponging, I decided to keep this next card simple. This one would be easy to make, even for beginning stampers and demonstrators!

This homemade card by Natalie Lapakko is part of the Starter Kit Challenge!

Here’s how to make this card, from start to finish:

  1. Cut out the pieces with the Stampin’ Trimmer.
    • The Whisper White card base is 8-1/2″ by 5-1/2″, creased at 4-1/4″ and folded in half.
    • The striped Tangerine Tango designer series paper is 4-3/4″ by 3-1/2″.
    • The front Whisper White panel is 4-1/2″ by 3-1/4″.
  2. Stamp the flowery top of the tree on the right side of the front white panel, about half way down.
  3. Stamp the tree trunk underneath the tree top. (Optional: you can use a post-it note to cover the flowery part of the tree when you stamp the trunk to avoid overlapping the images.)
  4. Color the tree using Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, and Tangerine Tango. Color the tree trunk using Tangerine Tango and then Old Olive to make brown.
  5. Add a hill at the bottom of the tree and fill in the grass with Old Olive.
  6. Stamp the sentiment to the left of the tree.
  7. Adhere the pieces to the card base.

The Starter Kit Challenge has lots of ideas for cards to make with limited supplies. Card By Natalie Lapakko.

A Note About The Stampin’ Trimmer

I think that the Stampin’ Trimmer might be the most important item I included in my sample starter kit. I use the trimmer to cut and fold every single card I make. No other tool in my arsenal is used on such a regular basis, except maybe adhesives.

Having crisp, straight edges and folds makes cards look clean and professional. If you don’t have a Stampin’ Trimmer, the next best thing would probably be to use a ruler and pencil to mark a straight line, then a pair of scissors to cut it out. It works, but it is slow and not as precise.

Homemade Card By Natalie Lapakko: Use a shirt list of supplies to make a wide variety of cards!

The Starter Kit Challenge Continues

Thanks for visiting today! Stay tuned this week for more card ideas using only the supplies you could buy with a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Starter Kit. As always, Happy Stamping!

Color Combo: Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive

More Starter Kit Challenge Cards

Here is the now complete list of cards created during the Starter Kit Challenge!

Homemade Card By Natalie Lapakko A Sprinkle of Inspiration

Homemade Card By Natalie Lapakko A Stack of Inspiration

Homemade Card By Natalie Lapakko Lucky Inspiriation

Homemade Card By Natalie Lapakko Ice Cream Inspiration 3

This homemade card by Natalie Lapakko features only materials that could be purchased in a Stampin' Up! demonstrator Start Up Kit.