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:
- Stampin’ Trimmer – $30.00
- Brights Stampin’ Write Markers – $29.00
- Brights Designer Series Paper Stack – $22.00 OR Brights Cardstock – $8.00
- Whisper White Cardstock – $9.00
- Sprinkles of Life Photopolymer Stamp Set – $21.00
- Block D – $8.50
- Memento Tuxedo Black Inkpad – $6.00
- 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!
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!
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!
- 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″.)
- Stamp the leafy image from the Sprinkles of Life stamp set on the right hand side of the card with black ink.
- 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.
- Stamp the tree trunk below the leaves in black ink. If you used a post-it note, remove it after stamping.
- 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)
- 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!
- 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.
- Stamp the sentiment just off center of the card, so it balances with the tree.
- Stamp two apples from the Sprinkles of Life stamp set, color them Real Red, fussy cut them out, and attach them to the tree.
- 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!
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!
Thanks for visiting today! I hope you find this helpful, interesting, inspiring, or some mixture of those three! Happy stamping!