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 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!

Week 212 - Fun

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!


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!

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