Stampin’ Up! has identified three types of crafter:
Broadly speaking the beginner is likely to have a few basic tools and stamp sets; the casual crafter will add dies and/or punches into the mix and the avid crafter must have it all – coordinating designer series paper (DSP), embellishments and a variety of colouring tools are also in the stash (amongst other things)!
As a demonstrator, I try to cater for all levels of crafter. Each month I will showcase a different stamp set and create different types of projects (tags, cards, 3D items, home décor etc.). Importantly, there will be at least one example for each type of crafter. So, however big your stash, you’ll find something that you can create or use as inspiration.
Stamping is easy and fun and no-one should feel that it is beyond them. Even simple projects can look stunning using Stampin’ Up! products.
The January 2019 stamp set showcase features Geared Up Garage. This stamp set is part of a suite called Classic Garage and it’s great to have a product to suit the car enthusiasts that we know. The main colour scheme is Basic Grey, Crushed Curry and Tranquil Tide but Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Very Vanilla and Whisper White also feature.
This kind of theme is often overlooked by stamp designers and manufacturers. Father’s Day sentiments are also included so you’ll have what you need come June! The stamp set is versatile enough to be used on its own but there are also coordinating dies, designer series paper and embellishments if you want to take your projects to the next level. Have you seen the metal elements? I think they are possibly the cutest embellishments I’ve ever seen!
The first projects I have to show you are gift tags. That won’t come as any surprise to those of you who know me as I love making gift tags. They finish a present off perfectly and really show how much care you have put in to even the smallest of elements of the gift.
In this example I have only used the stamp set, coordinating cardstock, Basic Grey ink and some basic tools. I have used a 2×3” piece of Basic Grey cardstock and trimmed off two corners to create a tag shape. I then punched a hole for the twine using a standard hole punch. I have created some background detail by stamping some of the elements in Basic Grey. There are some great stamps to use as backgrounds in this set, such as the oil splat and nuts. I have then used a 1.5×2.5” piece of Crushed Curry cardstock to create a banner – just snip out a ‘v’ shape – and adhered this to the main tag. Finally I have stamped one of the sentiments onto a 1×2” piece of Basic Grey cardstock and adhered this onto the Crushed Curry layer. You could stamp this in Basic Black if you wanted the sentiment to stand out more.
In this example I have also used the coordinating dies, the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch (133324) and the Buffalo Check stamp (147794). I have used a 2×3” piece of Whisper White cardstock and created a tag using the punch and attached the twine. I have then stamped the Buffalo Check image in Basic Black. I have stamped one of the sentiments onto a 2×1” piece of Whisper White cardstock and used the gear dies to create a decorative edge. This has been adhered to the main tag. I have stamped the car onto Whisper White cardstock in Basic Black and cut it out using the coordinating die. I have adhered this to the tag using dimensionals to make it stand out a little more.
This is where we really take it up a level! I have used a 2×3” piece of DSP and created a tag using the punch and a corner rounder (can be found on the Detailed Trio punch 146320 or the Envelope punch board 133774). I have then used the coordinating ribbon rather than basic black twine. I have stamped one of the sentiments onto a 4×1” piece of DSP in Basic Black and created a double-ended banner using the Banner Triple punch (138292). I have adhered this to the main tag. I have stamped another sentiment in Basic Black onto a piece of DSP and cut it out using the coordinating die. I have adhered this to the tag using dimensionals to make it stand out a little more. The final touch is to adhere one of the cute metal elements so that it pokes out from behind the sentiment.
I hope you have enjoyed this introduction to the Geared Up Garage stamp set and the Classic Garage suite. In the next instalment I will be creating cards for each of the Beginner, Casual and Avid crafter levels. In the meantime, if you would like to purchase any of the products featured here, pop over to my website at www.papercraftlife.com/shop