You Jump-Start My Heart!

Hello, and welcome to part 3 of the Stampin’ Up! Geared Up Garage Showcase. In part 2 we looked at handmade cards (you can find the blog here) and this week we will be making 3D projects. Again there will be examples for beginner, casual and avid crafters so, no matter what your level of experience and size of your craft stash, there’s something for everyone!

Classic Garage Suite

If you don’t have any experience making gift bags or boxes, or don’t have the tools you need, don’t worry – Stampin’ Up! make it super simple with their choice of pre-cut, pre-scored boxes which you just need to fold to assemble. They will really add that little extra touch to your gifts.

Beginner

The project for beginners uses only the Stampin’ Up! Mini Pizza Boxes, cardstock, stamps and ink and so is really simple to make but gives a great alternative to wrapping sweet treats and other small gifts. The colour scheme for this project is Basic Black / Memento Tuxedo Black and Whisper White. Having assembled the box a used piece of Basic Black cardstock to create a border and then stamped onto a slightly smaller piece of Whisper White cardstock. This monochrome look is simple and stylish and even awkwardly shaped gifts will be packaged perfectly.

3D project – beginner crafter

Casual

The project for casual crafters adds in the use of the coordinating dies (Garage Gears Thinlits) and uses the Stampin’ Up! Clear Tiny Treat Boxes. Once I had assembled the box, I cut a strip of Crushed Curry cardstock to create a band and wrapped it around the box, adhering at the back. I die-cut the gears out of Tranquil Tide cardstock and adhered them to the band of Crushed Curry cardstock, leaving a small portion to allow me to tuck the sentiment underneath. I stamped the sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Basic Grey cardstock, trimmed to size, tucked it under the die-cuts and stuck in place.

3D project – casual crafter

Avid

The avid crafter project uses the Stampin’ Up! Silver Mini Gable Boxes as well as the Classic Garage coordinating Designer Series Paper (DSP) and embellishments (ribbon and metal key). Once I had assembled the box, I cut a piece of DSP and adhered it to the front of the box. I then attached a coil of Silver Metallic Thread using a Mini Glue Dot. I stamped the sentiment onto Basic Black cardstock using Whisper White ink and cut it out using the Tailored Tag punch. The sentiment was then adhered using dimensionals. The final touch was to attach the metal key embellishment using the ribbon. These boxes give you a lovely, professional finish with hardly any effort.

3D project – avid crafter

Next Time…

I hope you have enjoyed part 3 of the Geared Up Garage Showcase. Next week we will review the Geared Up Garage stamp set and see some bonus projects! In the meantime, if you have any questions just let me know.

Supplies

The product list for these three projects follows below. If you would like to purchase any of these items, click on the link and it will take you straight to my online shop!

First is the list of products from the Classic Garage Suite; then the gift boxes for you to decorate; then cardstock and ink pads in case you need to stock up or add a particular colour to your collection; then the basics (adhesive and envelopes) which we all need on hand and finally the tools which make life so much easier.

Classic Garage Suite items:

Classic Garage Designer Series Paper

Black / Silver Striped Metallic Ribbon

Classic Garage Metal Elements

Geared Up Garage Stamp Set

Garage Gears Thinlits Dies

Or buy the bundle (stamp set and dies) to save 10%:

Geared Up Garage BUNDLE

Gift Boxes:

Mini Pizza Boxes

Clear Tiny Treat Boxes

Silver Mini Gable Boxes

Cardstock and Ink pads:

Basic Black Cardstock

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad

Whisper White Cardstock

Whisper White Craft Stampin’ Pad

Crushed Curry Cardstock

Tranquil Tide Cardstock

Basic Grey Cardstock

Basics:

Multipurpose Liquid Glue

Stampin’ Dimensionals

Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals

Mini Glue Dots

Silver Metallic Thread

Tools:

Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine

Stampin’ Trimmer

Stampin’ Trimmer Replacement Blades

Clear Block Bundle

Simply Shammy Stamp Cleaning Tool

Grid Paper

All Geared Up to Celebrate

Hello, and welcome to part 2 of the Stampin’ Up! Geared Up Garage Showcase. In part 1 we looked at tags (you can find the blog here) and this week we will be making cards. Again there will be examples for beginner, casual and avid crafters so, no matter what your level of experience and size of your craft stash, there’s something for everyone!

Beginner

The card for beginners uses only cardstock, stamps and ink and so is really accessible but looks impressive. The colour scheme for this card is Smoky Slate, Night of Navy and Merry Merlot. I made the card base from Smoky Slate cardstock and stamped background images of the oil spill in Smoky Slate ink. I really like this tone-on-tone technique to add some subtle background detail. I then cut a Merry Merlot layer and stamped background images of the tool chest in Merry Merlot ink. I also distressed the top and bottom edges of this layer with a distressing tool (you can also do this with a standard pair of scissor but be careful!). The next layer is Night of Navy and has background images of the car stamped in Night of Navy ink. Again, this layer was distressed. The final layer is Smoky Slate with both the sentiment and nuts stamped in Smoky Slate and the edges distressed. All of the layers were adhered on to the card base to produce the final card. This is a quick and easy card to produce but the layers of cardstock and the subtle background stamping makes it really eye-catching!

Casual

The card for casual crafters adds in the use of the coordinating dies (Garage Gears Thinlits). The card base is Whisper White and I created a slightly smaller Whisper White layer which gives a subtle border to the card. I stamped the oil spills in Crushed Curry using first and second generation stamping. Stamping different generations just means that you use the same stamp again without re-inking and continue to make lighter and lighter images for as long as you want. It’s a great way to get multiple shades of the same colour. I also stamped the nuts in Memento Tuxedo Black and, again, used first and second generation stamping. I also stamped the sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black. I then stamped the tool chest and oil can in Memento Tuxedo Black and cut out using the coordinating dies. The cogs are also cut out of Basic Black cardstock. To stay with the slightly grungy feel, I stapled the cogs to the background layer. The die cuts are adhered using dimensionals to add some height and help with the layered effect. The background layer can then be adhered to the card base and you’re done! The little pop of colour on the almost-monochrome card really makes an impact!

Avid

The avid crafter card also uses the coordinating Designer Series Paper (DSP) and embellishments (ribbon and metal spanner). I created the card base from Real Red cardstock. I adhered a slightly smaller layer of Basic Black cardstock and a smaller still layer of DSP. I threaded a piece of the coordinating ribbon through one of the metal elements and tied a knot to keep it in place. The ribbon was adhered to the DSP layer using mini glue dots. The sentiment was stamped onto Real Red cardstock in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and cut out using the coordinating dies. This sentiment piece was adhered using dimensionals to give the finishing touch. Using the coordinating DSP on projects takes a lot of time and effort out of creating background layers and you can guarantee that everything matches perfectly!

I hope you have enjoyed part 2 of the Geared Up Garage Showcase. Next week we will be making 3D projects suitable for the beginner, casual and avid crafter. In the meantime, if you have any questions just let me know.

Supplies List

The product list for these three projects follows below. If you would like to purchase any of these items, click on the link and it will take you straight to my online shop! If you would prefer to browse the whole shop, click here.

First is the list of products from the Classic Garage Suite; then a list of the cardstock and ink pads in case you need to stock up or add a particular colour to your collection; then the basics (adhesive and envelopes) which we all need on hand and finally the tools which make life so much easier.

Classic Garage Suite items:

Classic Garage Designer Series Paper

Black / Silver Striped Metallic Ribbon

Classic Garage Metal Elements

Geared Up Garage Stamp Set

Garage Gears Thinlits Dies

Or buy the bundle (stamp set and dies) to save 10%:

Geared Up Garage BUNDLE

Cardstock and Ink pads:

Smoky Slate Cardstock

Smoky Slate Classic Stampin’ Pad

Merry Merlot Cardstock

Merry Merlot Classic Stampin’ Pad

Night of Navy Cardstock

Night of Navy Classic Stampin’ Pad

Whisper White Cardstock

Crushed Curry Classic Stampin’ Pad

Basic Black Cardstock

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad

Real Red Cardstock

Basics:

Multipurpose Liquid Glue

Stampin’ Dimensionals

Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals

Mini Glue Dots

Whisper White Envelopes

Tools:

Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine

Stampin’ Trimmer

Stampin’ Trimmer Replacement Blades

Clear Block Bundle

Simply Shammy Stamp Cleaning Tool

Grid Paper

What Type of Crafter are You?

Stampin’ Up! has identified three types of crafter:

  • Beginner
  • Casual
  • Avid

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.

Geared Up Garage Bundle 150610
Classic Garage Cardstock Pack 148484

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.

Classic Garage 6×6″ DSP 148482
Classic Garage Metal Elements 148485
Black/Silver Ribbon 148486

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.

Beginner

Beginner

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.

Casual

Casual

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.

Avid

Avid

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

If you have any questions, you can email me at helen@papercraftlife.com or message me via my Facebook page www.facebook.com/helenchapmanhandmadecrafts