Who’d have thought that four years after securing my two A-grade Art A-Levels, I’d reach heights of using a craft kit to create my own cards? Ha, no but seriously, although my day job definitely doesn’t utilise my arguable talent, I love content creating and I love crafting. Although the two are distinct, I view them in a similar way: I want both to be enjoyed, by both myself and others. Whether my online content is enjoyed by a few Instagram followers or my home crafting (be it in the form of making cards or undertaking DIY projects: no matter how small those may be) is enjoyed by a few friends and family, I find that the enjoyment is what makes it worthwhile.
With Fathers Day looming, and with my own two year anniversary having just passed, I’ve had the opportunity to make the most of my Stampin’ Up! ‘Lots of Happy Card Kit‘*, so I thought I’d share it and a few of my own card creations with you. If you’re a regular reader, then you’ll know by now that I think gifts are all the more special for including more personal elements. Hand-crafting cards is a definite gold-star for effort, and honestly, they say ‘I care’ about a hundred times more than a card you picked up from Tesco on the way home from work. A bonus of spending time and effort on celebrating your loved ones is that being creative is often enjoyable and can also be pretty therapeutic (just don’t get too stressed out if your glue dries out or you accidentally colour outside the lines).
Apart from a Pritt Stick, the kit comes with pretty much all you need to create Stampin’ Up!’s own card designs. You get your card templates, pencils, labels, and ribbon etc., but if you’re into crafting, you’ll probably already have optional extras like glitter, stickers or in my case, red felt love hearts (mine are from the Waitrose Valentines range). Although its fine to copy the designs already created for you, don’t be afraid to think outside the box, you’ll have a much greater sense of achievement at the end of the process if the design is unique!
The kit contains a stamp block but as I’ve never used one before, me being me, made life much harder for myself by struggling to cover the stamps with a pretty small ink block (getting ink all over myself in the process). If you’d like to avoid making a mess then I’d definitely recommend using the stamp block (just give it a quick YouTube search if you’re unfamiliar with the process). Because of the difficulties I had with the stamps, I had to go over the stamp work with coloured pencils and a black pen just to give the words a better clarity… hopefully, if you use the block you won’t have this issue!
I absolutely love the plain floral accents that are included in the kit and I had so much fun colouring them to feature under the greetings section of the card. The dimensionals are also a really beneficial inclusion of this kit as they enable you to create layered looks and a greater depth, which I think make greetings cards look so much more interesting. If you’re curious about this kit then I’d definitely recommend checking out Stampin’ Up!’s video which gives you a great overview of the boxes contents, and some handy tips on how to make the most of its features!
I had so much fun making these cards, and it really wasn’t overly time-consuming either. I think that the kit is a really handy thing to have around- even if you’re not a craft enthusiast, we’ve all have those oops moments when we realise we haven’t bought a card for a friends birthday and they’re coming over in a few hours! No worries, because you can whip one up and get extra brownie points for putting all the effort in (even though its actually only saved you a trip to the shop). Jamie loved his Valentines card, and hopefully my Dad will appreciate his too!
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