Digital Christmas


Today is the first day to order the demonstrator starter kit at 50% off!  That's a huge savings – and for $87.50 you get over $300 worth of stamping and business supplies.  You can select either the standard or digital starter kit.  The digital studio is $79.95 by itself, so you can imagine the savings!  For less than $10, you'll get 3 stamp sets, card stock, markers, ink and lots of other accessories – plus catalogs and business supplies. 

For details on the promotion and kit contents, see this post.  To sign up online, use my password  – "stamptherapy."   As soon as you fill out the online agreement and order form, you can get started! 

Here are a few of the benefits –

  • Minimum 20% off all purchases
  • Access to Stampin' Up!'s demonstrator web site, with lots of training and ideas
  • Access to Stampin' Connection, an online community of demonstrators
  • Ability to preorder from catalogs before they "go live"
  • Free newsletter – Stampin' Success
  • 2 months free web site!
  • Rewards points for purchases that you can redeem for Stampin' Up! merchandise and business supplies
  • Potential to make extra money owning your own business

Those are just a few of the benefits.  So check it out! 

I'm enjoying having the digital studio.  I downloaded a kit with 3 stamp sets (Bells & Boughs, Christmas Collage, Christmas Postcard) and designer paper (Deck the Halls) for only $3.95.  I saw a card the other day using Christmas Collage that was so cute – but I don't have the actual stamp.  I was thinking, "Hmmmm…what do I have that I can use…" and then it hit me – DIGITAL!

So here's a digital meets rubber card for you –


This is the second card.   For the first one, I inserted the background stamp in Early Espresso on a Crumb Cake background.  I punched out the "25" in the circle, because I knew that's where I wanted the cardinal, and filled the punched area with Crumb Cake.  Then I added a Very Vanilla overlay (basically, that means you cover the whole thing with a sheet of Very Vanilla) and pulled the opacity back to about 30% so you could see through the Vanilla card stock.  It makes it look like vellum.  Then I printed that on copy paper and stamped the cardinal and greeting right on the printed sheet.  It was ok – but the colors were a little off since I printed it on my home printer. 

This is the "do-over."  In the digital studio, I inserted the stamp on a Whisper White background, punched the "25" and filled it with white, then printed it on Crumb Cake card stock.  I love the way it turned out!

I trimmed it and mounted it to an Always Artichoke card.  Then I stamped the cardinal in versamark on vellum card stock, embossed with black powder and colored it on the back of the vellum with markers.  I inked the greeting stamp with Versamark, then Early Espresso and embossed it with clear powder.   [Inking a stamp in versamark, then in classic ink then stamping is an easy way to get a colored, embossed image or greeting.  There are other ways, too…check out my technique classes on the last Wednesday of each month for more ideas! (Except in November it will be the first Wednesday in December because of Thanksgiving travel.)]

I added a few of the greenery stamps in Always Artichoke – also on the back of the vellum.  The great thing about this technique is you can add adhesive behind the embossing and markers and no one can see it.  I still wanted the right side of the vellum to be tighter to the card stock, though, so I added brads.  They were kind of an afterthought, so the top ones don't line up perfectly.

Here are all the supplies used –
Stamp set:  A Cardinal Christmas
Ink:  Early Espresso, Always Artichoke classic; VersaMark; Stampin' Write markers – More Mustard, Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, Rich Razzleberry
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Always Artichoke, Vellum card stock
Other:  My Digital Studio, Cherry Cobbler seam binding, black embossing powder, clear embossing powder, brads – neutrals and regals, heat tool, embossing buddy, 1/16" circle punch

Have a wonderful day!

About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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