When you’ve been crafting for a long time, you forget the magic that happens when you add ink to paper. Today, though, I had a magical time.
I was prepping for a class, and looking through my Stampin’ Up! Annual and Holiday catalogs for inspiration. I decided to use the Wood Words stamp set, because it needs a little love.
Amelia is with me today (Amelia is my three year old granddaughter), and when she saw the stamp set, she wanted to play. I cut a piece of cardstock for her, then inked the stamp and handed it to her. Oh, my. She pressed straight down, and used perfect pressure. Then she held the stamp for a few seconds to give the ink lots of time to transfer. When she picked up the stamp and saw the image, she said, “It’s magic!” Then she noticed a tiny, tiny spot where the ink didn’t quite fill in a flower. “Oh, that’s not good,” she said. (Ok, she may be a bit “retentive,” as Sara – Stampin’ Up!’s CEO – says.)
Of course, she had to stamp again on the back, and this time Amelia got a perfect image. She wanted to color it, so I showed her how to use an ink spot and a sponge dauber. She also discovered how to use the sponge dauber for tattoos, lipstick, and table decorations. And then she discovered “direct to paper” by turning the ink spot upside down on the paper. Her eyes lit up, and she said, “Seesa, look! I’m doing something magic!” It was one of those moments that will stay with me forever.
Here’s the card we made.
I used a layout from a card from Katherine Anderson, a demonstrator in Missouri. I loved her design. For my card, I stamped the background from Touches of Texture in Soft Sky, then added the Berry Burst flowers. The sentiment is from Special Celebrations, and I added a punched Decorative Ribbon Border in Marina Mist with some Silver Sequin Trim. Finally, I added a few Glitter Enamel Dots. The blue dot is Dapper Denim, but it’s light enough that it works fine with the Marina Mist.
I hope you find someone new to stamp with soon, so you can see the magic through their eyes.
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a magical day!