February Baker’s Dozen Studio Challenge!

Studio Challenge

It’s time for the Baker’s Dozen Studio Challenge.  This is a monthly opportunity for the Taylored Expressions team to share what makes our stamping studios hum.  Each month we have a fun, crafty question so we can share our favorites, some tips and tricks, stamping advice and more.

The question for February is:

Recipe for success!  When you sit down to create a card just for fun, for the pure joy of stamping, without any type of assignment or deadline, what steps do you usually take?

Tell us how you get started and take us along on your creative journey.

Kindness by Jen Shults for Taylored Expressions

Well, this turned out to be a much harder question than I thought it would be because it seems like when I think too much about what I’m doing I don’t actually do what I normally would, lol. Isn’t that always the way?

Usually when I start a project I do have an assignment of some kind, if it’s not a design team assignment then it’s a family birthday, anniversary, wedding or other event. I have to admit, I’m not that great about creating without a prompt… procrastination creeps in when I’m left to my own devices, lol. So for this assignment I tried to think about not only what I normally do but what I would do if I was just hanging out making things (which I was when I made this one). My process went a bit like this:

  1. Pick a stamp set, put it back. Pick another one, put it back. Pick another one, put it back too. Pick the first one that I picked up and use it. I used Beary Special.
    Beary Special
  2. Pick patterned paper (I always do this next and this went a lot like step 1.) I used MME Collectable – Unforgettable.
  3. Pick a layout – either chose a sketch or make one… I can’t make a card without a pre-determined layout, even if I make the sketch myself before making the card. It takes me eons to make a card without a layout before hand. I used SC423 from Splitcoaststampers.
  4. Stamp the focal image and color (if it needs to be colored) to coordinate with patterned paper. I used Memento Tuxedo Black on Choice Snow White with Copics.
  5. Cut out all the pieces. I used Label Stacklets 2 and Banner Stacklets 1.
  6. Distress/ink if I’m going that route (I didn’t this time).
  7. Mat all the pieces.
  8. Pick embellishments and add in as I assemble the matted parts.
  9. Look it over and see if it need anything else.
  10. Add burlap twine. 😉 (Which, ironically, I did NOT use this time, lol.)
  11. Glue down to cardbase. (I used the Best Glue Ever and Foam Tape)
  12. Done!

Kindness by Jen Shults for Taylored Expressions

Well there you have it! It’s time to check out how the rest of the Baker’s Dozen goes out their card making!

Baker’s Dozen Design Team

Thanks for stopping by! (I’ve got a whole MESS of cards for you this week so brace yourselves!!)

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