Every Wednesday night, I host a ‘live chat’ over on our community forum and one of the topics that cropped up this week was to do with inky messy techniques versus ‘licky sticky’ crafting. So I thought I would show you a card I made recently from, gasp, a cardmaking kit!
When we moved house a couple of years ago, I purged a fair bit of craft stuff and over the last year I’ve purged even more (much of the good stuff making its way into our Stash Boxes and Stash-e-lopes that we occasionally sell on the website). One of the outcomes was that most of my decorative paper went the journey – if I liked it too much, I didn’t want to waste it, but in all honesty, most of it had just lost its dazzle for me.
Now I’m being very, VERY selective on what printed paper makes its way into my craft room. After all, I have the talented Lesley’s downloads to play with and I can whip up a mean paper myself when I want to. Yet there is something so seductive about paper – other people put colour combinations and patterns together that inspire me so I continue to be hopelessly and unashamedly addicted.
What is different though, is that I have a new rule – if it comes into the craft room, it must get USED. I have thrown out my ‘precious’ attitude towards the stuff, after all, so what if I use the last piece, I know there will be another, equally gorgeous design that will ease the pangs.
As far as stocking the website with delicious papers goes, I have learned that what I consider drop dead gorgeous is not necessarily everyone’s cup of tea, so I go cautiously and test things out. We just got some Bo Bunny 6×6 pads in recently, and while ordering, I spotted they had card making kits for each of their new lines. I have a glut of birthdays in March, so I popped one of the Ambrosia kits onto my order.
It’s ‘licky sticky’ crafting at it’s absolute best. There are die cut sheets, rub-on sentiments and stickers, cut pieces of paper from the Ambrosia range and a simple set of instructions to make 8 pretty cards. I threw the instructions out, examined the die cuts and discarded a few that I just wouldn’t use, and set to making up a batch of cards with the remaining pieces. The folded cards are all printed with gorgeous designs and printed both sides too, so I have cut some of them up to stretch the kit to more than the 8 cards they recommend.
The card above took less than ten minutes. The bunting is self adhesive die cut chipboard pieces, the sentiment is a rub-on which I applied to a cut nestie shape then inked the edges with Tumbled Glass Distress ink. I used the yellow printed card, choosing not to hide any of the lovely pattern with another piece of paper, just a little strip behind the nestie shape.
So I still have lots of the kit left and it will come in handy when I need to throw a card together quickly. Now I didn’t get any of the kits for the website because historically, we have found that most of our customers prefer to buy the papers and do their own thing. We do have the Ambrosia 6×6 pad (well we do at the time of writing this, but by the time you’re reading, we may have sold out so I’ll get more in) and a couple of other rather gorgeous 6×6 pads too.
So my question to you is whether you think I should get kits in? I know most of my readers would probably class themselves as being more of the adventurous inky types, but I’m curious to know if you have bought, or would ever buy a card making kit?