about being a Stampin' Up Demonstrator is the part where I get to teach and to encourage creativity in my customers. Especially the ones who don't think they are creative! I have a small club that meets monthly, and I saw that the members were rarely making cards on their own in between our meetings. I realized I wanted to go beyond teaching how to put together a card that I designed and teach them how to create their own designs instead.
I had a sketch picked out before they got here, and that was it. I used one of Gretchen Barron's Inspiration in Action sketches.
We started by looking at cards I have made and talking about what made them work (or not, as the case might be). How did the colors go together. How did I create depth and dimension, through the use of backgrounds, mats, layers, etc. What things pulled the all the elements of the design together–repeating shapes or colors or effects.
Since no one came up with a stamp set suggestion, I chose Watercolor Trio–big surprise, huh? I chose it because it can be used in so many different ways. Then one of the stampers, another demonstrator who just moved to town, used the Color Coach to choose our palette: Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, and Tempting Turquoise. Now this combo was very challenging for me and the rest of the stampers as well. I just couldn't see how to put them together. But hey, I am always up for a challenge, so away we went! I did offer to pull out another color if anyone wanted a softer version of anything–I think I am the only one who went with that option.
Each stamper decided how to use the stamps and the colors and layers and came up with her very own design. Here are pictures of some of the cards made that day.
This is Amy's card–she is the one who chose the colors, and had no trouble putting them together!
Didn't they turn out great? I wish I had taken a picture of the table while we were all trying this and that. I know what my mess looks like when I am creating, and it was just multiplied by a factor of 6!
That is all for today. I will be back on Friday with a Stamp-A-Holics Challenge.
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