Mystery Stamping Night

August 31st, 2020

I just have to tell you what I did last night! I came across an invitation to an on-line event hosted by a fellow demonstrator, Christine Bertram. She lead us through the creation of a card based on a series of clues. How much fun would that be? I just had to check it out!

Here is Clue #1.

To prepare, I got all of the materials together. Apparently, I can’t follow directions! Christine clearly states that she wants us to cut a white or vanilla piece of card stock to (5 1/16″ x 3 13/16). Did I? Nope! I used a piece of patterned paper. Never *assume*! The white or vanilla cut piece (4″ x 5 1/4″) was meant to go inside the card. Whereas, I used it as a mat layer. If I was going to use a mat, (Did I read the directions?) it needed to be another coordinating color…not the neutral. Oh, well…all is fair game when you are creating…

Christine had a plan and a card that she created. However, we were not given an opportunity to see it. The fun of the mystery is to see what everyone, who participated in her event, has created.

Now the fun really begins. What stamp set to choose? What color scheme to use? We are asked to use a strip of patterned paper cut to (5 1/16″ x 1 3/4″). Do we choose the patterned paper first for the color scheme or do we choose the stamp set first which will help us decide what patterned paper to use? What do you think I chose?

The card on the lower right is what I made from all the pieces that I cut…following the directions…Ha Ha! I started with the stamp from “Jar of Flowers” because I wanted to create a Fall themed card. I then chose patterned pieces from the coordinating “Flowers for Every Season” Designer Series Paper. Based on the DSP, I chose Cinnamon Cider to be the color of my cardstock base. Tip: To save paper, I cut the 3″ circle and the sentiment oval from the Very Vanilla mat because the layer would sit under the DSP mat and be hidden. I created Cinnamon Cider scalloped mats for the image and the sentiment using both the Layering Circle and Oval Dies.

The Sunflower image was stamped in Soft Suede and colored with Mango Melody, So Saffron, Cinnamon Cider and a variety of Green colored Stampin’ Blends.

For the coordinating ribbon, I chose to layer the In-Color Bumble Bee ribbon over the Forever Greenery Combo Very Vanilla Weave ribbon. As to other embellishments, I felt Jewels etc. would be a little too much and decided not to use any.

Now, the card on the upper left is what Christine was directing us to make. I made this card after the event ended. It is a fun sketch. If I had added a coordinating mat, I probably would have added a Bumble Bee layer.

Essentially all of the elements are the same. The horizontal layout was a surprise for me. When I cut my card base (4 1/4″ x 11″), I mostly use it “tent” style rather than “book” style.

The 3″ circle was still cut from the Very Vanilla mat layer and subsequently covered up with the Bumble Bee scalloped mat under the stamped image. The sentiment is stamped directly on to the Very Vanilla mat and the DSP strip is adhered to the bottom of the card. The choice of the yellow floral DSP led me to use Just Jade for the card base and the ribbon color. Just Jade adds a freshness to this card that I really like.

Would you be interested in doing a Mystery Stamp Night like this? Let me know. I thought this was a lot of fun.



Published by Jolanda Johnstone

Owner of THE INQUE SPOT STUDIO - Creative Space for Stamping & Paper Crafting and Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator in South Carolina.

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