Sunday, September 14, 2014

Are all those instructional videos really instructional?

I've not been posting on my blog for almost  a year now, but I have been perusing other card making blogs, especially those that feature instructional videos.  We don't have a local stamp store (the nearest is three hours away) to go to and learn new techniques, and there doesn't seem to be a lot of Stamping Up! activity in my area, so this seems to be the best way to learn new techniques.

However, I'm a little skeptical because of my  Pinterest fails lol.  Is it just me, or can anyone replicate a craft project that was posted on Pinterest?  I sure can't seem to!  So that makes me wonder- how many of these videos are actually doable by the beginning to average stamper?  Let's find out!

We start today with a video that features a very pretty card that seems simple enough that even I can create a similar card.

Because it's important to have the right tools, I went to Simon Says Stamp to order the stamp set (along with the matching die set because, why not?) and the Fog dye ink.  Everything else I had something similar in my stash.

My result:  Not bad. In fact, I'd say just shy of Nailed It!  I wish I'd had a better quality white cardstock to stamp on- gotta order me some. Plus I had a limited range of colors for the pigment inks, but I don't think the green is a bad substitute for the purple.  My twine is slightly different- it's a paper twine that required a little work before it would be pliable enough to tie around the card.

Techniques used in the video:
"Rock n roll" inking
Over stamping
Heat embossing

Lessons learned:
Use good quality cardstock for best results on any card.
Sometimes, one stamp set is all it takes!

So, that's it for now.  Let me know what you think if you tried to copy Kristina's card, too!  If there are other videos you'd like me to check out, leave it in the comments and I'll try to do them.

Happy Sunday!

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