Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Teaching an Old Salt to Stamp

My father is retired Navy. My father wants to make cards(!). My father also happens to be in New Jersey, spending the winter with his sister. I am in southern California, which presents somewhat of a challenge....long distance learning and all. So, my solution to this challenge is to create a series of short videos uploaded to YouTube (available to him only), showing him the basics of stamping. I've already sent him my old Paper Cutter, a spare bone folder and an adhesive tape runner (with refill).

The first video was on how to use these tools, and the different types of stamps (clear polymer, rubber, clear mount rubber), the advantages and disadvantages of each, and how to use SU wood mount and clear mount stamps.

The second video delved into ink types, the uses of each, how to open the Stampin' Up! ink pads, the different types of cardstock, and how to navigate the catalog.

Next, we got into the heart of the craft with inking up stamps, basic stamping techniques, trouble shooting, marker-to-stamp, coloring with ink pads and blender pens, and cleaning the stamps.

The last one covers adding effects with basic tools; different ways to make background paper (background stamps, block stamping, dragging ink pad over cardstock, VersaMark stamping) and effects like sponging edges, distressing, and using dimensionals.

These are the simple cards I made from demonstrating the techniques. When he's ready to take on more challenging techniques (Brads! Tying bows!), I'll make some more videos. I hope he's inspired by them. Next on the agenda - Dad choosing cardstock, ink and stamps!


  1. Cindy,
    That is so cool that your dad wants to do this! And I love that you made videos for him. :)

  2. Oh my gosh...I am loving that your Dad is becoming a card-maker! Reading your post just made me smile and I can't wait to hear how he progresses!

  3. Fantastic! How much fun! My mom is becoming a bit of a stamper too. Love that your dad is joining in!

  4. That is so cool! I wonder what made him decide to try this? Is crafty kind of guy to begin with? I know there are lots of guys out there who enjoy stamping, it really is not gender specific. It is really a graphic art! So excited that you get to share this with your dad :)

  5. Cindy, this is so cool! I love that you made videos for your Dad, teaching him how to make cards. What a great daughter you are! I hope he's out of hospital and back at it really soon.


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