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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Faboo Stamping Techniques Class

This past Thursday was the last in a series of four monthly Stamping Technique Classes I signed up for in April. I loved this class. Taught by a local Stampin Up! Demonstrator, we learned 14 techniques a month, totaling 56 by the end of the class.

We received a "blank" book with 56 pages secured with two metal rings. Each page had step-by-step instructions for a technique then half the page was left blank so we could adhere our completed, matted example of said technique. Some of the techniques, I had tried before, but most I hadn't even though I've been stamping for a darn, long time!

It was a blast playing with all the inks and stamps Jessica had organized for us. It was like using a "kit" to practice each technique. Even the cardstock was already cut to size.

Who knew baby wipes or marbles made such a cool background papers? My favorite techniques involved watercoloring, re-inkers, or direct-to-paper methods. My head is all a-whirl with ideas I can use, mostly in my cardmaking.

At the end of the class, we had our, fat, little book all done and in living color. I decided I want to protect the pages by laminating each one. This morning, I made the cover shown here using chipboard, pccrafter.com clipArt, my computer, and printer.

Next, I'll buy bigger rings so the book will lie flat as opposed to its current "triangular" shape. I'm hoping I may need even larger rings in the future because Jessica hinted that there may be more techniques to come! Whoo Hoo! Is it time to sign up yet?

Thanks to Leere' Aldrich for the scrapbook page from her "Seasons Spring" collection at pccrafter.com. Fonts used: Angelina & Advantage. Chipboard: Diecuts with A View's "Brights Chipboard Stack"

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