Stamp Camp with Brandy Cox was phenomenal!!! We made 16 fabulous cards, 4 each of 4 designs. This was my first time having the pleasure of attending a stamp camp with Brandy. Brandy was a great host and had all of our supplies ready to go for all of us. Our card stock was all pre-cut to the correct size, along with pieces used for matting, it was nice to be able to just stamp and assemble! I also made some great new friends. Mom and I sat with Wendy and Dorothy and we had so much fun stamping and laughing together. I learned some great new ideas using some “out-of-the-box thinking” with envelopes, tearing and hair gel. The icing on the stamp camp cake was getting my copy of the new 2013-2014 Stampin’ Up Idea Book!!
The first card we made at Brandy’s was using the Stampin’ Up! stamp set “Secret Garden”.
We used card envelopes for 3 of our 4 cards. This one was probably the most difficult (for me) of the 4. We began with a sealed card envelope (A4 envelope size) Brandy had already cut for us. The envelope was cut about an inch from the top, horizontally. The top piece was like our card “hat”. The bottom, larger, piece was also trimmed about a quarter to half inch. This way the card will fit inside a standard A4 envelope when we are finished. Let’s make the “hat” first. After we cut the top off, we glued a piece of card stock inside the envelope. The card stock needs to be about a 1/2 inch longer than the top of the envelope piece. Make sure when you glue the card stock to the envelope you glue it to the front side of the envelope (the sealed flap should be on the back). We then tore the bottom of the card stock to give it some texture. Then we decorated with a metal flower cut using Stampin’ Up!’s Fun Flowers Bigz L die (item #121812) and the Big Shot. We also got to use the NEW Stampin’ Up! “A Round Array” stamp set with the coordinating 7/8″ scallop circle punch! (Get the bundle using item# 133899)
Now moving on the body of the card. We used one of my favorite stamping techniques, making back ground paper! We stamped 2 flowers and the leaf stem to cover the envelope. I used the NEW Stampin’ Up! In Color “Coastal Cabana” for the smaller flower. After stamping the envelop and having a nice stamp coverage – like Stampin’ Up! made it that way to begin with, we ran the envelope through a paper crimper. The envelope will go into the crimper sideways, the sealed envelope seam will be lined up with the crimper. By crimping the paper it makes the envelope skinnier, otherwise it wouldn’t fit inside the outer,mailing envelope. Next, I added SU! Rhinestone Basic Jewels (item #119246) to accent the center of my flowers. I love these rhinestones because you get 3 different sized on 1 sheet.
The final step on this card was gluing a piece of white card stock to “Gumball Green” card stock for the inside of our card. I’ve noticed Brandy almost always a piece of white card stock matted on the inside to clearly write or stamp an image. If my card base is from a light colored card stock I usually just write or stamp directly on it, but I love the white card stock insert. I think it spices up the inside of the card even if you don’t add stamped accents, like we did on this particular card. Congrats! You can make you’re own “Secret Garden’ Crimped Envelope Card” (hopefully)!
This is just the first of the Stamp Camp cards I’ll be posting. See ya soon!