In a stamping slump? Find out how going back to the basics with the new Just Getting Started bundle helped me break out of mine!
Back to Basics with the Just Getting Started Bundle
Do you ever get so caught up considering possible projects to stamp that you don’t actually make anything? It’s like stamper’s block in reverse — too many ideas!
That’s been happening to me a lot lately. So today I tried an experiment. Instead of thinking through all the materials I had to work with, I grabbed only the Just Getting Started bundle, plus basic cutting tools and adhesive, to play with.
The Just Getting Started bundle is one of three from the new Share What You Love suite that Stampin’ Up! released today. And as the name implies, it only includes basic stamping materials:
- One photopolymer stamp set — Love What You Do
- An ‘E’ size clear block, for using the stamps
- Two ink pads — Grapefruit Grove and Old Olive
- 40 sheets of Very Vanilla Cardstock
- And a pack of 20 pre-made Very Vanilla cards and envelopes
Do these supplies seem a little ‘boring’ to you? They did to me, too, at first, because I’m so used to working with a rainbow of colored papers, embellishments. etc. But once I started playing with them, I remembered how amazingly beautiful the basics can be!
In just half an hour, I made four cards. And with so few materials to work with, making them was a truly creative experience. For example, for this card, I ‘created’ a scattered background by attaching all the floral stamps to the clear block in a random pattern, and then stamping it twice on the card base.
Then I ‘created’ a camo-looking paper for the sentiment piece by stamping the large watercolor wash twice in different directions. To finish off the sentiment, I inked just the stem from one of the flower to ‘create’ a little flourish.
Likewise with my other cards. Whatever I wanted but didn’t have to work with, I made — with just stamps, ink, and neutral-colored cardstock.
Now I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with having lots of materials to work with. I adore my colored and patterned papers, dies, and embellishments, and won’t be tossing them out.
But what I am saying is what I think we stampers all need to be reminded of sometimes: there’s real beauty in the basics. And if you want to free yourself from whatever stamping slump you might be in, going back to those basics might just what you need.