Hi everyone, this past weekend I participated in an online retreat hosted by some wonderful American Demonstrators. Due to the timezone difference, I couldn’t participate live so I’ve been catching up over the past couple of days. I’ve still got a few classes to catch up on but one I have done was a Mystery Stamping class.
What is Mystery Stamping?
Mystery Stamping has seemed to gather momentum over the past couple of years and I’ve participated in a few. They are so fun – as long as you don’t overthink things! Just go with the flow. Basically, before the event, the host provides everyone with Clues. These include what sizes of cardstock you will need, whether the cardstock should be white and/or coloured, patterned paper (and the size), what kinds of stamps might be suitable (eg; floral and leaves, or solid images, etc), embellishments, colouring mediums, ink suggestions. Everyone prepares their supplies based on this list and then tunes in to complete the card as additional steps are revealed. At the end of the event, the host will share his or her card and it is so fun to see how different all the cards are despite following the same basic instructions.
Now, I cannot share the exact measurements, etc, because it was part of the retreat. One of the terms and conditions of attending was that we can share our cards but not the specific instructions. What was interesting from the outset of this project was that it was clear to me that we were going to make two cards. What was confusing is that there was a size of card which was quite large and I wondered if we were doing some sort of ultra-fancy fold. When it was time to use this piece of paper we were asked to draw a light pencil line down the centre which could be erased later. We were then told to stamp our stamps just down this centre area. I chose to use the stamp set Friendly Hello as I’ve been making a lot with this stamp set lately.
For my stamping, I used Fresh Freesia, Petal Pink and Granny Apple Green. I also used the Blender Pen to colour in the images before going over the top with Wink of Stella. After we finished colouring, the next step was to cut the panel in half. Half of the panel went on one card base in portrait orientation and the other went on the other card base in landscape orientation.
We finished off the card by stamping a sentiment. I used one from the Friendly Hello stamp set. I stamped it in Fresh Freesia ink. If you felt your card needed a little extra something, you could certainly add that (such as additional stamping, punched out images, etc) but I decided to keep mine simple. All I added was a few of the clear Elegant Faceted Gems.
Here’s the first card…
Here’s the second card…
What was so fun about this process was that it was a quick and simple process and we ended up with two cards! Have you ever tried Mystery Stamping? Have you ever tried stamping on one panel of cardstock, cutting it apart and making two cards?
Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you have a great day!