Monday, 16 November 2009

Christmas One Sheet Wonder Class

Last week I held a very successful one sheet wonder class.  The ladies had a kit to make 8 cards - there was actually enough material to make 12 or more - but we stamped a sheet to set out 8 for starters.
I decided to do a variation on the traditional one sheet wonder, where you stamp a whole sheet all over randomly covering the entire page.  For this class I wanted to have different stamped images, so after a bit of hair pulling, I figured it out, and thought I'd share it here and maybe save someone else the bother!

Anyway, I started by scoring my neutral cardstock - I chose Whisper White - to mark out the areas I wanted to stamp.  This works better than drawing lines on the back, because you can't see the lines through cardstock when you come to stamp, unless you use a lightbox, and that's way too clumsy for me.   You can adapt your score lines for the stamp set you choose.

I love Season of Joy, so I scored according to those stamps.  I know you can't actually see the score lines, but I started by dividing the page into quarters, then worked out how big each stamp was and scored each quarter as needed.

The trick here, is to limit one stamp to one colour of ink.  That way, you can set up "stations" for your class so it's easy for a large number of people to stamp their page without waiting a long time (or falling over each other).  It also avoids having your ink pads messed up if the stamps don't get cleaned in between uses.    I used the swirl with Choc Chip ink, the tree & small snow flake with Old Olive, the greeting and large poinsettia with Ruby Red, and the tiny poinsettia with Baja Breeze.

Each of the four quarters of my cardstock are enlarged below so you can see the details a bit better.  There's also some white space for extra stamping if desired.

and it's important to have scrap cardstock and embellishments so you can add the details to the cards quickly and easily.  I have a little bag of brads, ribbon & punched images for each customer.

Depending on how you plan to use each image, you don't need too much space around them.  We cut both the christmas trees out, so they are ok stamped fairly close together.

                                                                        Of course, I also demo'd the traditional OSW stamping method - the ladies LOVED it, and now they want to do that as well!!
If you want more info, or can't understand my ramblings, email and I'll be glad to clarify - or confuse - further!!   Check out the post on 21 October for a pic of the finished cards.
Happy Stampin'

1 comment:

  1. TFS, thats a awesome idea karen. I think that i will definately have to case this one.


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