So this week at As You See It Challenge, it's theme week. Amanda's given us 'Back to Basics.' That's a pretty interesting theme so the first step was to decide just what that meant.
I decided it meant that we should get back to stamping basics. Remember those days when you first started stamping and all you had was some inks, some stamps and some paper with maybe a few bits and bobs left from your sewing or other crafts? Those days when all your stamping stuff fitted onto a single trolley or into one plastic bin? Those days before Big Shots, framelits, folders, heat guns, powders and potions, Stamparatus and Stampin' Blends? In fact, some of my new stampers seem to be quite overwhelmed at the amount of STUFF I have.
For me, this challenge is about going back to the days of just some stamps, inks and paper.
I did not allow myself a Big Shot (and all the associated gear), a heat tool, or any colouring tools. Simple embellishments such as ribbon or rhinestones were allowed because we all usually start with some of those.
I even scared myself - could I still do it with just the basics?
The answer was 'yes' - but I had to resist the urge to upscale it at times: no pretty scallop edge dies or oval frames; no Subtles texture on the base, no pretty colouring with Blends.....
However, I think that it's good to remind ourselves that a good card doesn't always need heaps of expensive gear. How do you see the challenge to go back to basics?
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