At As You See It, we were blown away by both the number and quality of the entries in last week's Rainbow challenge. Talk about tough choices! I hope this week's Speed Stamping challenge excites you all just as much.
Speed stamping challenges both excite and daunt me. I'm always keen to give them a go but I'm always a bit worried I won't create anything worthwhile when I can't labour over each decision.
The secret to speed stamping is to have mentally made all your decision before you start. The second secret is to have assembled your gear. And I mean gear, not kits. Have the embossing folder you plan to use already on the desk and not in the drawer with everything else. Have the stamps you intend to use blocked up already. Have the heat gun plugged in and ready to switch on. But the moment you start using any tools: cut the card, ink up the stamp, emboss a strip of card, punch a shape - then you've started and clock should be ticking.
For this card I went with an all-over stamped pattern and a big sentiment. With a stamp as lovely as Forever Blossoms, it's hard to go too wrong.
After stamping all over a piece of Whisper White, I ran it through the embossing machine using the Subtle folder. Then I distressed the edge in Rococo Rose.
The big sentiment from So Sentimental, and cut out with the coordinating Stitched So Sweetly dies, is white-embossed and popped up on dimensionals. I had time to add in some white Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon, although if the clock had been running closer to the end, I'd have omitted this.
The final time - 9 minutes and 5 seconds. Of course, the other thing about Speed Stamping is that the time doesn't include cleaning up the craftermath!
We'd love to see what you can put together with flowers and ten minutes of actual making time.
You can see what the rest of the team have done over at As You See It Challenge site and you can link up your entries there too.
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