Wednesday 9 February 2022

Positive Thoughts for Around the World on Wednesday February

Welcome back to another monthly inspiration blog hop from the team at Around the World on Wednesday. We hop on the second Wednesday of each month with a theme that we hope will give you some inspiration. This month's theme is The Basic Essentials. We were free to interpret this however we liked.

I've been thinking a lot about what it's like, when you're at the beginning of your stamping journey, and you're not sure what you need to have versus what you want to have. The choices can be overwhelming and then most often, the budget constrains you anyway!

With this in mind, I've done a couple of videos in a 'Starting Stamping' series, aimed to help people sort out the got-to have things: the Basic Essentials. The first one deals with the most basic equipment - things you just have to have such as a paper trimmer, acrylic blocks, adhesives and a minimum of stamp, ink and paper. The second video is about where to start with colours, where I recommend starting with Memento Black and a single colour family. The third is in the works and will deal with items that will give you more technical scope without breaking the bank such as  blending brushes, rhinestones and Wink of Stella.

So in my interpretation of The Basic Essentials, I've limited to myself to the things I've recommended to starting stampers. 

I've used a single colour family - Regals - and Tuxedo Black.
I've used no equipment more complex or expensive than paper snips and blending brushes.
I've used the most basic go-to embellishments: Wink of Stella and Basic Rhinestones.

Yet I'm more than happy with the outcome.

You can see how I've put it all together in this video, including how to make the faux frame. 

The next person in the hop is the fabulous Leonie Stuart.

Here's a list of participants you can link to if you get lost along the way.

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  1. Such wonderful recommendations for a beginner stamper! I started with Regals myself! Thanks for the inspiration as always and for hopping around the world with us, Jan! x

  2. Such a gorgeous project and thank you so much for the video.

  3. Love the framing. Super pretty

  4. Absolutely LOVED your blended frame!! I will definitely give it a go!!! Thanks for sharing!!

  5. Some great tips here Jan and the masked frame so effective!