Monday, 15 July 2013

Pinkies Training Swaps Using Stampin' Up! Wetlands Stamp Set

Wow! What an great day I had yesterday! I was in Bicester for the Pinkies Quarterly Training.  I love Stampin' Up! training - what could be better than spending a whole day with like-minded people? We had a great mix of business training, inspiration, crafting, laughing (lots!) and there was also cake! (If any of my 100% Bootcamp friends are reading this then don't worry - I didn't have cake!)

One thing which also always happens at Stampin' Up! events is swapping. This is where you make a batch of identical card fronts or 3-d items to exchange with fellow demonstrators so you end up with lots of ideas showcasing different stamps, styles and techniques.  These were the swaps I made using the Wetlands Stamp Set :- 

The background was so easy to do but looks really effective. I used the "direct-to-paper" technique with the Soft Sky, Crumb Cake and Smoky Slate Ink Pads and simply swiped the edges of them on a piece of Naturals White Card Stock to make a "seascape".  The image of the waders was stamped using Basic Black Ink. The sentiment is also in the stamp set - again stamped in Basic Black and punched using the Large Oval Punch.

A notch was punched using a punch from Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack and a piece of Linen thread wrapped round the card and knotted. The sentiment was popped up on dimensionals and the card front matted onto a piece of Basic Grey and a Basic Black card base. 

Wetlands really is a versatile set - it contains 6 stamps - 3 sentiments and 3 images:-

Wetlands Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

Here is a list of the Stampin' Up! products used to make today's card:

Stamp Sets: Wetlands
Inks: Soft Sky, Crumb Cake, Smoky Slate, Basic Black
Cardstock: Naturals White, Basic Grey, Basic Black
Punches: Large Oval, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack
Other: Linen Thread

If you would like to order any of these products please either email me or give me a call on 07530 368466 and I will be happy to help. 

If you like the sound of swapping at Stampin' Up! events why not consider joining my team of Dexterous Designers?  If you join Stampin’ Up! with me, not only will you benefit from one-to-one support in a close-knit team, you’ll also get the added bonus of being a member of the Pinkies team - one of the biggest in Europe. You would get the the best of both worlds!  Find out more information.


  1. MMmmm, a lovely card, wish I'd gone to the training now! Those sentiments in the set are really pretty too. x

  2. It's a great card, and I have used the design as a basis for some cards I did today, so THANK YOU Nicky for sharing and swapping !

  3. Love this loads - hope you don't mind me CASE-ing it!

  4. Gorgeous - and a fab technique, too! I hope you don't mind that I CASEd this idea for my cat shelter (Fur and Feathers) fundraiser last night. Everyone LOVED it. Thanks!

  5. Lovely card. I just love direct to paper technique, but have found the new stamp pads don't work like our old ones did. How did you manage it if you don't mind me asking?

    1. Thanks Wendy - I don't think I did anything different - just dragged the pads across the paper BUT I did have to re-ink the pad several times .... The new pads do seem to work better on Whisper White & Very Vanilla - they seem to "drag" better on the smoother card. You also have to check you are using just the edge. Hope this helps ...