I was talking to a woman at my local Big Box Craft Store and she was telling me that she used to knit and crochet. She loved it. Especially she loved putting colors together to make beautiful things. “But,” she said, “I have so much arthritis in my hands that I can’t knit or crochet for more than a few minutes at a time. It’s just too painful.”
We were in the paper crafts section of the store, specifically the rubber stamping aisle, so I asked her if she was thinking of doing some rubber stamping.
“Yes,” she replied, “My daughter-in-law sends me these beautiful cards and I thought that maybe I could make some cards. It doesn’t look too hard, and I don’t think it would hurt my hands.”
“Well,” I said, “let me help you.”
And I explained that I had been doing rubber stamping – card making, actually – for close on to three decades, and I knew a little something about the craft.
So, to make a short story even shorter, we browsed through the paper crafting aisles of the Big Box Craft Store and picked out what she would need to get started.
I asked her if she had a budget, and she said she didn’t want to go over $100. Perfect!
So here’s what she got:
- A Paper Trimmer (I explained that she could cut her paper with a ruler and an exacto knife, but that was really the hard way to do it. And given that her hands were not as strong as they used to be, I thought the trimmer was really essential. She agreed) Cost – $30.00
- Paper – (it IS paper crafting, after all…)
- White card stock
- Printed designer paper
- Colored card stock to co-ordinate with the printed paper
Cost for paper: – $25.00
- A black ink pad Cost: – $6.00
- Glue – Tombow’s multipurpose glue Cost: – $4.50
- Stamps – her choice, about $35.00 worth. I suggested that she think a minute about what kind of cards she was most likely to send. She thought probably Birthday Cards, then Thank You cards, and then maybe Get Well cards. So she picked out three stamps with those sentiments, and filled in the rest of her budgeted amount with stamps that she liked.
We came in right at her budget – an even $100.00. (Not counting tax, of course.) She actually put one stamp back to allow for the tax, and happily went off to pay for everything.
One thing she didn’t get, that I thought she might want, was a set of markers. She said she had some colored pencils at home that she used to use when she was drafting patterns, and she said that she could use those.
The only other things that I thought she might want were some embellishments, or some glue dots and some “sticky squares,” what we call Dimensionals in Stampin’ Up!.
She was happy, and I had that happy, satisfied feeling that comes when someone actually takes my advice.
I think she’ll make a great paper crafting artist. She seemed to have a good eye, and was interested in what she could do. I, of course, referred her to this blog, and the ideas in my library. I didn’t get her name, so I won’t know if she actually does sign up. But I hope she does.
And, if she ever does, maybe she’ll email me and introduce herself all over again.
In the meantime, if you are a beginner stamper, are looking for a gift for someone who is looking for a new creative outlet, or even someone who has been stamping for a while, take a look at your supplies. Maybe you’ll find you have too much designer paper and not enough stamps, or your solid cardstock doesn’t match any of your designer paper. Or maybe you have all image stamps and are short on sentiments. In any case, taking stock of what we have is always a good thing.
And finally, if you are planning a trip this summer, or over Spring Break, check out my freebie in the Library on a Travel Kit for Paper Crafters. Here’s the link: Free Resource Library
Remember the password is …create…
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