I brought several stamp sets, tools, supplies, and paper out of my room and brought it all into the kitchen/dining room area. With all the moving around Tweety thought she would be safest near my kitchen sink and out of the way of rolling chairs and feet.
She did come to investigate a couple times and had the wheels of either my chair or Pati’s run into her once or twice so she retreated to her safety zone.
Tweety would not stay still long enough, after all the work was done, so I could get a picture of the sparkling tip of her nose. She had a bit on her back by the time it was all said and done.
A year ago I sent a bunch of paper crafting supplies to Pati, one of these paper trimmers was included in the stuff. She had been trying to use it but had very little success.
So best to start at the beginning and get her a good understanding with this one so she could, eventually, feel better about using the one she has at home.
Like a good house guest, she quietly agreed to make some cards. Her “yes” was very timid and her heart was not really in it. She had agreed to make one card.
She had NOT agreed with the camera so I’ve taken pictures of her working is why you won’t see much of her.
Her next step was to score the paper. Her anxiety level was increasing and I could hear it in her voice. Getting through the first one had her extremely concerned about doing it wrong. When she had to do the second one she had a bit more confidence in what she was doing.
Still, being the good house guest she was going with the program and, I think, secretly dreading what was coming next.
I went over the measurements with her on the 8-1/2 x 11 paper, turning the 11 inch side horizontally in the trimmer and cutting it at 5-1/2 then scoring the two pieces at 4-1/4 to get her card bases made. I think she had “bailing” in mind about now but had no where to go.
Her next step was to put a good crease in the fold at the score she had made.
Poor Sis had gone from bouts of being quiet to some anxiety filled words. She asked if she were doing it right, at least once, and I reassured her she was.
This being the first step in it all I could see her eyes dart to the rubber stamp boxes, markers, inks, and other tools. She had a feeling this was only going to get worse as time went on.
I felt sorry for her being a bit skittish…but not sorry enough to put a stop to it all 🙂
The stamp set that had caught her eye was “Big On Christmas”. It was the ONLY stamp set that had three in the box, the rest I had brought out had five or more.
I told her to cut some white paper at 2-1/2″ for her stamping lesson. As with any new stamper, me included, she was not sure how much ink had to be on the stamp and exactly how to get it on there. I walked her through it all…after I had her cut another length of 2-1/2″ paper. I had her go through the “What NOT to do” things of mashing the ink pad too hard and rocking it on the stamp and then rocking the stamp on the paper. She would then actually see what I was telling her. One thing I’ve learned about my Sis is she and I, both, are visual learners. You can talk at us all day long but have better and quicker results if you just show us. As you can see, she had a good image to work with.
The next hurdle was coloring in with the marker pens. One step at a time. Big goofs and we turn the paper over and start over. Little goofs will be “artistic license” and let them be.
Pati’s entire demeanor changed when she got to apply the glitter. She was totally stoked and excited about that bit. The excitement was in her voice even.
It was so cute listening to her exclaim the virtues of glitter. I think she was beginning to come around. I think.
Nearing the end of creating this first card she was ready to be finished with it all. She even told me that. So I told her it was alright, she could stop at that one. Just because it is MY passion doesn’t mean I have to be a full out zealot and work to convert her to it.
Pati braved through it all. The next was to add a border punch in the mix. Showing her and teaching her how to use it, I could see the panic begin to rise in her eyes.
She did stay and have a go at that frightful implement. Many times she has told me of her love of lace and glitter so I was going to give her a chance to have both of them in her card making experience.
Seeing the fear leave her face and hearing the excitement as she was successful in working the punch was well worth the time I took to get her comfortable with all this new stuff.
Ta-daaaaa. This is Pati’s first card EVER using rubber stamps and a border punch!
I love this card she made. I do have to admit, she got wounded in the process of making this card because I did not think ahead.
I had the paper piercing tool for her to poke holes in the Christmas tree image where the ornaments were little circles. Not thinking I handed her the piercing tool and she poked it through and stabbed herself.
I had to go round up my mouse pad and make this part of it less painful to her. I love, love, love this card she made and I’m so glad she did too. She was happy enough with this card that…..she agreed to make one more 🙂
All the prompting she needed after agreeing to give it one more try was “More Glitter”. She’s so funny.
I had her make two of the images. One for practice and one for the real deal. When I began stamping I was never happy with my first stamped image and always had to do it over so I gave her the chance to have a bit more experience. This might be her last time at stamping and I wanted to ease her into it yet keep her motivated.
She was thinking that I was coming up with spectacular ideas as we were creating her cards. Truth to tell, I was making it all up as we went along.
I told her we were going to make the word look like snow. She was not sure what I was talking about so I showed her on the first “S”.
When she saw what she had to do, and how simple it was, she had it all together and I could leave her to do it for a while.
Filling in the “S” with 2-Way glue then adding the glitter was so much easier than coloring in the image with the markers. Thought she deserved a bit of a break and go into something fun.
Maybe someday I will get just as excited about glitter as she is. That girl has “Glitter Power”!
By this time Pati was relaxing a bit in all of this. She was being a bit more enthusiastic about this adventure and the acquiescent house guest was being less and less.
Maybe I could now persuade her to make one more card with the last stamp in the set. Maybe. We still had to finish this one.
Pati has her Mom and Dad in mind for one of these cards, and this one for one of her sons. She has two of them so I’ll press her a bit to get another one made so both of her sons will have a pleasant Christmas surprise made specially for them by their Mom.
Balking came with the instruction to run the card base through the Big Shot with the Northern Flurries embossing folder. She wanted no part in that at all.
It took a bit of pushing on my part and just being my aggravating self to get her to try it. Once it was done then it was over. She was having no more part of the Big Shot.
At least I got her to try it once, that was all I cared about. Since she was telling me she was not going to do that again I thought better of pushing her further. She just might bail for certain if I did that.
I did get her to stamp the last image in the set and work with it.
With a little bit of prompting she cut the card base paper and all the rest on her own. She even stamped the image on her own and began the coloring with markers.
More glitter was brought out, even the chunky gold glitter to be used on the ornament top.
I can’t say she is “Hooked” on card making but I can say she has done a fantastic job and I am so proud of her for venturing out of her comfort zone and trying a lot of new things. Even if I had to egg her along with thoughts of more glitter 🙂
These are the three cards Pati made, AND she stamped an image – totally unaided by me – on the envelopes for her cards. Sis, I am so proud of you. Your cards look FANTASTIC. Your very first time at making cards from start to finish.
I have to report, when I was telling Joe of our day’s events and Pati’s card creations, she even said she enjoyed herself. We did have a great time doing this.