Cardmaking, Tips and Tricks

New YT Series! A New Outlook on Creativity Using Already Owned Supplies

Hello again, crafty friends. Today, I’m excited to announce that I’ll be launching a new series on my YT channel. I’ve been wanting to do this for some time, and you know what they say, there’s no time like the present.

In this new series, I want to explore getting more out of my supplies. I love getting new things, and the truth of the matter is, I get excited by new releases. All the new stamps and dies are so pretty and the designer out there do an amazing job showcasing their talents using them. It’s natural to want to grab every new item that comes out.  But, is it necessary? And don’t I own peony stamps already? And isn’t this company’s release this month remarkably similar to that other company’s release last month? And can’t I get a similar look using something I already have?

Now that doesn’t mean I’m not going to get new supplies EVER. It just means that I want to get creative using what I have and challenge myself to come up with designs that apply all year long, rather than just specific occasions. I’m taking the 3-project rule and stretching it out to see if I can use something not only in three projects, but across seasons too.

To start off this series, I worked on three cards using the same stencil. The Park Life stencil from Polkadoodles is a favorite in my stash. I created three different backgrounds using it to make a Christmas card, a Halloween card, and a warm Encouragement card. The colors and accessory stamps I used to go along with the backgrounds, created completely different feels, even though I used the same stencil.

I found it really satisfying to stretch my supplies. As much as I love getting new goodies, there’s a sense of accomplishment in creating something beautiful and current using older supplies. I hope you enjoy this new series as much as I have creating it.

To see how I created these cards, you can watch my videos here:

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