Adventures in Card-Making · Perspectives · Teaching

Why I love teaching about die-cutting

Dear Fellow Crafters,

     Back in the day, when I was rubber stamping, I couldn’t understand the “pull” of die-cutting. In my mind, die-cutting was just rubber stamping in different colors. You stamp, you emboss, you color, you cut out. And then, I watched a HSN (Home Shopping Network) show that featured the Cricuit. I really wasn’t sure about it because for one thing, the cost was a little off-putting.

     I was teaching a rubber stamp workshop at a local Joanne’s one night and the Program Manager had a Cricuit on the bookcase. At the break, she gladly demonstrated her (the store’s!) new toy. I was hooked on die-cutting. The problem was, as I saw it, the many accessories you had to buy to make the products. I’m one of those crafters who wants to design and craft. Well long story short, I bought a Sizzix Big Shot and have never looked back.

     I really like die-cutting now there are so many web sites, retail outlets, and u-tube videos that fuel my imagination daily! So now, I incorporate die-cutting in my classes. Most crafters have die-cutting machines. What they really want now is ideas and tips on how to enhance their paper crafts. The students are very passionate and vocal about their machines and dies. I try to pick a holiday or event to help my students focus on what they want to accomplish. I enjoy watching their faces when I crank out an image, border or phrase and use it in a unconvential way. Crafters like to be challenged and when I suggest that they can decorate a journal cover, cover a candle or glass ornament with die cuts they now say “Why not!”

     Here are a few of my Mason Jar Creations, and yes they are made with rubber stamps and die-cuts.IMG_20140801_143940_102.  IMG_20140801_144602_801

Happy snowman
     Happy snowman
Snowmen love teddy bears too!
.  Snowmen love teddy bears too!
Getting ready for the big ride!
Getting ready for the big ride!

 

Happy Crafting,

~Sallie

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Teaching

Why I love teaching rubber stamping

Dear Fellow Crafters,

I have always loved sharing my crafting experiences with others. Lately, I’ve been sharing my excess paper with our Granddaughter and my journaling classes. I got to thinking the other day about why I love teaching rubber stamping and thought I would share what I have learned with you.

I have taught children (After-School Programs) and adults (Adult Ed Programs, Libraries, Clubs) and over the years have realized that the two groups are about the same in their motivations. Once presented with the techniques, both children and adults see the potentials. They also feel the apprehension of trying something new. One of my most reassuring slogans is “there’s no mistakes in rubber stamping.” It’s true. In another blog post, I will share what to do when you make a mistake.

Children get excited when they color images. They are in control and can manipulate the images. Overtime, I realized that a larger open-spaced image worked better with a younger group (ages 7-10) and used the now discontinued lines of Azadi Earles (Imagine That) and Darcie Hunter. The girls like to create scenes with the teddy bears and flowers and the boys like themed images like train sets and dinos.  Adults saw potentials in creating with the stamps and set about making wall art, stationery and unique greeting cards.

I never knew until the first class which registered students were “newbies or not. I love “newbies”. They have no pre-conceived notions or bad habits. They’re like sponges waiting to be exposed to the elements of ink, powder, heat, glitter and color.

I not only give a lot of hands-on info but get a tremendous amount of “give back” in new ways of creating an image or using a tool. When a student reaches the point of “I can do this” you know you’ve succeeded in not only sharing your love of crafting but given the students just the right amount of confidence to take them to the next step along their creative journey.

‘Til next time,

~Sallie