The bare necessities


I have a friend (you know who you are lol) who doesn’t have a huge supply of Stampin’ Up! products.  I was like this too when I first signed up as a demonstrator and I felt really inadequate compared to all the other beautiful examples that I found online.  I just wanted it all and wanted it now!  I have slowly built up my supplies and have quite a great variety of stamps, inks and accessories.  But having said this there are still many that need to work with the ‘Bare Necessities’ so this post is for all of you out there looking for inspiration on how to use your basic supplies.  I hope this gives you something to work from.

My friend said she only has the old in-colour ink pads and the earth elements markers.  She said she has no card stock either so I had to cheat a little or I wouldn’t be able to make anything and I also added a sponge dauber (only about $1.50 each) to my Bare Necessities.  This picture shows you what I used:DSC08636

Very Vanilla cardstock, Ruby red, close to cocoa and old olive markers and the Great Friend stamp set.

I used the masking technique to stamp the leaves ‘behind’ the butterflies.  I coloured the stamps in with my markers and then stamped a butterfly onto a piece of paper and cut it out.  Re-colouring the stamp each time, I then stamped the butterflies onto the card.  I placed the paper butterfly over the one on the card and then stamped the leaves.  The paper butterfly masked the real butterfly from being stamped with the leaves.  It really looks like the leaves are hidden behind the butterflies.  A simple technique that can be very impressive.


I created the shadow behind the feature butterfly using the sponge dauber.  I added the colour to the dauber by simply ‘painting’ it on with the brush end of the marker.  I Starting with more ink in the center working my way out to a lighter haze on at the edges.  Using the dauber again I added a border around the edge of the card by rubbing it onto the edge.  Then all I did was stick it all together onto a base card of very vanilla.

For those of you that have more supplies and accessories I decided to add some more to this original design.


The first change I made was to add an oval of old olive green card behind the words, for you.  I trimmed the words to fit the oval, punched a hole in each end and threaded some chocolate chip ribbon through to tie it to the card.  Next I cut a circle of old olive and a scallop circle of close to cocoa to go behind the main butterfly and mounted them with dimensionals to ‘pop’ them up off the card.  I changed the base card from very vanilla to close to cocoa and that’s it!


To make this second card I added these supplies and tools:

Old Olive and Close to Cocoa card stock, Chocolate Chip Ribbon.  The oval punch from Stampi’ Up! and I used my nestabilities to cut the circle and scallop circle on my cuttlebug.


6 Responses to “The bare necessities”

  1. 1 Adele Francis

    Ok, so these are both AMAZING!!!! I love love love them and can’t WAIT to get this stamp set (no 1 on my list for tonights party!!!!) You’re right – you can still make pretty things with not many things…I will definitley be having a little go – feeling very inspired!!!! Thanks Amy!!! You’re a pro!

  2. Absolutely GORGEOUS Amy.

    xx Sarah

  3. 3 Lynda

    Thanks for showing us that it ain’t all bells and whistles!! The simple things are just as special and rthe result is beautiful. Thanks for sharing Amy.

  4. 4 Adele Francis

    I just made my first all-stampinup bare necessities card and I REALLY like it!!! YAY for me!! hehehe – thanks for your help Amy!

    • 5 becreativewithamy

      That is so awesome Adele. You’ll have to send me a photo so I can ooohh and aaahhh over it as I’m sure it will be fantastic. Yay for you!

  5. 6 Bev Cowan

    gorgeous cards Amy! This description fitted me too and I just bought this stamp set so very excited to collect it this week and try out this card!

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