Hello Friends!!! I am super excited with today’s post as this is a blog hop with all the presenters from Fort Worth OnStage Event!! All of us that got the privilege to present are going to be sharing some of the projects and the business idea we talked about at this event! so be sure to check all of them!! By the way, we are planning a second blog hop in May to share more projects with you all, so be sure to check back on our blogs in May (so far we are thinking some time during the second week in May)
So my presentation was a product showcase and it was the Graceful Glass Suite! which included one of the stamp sets we got to use for the make and take at OnStage!
This new suite includes the Painted Glass stamp set and the coordinating Stained Glass thinlits dies, these dies are super intricate so it is recommended to use the precision plate when cutting paper in the Big Shot! this will help you tremendously to remove all the little parts and have perfect cuts every time!
you can see in this card, one of the thinlits cuts, it looks fabulous!! those little thinlits add a lot of WOW factor to your cards without much effort!!
You can see as well in this card two new products!! the tinted faceted buttons and the black cord!! both of these items go really well with this suite!
This suite coordinates as well with the Graceful Glass designer vellum, which comes in 6×6 and have a great variety of designs that can be cut to fit nicely on your cards!! you can see several of the designs in the cards I am sharing today!
Both the stamp set and the vellum can help you showcase a lot of coloring techniques, thou I chose to use the blends for my cards, as I thought this technique was the easiest but also cause I got to play with three new colors being released – Call me Clover, Pineapple Punch and Lovely Lipstick!
Stampin’ Up! is releasing a lot more new colors than these in the stampin’ blends family, I am sure you will love the new colors!! I cannot wait to get them all!!!!
One thing to know is that when coloring larger images with the stampin’ blends like the one below, you will notice that the ink from the blends build up, and you can see more of the strokes that you make, and in some cases you might even get something like a watercolor look, so just play with this to make yourself familiar with coloring vellum with stampin’ blends and get the look that you like.
On the below image you can see more of what I was talking about regarding the built up of color, and the different looks you get.. remember that velum is not porous so you will get a different look than when you are coloring cardstock!, also one super great tip is that if you go outside the lines, it doesn’t matter as you can remove the additional color with the color lifter!! and because these markers are alcohol base the color on the velum dries super fast, contrary to when you are coloring the velum with our regular markers!! YAY!!
Also you can color velum from both sides, I colored these cards from the front as I wanted to get more vibrant colors for the stained glass look, however I could get a softer look if I had colored from the back! so I like that I have both options when using velum.
For the business idea – I talked about having a product based class where you include products on your class fee and offer a coupon as well as a to-go option.. let me elaborate more about this..
For the class, I am thinking that we can have a class to make 10 cards (2 of 5 different designs) and include a pack of the tinted faceted buttons, a roll of the black cord as well as a full pack of the graceful glass velum for each attendee, add these items up, with shipping and taxes as you will need to order these for each of the class attendees and add additional $$ to cover the paper needed to complete the projects as well as a $5 coupon!
Now the day of the class you want to have the coupon only valid for that night! that way you incentivize getting additional orders at your event!, some people will take action on it and some people will not, and that is ok, that coupon has been considered on your class fee, so it is ok!
Also because this is a product base class you need to have firm RSVP where people would need to pay in advance, and you have to have enough lead time that allows you to order all the products and have them arrive prior to the event! so usually about two weeks or a week an half before the class date you need to place the order, so that you make sure you have enough time to get the items and prep for the event!
You also might want to consider adding a To-Go option, that way you can get more people taking your class, this could be your online customers or local customers that might not be able to make it the day of your event but still want to get the class, you want to get RSVP’s and payments at the same time as your live event, so that you prep at the same time for everyone.. also make sure you check your mailing fees, as you will need to add additional $$ to cover for the shipping for the To-Go attendees.
Let your To-Go attendees know about the stamp sets and other items needed to complete the projects, as they might want to add those items to the class packet, this might also generate additional orders, since they would need to get the stamp set or colors to complete the projects.
If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask me, I will be glad to help you 🙂
Here is another card I made with this suite, I truly enjoyed coloring the velum with the stampin blends!! give it a try, I am sure you will love to use them as well!!
I shared today four cards and I will be sharing more cards in the next Blog Hop.. so be sure to check back to our blogs..
Here is the line up of the presenters with links to their projects! be sure to visit all of them!! you don’t want to miss them, they all did great at our OnStage event!
This time I am not providing a supply list, as the majority of the items cannot be purchased yet, these products will be available until June if you are a customer or in May if you are a demonstrator!
You can still click on the Shop image below to go to my online store where you can get Stampin’ Up! products, keep in mind that we now we have the retiring list available!!
You can see all retiring products HERE
Also don’t forget my ordering incentive…
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