Stampin’ Up is now offering a downloadable class. It costs $14.95 and is item 133385. You can buy it online and then download it immediately to your Mac or PC. It does NOT require the My Digital Studio program. After making your purchase the system will prompt you to download and you need to select “For Other Applications” even if you do have MDS.
I purchased it this morning to try it out. I made a card from the tutorial to share. I did make a couple of modifications because I think the content probably has a copyright since it’s not free and I didn’t want to get into trouble. lol
The download has written tutorials for 34 projects (mostly cards), along with complete supplies lists and training tips. The only downside is that while there are dimensions listed for the completed projects, you have to guess when you cut the elements to make the projects. (I’ve filled out a form suggesting that they add cutting dimensions, but whether they will is another thing.) The download also includes 8 video tutorials that correspond with a project to better describe the technique and offer some quick tips.
There are 6 sections which include: Basic Stamping, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, Masking, Embossing (dry & heat), Markers & Watercoloring, and Big Shot & Punches. It starts with very basic stamping and progressively adds tools and techniques to help the stamper become more comfortable and confident creating the projects. The lessons are short, but have good information. The card I made today was from the basic stamping section and featured 2nd generation stamping.
I think the tutorials are great for beginners because they teach stamping techniques without being overwhelming. Stampers will learn to stamp off, omit images with markers, use two-step stamps, do several masking techniques, use the stampin' spritzer, use blender pens, use aqua painters, use embossing folders, do heat embossing, use the stamp-a-ma-jig, use the Simply Scored Tool, create drop-shadows, do emboss resist, learn simple shading, learn several watercoloring ideas, see the versatility of the Big Shot, and MORE! All with quick lessons that are easy-to-follow. While more experienced stampers already know how to do these basic techniques, it’s nice to have the project ideas for when “stamper-block” hits (not that I know anything about that! lol) or to use the ideas as a springboard to fancier cards.