I have been lucky enough to have previously reviewed a Stampin’ Up card kit, and although card making isn’t a craft that I regular partake in, I really enjoyed it. Further more, I recently got married. I had thought it would be nice to make my own thank you cards, but I haven’t really had time since the wedding to give it some serious thought, until now!
That’s where this all-inclusive Notes of Kindness Card Kit is genius. Enough in the kit to make 20 thank you cards: 5 each of 4 different designs. The card kit contains literally everything you need, except scissors, and the designs are simple enough that they take no time at all to make. However, they look stunning and suggest much more effort has gone into each one! The designs are simple enough that even my 6 year old daughter was able to make some terrific cards with very little input from me. There are also plenty of extras in the pack to alow for mistakes, and to also allow you to have a little bit of creative licence with the designs and go ‘off piste’ if you should wish to.
Stampin’ Up! Notes of Kindness Card Kit Review
We were sent the Notes of Kindness Card Kit to review. This normally retails at £33.00, and is an all inclusive card kit to make 20 cards: 5 of each of the 4 designs. There was everything in the kit that we needed to get cracking, plus lots more. All but a pair of scissors to cut the metallic thread which was optional anyway.
The card kit contained:
- Set of 6 photopolymer stamps
- Clear acrylic stamp block
- 20 printed card bases and coordinating printed envelopes
- Giftable craft box
- Die-cut stickers and accents
- Archival Basic Black Ink Stampin’ Spot
- Metalic Baker’s Twine
- Stampin’ Dimensionals
- Adhesive-backed pearls
Making the Cards from the Card Kit
The instructions were fairly basic, which perhaps could be a bit daunting to a novice card maker. However, I think this is to give you an idea of each design but to allow you to let your own creative juices flow.
Saying that, if you’re a novice and need more structured guidance, there were loads of video tutorials on You Tube that were extremely easy to follow. I popped one on and both myself and Isla followed along on our first two designs.
The cards were pre-scored to allow accurate and easy folding and the card elements were on perforated sheets, which allowed them to pop out easily. The other bits were self adhesive which meant that no messy glue was needed. As a result the process of assembling a card was extremely quick and much simpler than the finished product would suggest.
Stamping was probably the hardest part. Not the stamping itself- the process is fairly simple.
The plastic stamps just stick to the acrylic block that comes with the kit and you also get a little ink pad to use. The difficultly was getting a bold stamp. Through a little trial and error I discovered I needed to get the lid back on my little stamp block straight away to prevent it from drying, and stamp onto a hard flat surface, not my table that has groves and dents in!
In an hour we had made 10 cards between us. At what works out at £1.65 per card, I think that’s amazing value for a card that is lovingly handmade. No one receiving them would ever know that it only took minutes to create!
What We Thought About the Card Kit
The kit is ideal for beginner card makers and exprienced ones a like. As it literally contains everything you need (except scissors- but who doesn’t have those!), you don’t have to have a large craft stash to get started. The other huge plus is that that the elements of each card are on perforated card or already self adhesive, making the process extremely quick but also kid friendly should you want to ge them involved.
To show you how incredibly simple it is to make the cards, I have done this little video demonstrating putting one of the designs together. Hope you like it!
I am already eyeing up their Christmas card kits! For several years I have wanted to make all my own Christmas cards, but have never got round to it, or had the time. However, knowing I can get them all done using these kits in hours, it’s something that has come back onto my radar.
Have you made your own greetings cards before? Have you tried stamping? or had any experience using the Stampin’ Up! card kits? I’d love to hear what you thought if you have.
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Disclaimer: I was gifted our Notes of Kindness card kit in return for this review. However as always, all words and opinions are entirely my own.