product review :: stampin’ up! watercolor wishes card kit

IMG_7914I was given the opportunity to try out the Watercolor Wishes Card Kit by Stampin’ Up! which is available in their 2015-2016 catalog.  Before I show you what you can make, would you believe that I made 20 cards in less than an hour?  Yes!  All while our daughter was napping and the only thing I needed that wasn’t included in the box was adhesive.

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It’s an all-inclusive kit with pre-watercolored designs (and you know, watercolor is quite the trend these days).  There are card bases (in three different sizes); envelopes; die-cut pieces and flowers; cardstock stickers; washi tape; two little ink pads; sequins; wood cutouts; an acrylic stamp block; 3d foam tape; and an exclusive set of 12 clear stamps.  Plus it comes in a sturdy box that is great for storing or gift giving.

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One thing that I love about this kit are the pictures of each card and assembly guidelines that are included.  The pictures are a good size (not too small, large enough to see the details) and it made gathering the pieces for each card a cinch.

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Again, the only things I needed to grab from my crafting supplies were adhesive and scissors.  Not included in the photo is a bottle of good old Elmer’s glue.  Now, the kit includes a small bag of sequins and I’m quite a newbie when it comes to working with them.  I tried adhering them with mini glue dots but some of the sequins were much smaller than the dots, so that’s where the Elmer’s glue came in handy.  Surprisingly, they stick quite well once the glue dries.

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Can you believe that it only took 3 minutes to pull this card together?  It’s. That. Easy.  And another great thing about the photo instructions that a seasoned crafter like me found helpful: a guide to where to place the sequins!  I know that sounds rather simple but I think that’s what I find the most challenging when working with them on projects.  I either put too many or too few, and then I either clump them too close together or leave a gaping hole.

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I also like how you can change up some of the designs by adding sequins to cards that don’t already have them, changing the stamped sentiment, or substituting with the other embellishments.  The designs are a great source of inspiration but you really do have some creative freedom too.  And then after you complete these cards, you’ll have the instruction page as a guide to make similar cards in the future.

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I think the biggest perk of this card kit is the amount of leftover supplies you’ll have after making the 20 card designs.  For one, check out this great stamp set!  I love the handwritten look of sentiments that can be used for a wide variety of occasions.  You’ll have a bunch of the wood cutouts leftover too, which are great for future card projects, scrapbook layouts, or on a Project Life page.

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There are also a couple of cardstock sticker elements that aren’t used.  I really liked some of the frame shapes in the kit so I decided to cut them out and use them to create more cards.  I have a box of cards that I bought at a craft store and they happened to match pretty well to the color palette of this kit, so I used a couple of the bases with these leftover elements.

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The card kit retails for $35 and I think it’s a great price for everything that is included (I mean, stamp sets alone usually cost about $15) considering how much of it is reusable for future products.  This is a great kit for gift giving — give it unassembled to the friend of yours who constantly says they want to be crafty but perhaps doesn’t have the money, space, or time to invest.  Or put all the cards together and package it up in the box that it comes with, and give it to someone who loves the look and feel of handmade cards.

It’s also a great kit to consider if you’re thinking about having a crafting party or gathering with some friends.  Buy a couple of kits and let people choose which cards they want to make, or have each guest buy their own kit so they can take their own stamps home afterward.  The box measures approximately 9″ x 9.5″ x 2″ and would make a good storage box for cards to have on hand throughout the year.

Happy crafting!

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Products used:

SU! Watercolor Wishes Card Kit, item #140406
– Tombo Mono adhesive
 Pink Paislee A2 Cards and Envelopes
 Elmer’s glue

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