I regularly get asked questions about my Stamp-a-Stack classes by customers and other demonstrators. I'll try to include all the answers here, but if I miss anything, leave a comment, and I'll add to this post :o)
What is a Stamp-a-Stack?
The idea behind a Stamp-a-Stack class is that you go home with a 'stack' of cards ready to send out. Traditionally at a Stamp-a-Stack, you would take a couple of card designs and mass produce each one a few times.
How often do you run Stamp-a-Stacks?
I run Stamp-a-Stack classes every week (on Tuesday nights and a couple of day times as well), and have been doing them for the last 3 years. They are the most popular type of class I run.
How many cards do you make in the class?
In my Stamp-a-Stack Classes, you make 8 cards and matching envelopes, in 2 different designs.
This is an example of one design:
Even though all 4 cards look quite different, they all use the same pieces of cardstock, in a couple of different colours, arranged in different ways. It's an A5 card, a piece of 10.5 x 7.4 cardstock (Riding Hood Red and Pink Pirouette), a piece of 9.6 x 7cm cardstock (Very Vanilla) and a piece of 9.6 x 4.2 cm cardstock (Close to Cocoa). I have just re-arranged them in different ways to come up with 4 variations.
It's more interesting than taking home 4 identical cards, and my class attendees get to have a play with a lot more tools and accessories, and pick up some tips and tricks too! I show them all 4 variations, and tell them that if they are in a hurry to get home, to just choose 1 or 2 of their favourite variations, and mass-produce them, but most of my ladies like to make all 4 different variations.
I try and make the second design quite different, so everyone takes cards home to suit lots of different recipients.
How much does the class cost?
I charge $15 if you bring your own SNAIL adhesive, and $20 if you prefer to use my SNAIL. It includes an embellishment pack (ribbon, brads, etc) and 8 envelopes.
Are the classes suitable for beginners?
Definitely! But more experienced stampers will also pick up some tips and tricks.
Is the cardstock pre-cut?
Yes, I pre-cut everything. It makes it so much quicker that way! I package it all up in a Jumbo-wheeled white lunch bag. That way, as a design is completed, it can be popped in the bag, away from falling inkpads and the like!
How long does it take you to cut all the cardstock?
I cut a month's worth in one go. It usually takes a couple of hours to cut the cardstock for a whole month's worth of classes.
How long does the class take?
My evening classes are at 7pm for a 7:30 start, and we always start in time. Speedy workers are often finished by 9-9:30, and those who work at a more leisurely pace are usually done by 10pm.
How do you set up for the class?
I take 6 people per class. I set my dining room table up so that there is a design at each end, with all the supplies for that design. 3 people work on one design, and the other 3 work on the other one, and then they swap seats as they finish.
Can I have a Stamp-a-Stack in my own home?
Definitely! Once you have experienced a regular workshop, lots of people like to get their fingers a bit more inky and invite their friends over for a Stamp-a-Stack. Instead of 8, you will make 6 cards for $10 (all supplies included), in a couple of different designs.
You can see all my Stamp-a-Stack examples HERE