Saturday, June 27, 2009

Stamp-a-Stack FAQs

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


  1. Thanks Marelle, that is so helpful, Fi

  2. Yea, thanks for being so generous and sharing that info, it is so helpful for someone like me who has never ventured into that area before, but really wants to!
    I love how you have a set of 4 designs, and do you know, I never noticed that each card has the same dimensions on there....? I think that's great, they are each beautiful and unique!
    Thanks again.

  3. I would so love to do one of your stamp-a-stack classes. I don't suppose you do own-home classes in NZ though... :)

  4. Hi, Marelle- thanks so much for shring the information on stamp-a-stacks. I just ran my first one just the other night, and guest most of my way through. You have given me more of a guide for how many people,how to set the cards ( The way you set it out will save a whole lot of time), ETC. THANK YOU, THANK YOU for sharing.

  5. Hi Marelle,
    Thanks so much for sharing the info on how you run a SAS. Lots of great info. I'm doing my first one next week and it's been a big help to read all this.



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