This week has been busy! But fortunately, somehow in the busy-ness, I’m actually getting a lot of things done. Often, I feel like I’m just busy busy busy…and then at the end of the day, I find I’ve actually completed nothing.

One of the projects I’ve been working on—and finally mailed off earlier this week—was a Masterclass article for Craft Stamper magazine. Craft Stamper is a UK magazine, and one I’ve subscribed to long before I started sending them projects to publish. If you live in the UK, you can find it pretty easily—if you live in the States, you can find it at Barnes & Noble. (It’s a taller magazine, so it’s always at the top of the rack way in the back, which is very nearly impossible to reach if you’re my height. So grab the little step stool or a tall friend…it’s worth it.)

This Masterclass article features 5 stamping techniques with Lazertran. I’ve done a lot of work printing photos on Lazertran, but hadn’t really explored all the options with stamping. And while I had a lot of ideas in my head of things that should work, there were a couple of bumps along the way. You know, things that should work but don’t, and things that did work but were sort of like why would you do this technique?

The other thing I had to do was photograph steps for each of the techniques. This can be a challenge for me since the lighting in my apartment is so touchy…I can get the best lighting and no shadows if I set up in the middle of the living room floor by the window…which, as you can see, is exactly where Anna plays, so I have to wait until she’s taking a nap.

Sara Naumann blog Craft Stamper Masterclass photo shoot

Let me just shove over all these toys to make room for my very sophisticated photo studio...

It’s all in the logistics!

While working, I came up with an extra card design and thought I’d just share it here. The Lazertran piece is the card focal—it’s been alcohol inked, then I stamped the butterflies with black Staz-On. I soaked the piece in water, dried it, and used Mod Podge to attach it to a piece of vintage text paper. Then I tore the edges against a metal ruler and added it to the cream cardstock. The patterned paper is Authentique; the stamp is are from Paper Artsy.

Sara Naumann blog Lazertran card Craft Stamper Masterclass

This "alcohol ink on Lazertran" technique is one of the 5 I'll explain in the Masterclass article.

I’m not sure which issue this article will show up in, but I’m thinking it will be spring/early summer. In the meantime, do check out the mag if you get a chance. For those of you in the States, it seems to me to be picking up where The Rubber Stamper magazine left off…good projects, solid instructions and really innovative techniques.

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