The table of contents has a nice clean design and is easy to navigate. There is a boxed section that tells you exactly where to find the articles/projects from the cover, something I really appreciate. The facing page has good sized photos of other projects from this issue and the page number where each can be found. I say projects, not cards, because this magazine hold images and instructions for mixed media and home dec items as well as wonderful cards!
I really like the way the projects are presented! One full page is dedicated to a large picture of the project so you can really see the detail and craftsmanship. The facing page has a materials list and an intro by the artist discussing the products or techniques used, providing tips, and giving a general overview. I didn't feel rushed. I felt like the magazine really wanted me to enjoy the project and absorb the process. There are pictures and instructions that walk you through each step. Being a visual learner, this makes it really easy to follow.
The magazine covers a variety of styles from clean & simple to steampunk to artsy fartsy!
There are ads in the magazine, but they do not interrupt the flow of the articles,nor do they overwhelm the magazine itself. It is a nice balance.
The magazine is peppered with little banners that identify places to purchase the products highlighted in each feature in case you want to "Go Shopping!" Very helpful!
There are reader submissions...and prizes!
There are card sketches.
There are recurring features and continuing series.
There are projects for both the beginner and experienced crafter.
What you really find inside Craft Stamper magazine is inspiration, like I found in this fabulous article by Sylvia Blum. She made me want to take out my alcohol inks and play with them. Her article told me exactly how she created a certain effect and gave me the confidence that I could do it, too!
I am not much of a card maker, but I do like to experiment and play. I made my acetate about the right size for an ATC card. I used Sylvia's basic technique, but put my own little twist on it!
I am not sure how these are going to turn out...or what they are going to become...but I know it will definitely be fun to find out!
Thank you so much to the folks at Craft Stamper for giving me the privilege of reviewing their magazine. I will be going back to these pages again and again for inspiration and instructions!
Thank you for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today! Susie