Stamping Sunday Blog Hop – Embossing Paste

Hello Sunday!  I’m delighted to be hopping again this month (4th Sunday) with the Stamping Sunday Design Team.

Today, it’s all about the embossing paste – and you’re going to love the range of ideas we’ve got for you.

To see more of the design team projects, click on the little blue frog for the full link up list.

I love this new product so much that I’ve already finished one tub and I’m waiting for my new one to arrive.  It’ll be here just in time this week to try some of the design team ideas.

As well as embossing paste, there’s also tools for easy application & a pack of 4 decorative masks.

Although on first glance embossing paste is quite simple and is used to emboss the paste through a mask to add texture, there are lots of different adaptations you can make to increase the variety of looks the paste creates.


The first card I’m sharing today uses reinkers to colour the embossing paste and a mask made from the Eclectic Layers die.

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

You can transform the paste from white to any Stampin’ Up! colour by adding a couple of drops of reinker to the embossing paste.

I love that the paste gives a really even colour across the whole pattern.  I always get caught when sponging with that one really dark patch!!!

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

To colour the embossing paste:

Dollop a teaspoon of the paste on your silicone craft sheet, drop on 1-3 drops of reinker (depending on the intensity of colour you want) and mix with your palette knife.

Working on the silicone mat makes for a smooth working surface with an easy clean up.  If you don’t own one of these already, then you’ll want to add one to your collection.  I also use mine for hot glue work and have recently heard that they are a great underlay for stamping.

Although I could have easily used one of the Pattern Party masks, it was great to be able to create a different background for this card to suit the fabulous style of the lady!

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

You can create a mask from any die that has a pattern to it – or a an interesting solid shape.


I’m so excited to show you my second project….I heat embossed the embossing paste!

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

I tried this a few ways with the reindeer from Santa’s Sleigh Thinlits, including using a stencil.

In the end I found it worked best when I cut the reindeer out of cardstock, placed on my silicone mat and covered it completely with embossing paste, before layering with embossing powder.

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

I then gently moved it off my silicone mat and heat embossed it with my heat tool.  The embossing powder bubbles & cracks and creates a fabulous finish that I liken to the crinkly foil on chocolate wrappers!

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

In the process of my embossing experiments, I ended up with 2 reindeers – a gold & silver version.  You could do this with any metallic embossing powder you own.

And there’s a whole world of experimentation for non-metallic embossing powders!

The first reindeer card using the gold embossing is texture filled!

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

As well as having my heat embossed reindeer, I’ve also added embossing paste to the base layer using the diamond decorative mask – and then stamped over the whole layer with the new Music Sheet background stamp.

This is another great feature of the embossing paste – you can stamp directly onto it!

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

The second reindeer card is much simpler (and more my usual style!) with a base of gorgeous Coffee Break DSP and the heat embossed reindeer as the focus.

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

Here’s a close up of the embossed reindeer in silver.  As you can see, it’s not important to get a totally flat finish on the embossing paste – it all adds to the texture!

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent


That’s all from me today!

If you’d love to see more embossing paste ideas, click on the blue frog to bring up the list of wonderful demonstrators around the world from the Stamping Sunday design team that are sharing their ideas, including our guest hoppers Sarah Fleming & Tanya Boser!

Thanks for visiting!  Have a fantastic week!

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Just Add Ink #365 – Sketch

We’re having fun today with a sketch challenge – one of my favourite types!

This little gem was created by Karren.

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I have combined the sketch with some retired Valentines Day products to create a Christmas themed card.

Who said you can’t mix your holidays???

Just Add Ink #365 | kelly kent

Do you love the new Christmas set – Merry Mistletoe?  Reindeers are my favourite Christmas motif (even more so than trees!) and it comes with such lovely sentiments.

It was generously gifted to me by a demonstrator friend – thanks Kathryn, I love it!

The reindeer looks lovely in Real Red ink with clear embossing!

Just Add Ink #365 | kelly kent

Have you done this before?

Simply ink your stamp in Versamark, then in the actual colour (Real Red in this case) and then stamp as usual.  Coat the image in clear embossing powder and heat set.  Using this technique, you can create embossing powder in any colour you own!


I had fun with this direct copy of the sketch layout and decided to create a second version using a z-fold layout.

Just Add Ink #365 | kelly kent

The elements are mostly the same – which is a fun way to create two same-same-but-different cards using the same materials.

Just Add Ink #365 | kelly kent

I loved being able to use my retired Valentine’s Day stash.  Red & white is a perfect Christmas theme.

Things that have disappeared from the catalogue don’t become useless – there’s always a fabulous project around the corner waiting for those long hoarded collected items!

We’d love for you to join us this week and create your own masterpiece based on the sketch.

Pop over to the Just Add Ink blog to see the full range of design team cards and enter your creation.

 

CASEing the Catty #129 Favourite Annual Catalogue Project

Hello!  Welcome to the CASEing the Catty Sunday blog hop.

I hope your weekend has been wonderful!

Tonight at CTC, the Crew are CASEing their favourite Annual Catalogue Project.

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Favourites…. always a hard one!  I love almost everything that comes under the Stampin’ Up! banner.

So, for my CASEd projects this week, I decided to choose an alphabet set – the bold & fun Layered Letters stamp set (which is on the retirement list!).

I love alphabet sets for what they offer to personalised stamping!

This Christmas card made by the clever designers at Stampin’ Up! has an awesome layout for lots of different types of cards!

My first card uses the same design features, but more traditional Christmas colours & “Merry Christmas” sentiment.

I’ve used lots more retired things in this set including the Stars Framelits, Lucky Stars Embossing Folder, 2016-2018 In Colour Envelope Paper, Brights DSP Paper Stack and Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set.


My second card uses the same layout to create a birthday card…

I kept some features the same, like the DSP & envelope paper (just changed up the colours) and the metallic enamel shapes.

I changed the star to a butterfly and used another retiring embossing folder – Lovely Lace and stamp set – Tin of Cards.


There’s less than 2 weeks left to purchase from the Retirement List – make sure to check that you’ve ordered everything you’ll miss!

I’m sure you’ll pick up more items for your wishlist as you hop around.

Next up on our CTC Crew is Rachel Palmieri with her awesome projects!

Thanks for hopping with us!


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Christmas 2016 – Santa Photos

Since it’s the last day of the Holiday Catalogue, it’s probably fitting that today’s post is a throwback to Christmas.

I picked up the girls Santa photos today- late, I know!  I only get Santa photos so there’s some consistent record of them growing up, because, as you know, I’m terrible at all other memory keeping!!!

The photos were super cute, but didn’t come with a special folder, so I decided to make my own – in scrapbook style!


It was fun to pull out some Christmas things again (especially my reindeer die) and make it all pretty.

Christmas 2016 - Santa Photos Scrapbook page.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

And of course, add in some new pretties (lace doilies – so in love!) to frame the photos…

Christmas 2016 - Santa Photos Scrapbook page.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The Large Number Framelits are fabulous for scrapbooking because of their grand size!

Christmas 2016 - Santa Photos Scrapbook page.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

See my suggested starter kit on how to get the Large Number {AND} Letters into your collection for less than half the retail price.


Goodbye to Christmas 2016!  Unless you want to place one last order from the Holiday Catalogue.  You can shop in my online store until 9pm (WA) time tonight.  The host code for January is YBEWYEMH.

From tomorrow, it’s all about 2017 with the release of the Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogues!

One more sleep craft addicts!

Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com

 

 

 

Celebrate the New Year – End of Year Closeouts

That’s right, the 2016 Holiday Catalogue will end at 9pm (WA time) tomorrow night.

You have all day today and all day tomorrow to place any last minute orders.

Some items are carrying over – see the list here and will still be available from 4th Jan.

Everything else goes into retirement!

So, if there was anything you loved, anything on your wishlist that you didn’t buy yet or any specials you want to buy now and put away for next Christmas, jump on my online store and fill that shopping cart!!!

The host code for January is YBEWYEMH.


Some of my favourite creations from the 2016 Holiday Catalogue were…

CASEing the Catty #108 Holiday Kits.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

CASEing the Catty #97 - Favourite Holiday Bundle. Santa's Sleigh Z-Fold Card.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

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CASEing the Catty #100 - Presents & Pine Cones.  Merriest Wishes tag cards.  Kelly Kent -mypapercraftjourney.com.

I definitely got the most use from Santa’s Reindeer, the Warmth & Cheer DSP, Stitched with Cheer stamp set, Candy Cane Lane DSP, Cookie Cutter Christmas bundle and the Merriest Wishes bundle.

What were your Holiday Catalogue favourites???

Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com

 

 

 

A Very Merry 2016 Christmas!

Merry Christmas to you & yours!

I hope you have a lovely day planned with great company, lots of laughter and a few crafty presents!

This is my final Christmas card share for the year!

In keeping with my non-traditional Christmas card colours, these are the cards I made for my class participants.

Here’s my set up, ready for my class ladies to arrive (complete with an early Christmas present of new catalogues!)

Merry Christmas - Silver & Pink Glitter Noel Card.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Here’s a close up of the card…

 

Merry Christmas - Silver & Pink Glitter Noel Card.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The details:

Silver embossed background using the hatched stamp from “You’ve Got This”.

Blushing bride “Noel” from Wonderful Wreath Framelits

Silver stars using the Confetti Stars Border Punch


And they also got a decorated tiny treat box filled with Lindt choccies!

Merry Christmas - Silver & Pink Glitter Noel Card.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Without meaning to, all of the products I used for this Christmas gift set were from the Annual Catalogue!!! (except that gorgeous dragonfly that I wanted to show off from the upcoming catalogue).

It was a lovely reminder to me about the versatility of all the products in my stash!

Who knew that the “A Little Foxy DSP” would make such a good Christmas pattern???


Merry Christmas to everyone!

Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com

Coming Soon – Stunning Doilies!

Oh me oh my….

I’ve been playing around a bit more with the items in my pre-order – and some Holiday Catalogue favourites!

How lucky am I???  Double the fun to play with at the moment!

The new Lace Doilies (142793) are fabulous!

Lace Doilies - available 4th Jan 2017. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

They appear in the upcoming Occasions catalogue, which goes lives on 4th Jan 2017.

Vanilla on one side, white on the other – they are just stunning!

Lace Doilies - available 4th Jan 2017. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Perfect for cards, gifts & more!  If you’re in Australia and don’t have a catalogue yet, don’t forget to ask me to send or deliver you one!

Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com