Just Add Ink #526 | Photo Inspiration

Hello! If you get my blog by email you will have seen that we had a little family trip down south and the posts from the last couple of weeks were all scheduled to go live while I was ‘off the grid”. I’m back now and I think I’ve almost caught up on the washing – though isn’t that a never ending task!

Today’s blog post is for Just Add Ink – challenge number 526! It’s a gorgeous photo inspiration which I know will bring out amazing creations from both the design team and the crafters who share their projects in our gallery each week. You’ll find the linky tool on the Just Add Ink blog – click here to visit. We love seeing what you’ve been inspired to make!

I must admit, this photo threw me for a while, but then I was on my way once an idea clicked. I’ve really been enjoying crafting with blues lately. The blue tones and lines on the mushroom helped me with the layout for this card.

A Cup of Thanks | kelly kent

The sentiment and stamps for this card are from the Press On stamp set. Have you seen it in the Aug-Dec 2020 Mini Catalogue? It’s hiding at the back and is the epitome of a ‘hidden gem’. I love the quirky greetings and the beautiful artwork of the takeaway coffee cups.

A Cup of Thanks | kelly kent

I’ve used the paper piecing technique to make the coffee cups into pretty patterned ones. I don’t often get takeaway hot drinks (since I don’t drink coffee) but I always love it when I see a cafe with printed cups. They are almost too pretty to use!!! These patterns are from the Boho Indigo DSP which you can find in the Product Medley on page 9 of the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue.

A Cup of Thanks | kelly kent

What’s your favourite crafty colour at the moment? I’ve been in this blue phase for a while! I can see some red and green on the horizon with Christmas heading our way. The Mini Papercrafts have started the countdown to Christmas and are starting to discuss what is going on their Christmas lists. With a new catalogue being released to demonstrators in December, I think mine will be 99% new stamps!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Happiest Birthday Wishes | multicoloured greetings

I’ve been loving the Happiest Birthday Wishes stamp set. It’s filled with super versatile birthday greetings, and since birthday cards are the most common card I make, it’s had a good workout since it was released in the 2020 Annual Catalogue in June.

Today I’m sharing a technique that adds some fun to the large stamp from this set. Big stamps can sometimes be hard to use but are perfect when you want the sentiment to be the feature of the card.

Colours: Rococo Rose, Bumblebee, Calypso Coral | DSP: Artistry Blooms

Using the Stamparatus, I added ink to the top & bottom of the stamp directly with the ink pads and then to middle with a sponge dauber.

You don’t need a Stamparatus to use do this technique but I love two things about using it – 1. You can re stamp if you need a bit more ink somewhere or better blending 2. You can easily make lots of these with minimal fuss. I pre-cut the scalloped rectangles (from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies) and kept one of the negatives. I was then able to place the die cut into the Stamparatus for quick & easy placement. This is a great tip for cards you want to mass produce.

After making the first card in pinks, I decided to make another version with one of my favourite DSPs from the Annual Catalogue – Whale of a Time. I’d be happy to have a whole pack of the turtle prints – they are so pretty!!

Colours: Pacific Point, Rich Razzleberry, Granny Apple Green |
DSP: Whale of a Time

And one more using another favourite – Boho Indigo. I used an ombré effect for this sentiment, choosing 3 different shades of blue.

Colours: Balmy Blue, Pacific Point, Night of Navy | DSP: Boho Indigo

I could make these cards all day! It’s a great way to make use of the DSP we like to collect. Simply cut a 2” strip and adhere to a coordinating card base. Stamp your multicoloured sentiment and attach to the card front.

Have a great week!