Just Add Ink #541 | Blended Background

Hey there, thanks for joining me for another Just Add Ink challenge. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it’s the variety in the Just Add Ink challenges that I love so much.

Today’s challenge is to add a Blended Background. I can’t wait to see how everyone does this – brushes, daubers, sponge rollers, ink pads…. this technique has lots of ways to reach your end point. I used the new Stamping Brushes by Stampin’ Up!. These makeup style brushes make seamless blending so easy. To help, I used Shimmery White cardstock with its ultra smooth surface and beautiful shimmer to help blend the colours.

Dragonfly Garden | kelly kent

Before applying the ink, I stamped the wildflowers from the Dragonfly Garden stamp set in Versamark and added Clear Embossing Powder. This is the Emboss Resist Technique and always a favourite when working with blended backgrounds. It means when you rub the ink over the cardstock, it doesn’t take up ink where the clear embossing is and that part remains whatever colour your background started (in this case white).

Dragonfly Garden | kelly kent

The colours I used for the ink blending are Daffodil Delight, Magenta Madness and Gorgeous Grape. I really wanted the colours to be bright and fun for this get well card.

Dragonfly Garden | kelly kent

I always like to balance the bright colours with black and white contrast. The dragonfly and the sentiment are white heat embossed on Basic Black cardstock. The get well soon sentiment is from the Blossoms in Bloom stamp set. It’s often my go to because I love the font and it’s got really sensible sayings that you want to put on the front of cards.

We’d love to see your blended background projects. Please share your creation in the gallery on the Just Add Ink blog to join in the challenge. You can also see the other design team cards for colour & design ideas with ink blending.

Have a great weekend!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

CASEing the Catty #115 Sale-A-Bration


Sunday again – they come around quickly!!!  I hope your weekend was fabulous!

Thanks for checking in with me tonight for the weekly CASEing the Catty Sunday blog hop.

Hopefully you’ve joined our new Facebook page and are following all the wonderful projects that fellow crafters have been uploading.

This week we are CASEing (copying and sharing everything or copying and selectively editing – depending on which you prefer!) the Sale-A-Bration catalogue again.

There’s so much goodness in there!  Did you see that there’s 3 new Sale-A-Bration items you can redeem from 21st Feb???  Check out the graphic at the end of this post for a sneaky peak at them!

CASEing the Catty #115

As you follow this hop around, you’ll find projects made by the CTC Crew that were inspired by the sample photos on pages 8-11 of the Sale-A-Bration catalogue.

One of my favourite Sale-A-Bration samples is the wedding card on the left below – made with the Delicate Details stamp set.  I love the styling & colours!

Images © Stampin' Up!

It’s hard to improve on perfection, but I had a go at MITMO ‘making it my own’ – do you love this variation on the idea of CASEing (thanks to Deborah Harris for sharing it!).

I combined it with the Cupcakes & Carousels embellishment pack – the gold foil die cuts are out of this world for loveliness and the ribbon is ombre!!!

Here is my version…

CASEing the Catty #115 - Sale-A-Bration. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I changed the sentiment so that I could use the card personally – it was too sweet to end up in my ‘for later’ or ‘for sale’ card stashes!

“All Things Thanks” was a stamp set I bought as a bit of an indulgence, but I’ve gotten so much use out of it!  The stamps are quite detailed, but if I just need a ‘thanks’ or ‘thank you’ I mask out the specific detail with masking tape and carry on stamping!  I’ve even cut one of the stamps into two pieces!

Next up on the hop is the fabulous creativity of Elizabeth Gross


Please join us with your creation inspired by pages 8-11 of the Sale-A-Bration catalogue.  Remember, you don’t have to have the products on these pages.  You can copy a layout, be inspired by an embellishment, love the colours or adapt the design to suit what you have.


Being inspired by the catalogues is one of the best ways to start your creative process!  Try it – you never know where you’ll end up!!!

Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com

PS, want that sneak peek?

Sale-A-Bration 2017 - 2nd Release. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

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Just Add Ink #329

It’s been mighty busy over here at Papercraft HQ, and sooooo long since I’ve had the luxury of craft time for fun, but when I saw the photo inspiration over at Just Add Ink this week, I cleared some space and made sure to join the challenge.

Why???  Because it’s tulips – one of my absolute favourite flowers.

Ironically, my finished card features no tulips!  But it was what drew me in!

I used the colours from the photo inspiration, the theme of flowers and compact background pattern to create this….

Just Add Ink #329 Photo Inspiration. Sunshine Wishes Thinlits & Sunshine Sayings stamp set. Emboss Resist technique. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The Sunshine Wishes & Sayings bundle is one of my favourites from the Annual Catalogue.  I’ve had so much use from it.

But, since I make so many birthday cards, {and not so many sunshine, hope & love cards}, it’s been on my mind how I can use the thinlits for birthday purposes.

In a moment of inspiration, I decided I’d use the ‘love’ thinlit to create a ‘birthday love’ card.

Just Add Ink #329 Photo Inspiration. Sunshine Wishes Thinlits & Sunshine Sayings stamp set. Emboss Resist technique. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Of course, I could just have used the ‘happy’ with the birthday stamp instead of masking it out, but I love the font & style of the thinlits.

Did you spy the vellum feature {again}?  Vellum overlays are my current favourite trend.

{Note: It actually may not be a trend… I’m never on trend!}

Just Add Ink #329 Photo Inspiration. Sunshine Wishes Thinlits & Sunshine Sayings stamp set. Emboss Resist technique. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I’m hoping to get back to regularly blogging soon!

I’ve got so many ideas and just not enough hours in the day!!!  Anyone got quick fix on the time issue????

Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com

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Sometimes The Colours Are Enough GDP#041

The colours this week for Global Design Project #041 are just up my alley – since I’m totally in love with Sweet Sugarplum!!!

I didn’t want to overdesign this card.  The colours are a good mix between sweet & bold and it was the simple contrast I wanted to showcase.

So, it’s a Clean & Simple (CAS) creation…

GDP#041 - Colour Challenge. Sweet Sugarplum, Whisper White & Night of Navy. Vintage Leaves collage. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Watercoloring often ends up with a slightly muted tone of the original colour, so it’s great to create contrast within the card.

This pink leaf pattern was created by stamping the Vintage Leaf onto watercolor paper 5 times in Versamark, covering with clear embossing powder, heat setting and then watercoloring in Sweet Sugarplum with my aquapainter.  The clear embossing ‘resists’ the ink and leaves you with an outline & colour.

The leaves were cut using the coordinating framelit & then stuck to the Shimmery White panel.  Trim the edges, add a sentiment and it’s all done.

GDP#041 - Colour Challenge. Sweet Sugarplum, Whisper White & Night of Navy. Vintage Leaves collage. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Sometimes simple just works!  Kelly x

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“Embossible to Resist” You …. Happy Anniversary!

If there was an award for the worst blog post pun of the year – this might win it!

I try to think of quirky things to call my blog posts to keep it interesting, but this one made me groan out loud.  Then it was too good (bad) to ‘resist’.  Oh dear!

The title is a play on the emboss resist background (and ‘impossible to resist’… just in case my sense of humour is too quirky for you!), here is Mr P’s wedding anniversary card…

Emboss Resist Love Bug Anniversary Card - featuring Beautiful Ride, Number of Years and Kinda Ecletic stamp sets together with Color Me Irresistible Specialty DSP. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com. Funnily enough, Stampin’ Up! aren’t shy of a few quirky titles themselves.  The spotty background is from the Color Me Irresitible Specialty DSP pack which has 6 sheets of white/clear emboss resist papers and 6 sheets of coloured/clear embossed papers.  They are super cool – ready for you to add your own touch.

To create my background, I selected the white/clear spotty design and stamped the Kinda Eclectic sun in Hello Honey.  I then sponged Blushing Bride ink over the sun image and Pool Party ink around it, making sure to overlap the colours a bit and get a purple tinge as well.  I love the end result!  I don’t do much sponging – but I should!  It’s lots of fun!

The Love Bug is from the Beautiful Ride stamp set (can you beleive this is the first time I have inked it up!  Don’t worry, it’ll be getting lots more use!), stamped on to the recently available Perfectly Artistic Sale-A-Bration DSP.

And that lovely senitment is from the Number of Years stamp set.

Happy Anniversary Mr P!  It might be a week late, but I’m told that love is patient & kind!  Kelly x

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What Did You Do Yesterday? We Made Cards …

Yesterday was my Tuesday monthly card class.  Curious to see what we made?

This was the first card using the dandelion stamps from the Balloon Celebration stamp set.  We clear embossed these on Watercolour Paper and then washed over the paper with an Aqua Painter and ink colour of choice – yes, I let them choose their own ink colour and no Mary, I didn’t stop breathing!!!!.  This is the pink version I made using Blushing Bride.

Dandelion Watercolour Emboss Resist - Balloon Celebration stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

What you’ll need to make this at home …

The second card also featured watercolouring, inspired by the fun I had making last week’s Just Add Ink card.

The peony from the Birthday Blooms stamp set is just stunning and an easy image to splash some colour for beginner or advanced colouring. The front panel of the card is Shimmery White cardstock – a perfect base for watercolouring.  It has a subtle shimmer throughout that’s very special.  But, we couldn’t resist adding a little more shimmer with the clear Wink of Stella pen.

Love the background?  We put the whole card front into the embossing folder, which means the card is textured front & back – I love this effect!!!

Birthday Blooms Watercolour card with whole card textured embossing. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

What you’ll need to make this at home…

The final card (in what turned out to be a very vertical class!) was a quick & easy masculine card using lots of layers to create interesting texture.  Using a variety of plain, patterned and stamped cardstock is a great way to create a card that is effective, but doesn’t take too much time.  I love the watercolour effect of the balloons from the Balloon Builder stamp set – and who doesn’t love a stamp that perfectly coordinates with a punch!!!

Masculine themed layered card using Balloon Builders stamp set, Balloon Bouquet punch & Party Wishes stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

What you’ll need to make this at home…

I hope you’ll get a chance to try 1 or 3 of these cards at home.  They were such fun to make with a lovely group of ladies.

If you live in the Bunbury area and you’d like to book into a class, you can find the schedule here.  I’d love to have you and help you to make cards like the ones above to take home.  Kelly x