Stamp Review Crew | Tasteful Touches

Hello! Happy Monday (or Sunday if you are reading this when it first posts in a different time zone). I love hopping with my Stamp Review Crew friends. We’re shining the spotlight on a crew members over the coming months on the main Stamp Review Crew blog, starting with the gorgeous Charlet Mallett. To learn more about Charlet, visit the SRC blog.

Today’s hop features the Tasteful Touches stamp set and coordinating Tasteful Labels Dies.

I must confess, the dies are part of my usual rotation but it’s been a while since I pulled out the stamp set. It’s lovely to be reminded of all the great stamp sets in the Annual Catalogue. Some of these will retire at the beginning of May – I wonder which ones?!

I was drawn to the feather in this stamp set which was perfect for the card I wanted to make with my Paper Adventures team at our demonstrator class last week. We hold these once a month and it’s a great chance to get together and do what we love – stamp!

I wanted to use the Gilded Leafing on this card. We played with it a little at previous class, but it was time to step up the uses. As well as applying with Versamark and Heat & Stick Powder, the leafing will stick to any adhesive. We used it with double sided tape. The bottom layer of the card is just a touch bigger than the top layer. We applied tape along the very edge. The tape is 6mm wide and perfect to make it seem like the whole bottom layer is gilded.

Gilded Leaf | kelly kent

The top layer of the card also features gliding. We stamped feathers from the Tasteful Touches stamp set in Blushing Bride and then added more feathers from the Positive Thoughts stamp set in Versamark which we gilded using the heat and stick method.

The final layer of this card was a cluster with a sentiment, ribbon and two more of the labels from the Tasteful Labels Dies. I love the mix of border ridges and stitched edges on the dies.

By perfect serendipity (or clever design) the Blushing Bride ribbon in the Jan-June 2021 Mini Catalogue has a gold shimmer though it. I’ve paired it with an Annual Catalogue favourite – the Whisper White Polka Dot ribbon. At this time of the year with a new catalogue starting in May, you start to wonder which items we’ll see again. I really hope both of these ribbons make it!

Time will tell if the Tasteful Textures bundle will stick around for another year in the Annual Catalogue. One thing we do know is that returning products are almost never included as a bundle which means that great 10% discount you get for buying the stamp set and dies at the same time in a bundle is no longer available. So, if this set is on your wish list, you’ll want to buy it soon!

Thanks for hopping with me today. Next up please visit the wonderful design talent of Stesha Bloodhart. To see all the projects made by the Crew for the hop, click here to visit the Stamp Review Crew blog.

Have a wonderful week!

Stamp Review Crew | Art Gallery

Hello! Stamp Review Crew is setting a record pace in 2021! Our third week in a row, with a bonus Sale-A-Bration hop keeping us busy last week! Why not!, when there’s so many great sets to choose from!

Today’s set is Art Gallery and the coordinating Floral Gallery Dies. This bundle is part of the Fine Art Floral suite, so there’s also DSP, Specialty Acetate, ribbon, embossing folder and Gilded Leafing Embellishment to enjoy as well!

I have seen so many gorgeous cards made with this bundle. It didn’t actually make the cut on my first order, but I have since been convinced by the creative genius of others that it really is a lovely bundle that I needed to own!

This card is a swing card in a landscape orientation. I’ve made this style of card before (back in 2016 – visit the archives here!) and thought it was time for a revisit. Changing one feature of a fold you know and love, has the potential to make it fresh again – which is exactly what happened for me with this style.

This card starts with a fold standard card base (half of an A4 sheet here in Australia), which I stamped all over with one of the Art Gallery stamps. I used So Saffron ink on Bumblebee cardstock to get a watermark effect where the ink wasn’t too bold against the card.

Art Gallery | kelly kent

The middle of the card front was just using a die from the Hippo & Friends Dies. It is the perfect size and shape to fit the ‘just want to say’ words in the Floral Gallery Dies. To help stick this on, I used Adhesive Sheets on the white cardstock before cutting it. This means no messy glue when applying to the front of your card. It was also handy to use the die negative to line up the words!

Placing the die cut back into the space, I stuck it to the folding mechanism in the middle of the card so that it sits in place when closed, but when you open the card, it remains in the middle while the rest of the card front opens.

Art Gallery | kelly kent

The folding mechanism is the length of an A4 page (trimmed ever so slightly to 11-5/8″) x 5-5/8″and then scored at 3-7/8″ from each end (along the long side). This will give you three even panels which you can concertina fold. Adhere the bottom panel to the card base so that it folds out towards the top of the card.

Art Gallery | kelly kent

I decorated the middle of the card with a stamped flower & leaf using the Art Gallery stamp set & Floral Gallery Dies. The flower is in Poppy Parade ink and the leaf is in Shaded Spruce ink.

Art Gallery | kelly kent

The Gilded Leafing Embellishment on this card looks amazing! To achieve this look, I stamped and die cut the flower, stamped the accent in Versamark, applied Heat & Stick Powder and then melted with my Heat Tool. While the powder was still tacky, I dropped it into my tub of gold leaf and then rubbed over it with a Stamping Sponge to remove the excess. I have my gold leaf in a large container so that I can use it and keep all the flyaways contained in one space.

Art Gallery | kelly kent

The sentiment for this card is a simple ‘happy birthday’ in Early Espresso ink on Petal Pink cardstock, cut with the cute scallop rectangle die from the Floral Gallery Dies. I’m always sold on a stamp set with a great birthday option!

So, now that I own this stamp set, I can’t wait to see what the crew do with it. There’s always so many ideas in these hops!!! You can see the full list of designers joining in for this hop by clicking here and visiting the main Stamp Review Crew blog.

Next up you’re heading to the Northern Hemisphere to visit Betty Traciak and her fabulous Art Gallery…

Thanks for joining us. Have a wonderful week!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

2021 | Come at me!

Hello 2021! Here we are, embarking on another year! As we travel the road (or gauntlet) that is 2021, we will discover what adventures this year has in store for us. I am choosing a year of positivity, creativity and happiness.

Our new years celebrations were quiet last night so after a small sleep in this morning, it was pancakes for breakfast and then some lovely time tinkering in the craft room while Mr Papercraft & the Mini Papercrafts packed away Christmas. This was the result of some time in my happy space.

Happy New Year 2021 | kelly kent

The Jan-June 2021 catalogue starts soon (Tuesday 5th Jan) and one of the new products you’ll find between the covers of this gorgeous catalogue is Gilded Leafing Embellishment. It’s an enormous container of gold leaf ready to add to your crafting projects.

The easiest way to apply the gold leaf is with Versamark ink and Heat & Stick powder – both available in my online store from 5th Jan. I went a little more fancy with my happy new year sentiment – using Whisper White cardstock, Foam Adhesive Sheets, Playful Alphabet Dies, ink applied to the bottom 2/3 of the letters with Sponge Daubers and then gold gilding on the bottom half. I cut the letters on the foam adhesive but left them in the negative while I added ink and gilding. This made it easier to work with the small die cuts.

Happy New Year 2021 | kelly kent

To add the gold leaf to your project, simply apply Versamark ink (I pushed the letters onto the ink pad) and then add Heat & Stick powder. Melt this with your Heat Tool to activate then using tweezers, press gold leaf onto the sticky parts. Leave to dry for a couple of minutes then brush off with a dry paintbrush or Aqua Painter.

Happy New Year 2021 | kelly kent

Other products I’ve used to make this card –

  • Stitched Stars Dies
  • Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing Folder
  • Fine Art Floral DSP (available 5th Jan)
  • Ink: Rococo Rose, Bumblebee, Rich Razzleberry (to coordinate with colours coming through in the DSP)
  • Adhesive Sheets

New catalogue products can be ordered online from 5th Jan 2021.

Wishing you all the happiness, success and love that 2021 has to offer. Here’s to a wonderful year for us all!

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kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com