Just Add Ink #446 | Photo Inspiration

I can’t wait to see what entries we get this week for Just Add Ink – the photo inspiration is just gorgeous!!!

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The colours and textures of this vibrant photo are sure to get the sparks of creativity flying!

The tiles on the wall reminded me of the Tin Tile Embossing Folder that carried over from the Holiday Catalogue.  If you’re ever curious which items from the Holiday Catalogue avoided the retirement list, you can see them all here in my online store.

I designed this card with my February classes in mind.  Each class I try to do one deluxe card – and after some Pinterest research, I came across this gorgeous fold by Barb Stamps (Barb Mullikin) called a Pull Out Side Pocket Card.  You can see Barb’s blog post & video by clicking here.

Pull Out Side Pocket Card | kelly kent

The card is standard size with a right entry pocket flap for a writing panel.  You could also use the flap for tucking away other things like a gift card or voucher!

Barb is in the US so I slightly adjusted the cardstock sizes to match the C6 size cards we use in Australia.  Card base is 7-3/8″ x 6-7/8″, scored at 4-1/8″ on the long side and 1/2″ from each edge on the short side.

The mat on the front of the card and the cardstock for the pocket insert are both 3″ x 5-5/8″.

Pull Out Side Pocket Card | kelly kent

Although I love the white wash tiles in the photo, I wanted to try adding Versamark to the embossing folder before I made the imprint on my cardstock and then coating with copper embossing powder for an oxidised copper effect with the teal (Bermuda Bay) peeking through.

Pull Out Side Pocket Card | kelly kent

The flowers in the vase are from a new stamp set in the Occasions catalogue. They fit the existing Vases Builder Punch – which is a bonus if you already have this!

I’ve stamped the flowers in Lovely Lipstick on Shimmery White and then used an Aqua Painter to add more Lovely Lipstick & Mango Melody ink – just like in the inspiration photo.  The vases are heat embossed in copper and coloured with Bermuda Bay ink.

Pull Out Side Pocket Card | kelly kent

I can see this style of card being a favourite for when I need something a bit fancier!!!

You can see all the design team creations for this challenge on the Just Add Ink blog.  You can also add your project to the challenge link up and share how the photo inspired you!

Thanks for visiting!

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Country Livin’

Obviously you can’t own everything in the catalogue (well, most of us can’t!), and no crafter enough has ‘enough’ stamp sets…

But every time I think I’m at a point where there can’t be too many more sets on the wishlist, I get swayed to just one more!

I borrowed the Country Living’ stamp set from a friend so I could use the old truck for a card I had in mind.

And found that I *needed* to own this stamp set.  Just three stamps… but so many uses!  And a great option in your stash for male cards.

Here’s 2 cards I made with the truck…

A Fold Out Card

Fold Out Card - Country Livin' truck. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Folded-out view…

Fold Out Card - Country Livin' truck. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

And a “Behind the Trees” card…

(the best instructions I’ve found for this type of card are on Ann’s blog – click here)

Behind The Trees - Country Livin' & Lovely As A Tree stamp sets. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Can’t wait for my set to arrive so I can make more Country Livin’ cards.  After all, I am a ‘country’ girl now!

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Don’t You Forget About Me / Another Brick In The Wall …

Apologies for the corny old school song lyrics in the title – it’s all I could think of as I started to write this post!

In the midst of all the new catalogue hype, it’s so easy to abandon the old faithfuls in the craft room.  Products that were once new & exciting get pushed to one side as they are replaced with new favourites.  It happens – we all love to be inspired by fresh design ideas!

But, I wanted, for a moment, to ignore the pretty, shiny things just unpacked from the Big, Brown Box & dust off some of the products I love from the annual catalogue.

The result was this simple, masculine themed card using the Brick Wall embossing folder, burlap ribbon, label bracket punch & Tag Talk stamp set.

Inked Up Embossing Folder Technique - Brick Wall Embossing Folder, Burlap Ribbon, Label Bracket Punch & Tag Talk Stamp Set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Tips & tricks:

  • Ink up your embossing folder with Soft Suede ink before you put the cardstock in & run it through the Big Shot to get this distressed look.
  • Layer elements of your card to create texture & focal points – I added a banner behind my Label Bracket punch piece for just one more layer.
  • Stamp an image a second time on scrap, cut part out and attach to your main image to add different tones to your centrepiece – I have added the ‘birthday’ section of the stamp in Early Espresso to make the greeting richer.

Do you remember what it was that first attracted you to Stampin’ Up! as a brand.  For me it was the things within the range that coordinated.  Coordinating colours – paper, ink, embellishments; and coordinating products – stamps that had a matching punch.  And do you know what?  Those are still the things I love today!  Kelly x

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