Social Stamping | Peaceful Nativity

We’ve been so lucky to be able to run Social Stamping each week in Term 4. There’s quite a few regular ladies who are building up a stash of Christmas cards to send or give this festive season. But, there’s always room for more at the table! Why don’t you join us tomorrow? We’re making 2 more Christmas cards, with a hot drink included for just $13.

We like to provide a range of cards, and take requests if you’d like to see a particular style in the coming weeks. A couple of weeks ago we made this traditionally themed Christmas card using the Peaceful Nativity stamp set from the Aug-Dec 2020 Mini Catalogue.

Peaceful Nativity | kelly kent

The style of this stamp set really lends itself to an interlocking card, which when you add the Pinewood Planks embossed cardstock on each of the front panels, does a good job of recreating a stable-like feel. Haven’t seen my interlocking cards before? Click here for a cute birthday version and here for a sympathy version (and the instructions).

When you slide up the rejoice panel and open it up, it reveals the beautiful stamped imagery on the inside.

Peaceful Nativity | kelly kent

The colours for the nativity scene are Stampin’ Blends in lots of neutral tones – inspired by the colouring in the catalogue. It’s always my go-to when I want guidance on how best to represent the intent of the concept artist. We also stamped and coloured the envelope.

I really love the sentiments in this set. There’s lots of beautiful phrasing you can use inside & outside the card.

The Peaceful Nativity stamp set comes with dies to cut out all the stamped images and extra details, which makes it so easy to add some traditional cards for your family and friends this Christmas. This stamp set, and all the supplies you’ll need can be purchased from my online store. Click here to browse. Click here for the direct link to the Peaceful Nativity bundle.

I’m always happy to answer questions about products (email or Facebook me to request a call), or you can see me in person at Social Stamping tomorrow. 9.30am at the Taste of Dalyellup cafe.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

From All of Us to Grandad Papercraft

It was Grandad Papercraft’s birthday yesterday – and I must be rubbing off on him, because it’s starting to look like a whole week of birthday celebrations that could extend through the month!

It might have been our trip to the zoo on the weekend, or perhaps just the total cuteness of the From All of Us stamp set, but it seemed like the perfect option for his birthday card.

From All of Us | kelly kent

The card fold is an interlocking card, and one of my favourites when you need an awesome card that is deceptively simple. I first shared this style of fold for a Social Stamping card earlier in the year. You can see the post with more information about the card fold by clicking here.

When you remove the centre slider piece – which in this case is the coloured animals on a Pear Pizzazz circle, the card opens out for the message on the inside. Although I usually share cards before they are personalised with a birthday message, I’ve taken this one after the Little Miss Papercrafts have written to Grandad Papercraft. They love acrostic poems – and almost every card that the misses write out at Papercraft HQ gets a little bit of literary magic.

From All of Us | kelly kent

I’m not great with being creative for animal colouring, so I’ve used Stampin’ Blends in the colours shown on a sample in the catalogue. The catalogue is a wonderful resource and I refer to it all the time.

From All of Us | kelly kent

There’s no die for this stamp set, so it was a love job on the fussy cutting. A little precarious on some of the smaller parts, but I got there without any accidents!!

The DSP for this card is my favourite sheet from the Forever Greenery DSP. I’m often reminded of the adage about knowing a crafter likes you if they use their favourite DSP on your card! We definitely think Grandad Papercraft (my Dad) is the best and feel very lucky to have shared in his birthday celebrations (rounds 1 & 2 so far!!!) – complete with party bags and cake!

Happy birthday!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Social Stamping | sympathy

Welcome to Social Stamping – the first of the monthly hops focused on social greetings as themes.  If you joined us for any of the 15 weekly Social Stamping hops, you’ll be familiar with the blog hop style, linked to each other and also a main blog host post.  Click here to see a full list of designers participating today.

Today’s theme is ‘sympathy’.  Sympathy cards can be very hard to make.  The elements of the card – the colour choices, the theme, the stamps, the layout – it seems to carry more weight when the job of the card is to express to someone how much we care.  I wanted to make a card that covered feeling sad and the new Boho Indigo stamp has has the perfect sentiment – “sorry you’re feeling blue”.

I really love the Boho Indigo Product Medley with it’s serene blue tones and beautiful imagery in the stamp & die set.

Boho Indigo | kelly kent

Flowers are a great way to express condolences and a good theme for sympathy cards.  The stamps and dies in this project set make it easy to create visually stunning arrangements in no time at all. I’ve used a combination of the vase (Smoky Slate), flowers (Misty Moonlight) and leaves (Seaside Spray).

I came across this style of card on Debbie Henderson’s blog recently.  She called it an interlocking card – and I just love it!!!

Boho Indigo | kelly kent

The finished card is the same size as a standard Australian card (A6) and fits in a normal C6 envelope.  To create the gap needed for the slider, you cut the card front down by 1/8″ to allow for the slider mechanism to sit snugly down the gap.  The card base is 8-1/8″ x 5-7/8″, scored at 2″ from each end.

Boho Indigo | kelly kent

The slider is made using two labels or tags held together with Foam Adhesive Strip.  I used two of the same size die from the Tasteful Labels set, cut from Misty Moonlight cardstock and held together using a piece of Foam Adhesive Strip.

Boho Indigo | kelly kent

It’s so simple but so clever – my favourite kind of card!  I can see this being my new favourite as it will fit any style or theme of card.

I’ve added the flowers & vase to the slider and also a piece of ribbon to act as a pull tab.

Boho Indigo | kelly kent

Thanks for hopping with us today.  Next blog to visit is by Julia Quinn – who makes gorgeous projects in sunny Queensland.

Enjoy your weekend.  I hope you don’t have a need for many sympathy cards, but if you do, I hope this hop has provided some helpful inspiration!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com