Social Stamping | Brushed Blooms

After a little delay to the start of Social Stamping at the cafe this term (thanks to a snap lockdown), I can’t believe tomorrow is our last session of Term 1. We’ve made some great cards, drunk delicious coffee and shared lots of laughs! The good news is that after a break for school holidays, we’ll be back again in Term 2!

Here’s a sneak peek of one of the cards for tomorrow. Inspired by the catalogue sample on page 29, I’ve adapted to make it work for a larger group.

Brushed Blooms | kelly kent

Rather than stamping each of the colours using the stamp, I’ve used the die to cut out the brushstrokes and filled them in with colour from behind. In rainbow order, they are Magenta Madness, Pumpkin Pie, Bumblebee, Just Jade and Misty Moonlight.

Brushed Blooms | kelly kent

We don’t have the option to heat emboss at the cafe, so I’ve changed the sentiment to white cardstock with Night of Navy ink, and also used Night of Navy for the leaves. Using a dark blue instead of black is one of my favourite tips for getting a dark but solid image. Memento and StazOn black inks are great and definitely have their purposes, but I find it hard to get a consistent coverage unless I stamp several times.

Brushed Blooms | kelly kent

The roses are stamped in Gorgeous Grape and cut with the dies from this coordinating set – Beautiful Brushstrokes Dies. I’ve layered on a vellum circle to give some definition and added some gold gem bling!

I always offer any alternative for classes – but the differences on this one are subtle! The specific sizing of the Brushstrokes die makes it hard to change the layout too much!

Brushed Blooms | kelly kent

Can you spot the changes? The flowers are on the left side, the sentiment in stamped on a long strip and not cut into words and the brushstrokes are upside down compared to the other cards. I can’t wait to see how the stampers change up the design tomorrow to show their creative flair.

Brushed Blooms | kelly kent

Join me tomorrow at the Taste of Dalyellup cafe – 9.30am start. We have the table reserved until 11am, but you can dash off before then if you need!

See you tomorrow. If you’re definitely going to be there, let me know so I can save a kit for you. RSVPS are helpful but not essential – I always have extras on the day.

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

Just because – you’re my friend

“Just because” cards are my favourite.  No particular reason – just someone that you might be thinking of or would like to send some “pretty” to.  It’s always a nice change in the snail mail pile to receive something that fits into the ‘lovely’ category rather than the practical category.  For this card I used lots of my ‘favourites’ to make it extra special.

My favourite DSP: In every pack of DSP I have an instant favourite.  In Back to Black, it was the feathers.

My favourite technique: This week’s favourite is the “Baby Wipe Technique”.  Take a baby wipe, add drops of different coloured ink refills [I used all the 2014-16 in colours except Tangelo Twist] and use it as a stamp pad.  To get a little more bleed, I lightly sprayed my inky baby wipe with a water filled Stampin’ Spritzer.

My favourite stamps: I’m still in love with the feather from “A Happy Hooray” and “And Many More” is getting a steady workout at the moment.

My favourite colour collection: Blackberry Bliss & it’s In Colour friends are still my favs!

Actually, I love everything about this card!  Is there anyone you’d like to send a ‘just because’ card to this week?  I guarantee it would put a smile on anyone’s face and that’s a great way to finish the week.  Kelly x

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