My Top 3 Tips for Designing Neutral Cards…

Why are neutral cards the best to have in your stash?  Because you can give them to anyone!

This is a card we made at 2 of my classes last week.  It celebrates everything I love about neutral cardmaking.  Scroll down past the photo for my top tips.


I am in love with this card!  I could make this card (and ones like it) every day of the week and never tire of the style.

My top 3 tips for designing netural cards, like this birthday card using Wetlands Stamp Set, Hardwood Background stamp & Burlap ribbon plus a great colour combination (Lost Lagoon, Tip Top Taupe & Very Vanilla). Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

What are my top 3 tips for designing neutral cards?

  1. Use a stamp set with images from nature like the Wetlands & Hardwood Background stamp sets.  These type of images are familiar to everyone, not feminine (if you choose the right set) and go well with my next tip.
  2. Choose natural/coastal tones (think blues, greys, browns, greens) – like the Lost Lagoon, Tip Top Taupe & Very Vanilla in this card.  This serene colour combination is just beautiful, a good netural base for any theme or card and not typical of either of the genders.
  3. Select rustic embellishments.  Extra finishing touches on a card – especially ribbon – can automatically tip it into ‘girl zone’. So, to keep it neutral, stick with rugged options like burlap ribbon or metallic touches (ie, staples, buttons).

And the final bonus tip – keep it simple!


I know making cards suitable for every recipient (especially the men in your life) is challenging, but if you use these tips as a guide, it’s hard to go wrong!

Need some more neutral basics?  You can buy any of the products I used in this card in my online store.

If you’re in Australia and don’t have a regular demonstrator, I’d love to have you as part of my journey (either as a customer or part of Team Papercraft).  I love new customers & team members (pssttt… did I mention I love spoiling people?).  If you’re shopping online, the March host code for your shopping cart is U4HR3CGY.

If you prefer a more personal shopping experience, please email me!

Kelly x

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My Holiday Catalogue Favourite – that’s going to be a year round winner!

The Holiday Catalogue is always a tricky one for me – so many gorgeous products with very definite themes… Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween.  Now, being “down south” I don’t need to make cards for Thanksgiving or Halloween, so that takes a few off the list.

Christmas is definitely on the agenda… but how many Christmas sets does a girl need?  I’d love to have them all but had to settle for a few stand outs.

And then the rest of the holiday additions are products I like to think of as versatile.  Stamp sets and tools that can be used long after tinsel has fallen down and Christmas presents are all unwrapped.

For me, the Hearth & Home Thinlits are on the year round list.

Beautiful for Christmas…

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Fabulous for thanks …

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And perfect for birthdays…

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The thank you card features a bigger than normal window. Thanks to Angela Lorenz who shared her tip on using the die to make a double window.  Using the same theory, I’ve used it to make a ‘bay window’ with 6 window panes.  This die is versatile in more ways than one!

It seems my interest in cards with a window frame was a little ahead of the trend (see my Cameo cut window frame card here) – very unlike me!!!  Now that I have such a cute die, I can’t wait to try out more ideas – Christmas and not!  Kelly x

Product List – Christmas Window Card

 

Product List – Thankful for You Window Card

Product List – Birthday Wishes Window Card

Getting Fancy with Wetlands

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a Wetlands card with you.  With all the new catty things on my shelf, I’ve been neglecting some of the old faithfuls.  So just in case you missed them too …

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The starting point for this card was seeing a beautiful card by my friend Narelle using this style of gatefold (tutorial for a gatefold card here).  I then added in the Wetlands wading birds and proceeded to cover them up with more wading birds on a belly band, creating layers of colour.  The background watercolouring is a technique called Colour Blocking.  It is achieved by colouring in a clear block with Stampin’ Write Markers which is spritzed with water before stamping onto Very Vanilla cardstock.  I intentionally left this card sentiment free so it can be used for any occasion.  I used from the  ‘water drops’ DSP from the Moonlight Stack in keeping with my theme (though realised once it was stuck down that I would have preferred it up the other way!).  I had a great time cheating on the standard C6 card with this funky gatefold version.  A little more cardstock (though if you use 12×12, you’ll get two cards from 1 piece), but a great finish.  Kelly x

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Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Framelits: Deco Labels

DSP: Moonlight Stack

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Lost Lagoon

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento

Stampin’ Write Markers: Soft Sky, Lost Lagoon, Crumb Cake

Stamp Set: Wetlands

Extras: Clear Block E

Simply Scalloped

With so many awesome products in the SU! range this year, there’s lots more sharing to come.  This card highlights another fabulous new product from the annual catalogue.  The Striped Scallop Thinlit die cuts a ‘fish scales’ pattern – leaving you with a scalloped cut out and lots of cute little scale shapes.  The die is sized to fit an American card front, which with a few modifications, can look great as a background on an Australian C6 card too.  Use the cut out, the scales or both together (as I have here).  Nothing else required for a visually stunning card (except a sneaky sentiment!).  Kelly x

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Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Thinlit: Striped Scallop

Punches: Large Oval, Scallop Oval

Cardstock: Whisper White, Lost Lagoon, Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, Soft Sky, Island Indigo

Ink: Island Indigo

Stamp Set: Wetlands

Unconvention 2014 – Richelle’s technique (Ink Blowing)

Another Unconvention challenge.  They were all so inspiring, I’m just going to keep sharing until they are all done.

Richelle’s technique was inspired by her children’s school artwork! Remember blowing paint around the page? This is the grown-ups Stampin’ Up! version using reinkers.  It takes lots of puff, so don’t try this after a long run.  Luckily for me, I don’t run anywhere…

Steps (in Richelle’s own words):
1) Take a piece of glossy or watercolour paper
2) Spritz it lightly with water and drop a couple of drops of your desired colours onto your cardstock
3) Working quickly, blow the ink around your paper… If you want to do it school style, blow through a straw. You can add each colour as a seperate layer and allow to dry in between or using a few colours together they can blend better.
4) Allow to dry or if you are impatient like me, use a hair dryer or heat gun (careful you don’t overheat and burn or melt your paper – yes I have created air bubbles of melted glossy paper in previous projects!)
5) Use to create a card, scrap page or anything you desire

This is my ‘artwork’!  Yes, I used Wetlands (again).  That stamp set lends itself to every technique!!!  Do you like the “framed” look on this card?  Yes, it’s the Harwood background stamp – again!  Thank goodness there’s a new catalogue coming out soon.  I hope to find some new favourites to bombard you with.  Kelly x

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Supplies:

Speciality Cardstock: Watercolour Paper

Cardstock: Crumb Cake

Stampin’ Ink Refill: Crumb Cake, Coastal Cabana, Soft Sky

Ink: Early Espresso, Jet Black Staz On

Stamp Set: Wetlands, Hardwood Background

Extras: Stampin’ Spritzer

Unconvention 2014 – Product Challenge by Keryn

And the fun continues!!!  The next challenge was set by Keryn, asking us to create a project of any type using at least one Bigz or Originals Die to cut something other than standard cardstock or paper.  For a list of recommended ‘non paper’ items to cut with these dies in the Big Shot, see here.  When I was in Spotlight yesterday, I picked up some blackboard sticker sheets.  So, using my Top Note die and the blackboard sheets, I have created the ultimate reusable card.  Simply write your message in chalk on the top note, then erase & rewrite to give the card again.  Happy Birthday Poss, this one is heading your way.  Kelly x  PS, I think I need to practice writing with chalk.  This card would be best given to a teacher!

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Supplies:

Tools: Big Shot

Bigz Die: Top Note

Thinlits: Circle Card

Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla

Ink: Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Island Indigo

Stamp Sets: Hardwood Background, Wetlands

Other: Stampin’ Dimensionals, Paper Snips, Chalk, Blackboard Stickers

 

Wetlands Watercolour

I’m thinking about renaming this blog to “The Wetlands”…  I once again have created a Wetlands card to share with you.  What can I say – I love this stamp set.  It’s so beautiful and goes so well with so many occasions.  It shows off techniques perfectly and most of the cards end up being gender neutral.  This card came out of a request for a birthday card for a female that wasn’t girly.  I used Watercolour paper, an Aqua Painter and squeezed ink pads to create the watercolour “wash” on the wading birds section.  I’m nowhere near being ‘artistic’, but this technique is soooooooooooo easy – even I can manage to create a watercolour painting.  You must use watercolour paper to achieve this effect and the birds must be stamped in Staz On.  Stamp the birds first, then wash your colour over to match their positioning.  Hopefully the non-girly recipient loves her card – I think it’s stunning, but best of all I had such fun making it!  Kelly x

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Supplies:

Tools: Big Shot

Embossing Folder: Stripes

Thinlit Die: Circle Card

Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Early Espresso, Coastal Cabana, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla

Specialty Card: Watercolour Paper

Ink: Crushed Curry, Coastal Cabana, Marina Mist, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Jet Black Staz On

Stampin’ Write Marker: Early Espresso

Stamp Set: Wetlands

Accessories: Aqua Painter, Pool Party Button (retired), Linen Thread

Mother’s Day Collection 2014 – Card 4

This is my favourite of the Mother’s Day cards I’ve made this year.  It stemmed from a request for a card that wasn’t frilly, floral or pink.  So, whilst there’s a hint of Crisp Cantaloupe peeking through, the blue tones and neutral colour scheme hopefully makes it suitable for Mums that don’t fit the “frilly, floral & pink” mould.  Plus, it features my very favourite stamp set – Wetlands!  If I got this card for Mother’s Day, I’d be stoked.  Hint hint kids!  Kelly x

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Supplies:

Tools: Big Shot

Framelits: Deco Labels, Bitty Banners

Embossing Folder: Fancy Fan

Punches: Decorative Label

Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Sahara Sand

DSP: Venetian Romance

Inks: Early Espresso, Island Indigo

Stampin’ Write Markers: Early Espresso, Island Indigo

Stamp Sets: Wetlands, Teeny Tiny Sentiments

Accessories: Burlap Ribbon

 

Jumping on the Card in a Box wagon!

Hello!  Today is a beautiful day in Bunbury.  We’re getting some lovely ‘Spring’ type weather (even though it’s Autumn).  A pleasant 28 degrees, sun is shining – oh and the kidlets are NOT HERE!!!  The big one is at day care and the little one is spending quality time with Nanna and Grandad.  Woo hoo!!!  I love them dearly, but am a much better Mummy for having time away.  So, today I am writing a blog post for you, making birthday cards for some lovely friends and treating myself to lunch at a local café by the water.  Doesn’t get much better than that!

Last night some of my wonderful customers joined me for a Card in a Box workshop.  We used the tutorial available on Stamping T’s website which provides all the measurements needed to make a Card in a Box that fits into a C6 (standard) envelope when flat.  I was so impressed by the creativity of Anne, Gayle, Glenda, Cate & Sheila.  I guided them through making the box base, but after that, it was up to them.  We had flowers, mosaics, cupcakes, bikes, and everyone took home a great unique design.  I should have taken some photos, but got caught up in the process and it was home time before I knew it.

These were my samples for inspiration.  I had such fun making them.  You can see how they become addictive.  Like so many things in life, the first one I ever made took me ages, but with some practice, you become quite quick at filling the box up.  Kelly x

Easter Bunny Inspired by Anna Matasci
Easter Bunny
Inspired by Anna Matasci
Wetlands
Wetlands
Petal Parade
Petal Parade
Retro Fresh
Retro Fresh
Flower Shop & Petite Petals
Flower Shop & Petite Petals

Grandma’s Gift – Thinlits ‘Easel’ Card

If you’ve been following my blog over the last few days, you will have seen Grandma’s birthday present take shape – all Wetlands themed.  All up, her gift consists of a “Tea & Yums“, Handcrafted Card Set & Notecard Set.  The finishing touch is a birthday card (of course!).

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I used the Label Card Thinlits Die to create a mock easel card.  But lying it on it’s side, the card stands up in a triangle formation, much like an easel card.  The thinlits die does all the hard work for you, cutting and scoring in all the right places.  I stamped the front side with the Hardwood Background stamp, added the duck from the Wetlands stamp set into the label ‘flip’ section of card and then embellished using stamps from the “You’re Lovely” Sale-A-Bration stamp set and “happy Birthday wishes” from Petite Pairs.

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On the reverse side, I cut cardstock to fit the large panel and stamped the wading birds in the corner.  This is where I wrote my birthday message for Grandma.  To finish it off, I added the reeds to the top panel, around the duck.  I think it looks ‘just lovely’ and makes a change from the standard C6 card.  Plus, it’s perfect for Grandma, because I know she’ll display it on her sideboard, so as well as being a birthday card, it’s also a temporary art work (aren’t all handmade cards!).  Happy Birthday Grandma – Love Kelly x