Stamp Review Crew | Rooted in Nature

Hello!  And hello to the first Monday in August, which makes it time to hop with the Stamp Review Crew.  Join this amazingly talented group of international Stampin’ Up! demonstrators as we share projects we’ve made using the same stamp set.

Today’s theme is Rooted in Nature, and the coordinating Nature’s Roots Framelits.

This bundle was part of the April 2018 OnStage make & take projects and then the pre-order purchasing, so we’ve been seeing amazing projects since April.  It’s definitely been a popular set!!!

This bundle has magic potential and it doesn’t matter how many projets I see, there’s always more ways to use & love this stamp set and framelits.  Make sure you keep clicking on ‘next’ to see all the design team projects.

The first card I’m sharing today uses the colours from the suite and a technique I love – ripped masking.

Stamp Review Crew - Rooted in Nature | kelly kent

I ripped copy paper and then used this to mask off the top & bottom portions of my card mat.  I then stamped the two different sized leaves across the unmasked portion of the cardstock – Blackberry Bliss, Tranquil Tide & Petal Pink.  To finish the technique, I used a sponge dauber to colour the white space with Mint Macaron ink.  When you remove the mask, you get a wonderful ripple of pattern across your cardstock.

Stamp Review Crew - Rooted in Nature | kelly kent

The sentiment is stamped in Soft Suede.  I used my Stamparatus to make sure it was straight!!!   This font nerd {LOVES} the fonts used in Rooted in Nature – so pretty!

Stamp Review Crew - Rooted in Nature | kelly kent


The second card for today is a little sideways movement from the colours & styling of the Nature’s Poem suite.

I’ve used watercolour paper, ink pads, a spritzer and the Stamparatus to create a whimsical tree as the centrepiece.

Stamp Review Crew - Rooted in Nature | kelly kent

The colours in the tree are Rich Razzleberry, Shaded Spruce and Crushed Curry.

Stamp Review Crew - Rooted in Nature | kelly kent

To make this, I lined up the stamp on the Stamparatus plate, secured the watercolor paper with magnets and inked up the middle section of the tree in Shaded Spruce ink.  I then spritzed it with water and rather than closing the plate over to the base, I left the plate on the table and closed the base onto it.   This meant that the ink didn’t run as I moved the plate.

I cleaned the stamp and used my heat tool to gently dry the Shaded Spruce ink.  I then inked the right side of the stamp (left when actually stamped) with Rich Razzleberry ink, spritzed and tipped the Stamparatus base over again.

Then cleaned, dried and repeated with Crushed Curry ink on the left side of the stamp (right part of the tree).

Stamp Review Crew - Rooted in Nature | kelly kent

The end result is a gorgeous watercolor tree!  You could do this with any large solid stamp.  It’s essential you use watercolour paper and spritz the stamp prior to ‘stamping’.


Thanks for joining me today!

Keep hopping to see what the gorgeous & talented Charlet Mallett has created using this bundle…


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Just Add Ink #420 | Photo Inspiration

Hello!  Thanks for stopping by to see my design team card for Just Add Ink this week.  One of the things I love the most about regular participation with Just Add Ink is the variety of challenges – it pushes you to create based on lots of different inspiration.

Today is a gorgeous photo inspiration chosen by Nikki.

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The design team have come up with some fabulous bright & fun creations – and I can’t wait to see what you make too!  Join our challenge by linking your blog, Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest post on the Just Add Ink blog.


The photo can inspire any feature of your project design.  For me, it was the bright colours of the flower.  But you may also be taken by a floral theme, the petal pattern or another element that catches your eye.

I used the petal colours to create a watercoloured ink spill…

Just a Note | kelly kent

Which I then completed with a black & white theme to keep the bright colorus in focus.

Just a Note | kelly kent

The ‘just a note’ sentiment is from the Soft Sayings card kit.  Don’t let these stamp sets sit forgotten in the box – they are always filled with diverse & useful sayings, different fonts and can be a refreshing change from the sentiments that form part of your regular rotation.

The pen has been stamped in StazOn & fussy cut, with the detail added using the Journal Pen.

Just a Note | kelly kent

Week to week, my style and interest (although often similar) goes through periods of change.  At the moment, I’m enjoying watercolouring – which is something I haven’t enjoyed previously.  The more you do something, the more natural it seems.

I’m challenging you to try something this weekend that you’ve previously avoided.  Perhaps you bought Brushos but never used them.  Maybe you never use heat embossing on your cards. Perhaps you’re still learning how to use your Stamparatus?

Get out those tools & supplies you paid good money for and have a go! If your first (… second, third, forth) attempt doesn’t seem to work, set it aside and look at it again with fresh eyes.  I’ve come back to so many ‘failures’ only to find they look better once dry, or less ‘failed’ when I’ve had time to distance myself.

Good luck!!!


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Stamping Sunday Blog Hop | Brusho Crystal Color

Welcome!  THanks for joining us today for the first Stamping Sunday (forth Sunday) blog hop.  On the fourth Sunday of each month, I get the privilege of hopping with this amazing group of women, including for January our guest designer Stesha Bloodhart.

To see the full Stamping Sunday line-up, click on the cute blue frog below…

Even though this is our first hop for the month, I’ve already shared some Stamping Sunday projects with you – we put together a tutorial bundle for January full of projects based around the theme for this hop (Brusho Crystal Color) and the second Sunday hop.  5 great projects with detailed instructions & measurements on working with Brushos & Sale-A-Bration favourites.  You can find all the information here.


Today I have two fun projects to share with you working with the Brusho Crystal Color.  They are so much fun.  If you’re new to Brusho, check out my introductory post by clicking here.  This runs through the basics of different application techniques and styles.

The fastest and best way to get comfortable with using Brusho is to clear some work space, wear some old clothes and have a play!!!

They work with a range of different cardstock/paper materials including Watercolor Paper, Shimmery White cardstock and Thick Whisper White cardstock.

Within the Thick Whisper White category is our gorgeous Petal Passion DSP.  It’s made from a heavy white card, similar in texture to the Thick Whisper White – which makes it perfect for colouring.

My favourite technique for this cardstock, is to apply the powder to the DSP when it is dry, then spritz with a water filled Stampin’ Spritzer.

Stamping Sunday Brusho | kelly kent

The way the colour spreads is just magic!  I used a water filled Aqua Painter to move the colour through all of the flowers, creating a more concentrated colour in these areas.

Stamping Sunday Brusho | kelly kent

This technique is so easy.  Why not cut up a whole sheet of DSP into card front size pieces and get happy with colour!!!

Stamping Sunday Brusho | kelly kent

Cut the DSP into three equal panels, apply a different colour Brusho to each one and spritz & paint before adhering them to the card base in order.

Stamping Sunday Brusho | kelly kent

And finally for this set of cards, apply more than one colour to the DSP, with care to tap specific colours over specific flowers.  Spritz to spread the colour then use an Aqua Painter to fill in specific flowers & leaves with the colours that are most concentrated in that area.

Stamping Sunday Brusho | kelly kent

This was the first card I created using all 5 Brusho colours that I actually liked!!!

Stamping Sunday Brusho | kelly kent

These cards for me, highlights what I love most about Brusho – they give everyone the chance to be artistic & creative with colour, without needing to plan how that will happen!

Stamping Sunday Brusho | kelly kent


My second project focuses on the intense colours you can create using Brusho.  Because it’s a pigment colour, it has the potential to be so vibrant!

Stamping Sunday Brusho | kelly kent

You may have seen this butterfly on Pinterest and other social media sharing outlets.  It’s called Beautiful Day and is available in the Occasions catalogue.

You’re seeing it lots because it’s a fantastic stamp for showing off colour!!!

I’ve the used the yellow Brusho on Shimmery White for the watercolor background.  I wet the Shimmery White with my spritzer (seriously saturated), added Brusho colour and then spread with my Aqua Painter, leaving it to dry when I was happy with the colour & style of the wash.

Stamping Sunday Brusho | kelly kent

The butterfly was heat embossed in white on Shimmery White cardstock.  I then wet specific parts of the butterfly with large droplets of water from my Aqua Painter and added Brusho colour (Yellow, Gamboge & Brilliant Red) to the top before sprtizing to move the colour around.

Once dry, I fussy cut it the butterfly and attached both Brusho layers to an upright z-fold card.  This design folds flat for posting…

Stamping Sunday Brusho | kelly kent

and sits up for displaying on the mantle…

Stamping Sunday Brusho | kelly kent

and opens up with a space to write your message…

Stamping Sunday Brusho | kelly kent

To make this card I cut a regular piece of A4 card in half long ways (cut at 4-1/8″, 10.5cm).  I scored at 3-15/16″ (7.4cm) and 5-7/8″ (14.8cm).

The Painted with Love DSP layer is 3-7/8″ x 5-5/8″ (10cm x 14.3cm).

The front panel is 3-3/8″  x 4-5/8″ (8.6cm x 11.7cm).  Shimmery White for Brusho is 3-1/8″ x 4-3/8″(8cm x 11cm).

Writing panel on the inside is 3-5/8″ x 2-1/2″ (9.2cm x 6.2cm) for the Rich Razzleberry and 3-5/8″ x 2-1/4″ (8.5cm  x 5.5cm) for the Whisper White layer.

It’s all anchored down when folded with a double layer of cardstock (Pumpkin Pie & Basic Black) in an exclusive Sale-A-Bration Thinlit set called Celebrate You.  This is free to earn for any purchase or workshop of $180 (Australian dollars).


To keeping hopping and see the rest of the design team’s amazing Brusho creations, either click here to visit Lynsay Mahon in Canada, or click on the blue frog below to choose from the list.

Thanks for joining us.

To shop for essential Brusho supplies used in this blog post, see the suggestions below, or visit my online store.

(Australian shoppers only).

To purchase the Brusho tutorial – digital tutorial which can be sent anywhere across the globe, click here.

Have a great week!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


Get started with Brusho….

Play date with Brushos

Yesterday my gorgeous best friend, Cait, visited for the day.  She’s crazy talented with a sewing machine – see her work here – and loves all crafts.

Since we were on my turf (and I suck at sewing actual projects), we played with paper and watched tennis.

Ready to impress with cool new products, I pulled out the Brusho Crystal Color pots.

Have you seen Brushos before?  They are teeny tiny watercolour ink crystals that react with water to create intense colours & amazing patterns.

Stampin’ Up! is offering a pack of 5 colours – Brilliant Red, Gamboge (orange), Moss Green, Prussian Blue & Yellow.  See them in my online store here.

Watch the Stampin’ Up! video…

You can either mix thoroughly to get a vibrant solid colour or use water spray to spread the crystals and end up with colour separation & patterns.  They blend beautifully – and did I mention the colours???

No two projects will be the same and you’ll end up with a unique design every time.  They don’t actually have a mind of their own – it just seems that way!

There’s one thing I’ve learnt while playing with Brushos…..  they are highly addictive.

But they are also a product that’s different from other colouring mediums we’ve had at Stampin’ Up! before.  Practice makes “perfect”.  You need to get down & messy with Brusho to get a feel for how they work.

Browsing videos, blog posts and tutorials may help if you’re not sure where to start.  You can find the Stamping Sunday tutorial here – full of projects and tips for using Brushos as a beginner.

Today, Cait and I splashed around the water and made a heap of different Brusho samples.  Brusho Techniques | kelly kent

This is not a comprehensive list of what you can do with Brusho – just some ideas to get started.

If you’ve just got your Brushos, I suggest you cut up a piece of Shimmery White cardstock into tag size pieces and get playing.  Our tags measured 2″ x 3-7/8″ (5 x 9cm) – 12 per A4 page.

Shimmery White is durable enough to play but more economical than Watercolour Paper.  It also gives you a nice shimmer through your Brusho colour!!

Here’s each of the techniques in more detail…

Brusho - Baby Wipe | kelly kent

Brusho - Emboss Resist Ombre | kelly kent

Brusho - Emboss Resist | kelly kent

Brusho - Emboss Resist Painting | kelly kent

Brusho - Watercolor Background | kelly kent

Brusho - Custom Watercolor Background | kelly kent

Brusho - Marbled | kelly kent

Brusho - dry application | kelly kent

Quite a lot of the magic of Brusho is in the finished product – once the colour has settled, once it’s dry.  Sometimes you need to walk away and come back later to see the amazing!!!

If you haven’t yet purchased Brushos, you can buy them in my online store. 

Other supplies you may need…. 

Happy inky fun ahead for Brusho owners!
kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com