TGIF – Emboss Resist Challenge

Good afternoon!  Here is Bunbury, Western Australia it’s cold & wet.  Perfect weather for crafting!!!

While scrolling through Facebook, I saw this gorgeous card by Chloe Evans.  So pretty & inspiring!!

I’m so pleased to be able to call Chloe a friend of mine!!   We both contribute to several shared design teams, and also to some other ones.

One of Chloe’s DT roles is with TGIF – a challenge I’ve often admired, but never jumped in to join the fun!

This week I am!!!  The theme for TGIF#118 is Emboss Resist – a technique I love!

I’ve combined it with another technique I’m currently in love with – ink “smooshing” (or smooching).

This has been floating around for a while and I wish I was quicker on the uptake (we know I’m not though!!!) – because it’s the easiest and most effective watercolouring I’ve ever done.

And for someone that’s had more watercolour fails than successes along the way, it’s like finding an inky oasis in the desert!!!

TGIF #118 Emboss Resist | kelly kent

To get the emboss resist effect, I stamped the trio of stars on the background of Shimmery White cardstock in Versamark, the embossed in clear.  This meant I could “smoosh” as much ink on as I wanted and it wouldn’t take the colour in those places.

There’s lots of tutorials on smooshing – I loved this one by another stamping friend, Jenny Hall.

If you’re adding more than one colour, you need to make sure to allow dry time (or for the impatient crafter like me, help it along with the low setting on your heat tool) between each colour, or they’ll run into each other and ruin your effect!

For this project I used Pool Party, Tempting Turquoise & Dapper Denim.

Lots of plastic surfaces work to transfer the ink, but cello bags were a great option for me!

Ink Smooshing | kelly kent

 

This photo of the star centrepiece also shows up the smooshing colour variation and the embossed stars.

TGIF #118 Emboss Resist | kelly kent

I didn’t purposely set out to make a Christmas card for this challenge, but the last weekend in July seems like a fitting time for one final Christmas in July card!

I do love the Star of Light stamp set – and I’m so glad it appeared in the Annual Catalogue.

TGIF #118 Emboss Resist | kelly kent


If you’re ready for some new Christmas stamps, you are going to {LOVE} the upcoming Holiday Catalogues.  Demonstrators got a sneak peak during the week – and there’s lots of excitement!!!

If you can’t wait til September to see & buy Christmas stamps, you might want to take advantage of the July joining special and join my Paper Adventures team.

The cost for your amazing Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit is $169.  This will land on your doorstep (with free shipping):

  • $235 of your choice of Stampin’ Up! products
  • $187 of Christmas in July extras (snips, blocks, adhesive, grid paper, bone folder & Carols of Christmas stamp set)
  • a pack of Stampin’ Up! extras including some catalogues & order forms (just in case you want them – no need to sell to anyone other than yourself if that’s what you choose)

You’ll also get:

  • immediate access to the online version of the upcoming Holiday Catalogue
  • option to pre-order Holiday Catalogue items as of 1st August
  • 20% discount on anything you buy, or 20% commission on any orders you take
  • access to our Paper Adventures Facebook team page, plus invites to participate in team meetings, blog hops & challenges
  • the opportunity to stay as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator until {at least} January 31, 2018.

If you have any questions about Stampin’ Up! or joining this great company, please get in touch with me so I can provide the answers!

There’s never a bad time to join Stampin’ Up!, but if you want all the extras that are included for Christmas in July, you have just over 2 days to join.

Ready to go?  Click here to join using the online portal.

I’d love to welcome you to our Stampin’ Up! team!  It’ll be such a wonderful experience, you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


Product List

Heat Tool

$50.00

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CASEing the Catty #133 – Love & Sympathy

Welcome to the CASEing the Catty blog hop, which takes place every Sunday.

This week we’re CASEing (Copying & Sharing Everything or Copying & Selectively Editing) the Love & Sympathy pages of the catalogue.

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There’s lot of inspiration tucked away in these pages – and lots of gorgeous projects to start your creative journey.

I was intrigued by the cut out portion of this card…

And decided to recreate it in pinks with a dragonfly theme!

CASEing the Catty #133 | kelly kent

The base is shimmery white.

Using the dragonfly outline die, I cut a dragonfly from the edge of the card and from a separate piece of shimmery white cardstock, I cut the largest detailed dragonfly die.

I adhered the large dragonfly to the inside of the card.

CASEing the Catty #133 | kelly kent

Then, using a retired washi tape (using my jeans first to desticky it a little), I created a mask around the edges and coloured the middle rectangle with my Aqua Painter in Sweet Sugarplum ink.

CASEing the Catty #133 | kelly kent

The final step was to add the embellishments to the front of the card – mini dragonflies, washi tape, sentiment from Happy Birthday Gorgeous & bling – new rhinestones & glitter enamel dots.

I am loving the new washi packs that come in similar colours.  I’ve used the pinks today, which is the Basics Pack 1.

CASEing the Catty #133 | kelly kent

I kept it all in the pink theme, because this card is going to someone who loves pink!


Now it’s your turn to join our weekly challenge!

All the action is over on Facebook.

If you’re interested in a design team opportunity, we’re taking applications in June and looking to add quite a few more design team members to expand on our already awesome team.

Speaking of awesome design team, next up is the gorgeous Liz Gross

Enjoy the creativity on the hop!


Product List

Glue Dots

$8.00

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