Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Purple Hello card


Hello there! Erica here with my last blog post for July.

Today I'm steering away from both birthday and thank you cards if you can believe it..! Yep, today's card is a simple 'hello' one. With some water coloured flowers of course. Because why not?

I didn't really have a design in mind when I started this card, I just wanted to do some colouring and have some me-time. Right now, we have hydrangeas blooming all around our neighbourhood and one of my favourite colours is the one that is blue/purple. I love that deep, intense colour and tried replicating that on my flowers here. Sure, it's not a hydrangea stamp but just work with me for a minute ;-)

I picked out one of the little flower stems in the Grace's Happy Heart and heat embossed it in white in a pattern on my water colour card stock. I stamped it in such a way that I didn't need a mask as it doesn't overlap anywhere.

Usually when I colour with my Zig markers, I use them directly on the card stock and blend with either another colour or a water filled paint brush but today I tried something new. On an acrylic block I dabbed the three colours I picked out and then picked up the colour with my paint brush. This way achieved a much more mellow and more blended look and I quite like the results. It's great when you can get different looks from the same medium, it feels like you get more value for your money that way. Or at least it does to me.


























The leaves I coloured in the same way, adding more or less water to bits to create some dimension and highlights. Once it was all coloured in, I set it aside to dry while I started working on the card base and sentiment.

Despite not being a huge fan of purple (except when it comes to flowers) I picked a lovely linen textured card stock for my card base and cut it just slightly bigger than my actual panel. The sentiment is cut out in the same linen card stock, just a darker purple and a dark grey. These two pieces I layered in such a way it looks like the word is shadowed. I like doing this to simple sentiments to make them stand out a bit more. It adds a lot of wow for very little effort.

When the whole card was put together I thought it needed a little something else (shocker, I know! Me, Erica, add embellishments?? Nooooooo....!) Instead of going for my trusted sequins (hold on to your hats, here is another twist) I reached for my Nuvo drops in translucent lilac. I added lots of drops of different sizes all around the flowers, kind of like rain or dew drops. Then it was another waiting game to let the drops dry fully before touching them. I always leave a card flat to dry overnight when I add enamel or glossy accents, Nuvo drops and the likes. Just to be on the safe side.





















That's it from me for today but I hope you like this little card!

Happy crafting and happy summer from Erica

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Kennedy Grace Creations Grace's Little Note Card




Hi, it's Beverly Jordan here on the Kennedy Grace Creations Blog again today, and am featuring the Grace's Little Note Stamp. I used the sketch below to frame the beautiful flowers.

  I cut the Prima Marketing Sparkling Spring collection paper called Giselle, to an A2 size of 5.5x4.25 inches. I die cut a scallop out and then after coloring the flower, die cut that Neenah Bright white cardstock out with a circle die by Spellbinders. I felt the large print gingham ribbon matched well with the feel of the card to match. I used Crystal Laquer to glue down all the fine pieces but used Scrappy red Tape for the ribbon. Also used Pink Passion Sequins for the extra loving touch in opposite corners. I took close ups of the upper righthand corner to show you the fine detail of these gorgeous sequins! Do you see the translucent heart shape in the middle of the grouping? It looks white in one direction and a darker pink in another. Love that about these mixes!! Different shapes, beads and sizes of the sequins is great but their translucent quality is marvelous!
  To make the stamped image, I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink to stamp in my Misti tool, and Copic Sketch Markers in the following colors: RV04, RV11, RV21, YG11, YG93, YG95.

Hoping you will pop over my Blog and share the love there as well!!
Enjoy,
Beverly




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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Design Team Call

Hello Crafty and Cardmaking Friends! Kennedy Grace Creations is super excited to announce our second ever Design Team (DT) Call!!!

We are looking for crafty DT members that are creative, kind, reliable, energetic, hardworking and passionate about stamping, diecutting, cardmaking & paper crafting! Must also be active on various social media sites (FB and/or IG) and have a current crafty blog. 

 The DT members will be asked to create three projects per month. Products must showcase the Kennedy Grace product line and creations can be any sort of paper craft. I.e.; handmade cards, postcards, albums, journals, boxes, etc.

Design Team Requirements
•   Must love Kennedy Grace Products. We are a company that produces clear photopolymer stamps, creative dies, and sequins. (Bonus if you're a floral and sequin lover, as that is what our brand focuses on!)
•   Have the ability to meet tri-monthly deadlines.
•   Have active Social Media (Instagram &/or Facebook and an active blog mandatory) ****BONUS: if you have your own YouTube channel- please put in application email subject line 'DT application + YouTube) 
•   Be able to take crisp, clear photographs of your projects using KG products and be able to apply KG watermark provided to you by owner
•   Create three projects per month - which you personally will write/post on KG blog (your blog post must include a short explanation, photographs and/or video showcasing KG products)
•   Create one project for New Release Blog Hop and one project for each collaboration that we may have. (Random times in addition to your 3 monthly posts and given adequate notice in advance) 
•   Be active on Kennedy Grace gallery Facebook group.
•   Design Team term from September 1st, 2017 – August 31st, 2018 (1 year- negotiable if necessary)


Design Team members are provided Kennedy Grace product to create projects.  If you feel that you can achieve the above and would like to be part of our team, then we would love for you to please apply!!! 

HOW TO APPLY:
If you are interested in being a part of the KGC Design Team for September 1st, 2017 – August 31st, 2018 term please send your information to kennedygracecreations@gmail.com and meghaneshea@me.com . 
Please include the following information in your entry:
•    Full name, email address, blog address and links to any other social media where you display your work (Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Youtube etc.). Include one direct link to any particular creation on your blog in which you're proud to show us. Have this blogpost showcase your artwork, photography skills and write up.
•    Links to your online projects and any video tutorials you may have done - past or present. 
•    Short bio about you; why you want to be part of the team?, what are your project strengths and individual creative style?  IE: mixed media, vintage, clean and simple, colorist, etc. What got you interesting in stamping and papercrafts?
•    Lists of any other design teams you have been on or are currently on.

What you can expect:
•    Free products with the new release.
•    Welcome package.
•    Discount code to the KGC store 
•    Exposure of your name and crafting projects; as it will be featured on our blog and social media outlets.

*This design team call is open to Canada/USA and International applicants.  Please note that International Design Team positions are limited. 
This DT call is open through until midnight on Monday July 31, 2017. All applicants will be contacted and successful applicants will invited to join the team via the email address you provide. New Design Team members will be announced publicly on Aug 15, 2017. Your first month as designer will be September 2017.

Thank you so much to all who apply – we’re very excited to see your applications.
Good luck everyone!!

Best,
Michelle Dorland & Meghan Shea

 

Almost one layer card with Roses


Hi everyone, Heidi here on the blog! Today I have this easy and fun roses card for you all:

I started this card by stamping the roses from the awesome Kennedy Grace Creations “Splendid Roses” stamp set onto Cornwall Aquarel paper (Grain Fin, bright white) after die cutting a stitched rectangle with one of my nesting dies. For stamping I used Versafine “Onyx Black” ink and my MISTI stamping tool (this aquarel paper is fairly smooth but to get even black lines I needed to ink up my stamp several times).

Next I started colouring the image with my Gansai Tambi 36 watercolour set, water and a regular brush. I used the following colours:  33 / 31 / 53 and 58. After all the watercolouring was dry I created some lighter accents with a white Uni-Ball Signo pen.

Then I started working on the background: I created a nice damask background with a foam applicator tool, Distress Ink in the colour “Weathered Wood” and a stencil from Scrapberry’s called “Damascus”, going lighter towards the edges of the rectangle panel. I also mixed the same colour Distress ink with some water, applying it with the same brush, making the edges around the roses darker to create the illusion that the roses are in front of the damask background. I adhered this panel to a slightly larger matching green die cut rectangle panel with liquid glue after edging the green panel with some Distress ink in the colour “Mowed Lawn”.


For the sentiment I stamped one of the sentiments from the Kennedy Grace Creations stamp set called “Beautiful Blooms - Sweet Rose” onto some black card stock with Versamark ink and I heat embossed with Ranger “White” Super Fine Detail embossing powder. Next I die cut the sentiment with the smallest die in the Lawn Fawn “Everyday Sentiment Banners” die set and adhered the banner to the panel with the roses with Ranger medium matte, folding it to the back on the right hand side and adhering it to the back with regular tape.Then I adhered the combined rectangle panels to a white linen textured card base with one millimetre thick foam tape. 

I finished this card with some of the gorgeous Kennedy Grace Creations “Moonbeams” sequins (adhered with Ranger medium matte).

And that’s it for today, I hope you enjoyed!



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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Its Karen with you on the Kennedy Grace Blog today.

I'd like to share a card featuring Graces Little Notes stamp set. I chose a peaceful colour palette of muted pinks and blues with a little sparkle added with the Moonbeams sequin mix.   Perfect for a thinking of you card.  The sentiment tag is cut using Kennedy Grace Scalloped Stitched Rectangle die set.






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Monday, July 17, 2017

Yellow Birthday Roses

Hello, everyone! Rachel here today with a brand new card for you featuring my favorite stamp set - Splendid Roses!


I started this card by stamping my splendid roses repeatedly across a panel with some black memento ink. I colored them in with my Copics:

Yellows - Y08, Y04, Y00, Y000
Greens - YG99, YG97, YG95
Grays - C3, C1, C00

Next up, I cut a piece of Vellum so that it would wrap around my panel from top to bottom (so I could hide my adhesive behind the panel itself). I stamped my sentiment in Versamark ink and then heat embossed in gold embossing powder. I also ran the edges of my Vellum across my ink pad and heat embossed that to add just a little more gold detail and help delineate where the Vellum ended.

I wrapped the vellum around my card panel and used my tape runner to attach the ends to the back of the panel. I then used some double-sided tape to secure my panel to the front of a top-folding white card base.

That's all! Super simple, but definitely eye-catching!

Thanks for stopping by!





Saturday, July 15, 2017

Summery Thank You


Hello, hello!

Erica back on the blog today with a bright, cheery and summery Thank You card. Yep, I'm continuing my thank you card collection.

Now, what says summer better than sunflowers? I can't think of many things that score a higher summer score than the lovely sunflower myself so I decided to stamp and mask a few on today's card. I had already decided to use my Zig markers for this card so I used MFT hybrid ink on water colour card stock, I have not had any problems with this ink running or smudging while using my Zig markers on it.

The first sunflower I stamped just off the panel and then I did the same thing on the other side of the panel. Getting my masks out, I covered up the bits I didn't want to overlap and stamped the third one in the middle, slightly lower than the others.

Once it was all stamped and ready, it was time to colour! I love this part! It's so much fin to see how it  all starts to come to life and become a small piece of art.... ish...



When I had finished colouring the flowers I looked at the panel and thought 'it needs more green and some blue for a sky' so I got my distress inks out and blended some light green at the bottom on the panel and some light blue around the top bit. As I didn't have much ink on the sponge it was easy enough to drag the blue down close to the flower petals without mudding up the colours.

Sentiment wise I got a die cut that says 'Thank you' from Studio Katia (you can find that in a stamp and die cut bundle here) and I cut one out in black card stock and one in gold glitter card stock. I layered these on top of each other to create a small shadow behind the glittery gold card stock to make it pop a little bit and adhered to the card using glossy accents.



Apart from the blending needed on the petals, this is a quick and simple card. You can easily make a few in an evening or simplfy the design with another flower that doesn't require such fussy-colouring.

That's it from me for today!



Happy crafting from Erica

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