Tag Archives: Embossing

Layered Vellum Thank You Card

Hey there and Happy New Year! I just love the fresh start that a new year brings and I’m incredibly excited for 2017! This is the year that I’ll graduate from my Master’s Degree program and start my career as a graphic designer. The future is so uncertain, but I’m just enjoying this season of life and all the blessings I get to experience day by day.

I’ve got a clean and simple thank you card to share today. LCI Paper was kind enough to send me some of their Gmund Color System line of paper to experiment with, so I made this card using their Felt cardstock as a card base and three colors of Vellum cardstock. I heat embossed the sentiment in white using a stamp from the Kelly Purkey Best Friends set (love this set so much, but I don’t think it’s available anymore). The embossing worked really well on the colored vellum and I just love the light and airy feeling the vellum gives even though the colors are very saturated.

 

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope there is a lot of crafting planned for your 2017!

Kalyn

Paper Smooches October DT Blog Hop

Hey friends! Hope you’re having a great week so far! Can you believe it’s the end of October already? I can’t! But here we are! I do have to admit that even though it’s a bit early for Christmas and holiday decorations (at least for me), I absolutely love making holiday cards. So this latest Paper Smooches release has been giddy for the next couple of months! Hope you enjoy!

It’s Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches NOVEMBER 2016 release with you!  ONE new stamp sets and FIVE new dies will be available to purchase at 8:00pm PT on October 31st.  You will find our new products HERE once they go live.  

To add extra fun to our blog hop…we are offering up a prize! 

The prize – a $25. gift code to choose what you like at the PS online store.

Here are the details:

  • FOUR winners will be chosen at RANDOM from any of the design team blogs and the PS Blog to win the $25. prize.
  • Just leave a comment on any of the design team blogs listed below or the PS blog for your chance to win!  (you do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify but it increases your chances)
  • Deadline: You have until midnight PT on Sunday, October 30th to leave a comment.
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, October 31st to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners.

Our cute Pamela is taking a hiatus for our November and December releases.  She will pick back up with our January release.  The very talented and clever Jill Hawkins will be her temporary replacement.

Kalyn Kepner (you are here!)

To increase your chances of winning:

  • Tell us that you Facebooked about our blog hop
  • Tell us that you Tweeted about our hop
  • Tell us that you posted on your blog about our blog hop

(which means that you have up to three extra chances to win on each blog)

I used the Be Merry stamp set which features lots of adorable sentiments. I also used one of my favorite winter sets, Fresh Snow for all of the snowflakes. I embossed them in white and then blended 3 different ink colors over top to create a fun rainbow effect. Some clear sequins were the final touch!

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I hope you enjoyed this card as well as all the other fabulous ladies on this blog hop! All of the products I used to create this card are listed below!

Thanks so much for joining me!

Kalyn


Celebrating Cath & Technique Tuesday Blog Hop

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Hey there! I’m so excited today to be participating in a very special blog hop featuring brand new stamps and dies from the one and only Cath Edvalson! She’s teamed up with Technique Tuesday and had her own designs made into fantastic stamps and dies that I just love.
Most people know Cath as the former Creative Editor for Paper Crafts magazine and the writer of the Moxie Fab World blog. I was lucky enough to know Cath in real life when I met her during my internship at Paper Crafts in 2008. And she’s just as fun, sweet and creative as you’d imagine her to be! I spent a lot of time with her during my Utah adventure and she made me feel at home even though I was across the country from everyone I knew. I’ll never forget her kindness and the fun times we had together.
I just wanted to share that because it makes this blog hop extra special for me. To see a friend getting to experience such a fantastic creative opportunity is a joy. She deserves it and her designs are fantastic! So let’s get on to the hop, shall we?
Heart Thanks Card | Kalyn Kepner
I created this thanks card using the Heartfelt Thanks stamp set and the Garden Leaves die set. I stamped and heat embossed the heart stamp on watercolor paper then painted it with some Distress Inks and water. I die cut the leaf die out of teal cardstock and added those behind the heart. And of course added some rhinestones as a finishing touch!
Heart Thanks Card | Kalyn Kepner
Heart Thanks Card | Kalyn Kepner
And what would a blog hop be without some awesome prizes, of course?
Technique Tuesday is going to give away three prizes! One person will a package consisting of all 5 of Cath’s new products. Technique Tuesday will also give away two $25 gift certificates – pretty sweet huh?
Three winners will be chosen at random from all the comments left during the hop on all the blog stops. To be eligible to win, you need to leave a comment any of the blog hop stops. You have through midnight PST on Sept. 16th, 2015, to leave comments. The three winners will be announced on the Technique Tuesday blog on Sept. 18th, 2015.

 

Here’s the hop list:

 

Julie Ebersole
Laura O’Donnell
Heather Campbell
Julia Stainton
Daniela Dobson
Kimberly Crawford
Jocelyn Olson
Tobi Crawford
Laurel Beard
Melissa Phillips
Laura Williams
Jaclyn Miller
Donna Mikasa
Birgit Edblom
Kalyn Kepner
Laura Bassen
Julie Campbell
Lisa Adametz
Linda Barber
Teri Anderson
Cath Edvalson
Thanks so much for joining me on this hop today! I’m honored to be a part of it and so happy for Cath! Be sure to hop on to the next stop which is the crazy-talented Laura Bassen!
Happy crafting,
Kalyn

 

Embossed Vellum Wedding Card

Hey there, friends! Hope you’re having a happy Wednesday so far! I just wanted to drop in and let you know that a new card tutorial video went up on the Virtual Smooches blog on Monday and I wanted to share it with you!

Since wedding season is upon us, I thought I’d create an elegant wedding card and incorporate some embossing techniques. I heat embossed on vellum and love the result. It reminds me of lace!

Check out the video below or on my YouTube channel to see how it all came together!

 

Embossed Vellum Wedding Card

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Hope you enjoyed it and that you’ll give embossing on vellum a try! Do you have a favorite technique to use on wedding cards? I’d love to know!

Thanks for stopping by,

Kalyn

Gold Floral Wedding Card & Video

Hi friends! Happy Friday! Hope your week went well and you’re in store for a fun, relaxing weekend! I’m actually sick with a nasty head cold, so I’m not enjoying that so much. Just trying to rest up and get better as soon as possible.

On the bright side, I’ve got a new card and video to share with you today that went up on the Virtual Smooches blog on Sunday. I’m thinking ahead to wedding season and trying to get some cards ready in my stash. I wanted to go for a layered, collage-style card, but with an elegant twist. I heat embossed on vellum and then added washi tape and die cuts to finish it off. Watch the video below or over at my YouTube channel to see how it all came together:

 

Gold Floral Wedding Card | Kalyn Kepner for Paper Smooches
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I love the way this card turned out and the gold embossing on vellum is definitely a technique I’ll be coming back to. I think this card could also work for an anniversary occasion as well – why not? If you want direct links to all the products I used, check out the description box of my YouTube video and while you’re over there, subscribe! It’s free and you’ll get all my latest videos right in one place. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by!
Kalyn

Wilson Designs May Release Day 2

Back again for Day 2 of Wilson Designs May Release Week! For this project, I used the same main stamp as the first card, but wanted to go for a very clean and graphic look. Here's my attempt:

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I used some white embossing powder to make the car stand out and black dye ink for the sentiment – love that font on the word "classic." 

Check out what the rest of the team did for their Day 2 projects:

 

Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll see you back here tomorrow for Release Day 3! Have a good one.
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Print Candee May Blog Hop

Hey there! Long time, no blog, I know. I've been so busy preparing for my upcoming cruise (in 12 days!!!) and finishing projects to post while I'm away. But it's been a fun (maybe interesting is a better word) exercise in how quickly I can create. This coming weekend will be my sprint to the finish to see how much crafting one person can really do in 2 days. And somehow I'll have to squeeze in a last-minute shopping trip (a girl needs white shorts for a cruise, am I right?).

Anyhoo, today I have a really fun Print Candee project to share with you. The awesome Creative Team Coordinator (and a sweet online friend of mine), Jocelyn Olson found a fun inspiration photo for the team to create cards based on.

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We could choose any piece or aspect of the inspiration photo to create from and the multi-colored clutch in the right corner spoke to me immediately. So I came up with this:

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I chose a bunch of different patterned papers that had colors close to the ones in the bag, then tweaked them here and there in Photoshop to get as close to the colors in the bag as possible. I also used a woodgrain patterned paper for the center embellishment to mimic the wooden clasp on the front of the bag. Then I topped it off with a little heat embossing with an American Crafts stamp.

Everything I used (except for the stamp, cardstock and embossing powder) is from the Print Candee site. Here's the specific list of patterned papers I used (in clockwise order):

Green floral

Blue dots

Blue stripes 

Orange hexagons

Yellow grid

Pink umbrellas

Fuschia chevron

Woodgrain

Now it's time to hop on to the next designer's blog! Here's the order of our hop:

Lisa http://dahlhouse-designs.com/

Kalyn http://kalynkepner.typepad.com/ (you are here!)

Therese http://lostinpaper.wordpress.com/

Jocelyn http://redballooncards.blogspot.com/ 

Marion http://mademarion.vagg.org/

 Thanks so much for stopping by and hopping along with the Print Candee gals and I. Have a great first day of May!

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Bold & Bright Grad Card

Hi friends! What a week it's been! I've somehow managed to pack a ton into my schedule these last 4 days and I'm quite ready for a quiet, relaxing weekend (and by that, I mean a non-stop card-making fest). :) 

So, a week or so ago a friend asked me to make a card for her to give to a friend. She needed a graduation card and I took that opportunity to try out a different style and color scheme, since graduation cards often require specific product that I just didn't have. I love making cards for other people because it gives me a chance to experiment with different styles without over-thinking it like I often do for magazine submissions. Here's the result:

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SUPPLIES:  Cardstock: The Paper Company, Bazzill Basics Paper  Patterned paper: American Crafts  Clear stamp: Papertrey Ink  Embossing powder: Hampton Art  Watermark ink: Tsukineko  Button: Papertrey Ink  Floss: DMC  Edge punch: Fiskars

Like I said, I didn't have any graduation-specific embellishments on hand (except for the stamp), so I went for a more abstract, typography theme. I also decided to keep the design very simple and let the colors pop. I'm loving navy and berry colors lately. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

<3,

Kalyn