Kelly’s Social Stamping – Hello

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Hello, hello, hello! I have to say, in these strange (end of?) times we are experiencing, I have never felt more grateful for the online community of stampers and crafty people that I am a part of. WHO are encouraging people to use the term “physical distancing” rather than “social distancing”, and I fully embrace that distinction. And what better way to stay connected than having a communal craft-a-long with your stamping buddies?

I’m lucky enough to be a part of a fabulous team of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators, led by the amazing Kelly Kent. Kelly had the fabulous idea of hosting a bunch of bloggers who would all post their “Hello” themed projects at the same time.

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I’m determined to get lots of crafting therapy in while confined to quarters, and better yet to send some paper love out to family, friends, and crafty pals who I can’t see in person, but I want to send a hug in the mail to. So I went with the obvious inspiration from the theme and busted out my retired but much loved Floral Statements stamp set and added some inky love to some Whisper White envelopes.

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Your Stamparatus is definitely your friend with a large stamp like this, and even more so with envelopes. I’ve stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, usually inking up two or three times to make sure I get a good impression. Because I was stamping on the edge of the flap as well, I also stamped on the flap and then lifted the flap to stamp underneath as well. What this really does is fill in that little gap you end up with at the edge of the flap and the rest of the envelope, so the whole image looks more complete.

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To colour the flowers I busted out my much loved but much neglected watercolour pencils. I’m pretty thin on artistic talent so I tend to use my blends to colour instead of pencils or ink. The pencil colouring here is pretty basic, I’m not up to doing lots of shading and blending, but they still give a lovely look even when you aren’t the greatest artiste.

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The simple colouring technique also made this a quick project to bulk produce. So lots of mail hugs can be sent out.

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I just love how these envelopes worked out. I have been really trying this year to pay more attention to both the insides of cards and the envelopes. If you’re going handmade, you may as well go all in! Let’s just say that Hallmark doesn’t make envelopes like this, do they??

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Next up, if you’d like to hop along in order,  is the fabulous Melissa. Click on over to see the project she’s sharing with us all.

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Thanks for stopping by.

 

Keep calm and craft on, and WASH YOUR HANDS.

 

Siobhan.

 

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