KS July 2020 Release- Gal Pals

Thank you all for being a crafty friend and stopping by my blog today! I’m serving up the BIGGEST slice of cheesecake today to celebrate the new stamp set Gal Pals, part of the Kindred Stamps July 2020 Release!

This golden foursome just captured my heart, and I couldn’t help but laugh often while I created my collection of 5 projects! So let’s travel down this blog post while I share my creations!

For my first project, I created a mini-card using this rosy-cheeked friend from the Gal Pals set. I colored her up in Copic Markers and set her aside.

Next, I cut a 3.25″ x 4.25″ piece of pink cardstock, and a 3″ x 4″ piece of white cardstock. Taking the white cardstock piece, I ink-blended the whole panel, using a blending brush, with Spun Sugar Distress Oxide Ink, and then blended the edges with Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide Ink. I then placed the Stained Glass Roses Stencil, placed it on top, and applied a solid layer of Citrine Glitter Gloss with my Stencil Pal (it made for a perfect lighter gold color). I set this piece aside to dry.

I then die cut a heart out of light pink cardstock, and distressed the edges with Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide Ink. I adhered my colored up image directly on top. I also created a sentiment banner using the Gal Pals sentiment “girl, you’re golden”, and stamping it in Catherine Pooler Be Mine Ink onto light pink paper. I framed the banner with a darker pink cardstock.

Once my Citrine Glitter Gloss was dry, I adhered the panel to the pre-cut pink panel, and then used foam tape to adhere my character on the heart and the sentiment banner. I finished this card off by adhering it to a card base, and also adhering a few Desert Sky Shimmerz pieces.

For my 2nd Gal Pals project, I wanted to really capture a sunset and silhouette project. On a piece of 5.25″ square white cardstock, I stamped each of the 4 ladies in a row, slightly overlapping as well. I then took a black Copic Marker and colored in the ladies entirely. I made masks for each of the images by stamping the character onto a full-adhesive backed post-it and fussy cutting it out. I applied the mask to each layer.

I created many of my own stencils for this project, and kept this as a one layer project.

For the sand, I used a hill die and kept both parts after cutting the paper. For the section with the paper above the curve, I applied this to the layer and ink-blended Brushed Corduroy and Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink. I spritzed this layer with water, and then I splattered this layer with both Black Soot Distress Ink and Ink on 3 Twiggy Brown Atelier Ink. Once dry, I covered this panel with the other die cut piece and moved to the water.

Using the Waves Craft Die, I made another set of stencils (both a positive and negative side). With the sand covered up, I applied my handmade Waves stencil and ink blended using Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean Distress Ink. I splattered this layer with Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink. I moved the stencil up to add another layer of waves, and then covered the final layer.

I then made a stencil with a circle cut out of the middle. I applied the stencil with the circle cut out and ink-blended using Mustard Seed and Carved Pumpkin Distress Ink. I covered up the sun with the die cut circle, and then worked on ink-blending the sky. From top to bottom, I blended the following Distress Ink Colors: Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon and Dried Marigold. I then stamped the Gal Pals sentiment “Related or not, you’ll always be my sister” in Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink directly onto the sun.

I removed all my masks. I used some Warm Gray Copic Markers to add some shadows underneath my silhouettes. I adhered this panel onto a 5.5″ square piece of Gina K Designs Plum Punch Cardstock, and applied some of the clear bits from the Aloha Sparkletz pack.

I adhered this panel to a card base and this project was done!

For my 3rd Gal Pals project, I wanted to create a purse tag featuring this adorable grandma. I colored her up with Copic Markers, fussy cut her out, and set her aside.

Using some stitched circle die cuts, I die cut a circle out of kraft cardstock, and then used 2 stitched circle die cuts to cut out the handle. I also cut 2 strips of brown cardstock that were the same width as the purse handle.

I took the die cut circle and cut the bottom to give the purse a flat bottom edge. Then, I placed the Weave Stencil on top, and blended Gathered Twigs Distress Oxide Ink on top of the stencil. I removed the Weave stencil, and distressed the edges of the purse and handle.

Taking the handle piece, I adhered it to the top of the purse. Where the handles met the purse, I adhered my strips of dark brown cardstock to go down the purse. I trimmed off the excess. For a little embellishment, I took some metallic silver brads from my stash and applied them on the straps.

I stamped the Gal Pals sentiments “Picture this:” and “Your Birthday” in Catherine Pooler Suede Shoes ink onto light blue cardstock, trimmed it into a banner, and framed it in a darker blue cardstock. I adhered the sentiment strip directly to my Gal Pals Grandma.

Using foam tape, I adhered my Grandma and sentiment unit directly to the purse tag. I adhered some blue bits from a Rainbow Candy Slices pack, and tied some string onto the handle. My tag was complete!

For my 4th Gal Pals project, I colored up each of the ladies from the set with Copic Markers, fussy cut them out and set them aside.

Next, I took a piece of white cardstock and cut it down to 4.125″ x 5.375″. I ink-blended the entire panel with Spun Sugar Distress Oxide Ink, and then distressed the edges with Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide Ink. I applied the Palm Leaf Stencil on-top, and blended Crushed Olive and Peeled Paint Distress Ink. I adhered my palm leaf panel to an A2-sized piece of light pink cardstock so it had a frame.

I then took the Filmstrip Craft Die and cut out a piece of yellow-green cardstock. I trimmed the filmstrip die cut so I only had the top and bottom strips. I distressed the edges with Crushed Olive Distress Ink and adhered each of the strips to the card (one on the top, one on the bottom).

I adhered each of the ladies from Gal Pals with foam strip to the panel. I also adhered some Cactus Sparkletz bits. I set this panel aside.

For the inside of this card, I took an A2-sized card base and stamped the Gal Pals sentiment “Let’s chat over cheesecake” on the inside of the card. Using Catherine Pooloer It’s a Girl ink, I stamped the cheesecake image directly above the sentiment. I think every once in a while, it’s nice to put a sentiment on the inside of a card, and I felt this was the perfect opportunity to do so!

I adhered the panel to the front of the card base and finished this project.

For my final Gal Pals project, I wanted to feature the sultry friend and make a card that captured her personality.

I colored up the sultry friend in Copic Markers, fussy cut her out and set her aside.

Taking a 4.125″ x 5.375″ piece of white cardstock, I ink-blended (top to bottom) Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick and Spun Sugar Distress Oxide Inks. I spritzed this layer with water and let it dry. Once fully dry, I placed the Leopard Stencil on top of the panel, and applied a solid layer of Ruby Gemstone Glitter Gloss. I removed the Leopard Stencil and set aside this layer to dry.

Next, I took a 1.75″ x 5.5″ piece of white cardstock and blended Catherine Pooler Be Mine and Party Dress Ink. I then took the Hearts Stencil and placed it on top and blended Catherine Pooler Rockin’ Red ink. I also used the excess ink, added some water, and splattered the ink on top of the strip. Once dry, I framed this strip with red cardstock and heat embossed the Gal Pals sentiment “Damn, you’re good” with white powder.

Once my glitter gloss was dry from the other panel, I adhered my leopard print panel to an A2-sized piece of red cardstock. I adhered my sultry friend on top of the hearts strip, and adhered the whole strip to my card using foam tape.

I adhered a few Peppermint Jazz Sparkletz bits to the card and adhered it to an A2-sized card base.

And that’s how I made my Gal Pals Collection!

The entire Kindred Stamps July release will be available Friday, July 24 at 8am PST/11am EST. Be sure to subscribe to the Kindred Stamps blog to see a daily line up of sneak peeks from our amazing Design Team and see the full product release on Friday! Come join the Fan Club and release event to be part of the release fun, and you may just win some Kindred Stamps credit!!

I hope you enjoyed my Gal Pals projects and that they inspire you to send your best pal a card to thank them for being a great friend!

Remember, we’ve got 2 more days of fun reveals, and I cannot wait to see how excited you get for what else is coming!

Until then, Happy Crafting!!


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