I hope you’ve been enjoying all the inspiration from the design team on the Penny Black blog!
Today the blog is sharing this card that I created for Father’s Day (from the kids!).
SUPPLIES Stamps: (All Penny Black) Tune Up (40-225); Word Express (30-106) Inks: Black Dye Ink (Hero Arts) Prismacolor Pencils; Copic Markers; Glitter Pen (Sakura); White Gel Pen (Uniball Signo); Unicorn Pigment Ink (Hero Arts) Other: Linen & Canvas Impression Plate (PTI)
My husband is pretty handy and I thought this image from Penny Black’s April’s mini-release suited him quite well. I kept the card fairly simple. The image was colored with Prismacolor Pencils and Copics. To add a little shine and texture I colored the car grill, the rims of the license plate and lights with a glitter pen. I also wanted the “holes” of the grill and the letters on the license plate to stand out. To do this I just colored them with a white gel pen (a trick I learned from Jennifer McGuire). The sentiment from this clear set was stamped with white pigment ink on a strip of black cardstock. Both sentiment strip and image card panel were placed with dimensional foam on a larger card panel that I ran through with an impression plate. I added a thinner green strip of cardstock to “hold” the sentiment strip and image panel together.
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May is such a very crazy month with the school year and little league baseball season ending that it’s so hard to find time to do everything else. I found some time before bed last night to make these Mother’s Day cards for my mother and mother-in-law.
I took the pictures this morning so forgive me that they are not the best quality (i.e. lighting). I had to quickly take the pictures and then mail the cards out today.
The first card is for my Mom.
SUPPLIES Stamps: (All Penny Black) Flower Gallery (30-031); So Blessed (40-132) Inks: Black Die Ink (Hero Arts); Prismacolor Pencils Other: Patterned Paper (My Minds Eye); Pearls (Martha Stewart)
I was inspired by this card from Maile Belles, the May muse for Case Study Challenge. I wanted to enter it into the challenge but I just didn’t have enough time to complete and submit. I thought this pair of flowers from the Penny Black clear set, Flower Gallery (30-031) would be perfect. I stamped the flower on the corner and trimmed the bottom and right sides of the card panel to meet the edges of the flowers which were fussy cut. The flowers were colored with Prismacolor pencils. I added the patterned paper from My Minds Eye on the card base and then adhered the card panel with dimensional foam.
The sentiment is from the cling set, So Blessed (40-132). It was getting late and I actually made a mistake stamping the sentiment. Just frustrating. But no worries! I re-stamped the sentiment on a small card strip and glued it over my mistake. And to add more detail, I added a few pearls for embellishments.
The second card is for my Mother-in-Law.
SUPPLIES Stamps (All Penny Black) So Blessed (40-132) Eloquence (30-162) Inks: Black Dye Ink (Hero Arts); Soft Pool Shadow Ink (Hero Arts); Soft Granite Shadow Ink (Hero Arts); Charcoal Mid-Tone (Hero Arts); Aquamarine Archival Ink (Ranger) Other: Patterned Paper (My Minds Eye); Wood Veneer Butterflies (Studio Calico); Twine
I had some extra patterned paper from my first card that I wanted to use it for my second card. Why waste? It’s such a lovely pattern – the woodgrain and the doilies. I was getting tired and I wanted to keep it very simple. I decided to use the small flowers included in the clear set Eloquence (30-162) and made my own pattern on the card base. I randomly stamped two sizes of the flowers with a light gray and aqua ink. I first stamped the images on scrap paper and used the secondary image from the stamp. I added a few wood veneer butterflies to the card to tie the papers together. I also stamped the same flower images on the two butterflies. Finally, I added twine and a sentiment from the cling set, So Blessed (40-132).
Take care and thanks for looking!
It’s a gorgeous day here. I spent the morning at a baseball game and the early afternoon gardening.
My husband and I are celebrating our anniversary this Monday. Here is a card that I made for him:
SUPPLIES Stamps: (All Penny Black) Fleur de Lys (40-204); Love Chapter (30-163); Every Happiness (40-198) Inks: Various Distress Inks (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Soft Granite Shadow Ink (Hero Arts); Wet Cement Mid-Tone Shadow Ink (Hero Arts); Black Dye Ink (Hero Arts) Other: Clear Embossing Powder (Zing/American Crafts); Versamark Ink (Tsukineko); Distressing Tool (StampinUp)
I thought I’d use a technique that I originally learned from Jennifer McGuire – emboss resist for this card. I first stamped an image from the clear set, Love Chapter (30-163) several times with gray ink on white cardstock. I then chose 2 of the more “masculine” of the stamps from the cling set, Every Happiness (40-198) and stamped and clear embossed over this image. I colored the exposed leaves with various green Distress Ink. Once that was dry, I cut the images out leaving a little space between the image and edge. The edges were distressed and swiped several times with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. They were mounted with dimensional foam over the sentiment strip (which I created and printed) and a panel stamped with the background stamp, Fleur de Lys (40-204).
I hope you’ve been keeping up with what’s going on at the Penny Black blog. Love the new stamps from the mini catalog Life’s Messages! My favorites? Silhouettes (40-239); Tune Up (40-225); Life’s Messages (40-237). Tune in next week for more inspiration!
My nephew is turning 8 on Sunday. And I thought a bright cute boy card would be a nice addition to his present.
On a acrylic block, I added different shades of blue Distress Ink. I then heavily misted the block with water. I stamped the block on a lightly misted watercolor cardstock panel. I repeated this several times until the panel was covered with blue ink. After the panel was dry, I punched several waves with a border punch. I then layered each wave on a small card panel just gluing the bottom part of the punched border. I then stamped several fish and colored them with Copic markers. I also added googly eyes just for fun. They were then fussy cut and placed in between the layers of waves. Finally I added an appropriate sentiment.
CAS(E) this Sketch #24
Moxie Fab World The Wonder of Watercolor Challenge
CFC99 Birthday Bash
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Hope you all have a great week!
I have to add a few thank you cards to add to my stash. Here is a simple card that took me longer than I wanted to complete. I am entering it in several challenges so I wanted to make sure that it met all the criteria.
SUPPLIES Stamps: Flower Poetry (Penny Black) Mini Blooms (PTI) Inks: Watercolor Pencils (Derwent), Onyx Black Versafine (Tsukineko), Soft Pool Shadow Ink (Hero Arts) Other: Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); Scoring Board (Martha Stewart)
I stamped and embossed Flower Poetry (4311K) twice and fussy cut just the flowers. The flowers were colored with watercolor pencils. I scored lines around the perimeter of the small card panel for some depth. Finally I added the “thanks” sentiment from PTI’s Mini Blooms (love that font!).
Challenges Entered: Retrosketches #59
Muse Challenge # 13
Moxie Fab World: The Wonder of Watercolor Challenge
Moxie Fab World: Tuesday Trigger: Wake-Up Call – I love the color combination in this week’s challenge and used it for my card.
Have a great weekend!
I have another birthday card to share. It’s my husband’s birthday today and I decided to make him a cute card. I’ve had this idea on my mind for a while so I decided to finally put it on paper.
SUPPLIES Stamps: (All Penny Black) Victorian Homes; Party Time; Sweet & Cute Inks: Black Dye Ink (Hero Arts), Prismacolor Pencils, Tumbled Glass Distress Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger) Other: Glossy Accents (Ranger)
It’s a pretty simple card. On the card panel, I partially stamped Victorian Homes (40-091) on the card panel and left it as is – no color. I colored this cute litte hedgie from Party Time (30-049) with Prismacolor Pencils and fussy cut the image. I wanted to have him floating about hanging onto that little red balloon (covered with glossy accents). So, I added dimensional stickers to give that effect. Finally, I lightly colored the sky with Distress Inks and added the sentiment from the clear set, Sweet & Cute (30-153).
And it just so happens, the new Simon Says Challenge Blog is Travel and/or Cityscapes. And I think this card fits the bill!
Remember to visit the Penny Black blog and see all of guest designer, Iwona Palamountain’s (Chupa), creations!
As I mentioned in my previous posts, I’ve got a lot of birthday cards to make. Here is one that I’d like to share. I love this card by Therese Calvird. This card was the inspiration for the 12th Challenge in the Muse Challenge Blog. I missed the deadline but I still just wanted to make a card base on this inspiration.
SUPPLIES Stamps: (All Penny Black) Star-Inspired; Gratitude Papers: Neenah Solar White CS; Watercolor Paper (Strathmore); Patterned (Prima) Inks: Onyx Black Versafine (Tsukineko); Distress Inks (Ranger); Watercolor Pencils (Inktense) Other: Stencil (Martha Stewart)
The leaves on the card panel were created with a stencil colored with Distress Inks. I stamped and embossed Star-Inspired (4156K) on watercolor paper and colored the image with watercolor pencils. I fussy-cut the image and adhered the flower on the card panel with dimensional foam. For added interest to the card, I cut a strip of pattered paper which was placed to the side of my main card panel. The sentiment is from the clear set, Gratitude (30-105)
Challenge entered: SSS April Showers and/or Spring Flowers
ETA: I was perusing the Moxie Fab World today and realized that Kath is running the Wonder of Water Color Challenge. So, I’m going to enter this card as well!
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Penny Black will be featuring Iwona Palamountain (Chupa) as their guest designer for the week. If you haven’t checked out her cards, please visit her blog here. I’m a great admirer and am so blown away with her versatility! So come and visit the Penny Black blog this week for inspiration!