Sunday, December 05, 2021

Penny Black - Hug a Snowman

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing cards made from another of the new Penny Black release, Hello Winter 2021.  This stamp set (Hug a Snowman  30-887) includes the family image above, along with two other adorable snowman (one with a bunny), and two sentiments.  This set can be used for lots of different occasions such as winter birthday or celebration, as well as for Christmas.

Stamped the family of snowpeople in archival black ink onto mixed media paper.  Used sponge brushes to add Salvaged Patina and Wilted Violet distress inks to the top ... these colours are so pretty together!  Used the same two colours to watercolour the scarves, hats and gift as well.  Finished by first splattering with water, got a little carried away with some very big drops :) ... and then splattering with diluted white acrylic paint to finish off this snow storm.  Added a few details with a white pen and some red chalk before popping up the panel with foam onto my card base and adding a stamped sentiment (from the same set).

Close-up ...
This makes me smile! :)

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Stamps:  Hug a Snowman (Penny Black)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:   Archival Black (Ranger); Distress Inks:  Broken Glass, Salvaged Patina, Wilted Violet, Carved Pumpkin, Brushed Corduroy, Gathered Twigs, Black Soot (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:   Sponge brushes, Paint Brushes (#4, #2 round); Clear Wink of Stella; Diluted White Acrylic Paint, Red Chalk, White Posca pen


Thursday, December 02, 2021

Penny Black - Brilliance

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing cards made with the new Penny Black products that are part of the latest Hello Winter 2021 release.  I have made Christmas cards with these stamps, but they could be used for a variety of winter occasions.

I just LOVE this gorgeous leafy berry branch (Brilliance 40-806), which comes with two branches.  I used the largest above, although almost half of the branch is not showing.

I started by smooshing some leftover inks on my palette from one of the ornaments I made for Christmas.  The colours for the background are distress inks:  Peeled Paint, Forrest Moss, Festive Berries, Aged Mahogany.  Once the background was dry, I placed it in my Misti along with the berry branch and stamped using Forrest Moss and Festive Berries markers to colour, with just a light misting of water.  I moved the ink around with a small paint brush and then repeated until I was happy with the look.  I die-cut the card with a circle die.

To finish, I stamped a sentiment from Christmas Moments (30-731), which is heat embossed in white.  I used a white acrylic pen to add dots to the berries and popped the circle up on my card base with foam.  

Close-up ...
Sorry for the shadows at the bottom of my photo ...

I love this colour combination so much, I had to make a second card.  This time I used the same distress ink colours for the smooshed background.  I added two stampings of the smallest berry branch, heat embossed in Princess Gold.  I added a simple sentiment (Christmas Sentiments 30-504) to finish the card.  
Hard to tell in the photo, but the leafy branches are a bright yellow gold metallic.


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Card #1:  It's Christmas
Stamps: Brillance; Christmas Moments (both Penny Black) 
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:   Distress Inks and/or Markers: Peeled Paint, Forrest Moss, Festive Berries, Aged Mahogany (Tim Holtz); Versamark
Accessories: water mister, paint brushes, white embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool, white acrylic pen (Posca)

Card #2:  Peace, Love, and Joy
Stamps: Brillance; Christmas Sentiments (both Penny Black) 
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:   Distress Inks: Peeled Paint, Forrest Moss, Festive Berries, Aged Mahogany (Tim Holtz); Versamark
Accessories: water mister, Princess Gold embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool

Challenges:

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Winterberry Background x 2

Hi everyone.  I've had this stamp (Pinkfresh Studio's Winterberry Background) for a while, so happy to finally be inking it up for Christmas!  I used no-line watercoloring this time, although you can see some of the lines with the lighter green leaves.  That's another thing ... I do love twisted citron distress ink, but it DOES NOT photograph well.  It always looks yellow.  Trust me, the lighter leaves are green! :)

Started by inking up the image with antique linen distress ink.  Used distress re-inkers and watercolour paint brushes (#4, #2 round) to watercolour this background.  To finish, I used my white Posca pen to add highlights to the berries and some of the leaves.  I used a new-to-me die-cut sentiment banner from Simon Says (Holiday Words On a Line) and cut it from red card stock.  It was lost in the busy pattern, so I anchored it with a strip of white.  Worked great! :)

Close-up ...

I really like this background and wanted to try it with my new-to-me fine tec watercolours ...
LOVE the shimmer of these amazing watercolours!

I cut out a small strip to add in the sentiment banner.  You can just see it peeking out from the inside of the card.  It's small, but adds a nice little somethin' somethin' to the inside. :)

Close-up ... this really shows the shimmer of the paints!

I'm heading over to NBUS Challenge #32.  I used three new NBUS on this card (stamp, die, watercolours).  I'm having fun working my way through my new schtuff!
And I'm entering this pearly card into Peace on Earth Christmas Challenge #4.  I went with the Anything Goes for this challenge.  The mood board is AMAZING, so I might be back with another card inspired by it! :)

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Stamps:  Winterberry Background (Pinkfresh Studio)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb.); Real Red card stock (SU!)
Ink:   Antique Linen Distress Ink; Distress Re-inkers:  Candied Apple, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:   Watercolour Paint brushes (#4, #2 round) - Blick Art Materials; White Posca pen; Liquid Platinum

Stamps:  Winterberry Background (Pinkfresh Studio)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Black card stock (SU!)
Ink:   Versamark; Pearlescent Watercolours (Fine Tec)
Accessories:   Watercolour Paint brushes (#4, #2 round) - Blick Art Materials; Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder, heat tool, CZ Design Sentiment Strips Reverse Christmas (Simon Says)

Challenges:
NBUS Challenge #32


Sunday, November 28, 2021

Happy Birthday Susan!

Hi everyone.  Today is my dear friend Susan's birthday.  She loves blue and so when I saw this beautiful flower set from Honey Bee (Framed Anemones), I had to buy it to make her card.  I'm so happy how it turned out.  It's bright, bold, and a great birthday card for her.

Started by stamping in black ink and clear heat embossing.  I used only one shade of blue distress ink (Blueprint Sketch) for the flowers, two shades of green re-inkers (Mowed Lawn, Rustic Wilderness) for the leaves.  I've now added the Blueprint Sketch re-inker to my wish list ... there's always something to add! :)  Here's the photo that I saw that helped me pick my shade of blue ink ...

The image comes with it's own frame, which I originally watercoloured in Black Soot distress ink.  I didn't like how it looked, so fussy-cut out my image and placed it over top of a hemstitch dotty border, which has been lined with black card stock.  Much happier with the design.

Close-up ...
I'm sending this card over to Seize the Birthday - Challenge #228.  I didn't play along with my hobby, but the card is for Susan and she is an AMAZING gardener!! :)



And sending to NBUS Challenge #32.  This is the first inking of this pretty stamp!


Thanks for stopping by ... and if you have a moment, why not stop by Susan's blog (Cardmaker's Garret) and leave her some birthday love.  Thank you!!


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Stamps:  Framed Anemones (Honey Bee); Sentiment - Cosmos (Technique Tuesday - retired)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb.); Black card stock (SU!)
Ink:   Obsidian (Altenew); Blueprint Sketch distress ink, Mowed Lawn and Rustic Wilderness Distress Re-inkers (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:   Clear embossing powder, heat tool, Watercolour Paint brushes (#6, #4) Blick Art Materials, Hemstitch Rectangles (Spellbinders), White embossing powder

Challenges: