Monday, May 13, 2024

Penny Black - Refresh

Hi everyone.  Today's card uses one of the dies from the latest release at Penny Black, called Refresh (51-817).

I absolutely adore these lovely flowers in three different sizes.  I die-cut them from mixed media paper and sponged with Distress Inks (Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Carved Pumpkin).  I mounted them over top of a die-cut and embossed background panel (Semi-Circle Stackers 51-706), popping up the panel with foam for added dimension.  To finish this CAS design, I stamped the sentiment (Super Day 31-044) in Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and used my white Posca pen to add small dots to the flower centers.

Close-up ...

Sending the above card to three challenges:

Thanks for stopping by!

Penny Black Products
             Refresh (51-817)                   Semi-Circle Stackers (51-706)          Super Day (31-044)

Stamps:  Super Day (Penny Black)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:   Distress Inks:  Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Carved Pumpkin, Gathered Twigs (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:   Refresh dies (Penny Black), sponges, White Posca pen, Semi-circle Stacker Dies (Penny Black)

Saturday, May 04, 2024

Many Thanks

Hi everyone.  It's great to be back on-line after moving houses and being "unplugged" for a few weeks. :)

Today I'm sharing a card I made for Emily.  She has been walking Jessie for a few years and we will miss her.  I used one of the images from Daisy Darlings from Penny Black, stamped in black and watercoloured with Distress Inks (Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon, Brushed Corduroy, Gathered Twigs, and Mowed Lawn).  The sentiment is from the Happy Snippets (Penny Black) stamp set.

Close-up ...

I kept this card CAS (clean and simple) as the image is so darn adorable ... and I wanted it to be the focus. :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Dainty Darlings (Penny Black); Happy Snippets (Penny Black)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:  Black Pigment ink (Obsidian - Altenew); Distress Inks:  Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon, Brushed Corduroy, Gathered Twigs, Mowed Lawn (Tim Holtz) 
Accessories:   Watercolour brushes

Sunday, April 28, 2024

Elegant Writer - Group of Seven

Hi everyone.  Today for Group of Seven, we are working with the Elegant Writer pen.  Christine first introduced me to this marker several years ago, but I didn't buy one for myself until last year.  I'm sorry I waited so long! :)

The pen is filled with water soluable ink.  When you add it to your card, the ink looks black, but add some water and you will have inks in gray, green, blue and pink show up.  It's really magical.  A little goes a long way. 

Please check out the details for the technique and link to video on the blog ...
For both my cards today, I kept things CAS.  I was busy making cards ahead for upcoming commitments and packing up our house at the same time, so I kept things simple.  :)

For the card above, I used a wonderful image called Tree Poem (Stampendous), stamped in black and clear heat embossed.  I added a few lines of elegant writer here and there and then took a wet brush to spread the colours, dabbing with a paper towel which shows off the pink and blue colours.  I love the classic black and white colours with just a touch of added colour in the background.

Close-up ...
Here's what I learned when I experimented with this technique ...
  • If you decide you want to buy one of the Elegant Writer pens, make sure it has a silver/gray casing.  This is the pen with the water soluable ink.  I mistakenly bought Elegant Writer pens that were in a black case ... permanent markers in black.  :)
  • I found the video by Karlyn invaluable (you will find it on the Group of Seven blog).  She is an artist and also teaches art ... and she has lots of tips on how to use these amazing pens.
  • I outlined images or partially outlined images and then added water to spread the ink.  If I wanted to add just a touch of colour, I would use a damp watercolour brush to pick up just a bit of colour directly from the tip of the Elegant Writer pen. 
  • Once you add water and move the colour around, you must blot with a paper towel and that's when you will see more of the pink and blue colours.  
  • As per Karlyn's video, I misted lightly from above to set the ink once I was finished.  Then I could leave my image as is, or add more watercolouring using inks or paints of different colours easily without any bleeding. 
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Here's another CAS card using a black heat embossed image with the Elegant Writer pen.  Simple, but so pretty!

This time I used an image from the Create Chaos (Visible Image) stamp set.  Again, I kept it black and white with just a touch of colour from the elegant writer.

Thanks for stopping by!

Card #1:
Stamps:  Tree Poem (Stampendous); Many Everyday Message (Hero Arts)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:   Black (Memento); Elegant Writer
Accessories:   Clear embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool, watercolour brushes

Card #2:
Stamps:  Create Chaos (Visible Image); Many Everyday Messages (Hero Arts)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:   Black (Memento); Elegant Writer
Accessories:   Clear embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool, watercolour brushes)

Thursday, April 25, 2024

J-O-Y #8

Hi everyone.  I'm back with my eighth card using the Immense JOY die from Penny Black.  This is going to be the last JOY card for a while.  I scheduled this post ahead as we moved yesterday and my computer is unplugged and packed away. :)  

This is one of the images from the All the Trimmings stamp set (Penny Black).  I stamped the image in black ink, heat embossed in clear, and watercoloured with my Zigs. 

I finished the background of the card by using a black card front with in-laid JOY die in real red card stock.   I cut out around the image at the bottom so it would drape over the bottom of the "O" and give a bit of added dimension.

Close-up ...
I'm sending this card to Rudolph Days April Challenge.
Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  All the Trimmings (Penny Black)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); Black card stock (SU!); Real Red card stock (SU!)
Ink:   Black (Memento); Zig markers
Accessories:   JOY die (Penny Black); Clear embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool; watercolour brushes