Sunday, July 10, 2022

Penny Black - Courier

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing a card using the new die from Penny Black - Courier (51-734).  I've also used one of the new stamps from the So Thankful set (30-914), masking off a bit to have a simple "Thanks".

Before I created the bird on the branch, I worked on the background.  This is a stencil monoprint of the Penny Black Promenade stencil (25-001), which I've had for ages. :)  For the stencil monoprint, I randomly pressed two colours of distress inks (Peeled Paint, Chipped Sapphire) onto the stencil; spritzed with water and then flipped the wet side of the inky stencil onto a piece of mixed media paper.  I blotted with paper towel (which keeps the cutout of the stencil design clean white), leaving the background with lots of colour.  This is my favourite stencil technique. :)  

Blotting all the excess ink and water created a soft, dreamy looking leavy background for my lovely bird on a branch die, which I sponged with more Chipped Sapphire distress ink on the bird's body, along with two shades of brown ink for the branch.  I die-cut a second bird, using just the wing to glue on top of my bird to add dimension.

Close-up ...
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Stamps:  So Thankful (Penny Black)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:   Distress Inks:  Peeled Paint, Chipped Sapphire (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:   Promenade stencil (Penny Black); Courier die (Penny Black)


nancy littrell said...

Beautiful die cut bird and branch over your lightly monoprint stenciled background. Love the font on your sweet sentiment too. TFS my friend. So fun having new beautiful craft toys:-) Love and Hugs..Nancy

Susan said...

What a beautiful bird! And I love the way you've coloured him (of course I do since he's blue and white!). Great background too!

Liz said...

Beautiful card, Loll. xx

Darnell said...

This is a great result using that stencil technique for your background, Lolly! I love the soft and dreamy effect balanced by the brilliant sapphire of the pretty bird on a branch! Love, Dolly

kiwimeskreations said...

What a gorgeous, dreamy card Loll - love the almost ethereal background that technique gives

Marcia Hill said...

This is SOOOO pretty Loll! I love, LOVE your background, and it's one of my favorite ways to use a stencil for a soft and muted background too!! And your bird with just the blue along the top is so striking against the soft background...absolutely GORGEOUS card my friend!! Hugs. :0)

Brenda in IN said...

Soft, subtle background and a beautiful bird.

HilaryJane said...

Wonderful soft background that looks fabulous behind your amazing blue bird xx

Bonnie said...

This is such a majestic bird, Lolly! Love the soft, dreamy background for him to perch on!

Leslie Miller said...

So beautiful, Loll! This is a very fun background technique which I learned from you... once you start it's hard to stop. This one is truly dreamy and perfect for your pretty bird.

Bobby said...

I don't think I've done that stencil technique since it was a CAS challenge, Loll. After seeing this, I have to try it again because I love the soft background it leaves.

Trina P. said...

Beautiful bird! Love the colour! 💙💙💙 Fabulous monoprint background to feature it. said...

The colouring is magnifice3nt on this card from the beautiful bird to the stenciled background, this really is frameworthy.


Christine Alexander said...

cool bird die cut and love the colours ♥

Papercraft Boutique said...

Fabulous stencil monoprint background, Loll! The subtle colors set off the gorgeous bird! Love the beautiful blue shade of Chipped Sapphire!
Hideko xx