Sunday, October 01, 2023

Penny Black - Radiant Red

Hi everyone.  Today's cards feature a stamp from the Penny Black Christmas release (Radiant Red - 40-903).  This is a gorgeous poinsettia image that is fun and easy to watercolour.

This is my first time using this stamp, so I'm sending the above card to NBUS Challenge #55.

... and I'm also sending it to Penny Black Saturday Challenge - September, where Anything Penny Black Goes.
For the card above, the outline image is stamped off-the-edge onto mixed media paper.  I heat embossed the image in white and watercoloured using Distress Inks:  Mowed Lawn, Rustic Wilderness, Fired Brick, and Aged Mahogany.

The sentiment (Full of Christmas 30-734)  is stamped with black ink.  To finish the card, I splattered with diluted white acrylic paint ... there's a bit of a snow storm going on with this card. :)

Close-up ...

And I've created a second card using the same inks and white embossing, but this time I used vellum.  The embossed image is on the front with the watercolouring done on the back of the image.  I have sandwiched the vellum between two pieces of white card stock, both with a circle die-cut in the center.  
I added a foiled sentiment using the Xmas Classics (15-004)  and some silver foil.  You simply rub the design onto your card, burnishing the sticky design, lay your foil over top and burnish again.  So simple and quick to do! :)  The sentiment looks black in the photo above.  I wasn't able to get a photo, but trust me, it's lovely and shiny silver foil. :)

I'm sending this card to Merry Little Christmas Challenge #52.

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Just a quick note that I added a new tab (Sketches) at the top of my blog of some of my favourite sketches I use when making my cards.  These sketches are Clean & Simple designs and I use them a lot (with slight variations to keep things more interesting).  I've also included small photos of several cards that I've made using each sketch with links to the original blog posts.  I hope you find this useful. :)  

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Card #1:
Stamps:  Radiant Red (Penny Black); Full of Christmas (Penny Black)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:   Versamark; Distress Inks:  Mowed Lawn, Rustic Wilderness, Fired Brick, and Aged Mahogany (Tim Holtz); Black (Memento)
Accessories:   White Embossing Powder, heat tool, watercolour paint brushes, diluted white acrylic paint, splatter brush

Card #2:
Stamps:  Radiant Red (Penny Black); Xmas Classics (Penny Black)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Vellum
Ink:     Versamark; Distress Inks:  Mowed Lawn, Rustic Wilderness, Fired Brick, and Aged Mahogany (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:   White Embossing Powder, heat tool, watercolour paint brushes, diluted white acrylic paint, splatter brush, Circle die (Spellbinders - retired), silver foil (decofoil)


I Card Everyone said...

Oh boy. Do I need another Poinsettia? Maybe! This is so lovely in your brilliant red, Loll!

nancy littrell said...

I think the beautiful PB poinsettia and sentiment sets are both Must Haves:-) TFS both CAS card designs, my friend. Love and Hugs..Nancy

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

Gorgeous cards Loll.
Faith x

BożenA said...

WOW! Loll, two wonderful cards! I especially love the first card, where the colors give great depth and chiaroscuro. A wonderful watercolor.

Bobby said...

Your poinsettias are beautifully colored, Loll.

Bonnie said...

Beautiful red poinsettias, Lolly! Love the white embossing and your coloring is so pretty! The falling snow makes them even prettier! Two more awesome Christmas cards, my friend!

Lisa Elton said...

These might just be new favorites, Loll they're absolutely gorgeous!!

Trina P. said...

Fabulous cards. You truly brought this poinsettia image to life! I would have skipped right past them had I based It only on the stamp set cover image. Beautiful colouring on both.

kiwimeskreations said...

What a wonderful pair of cards Loll - your colouring of the poinsettia is amazing!! Loving the 'snowstorm' on the first card :)

Julie B said...

I'm a sucker for a poinsettia Loll and this is a fab one. I can see it being used a lot, it looks so versatile. :)

Cat Craig said...

Stunning, each one.

Brenda in IN said...

A beautiful stamp and lovely water coloring. I like the vellum card so much. Thanks for sharing your sketches. It's great inspiration when you're stumped.

Linda said...

Simply stunning! Your colouring looks amazing, so intense. I love the white embossing too. Beautiful cards xx

Susan said...

Beautiful use of that new stamp! Wonderful vibrant colouring on the first card, and lovely softer effect from the vellum on the second one! Great layouts on both!

HilaryJane said...

Love that stamp and it looks brilliant stamped off centre. You have given the image such lovely depth with your colouring. Love the vellum one too, it has a great softness to it xx

Pat said...

Two gorgeous cards Loll using that beautiful new PB Stamp, and such a great name and yours is particularly 'radiant with that wonderful red watercolouring and such pretty tones of green for the leaves, and love the design of both, and great use of vellum on the second. Thank you for sharing your sketches too, and all the fantastic cards to illustrate each. I know where to come when I am stuck for an idea. x

Christine Alexander said...

Gorgeous cards Loll with that wonderful poinsettia so beautifully watercoloured ♥

Marcia Hill said...

What a beautiful Poinsettia stamp and you've used it brilliantly twice here Loll! Both cards are so simple but so striking in their simplicity! I love the white embossing and the brilliant water coloring...soooo pretty my friend! Hugs. :0)

TK said...

Two beautiful cards, Loll, from your striking image! Great showcase of the poinsettia on both cards

Heather said...

Both cards are stunners, Loll. And the snow storm going in is lovely, definitely a necessary feature.

Ina G said...

Yes both cards are STUNNING! In awe of your colouring skills Loll and always such beautiful CAS creations.

Helen said...

Absolutely beautiful cards Loll!
Thanks for playing at the Penny Black Saturday Challenge!
Helen x

Papercraft Boutique said...

Both poinsettia cards are fantastic, Loll! You've colored the flowers truly "Radiant Red", just as the name of the stamp set says. Love different shades of red on the first card, and the translucent (vellum) effect of the colors on the second.
AND your new tab, Sketches, is another useful resource! Thanks so much for taking the time to organize and share your creative resources!
Hideko xx

Brenda said...

This is a beautiful poinsettia image Loll, and you have brought it to life with your coloring! I love this simple, but so elegant Christmas card! I also love the second card, love how you sandwiched the poinsettia between the layers. So pretty!!! Hugs, Brenda

Darnell said...

What a beautiful fat and juicy poinsettia this is, Lolly! I love it with your flawless coloring and blizzard of snow! Both designs are terrific! Thank you for inspiring everyone at NBUS! And thank you for adding the Sketches tab! Hugs, Dolly (It's good to be home! I'm slowly getting things caught up.)