Countdown to Christmas: Jill

As the fall leaves tumble away and snowflakes softly make their sparkly appearance, join us as we feature cards for the approaching Christmas season.  We have lots of of holly jolly jingle joy to share with you. 


As I'm counting down to Christmas, I am thoroughly enjoying Penny Black's Peaceful Winter collection.  This polar bear die is from this collection and the perfect foreground element for an inky background... my fav!

For full supplies and the how-to, please see the video below. (And don't forget to subscribe to the Penny Black YouTube Channel so you don't miss any future videos from me- I post all of mine there.) 


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I think my favorite is the brown bear scene.
Either way, these were such fun to create.

Countdown to Christmas: Elizabeth

As the fall leaves tumble away and snowflakes softly make their sparkly appearance, join us as we feature cards for the approaching Christmas season.  We have lots of of holly jolly jingle joy to share with you. 


For friends and family across the miles...



For this design, the frame was created by heat embossing the holly sprig in gold.  Different shades of Metallic Rub-Ons were applied by fingertip.  During the application, the embossed holly sprigs were wiped with a soft cloth to remove the blended color.  The finished frame was coated with gel medium.  When dry, Crystal Stickles were used to highlight the holly and a white gel pen created the small tiny white dots.

The artwork under the frame is a larger holly sprig stamped in Desert Sand Memento ink on watercolor paper.  Definition and color were enhanced with Caran D'ache watercolor crayons.  To seal the colors, the piece was sprayed with Krylon Clear Gloss Acrylic Coating.  When dry, the sentiment was stamped in Onyx Black VersaFine and heat embossed with clear powder.

Stamps by Penny BlackHolly Sprig 40-578, A Festive Season 30-442, 
        Joy & Happiness 30-440




Fall into Fall: Elizabeth

We don't know about you, but here in the Studio we're ready to push aside the blazing sun and leap, or perhaps just gently fall, into the beautiful colors of Autumn and the happy treats of Halloween.  We hope you will join us as we do just that over the next few weeks.

Halloween is just around the corner and I have a fun silhouette design to share with you!

This card was created with 3 different die cut designs: Penny Black's Snowflake Stitch Frame, Witches Duo and Trees and Hills.  

Let's start with the portion of the design inside the frame.  A white cardstock square was inked with Thatched Straw VersaMagic, Dandelion Mention Luxe, Spring Pansy VersaMagic, and Concord Grape VersaMagic to create a night-time scene.  The positive and negative portions of a die cut circle aided in creating the moon and sky around the moon.  This was then set aside as the other elements were prepared.

The interior elements of the trees and flying witch were die cut from black cardstock.


For the frame, the Stitched Snowflake Frame was die cut from orange cardstock and splashed with red Grumbacher watercolor and dried with a heat tool.  Then the frame was pounced with Watermark VersaMark ink, sprinkled with sparkle embossing powder and heat set.  The finished piece was backed with lime green cardstock to reveal a bit of contrasting color through the frame holes.

All the components were then layered with 3M Scotch Foam Mounting Tape as shown in the picture and attached to a card base covered with Coco Style Designer Paper.

Penny Black Supplies: Snowflake Stitch Frame 51-375, Witches Duo 51-361, Trees and Hills 51-381, Coco Style Designer Paper Pad 80-010, Penny Black Mix and Match Cardstock: Fern Green, Summer Sun

"Witching" you a spook-tacular Halloween!


Fall into Fall: Jill

We don't know about you, but here in the Studio we're ready to push aside the blazing sun and leap, or perhaps just gently fall, into the beautiful colors of Autumn and the happy treats of Halloween.  We hope you will join us as we do just that over the next few weeks.


I'm popping in today with a quick post and a fun little tag design. 
Stamps and dies by Penny Black: 51-245, 3719C, 30-238

I can't wait to see what Elizabeth will be sharing next... stay tuned!


Fall into Fall: Elizabeth

We don't know about you, but here in the Studio we're ready to push aside the blazing sun and leap, or perhaps just gently fall, into the beautiful colors of Autumn and the happy treats of Halloween.  We hope you will join us as we do just that over the next few weeks.

Halloween designs are a brewin' on my art table.

For me, this design was all about the journey.  My approach for this card was to play with different mediums, colors and layers without having a specific card layout in mind.  When it comes to Halloween, I tend to shift from clean and simple white space to full on color.

To begin, I stamped "Witchy" on white cardstock with Onyx Black VersaFine ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I colored the image with Copic markers and fussy cut the image.


I knew I wanted some sort of sentiment, but not as a separate stand alone element so I incorporated my greeting into her broomstick.  The sentiment from "Best Witches" was stamped on white cardstock and cut by hand into a shape that would work with the handle of the broom.  I wasn't too particular on the coloring.  I used the same colors I used in her dress, but mottled the colors when applying them.


The background is where most of my journey occurred.  Other than knowing what color tones I wanted, I had no expectations of how I wanted the finished piece to turn out.  With that being said, I grabbed a rectangular piece of white cardstock and started covering it with clear gesso.  To quicken the process, I dried the gesso with my heat gun.  Then I started splashing Grumbacher watercolors all over the piece.  It was fun not worrying about being precise or the fear of muddy colors.  I just went for it.  There was a certain point that the colors "spoke" to me and I knew it was time for a background pattern.  After seeing how the colors turned out, I knew the perfect backdrop would be "Parade of Squares" which was stamped in Midnight Blue StazOn.  I loved the effect.  Almost like she was standing in front of a wrought iron gate.  One final layer of matte gel medium sealed the colors and allowed me to distort some of the stamping.


To finish the card base, I figured if she was standing in front of a gate then there should be some trees in the distance.  Black cardstock stamped with Peaceful Moment in Onyx Black VersaFine and heat embossed with clear powder gave that effect.  To make it even more mystical and to add a touch of fog, I randomly rubbed Wedding Dress Memento Luxe ink over the embossing.

The layering is pretty straightforward and you will be able to tell from the picture how I matted the pieces.  There is 3M Scotch Foam Mounting Tape beneath the witch and the white cardstock mat.

Oh, and for her magical locket a tiny spot of Crystal Stickles.


Penny Black Supplies:  Witchy 40-553 (by Mo Manning), Parade of Squares 40-568, Peaceful Moment 40-569, Best Witches 30-131

Stayed tuned to find out if Jill's next design is filled with fall foliage or Halloween magic.


Fall into Fall: Jill

We don't know about you, but here in the Studio we're ready to push aside the blazing sun and leap, or perhaps just gently fall, into the beautiful colors of Autumn and the happy treats of Halloween.  We hope you will join us as we do just that over the next few weeks.
I had such fun creating this spooky scene using Penny Black Creative Dies.
All of my die cut pieces were painted with Distress Ink Reinkers used as watercolors and then, once dry, Distress Ink was added using an ink blending tool and foam pads to give the pieces extra dimension.  The hand trimmed hills and the moon were cut from white paper and inked with ink blending tools and foam pads.  The sky was first painted with Distress Ink Reinkers used as watercolors. Once dry I added a heavy layer of inks on top using an ink blending tool and a foam pads.  I wanted a smooth look and this helped even out the brushstrokes left from my painting.  

Stamps and dies by Penny Black: 51-361, 51-360, 51-327, 51-247, 30-249


Fall into Fall: Elizabeth

We don't know about you, but here in the Studio we're ready to push aside the blazing sun and leap, or perhaps just gently fall, into the beautiful colors of Autumn and the happy treats of Halloween.  We hope you will join us as we do just that over the next few weeks.

It's official --- fall has arrived!

However, what is one to do when you have so many favorite stamps to choose from to create a card?
Since I can't pick just one, I "mash them up"!!


This autumnal greeting was created by "mashing" these two Penny Black stamps together.  I circled the images in red that I used from each set.


The girl and extra leaf were colored with Copic markers, fussy cut and then set aside.  



The corner piece started as a white cardstock square and then was die cut with a circle to create the arc.  The piece was coated with white gesso and then randomly watercolored with Grumbacher hues of orange, red and a hint of green.  The small leaf was stamped in Spiced Chai StazOn.  The finished piece was covered in gel medium.

The colored arc was attached to a white cardstock square with 3M Scotch Foam Mounting Tape.  After the sentiment was stamped in Onyx Black VersaFine, the girl and extra leaf were attached.  Black pen dots were added by hand to create a border along the left and bottom portions of the square.

To keep the balance of the design, it was matted with black cardstock on two sides and then a ribbon tab was added.  

A white card base was matted with a piece of Madison Designer Paper antiqued with Peanut Brittle Memento Ink.  The finished artwork was then attached to the front of the card with 3M Scotch Foam Mounting Tape.  

I just had to use the other adorable little girl in Hello Autumn and made this second card.

40-554 Hello Autumn, 40-054 Sweet Home
Happy Fall!

Penny Black Supplies:  Same Tree 40-552 (by Mo Manning),  Hello Autumn 40-554 (by Mo Manning), Madison Designer Paper Pad 80-001