Penny Black Flutters Meets Dots

Today, I’m sharing a card crafted with two of the new Penny Black’s Creative Dies –  Flutters (51-006) and Dots (51-009) – that I combined for a summer birthday card.

ButterflyBirthdaywebTo begin, I cut a piece of masking paper with the Dots die two times, side-by-side. I rotated the die 180 degrees before cutting with it a second time. I put the mask on white cardstock and used a combination of Distress Inks to color the cardstock. I then cut the dragonflies from the inked cardstock. The circle cutout on the white panel reveals a piece of lighter blue cardstock cut with the Dots die placed over the darker blue card base. To complete the card, I stamped one of the sentiments from the Friendship (30-160) set with Versafine ink.

SCC2: Week Two, Day Two

There were lots of wonderful techniques shown in today’s Online Card Classes Summer Card Camp 2. I chose to CASE Donna Mikasa’s card showing the technique of clear embossing on colored cardstock.

WeekTwoDayTwoweb copyIt took me a few tries to find the right combination of cardstocks to match this week’s colors, as well as to work with this technique. I tried a lighter blue and the result was an almost invisible flower! I also arrived at this sentiment after trying something that had a lighter-weight font. The lighter-weight font was lost with the weight of the flowers and leaves.

Supplies: Avery Elle Petals & Stems stamp set & matching die set; Penny Black Moment of Joy; Hero Arts Cup O’ Joe midtone shadow ink; Versamark; Ranger clear embossing powder; Stampin’ Up & Avery Elle cardstock

Penny Black: Floral Applique

Today, I’m sharing two cards created with the same color scheme and the Penny Black stamp sets: Floral Applique (40-238) and Sentimental (30-176).

For my first card, I heat embossed one of the sentiments from Sentimental then stamped a combination of images from the Floral Applique set with white pigment ink.

JustANoteNavywebThis card didn’t come together on my first try! I learned after several tries that I needed to stamp the images around the sentiment first. I worked clockwise starting on the right hand side, to leave room around the sentiment.

As I stamped the first card, I had a thought (midway through the process) – What if I only stamped the lower half? I decided to give that a try on a second card in which I used navy dye ink on white cardstock.


I really like the combination of navy, white and silver for a casual, but elegant feel. I tried gold embossing the sentiment but it was too formal and heavy. I also tried some other dye colors for the white notecard, including a citrus green and purple. I’d like to make another card with the sentiment in black ink and the flowers in one of those colors. So many card ideas, so little time! 🙂

Supplies: Penny Black Floral Applique (40-238) and Sentimental (30-176); Stampin’ Up cardstock (navy); Neenah cardstock (white); ColorBox white pigment ink; Archival cobalt dye ink; Hero Arts silver embossed powder

Sail Away

I’m back today sharing another stamped and watercolored image from the Penny Black Sunny Days set. I loosely followed the sketch for the Summer Card Camp 2 Pre-Class Challenge for this card, and you’ll notice that I’ve used the same clouds for this card as I did for my first Pre-Class Challenge sketch card. 🙂


I follow the lovely blog Home is Where the Boat is and thought that title was the perfect sentiment for the cat at sea in a sailboat, which I created on my computer. Wouldn’t it be fun to live on a boat? 

I used a combination of Derwent Inktense and Prismacolor watercolor pencils for the Sunny Days image. Have a fantastic weekend – we’re hoping for some warmer, sunny weather here in the Pacific Northwest.

Sunny Days Cat

The moment I saw the Sunny Days stamp set, I knew I wanted it! And when Elizabeth Allan posted this incredible card, I knew which image I wanted to start with! I just love this cat.


This card, which is just over 3″ around, took me several tries using watercolor pencils. I learned something important about Inktense pencils, which are the watercolor pencils I’ve been using – the colors are permanent once you go over them with water. In other words, when you add water, Inktense produces ink not watercolor paint. So, I used Prismacolor pencils for the fur, because I wanted to be able to work the color more than once. The fins, sunglasses and beach towel, however, are colored with the Inktense pencils. I stamped the inside of the card with the “A Sunny Hello” sentiment from the set.

Wishing you a “Sunny Day.”

Mimi at Play

This past weekend, I took time off from cardmaking to watercolor some of the images from the Penny Black Mimi at Play set with Distress ink pads and markers. I find that I need to color the images several times before I’m happy with my results!


I paired Mimi with a sentiment from the Friendship set and a die-cut window. To cut out that area between her toy horse and the rocker, I cut off the rocker, cut out the paper, and then reattached the rocker with dimensional tape. 🙂

Sweet Wishes

I took a short break from coloring to create a paper-pieced card using one of the images from Penny Black’s Blooming Garden stamp set paired with a sentiment from the Friendship set.

Sweet Wishesweb

Once I had created the flowers, I referred to the handouts from Summer Card Camp 2011 to find a color palette that would work with the yellow and orange. I’m not quite ready for fall, but I definitely do like fall colors. I stamped the blue cardstock with the Letter Background stamp in Versamark ink to add a little texture.

Penny Black “Mindy”

Have you met Mindy? She’s Mimi’s sister and a relatively new addition to the Penny Black family.  I wanted to practice my Copic coloring, so I stamped and heat embossed the adorable Mindy image. And I couldn’t resist getting the Mimi at Play set just for the “Sending Hugs” sentiment that seemed like a perfect fit.


 Copics – hair: Y23, Y 26, E33, E27; bear: E21, E31, E33; pants +scarf: R20, R24, R27; tunic: B00, B02, YR31, YR15; shoes: E57, E59; face: Roo, R02

Penny Black “Tuning Up”

I’m sharing another masculine card today using the Penny Black Tuning Up stamp set. In addition to computer programming (the theme of this card), my husband also likes to fiddle with old cars, so I couldn’t resist stamping this image for another Father’s Day card!


I watercolored with both Distress Ink pads and with Memento markers. For the red car exterior, I simply colored with the Memento marker, as my first attempt to watercolor it resulted in a mess! I also used my Copic C2 for some of the grill work and engine interior, as I wanted a lighter gray. This watercoloring is addictive!

Mimi on Safari

This past weekend I had an opportunity to color stamped images, including some from the Penny Black “Mimi Safari” stamp set. For this card I watercolored with a variety of Distress Ink pad inks.

At the suggestion of Elizabeth Allan, I added a little bit of Ink Potion #9 to the water into which I dipped my brush (I did not add water to the water brush, instead I just used it like a regular brush). I created a sentiment for the “photo border” on my computer and die cut it with the InstaFrame from My Favorite Things. The blue background in the “photo” was created with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. After much research, I discovered that a combination of Tattered Rose and Tea Dye works well for skin tones. I had initially tried Vintage Linen, which made Mimi look rather lifeless!