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. ūüôā

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 Рhair: 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!

Blooming Garden – Poppies

I’m participating in the pre-class color challenge for the Online Card Classes Summer Card Camp 2, which starts on July 7. I can’t wait for class to start!

The challenge’s color combo of peachy pink, light blue, light gray, dark gray and white was difficult for me, as I usually create in stronger, brighter colors. But that’s what I like about these challenges – they force you to consider combinations you’ve never tried. You’re allowed to craft a card with just four of the colors, so I eliminated the light blue.


I’ve got several more ideas, both on paper and in my head, for the¬†Penny Black Blooming Garden¬†stamp set, which includes five different flowers. I really like the poppies white embossed on the peach cardstock.


Remember when I mentioned in this post that I wanted to create a similar card using an anchor charm and white cord?¬†Well, that’s what I did on this card using the Penny Black Roman Surround background stamp paired with a sentiment from the Friendship set and a die cut anchor.


This card is somewhat unusually sized – it’s 4 1/2 inches wide by 5 1/4″ tall. I’m still practicing my nautical knots and would like to learn some fancier ones for card making. Nylon rope has a tendency to unravel and it loosens easily, so for this card I simply tied a knot! I stapled the cord at the two sides with a Tim Holtz mini attacher.

A Bear of All Trades

I couldn’t wait to play with the Penny Black¬†A Bear of All Trades stamp set full of such cute images. It’s a terrific set for Father’s Day cards, and I made a Father’s Day card for my husband, who happens to be a software programmer.


I colored the bear with Primacolor colored pencils over a Copic base at the recommendation of Elizabeth Allan. I first colored the bear without the Copic underlayer, and the Copics give the image a decidedly more finished look. I also used a Prismacolor blending pencil, which is like magic!

Sweet as Honey

Today I’m sharing a card stamped with the Penny Black¬†Sweet as Honey set paired with the Letter Background for a subtle background.


I stamped and embossed the rose twice and was able to punch it into three distinct sections. I love the combination of pink and green, and the silver embossing adds a bit of elegance.

Don’t forget to head over to the Penny Black blog to see this past week’s wonderful inspiration for the new release! I’ve got more than one set on my “must buy” list!

Painted Penny Black Flowers

Today I’m sharing card made with some Penny Black wood mounted rubber stamps – Blush and Iris.

These “brush stroke” stamp designs work beautifully with the distress paints. For the card I made with the¬†Blush¬†stamp, which is a coneflower, I paired bright colors with a neutral background and a sentiment from the Friendship stamp. I stamped the olive green panel with the Penny Black Letter Background stamp using Versamark ink for a hint of texture.


¬†I created a similarly designed card with the Iris stamp. I love irises of all colors, and they’re certainly in bloom around here right now! The dark blue ones have always been my favorite. For this image, I paired Salty Ocean and Chipped Sapphire distress paints for the flower’s petals. The Salty Ocean lifted the darker sapphire color just a bit. I dry embossed olive cardstock for the card base.



Have you checked out the new collection being featured this week on the Penny Black blog? The “elegant and cute” new release stamps are available for purchase Friday, May 31.

Supplies: Penny Black Iris, Blush and Letter Background stamps; Stampin’ Up cardstock