Christmas in the Round – Penny Black

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Hello! I hope you are having a beautiful day in your neck of the woods. We are finally experiencing some warmer weather where I live which makes me so happy on the inside. I love spring!

Anyway, I have been having a lot of fun with the Penny Black Christmas in the Round rubber stamp. This was released last Christmas and I have been meaning to play with it all year. I have also discovered Ranger’s Liquid Platinum embossing powder and I am in love with this stuff! It is a beautiful muted gold colour – perfect for Christmas in my opinion.

I have made three cards the same, just used different colours, and then I finished off each border a little differently. I started with a white piece of card stock in each case, and coloured it with completely (and very heavily) with Distress Ink (Chipped Sapphire, Festive Berried and Peacock Feathers). I could have used coloured card stock, but realised that I didn’t have any navy card stock left, so I made my own!

Once the card stock was completely dry – I left them overnight to make sure – I then used Versmark ink and stamped the Round For Christmas stamp the embossed it with the Platinum Gold embossing powder and heat set it.

I used the matching Distress Marker colour and coloured in various elements of the ornament. I also covered these areas with a layer of shimmer using a clear Wink of Stella glitter brush pen.

The scoring around the edge was done on a scoring board with a stylus. I changed it up on all three cards for a little bit of variety.


Penny Black products used:

Penny Black 40-487 Christmas in the Round 

Supplies

Stamps: Penny Black Christmas in the Round rubber stamp

Card: Xpress-It card stock

Ink: Versamark ink, Distress Inks – Chipped Sapphire, Festive Berries, Peacock Feathers, Distress Ink Markers – Chipped Sapphire, Festive Berries, Peacock Feathers

Other Supplies: Wink of Stella glitter brush pen – Clear, Ranger Embossing Powder – Liquid Platinum, Heat tool, Anti-static Pillow, Fun Foam, Martha Stewart score board and stylus


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Marion

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Happy Birthday Kitty Cat

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I’m back with a card that I made for my husband for his birthday that was earlier this week. I’m not too good at producing masculine cards, so I went down the cutesy card path instead. Anyway, he liked his card, so that is all that matters right?

I stamped the cat and balloon from the Time to Celebrate stamp set onto a white panel and coloured it with a mixture of Copic Markers and Prismacolor pencils. I then masked off the cat and created my own cloud mask and sponged on some clouds using Salty Ocean and Faded Jeans Distress ink. The sentiment is from the Kind Words stamp set (I did a little bit of stamp surgery here). To finish off the card I covered the balloons in Glossy Accents to make them shine.


Penny Black products used:

Penny Black 30-414 Time to Celebrate stamp set
Penny Black 30-226 Kind Words stamp set

Supplies

Stamps: Penny Black Time to Celebrate and Kind Words stamp sets

Card: Xpress-It card stock

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink, VersFine Onyx black ink, Distress Inks – Salty Ocean and Faded Jeans

Other Supplies: Copic Markers, Prismacolor pencils, Inkadinkadoo masking paper, Fun Foam, Ink blending tool, Glossy Accents


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Marion

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Four Penny Black Cards

This past week I had the pleasure of being featured on the main Penny Black blog, using new products from their latest catalogues Be Merry and Hello Autumn. I had a lot of fun making these clean and simple cards.

Day 1’s card used the wonderful Layered Poinsettia die and the sentiment came from the Gather Around stamp set. I added score lines to the petals and leaves with a scoring stylus and coloured them with Distress Inks. I custom made the grey panel by scoring lines on a score board.

Day 2’s card used the Hello Autumn stamp set and was coloured with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol.

Day 3’s card used the Hills and Trees Creative die. I love the unusual colour combo which I created effortlessly with Oxide Distress Inks. The sentiment is from the Banner Sentiments set.

And my final Day 4 card is probably my favourite of them all. Aren’t these mice adorable? They are from the Gather Around stamp set.

I coloured them with Copic markers, and then added in all the details (such as the fur on the mice) with Prismacolor pencils.


Supplies

For a full list of supplies and instructions, click on the link for each Day’s card and it will take you to the original blog post.


Thanks for sticking with me! That was a long post.

Marion

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You are Awesome

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I’ve recently purchased some Distress Oxide inks – and I am in love with them! I love the creaminess of them and they are soooo easy to blend! I only have 4 colours at the moment, but I will definitely be adding a few more to my stash soon…

Today’s technique has been borrowed by the extremely talented Jennifer McGuire and in particular this post here. I wanted to try this same technique with some Penny Black supplies and it worked so beautifully.

First up I blended some Cracked Pistachio, Wilted Violet and Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide inks onto some watercolour card stock. Did I mention that these babies blend like butter (to borrow a catch phrase from Laura Bassen)? I took the Penny Black Hypnotic stencil and sprayed it with a fine mist of water. I placed this face down onto the blended panel and let it sit for 5 mins or so while it did its thing.

The sentiment is from a Penny Black Creative die set called Awesome.  I borrowed a technique that Therese Calvird uses regularly where she die cuts the sentiment from fun foam and then adheres the card stock sentiment over the top. I don’t know why I haven’t tried it before, but it worked a treat too.

Penny Black products used:
Penny Black 51-333 Awesome Creative Die set
Penny Black 25-015 Hypnotic Stencil

Supplies

Stamps: None

Card: X-Press It blending card, Watercolour card stock, Grey Card stock

Ink: Distress Oxide Ink – Cracked Pistachio, Wilted Violet, Worn Lipstick

Other Supplies: Penny Black Awesome Creative die set, Cuttlebug, Penny Black Hypnotic stencil, Water mister, Liquid adhesive, Ink blending tool, Fun Foam

I hope you are having a wonderful day.
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Marion

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