Spotlight on Sweet Spring 5 – Penny Black

Hello! I’m back with my fifth and final installment for Penny Black, using products from their latest catalogue called Sweet Spring. Actually I have 2 cards to share – very similar, yet slightly different. The main focus of both cards uses this awesome Creative die called Leaf Pattern.

Leaf Pattern

First I created an inked panel using Salty Ocean, Lucky Clover and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide inks. I die cut this panel with the Leaf Pattern die. I also die cut another one out, but from white card stock. I then inlaid all of the coloured pieces into the white negative space and also the white pieces into the coloured negative space – to create two panels that are the opposite of each other. This was quite time consuming, but I found this quite therapeutic and relaxing.

This first card was the easier of the two cards to make. To finish this one off, I die cut a black banner using the Birds and Banners Creative dies and white heat embossed the sentiment which is from the coordinating Banner Sentiments stamp set. I added some subtle shading to the banner with a white Prismacolor pencil to give it some dimension.

For the second card I stepped it up a notch. I die cut a circle into the Leaf Pattern panel using the circle from the Layered Xmas Wreath die set. Behind the window that this created, a placed an impressed panel of the Leaf Pattern die, making sure to line up the patterns. The wonderful word sentiment is from the Awesome creative die set, which I die cut three times and adhered together to make it stronger. I suspended this over the window.

I found a felt heart floating around in my stash, and it fit perfectly behind the sentiment and in the window. It was just a pop of colour that this card needed. I coated the wonderful sentiment in a layer of clear shimmer pen.

Penny Black products used:

Penny Black 51-432 Leaf Pattern Creative die
Penny Black 51-333 Awesome Creative dies
Penny Black 30-423 Banner Sentiments stamp
Penny Black 51-352 Birds and Banners Creative dies
Penny Black 51-362 Layered Xmas Wreath Creative dies


Card 1: Happy Birthday

Stamps: Penny Black Banner Sentiments stamp set

Card: Strathmore Bristol Smooth White card stock, XPress-It Blending card

Ink: Distress Oxide ink – Salty Ocean, Lucky Clover, Cracked Pistachio, Versamark ink

Other Supplies: Prismacolor pencils (White, PM121 Colorless blender),  Penny Black Leaf Pattern Creative die, Penny Black Birds and Banners Creative die, Cuttlebug, White Embossing powder, Anti- Static powder bag, Heat tool, 3D mounting foam

Card 2: Wonderful

Stamps: None

Card: Strathmore Bristol Smooth White card stock, XPress-It Blending card, Black card stock

Ink: Distress Oxide ink – Salty Ocean, Lucky Clover, Cracked Pistachio

Other Supplies: Penny Black Leaf Pattern Creative die, Penny Black Layered Xmas Wreath Creative die, Penny Black Awesome Creative die set, Cuttlebug, 3D mounting foam, Spellbinders tan embossing rubber mat, Red felt heart, Wink of Stells clear glitter brush pen.

Thanks for all your visits this week. I am actually back tomorrow with another Penny Black post, but this time for the Simplicity at its Best blog. I hope you will join me again then.



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Spotlight on Sweet Spring – Penny Black 4

Happy Easter to you and your loved ones. I’m back today with my fourth card for Penny Black, using products from their latest catalogue called Sweet Spring. For today’s card and tag, I’ve used a rubber stamp called Blissful Blooms.

Blissful Blooms

I create the card and the tag (Tagged Creative die), I placed the Blissful Bloom stamp onto a stamping positioning tool. I then used both Distress markers and Tombow markers to colour directly onto the rubber stamp. Once coloured, I spritzed the stamp with some water from a spray bottle and then stamped it onto the watercolour paper. I immediately heat set it with a heat tool. I love the water coloured effect that this technique creates.

To intensify the shading on the leaves and stems, I used some Prismacolor pencils. I placed some Nuvo Crystal drops onto the centres of the flowers.

The sentiment comes from the Happy Critters stamp set.

Penny Black products used:

Penny Black 40-600 Blissful Blossoms stamp
Penny Black 30-479 Happy Critters stamp set
Penny Black 51-007 Tagged Creative die set


Stamps: Penny Black Blissful Blossoms and Happy Critters stamp set

Card: Watercolour card stock, Aubergine coloured card stock

Ink: Distress Markers – Picked Raspberry, Mowed Lawn, Gathered Twigs, Tombow markers – Green 177, Pink 703), VersaFine Onyx black ink

Other Supplies: Prismacolor pencils (PC1090 Kelp Green, PC1096 Kelly Green, PM121 Colorless blender), Stamp positioner, Water spray bottle, Penny Black Tagged Creative die, Cuttlebug, Heat tool, Nuvo Crystal drops – Ivory Seashell, Cotton thread.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you have a blessed Easter.



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