Wednesday 15 April 2015

Using Stamp & Stencil Duo by Penny Black

Hello Friends,

This is my first post as a Crafter's Corner DT and I am super excited to be here. 
For next few posts I will be working with Penny Black brand of products. These products are of very superior quality. Their design team is very talented too. By following them I have learnt a lot. My cards are heavily inspired by Jill Foster's work. The way she uses products and water colours is just amazing. 

They have this combo of stamp and stencil which i love the most... and why? Well, you will see as we proceed. I am focussing mainly on cling stamp Demure & stencil Floral Spray.

Today, I have five cards and a tag made with same stamps and stencil. I tried to use then in a few different ways to create different looks.  Hope you will like them. Remember , mostly my cards are 5"x7" -this will give you better understanding of stamp and stencil size.

First Card : Made with stencil & stamp 

Many of their cling stamps come with co-coordinating stencils and they are really big and can be used for mixed media too. For this card, I have used memento dye inks for coloring flowers while background is made with distress inks. 

Process :

1. Stamp the image with memento black ink on a panel.
2. Lay the coordinating stencil and secure it with washi tape. this will mask the background and you       can colour the flowers without worrying about going out of the line. Isn't that cool?


3. Start applying lightest color of dye ink first with dauber and continue adding darker shades till you      are happy.
4. Add little detail in the corners with another stencil and dye ink.
5. Colour the background with different distress inks. As we have used dye inks(which are permanent     once dry) for flowers it will not bleed into wet background. This makes water coloring so much           easier. Add some more texture with a script stamp once the background is dry.

6. To add more interest I used the same stencil & script stamp in the corners of card base too. Mount the panel with 3d foam tape and finish it off with sentiment and few blings.

Card 2: Made with only stencil

For this card I have used Penny Black pattern paper Painted Blooms as a base for stenciling. I am not a huge fan of pattern paper but i specially like this one as the prints are small and many of them are geometric. Floral or big patterns always confuse me...;). I took inspiration from  Jennifer's video for stencilling. 

1. Place stencil on a pattern paper, secure it and blend in Colorbox Frost White  pigment ink with a foam applicator( The best white ink i have used so far). Heat set it.( remember, pigment inks take longer to dry).
2. Place the stencil back on the white flowers and shift it little bit to offset the next layer. Now apply any dye ink with a duaber. This will give beautiful shadow where there is only dye ink. It will blend with white pigment ink and give pastel shading where there is pigment ink.

3. cut a window from a white panel and emboss it using embossing folder. Emboss sentiment on a strip of vellum with copper embossing powder and adhere it on the back of embossed frame. Mount the whole thing on stenciled pattern paper with 3d foam tape. This will give a nice shadow-box kind of effect. Add thin frame of brown cs around window and stick whole thing on card base.  

Card 3: Made with stamp and stencil

I stamped the flowers with versafine black ink and clear emboss it. This will raise the outlines making it easier to colour flowers and prevent bleeding. With a broad bush add thin down blacksoot distress ink on all over the panel and as you go use paper towel to lift off color from flowers. Let it dry. 

I have used koi water colors to colour flowers(coming soon to Crafters Corner). They are very creamy and packed with pigments. 

Create masks by stamping same flowers on copy paper & fussy cutting them. Now, lay the masks on water colored flowers and stamp hero arts news print stamp in soft granite ink. Repeat stamping till the panel is covered. 

Lay the stencil on flowers. Now comes the best part.....:) Stamp any small images or texture through the stencil on flowers. This will give lots of texture and give illusion of layers in a single layer card. I applied little bit of gesso with my finger hear and there. I tore a corner of the panel and mounted on base card and added a sentiment along with silver loose thread. Oh, ya...corner of base is stamped with same flowers and embossed with white powder.

Card 4 : (a2 size card) Made with stamp & stencil.

I have tried no line colouring here. Stamp the image in tea dye distress ink. Add shading with various distress inks and brush.

I have used worn lipstick, picked raspberry and fired bricks inks here. Once it is dry, use stencil to add details and color for branches. Card base is stamped with background stamp in versafine black. Mount the panel with little border of gold foil paper matting. Add a loop of ribbon and enamel dot to finish it off.

Card 5 : Made with only Stamp.

There is lots of stamping and fussy cutting goes in this one. I have used two pattern paper from the pack- one for matting and other for flowers. That greenish blue paper has tiny grids and few butterflies on the side. I fussy cut one of them to embellish the card. 

1. Stamp part of the stamp on a square piece of white cs with colorbox ink - celadon.  Stamp each flower twice(with same ink) on pp and clear emboss them. Fussy cut all the flowers.

 2. Stick one set of flowers on stamped white panel. Check that the panel is little smaller than the image so the two flowers will hang outside the edge which will help to give it some dimension. Now fussy cut the petals form the second set of flowers as shown in the picture above. Curl them by rolling them on paintbrush and adhere them with a dab of glue at the base of petal. You have your popped flowers ready.  See the side view...

Tag : 

I went little crazy with this one. I stamped the background with Mama Elephant Trifecta stamp. Two flowers were stamped with memento black ink. I colored all the triangles within flower's out line  with different colors of markers. I just love that kind of pixilated look it gives.  

There are so many more possibilities with this stamp and stencil duo eg. use stamp on a canvas or journaling page and use stencil to add texture paste, use distress paints , spray it with your favorite colors etc. And if you feel inspired and create something with these beauties please share with us.

If you have any queries or suggestion about any cards above, feel free to write to me at or ping on facebook.   I would love to hear your feedback. 

Bye for now...keep crafting!...Hugs!

Supply List:

Hero arts News Print stamp

Memento Inks - Dandelion , Cantaloup, Tangelo, Lady bug, Rhubarb Stalk, Desert sand, Pear Tart,                                Bamboo leaves
Heroarts Inks - Tide Pool, Soft Granite
Distress Inks - Peacock Feather, Salty Ocean, Chipped Sapphire,  Peeled Paint, Black Soot, Worn                               Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Fired Bricks, 


  1. Each and every card style is so stunning !! I must say that U Did full justice to the penny black stamps ..,,, will b my favorite posts ever....

    1. Thank you so much for love and support... <3

  2. Wow... so much versatility.... I love the way you have used the same stamp and created so mant different looks.... :) Thank you so much for this fabulous tutorial Neha!

  3. WOW A post jam packed with inspiration and creativity! I have some lovely stamps won in Challenges/ gifted by friends around blogland but never could use them to their full potential! Your post is so beautiful !
    Dr Sonia
    Cards Crafts Kids Projects

  4. Awesome Neha, so many variations, just loved reading your post !!

  5. awesome post full of inspiration n the way u have explore the single stamp in different ways...definitely going to try

  6. awesome post full of inspiration n the way u have explore the single stamp in different ways...definitely going to try

  7. I loved every bit of this post....such amazing happy and bright..a beautiful post indeed...xx

  8. This is an incredible post ....what could be better than learning something in so many best possible ways.....Thanks a ton neha for doing this ....

  9. Gorgeous cards Neha! Thank you so much for putting up this detailed post.Loved it :)

  10. this stamp/ many variations!!!

  11. A Beautiful post with amazing cards. I loved each of them have show how we can you stamps in different ways .I never used memento inks for coloring will try it ,Thanks for the wonderful tut !

  12. Wow! Great cards and great tutorial!

  13. Jaw-Drop Amazing!! Gorgeous!
    Thanks Neha for sharing this! :)
    Suchi xx

  14. Each and every card showcased here is absolutely stunning ..Thank you so much for the step by step Neha...You have really made the Penny Black stamp and Stencil shine...So in my wish list now :)
    PS : I loved your tag too ..Its perfect !! :)

    1. Thank you very much, Hussena! That tag is my fav too...;)

  15. Absolutely gorgeous!!! Loved every bit of the process. Thanks for sharing the very many possibilities using a single stamp with awesome tutes. Just great.

  16. Awesome post Neha... :) Thank u so much for the inspiration !!

  17. Wow!! Amazing!! So many possibilities with one stamp :O I Loveee the way all of them have turned out! Its impossible to pick a favourite! Fab job Neha di! <3 Thanks for sharing!

  18. Wow!! Amazing!! So many possibilities with one stamp :O I Loveee the way all of them have turned out! Its impossible to pick a favourite! Fab job Neha di! <3 Thanks for sharing!

  19. Thank you for generously sharing so many brilliant techniques ; the creations are abs jaw droping !!!

  20. I love all your ideas for using just one stamp and stencil. Every card is similar but different.

  21. These cards are so lovely. I am so impressed with all your designs and ideas for this stamp. Makes me want to pull out the stamp straight away to try your ideas.

    1. Oh Heather! I am so happy that you liked them. Thank you so much.

  22. Every time you make me wonder when will I be able to think and create like you...and this time is no exception.. very beautiful cards Neha (aunty) :)

    1. Hey are doing wonderful job yourself... Thanks dear!

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  24. Wow Neha! A post packed with so many wonderful technique! Simply awesome!


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