Monday 11 May 2015

Penny Black... love continues...

Hello Friends,

Neha here with more Penny Black stamps. This time I am using their photo polymer clear stamp set 'Sprigs'. There are various twigs and branches in the set which we can use as a focal point  or to create backgrounds. They are great as silhouette too. They are very good quality stamps which takes all inks pretty well. 

Card : 1

This is totally inspired by Jill's card HERE. I don't remember how many times I have seen that video. Her ease with water colors is amazing.

Ok, back to my card... 

1.Paint the background- slope, sky- with various distress inks. Let it dry.

2. Ink the stamp with 2-3 shades of yellow distress inks. Add brown color to trunk & branches. You can use distress ink with brush, distress markers or any water based marker. I have use tombow markers as I don't own any distress markers. Spritz the stamp with water and stamp on the dry background.

3. At this point you can manipulate your image with thin paint bush and distress inks. Add more colour to trunk and blooms for some dimension. Let it dry.

4. I used hero art's stamp (Woodland leaves and grass- one of my first stamps. ) for those bare trees in the background - it will add depth to the scene.

5. Add some birds and sentiment. I love this quote stamp by Verve stamp. Yup, no one's life is perfect - just like my card... ;) ...hope you will find it wonderful though!

Card : 2

They says inpiration is everywhere. In this case, I was inspired by a lid of Versafine Ink pad.

And here is my take on the inspiration.

1. I chose the Kaisercraft sentiment as it is very bold and will give good contrast.

2. Select a die which will frame the sentiment well. Cut a copy paper with same die for a mask.

3. Deboss the center of cs panel with the same die. 

4. Mask the center with die cut paper. Stamp images around it with various inks. Just make sure you space them out evenly .

5. Remove the mask and stamp sentiment.

Card : 3

Here, I have tried 'Layered Batik Resist' technique. I was inspired by very talented Dina Kowal's tutorial here. She is the queen of various techniques and an awesome artist. I even own few Impression Obsession stamps designed by her.  I followed exact same steps but with distress inks. Make sure you allow each layer of ink to dry thoroughly, before adding embossing powder.   

Card : 4

  Last year I took one of the Online Card Classes to learn how to use pattern paper. Yes, I get confused when i have to use pp. I love them but never can use effectively. I used Penny Black pattern paper - Painted Blooms .

1. I clear embossed one of the image on a piece of pp. Apply distress inks in shades of blue. The embossed part will resist the ink. 

2. Sandwich pp between folded copy paper and heat it with mini craft iron to remove the clear embossing. Now, you have your own, altered pp. The patterns peeking through the stamped image is just magical.

3. Add twine, butterfly charm and sentiment to finish off.

Card : 5

I love this sentiment from 'Heartfelt' set - and designed the card around it. I used different shades of grey to capture  essence of the sentiment. Add some butterflies and blings to give finishing touch.

Card : 6

1. Cut the white cs panel with mft Polaroid frame dies and emboss it.

2. Place the panel on card base & mark the position of windows. Remove the panel and stmap various images with choice of your inks. I have used distress inks and tombow markers for the same.

3. Adhear the panel on card base & add die cut frames .

4. For the glitter boarder, stick red double sided tape on the base, pour some glitter, burnish with finger, tap off excess glitter. Add the sentiment.

Card : 7

I have created night scene with them here. They are detailed and delicate so even if you use as silhouette, they won't overpower the scene.

  Background is created with distress inks and masking. Silhouettes are stamped with some grey and black inks. (you can do first and second generation stamping with just black inks too). Moon is winked** with clear wink of stella glitter pen. 

Card : 8

This last one is my favourite one. I always like to mix florals and geometrics.

1. Cut a circle form a colored cs. Stamp stripes in black. Let it dry thoroughly.

2. Rub some anti static powder. Stamp & emboss floral image in gold.

3. Emboss sentiment in copper, add ribbon and pop the circle with foam tape.

Close Up:

These stamps are good as fillers too. Combine them with you favorite floral stamp to make a bouquet. I wanted to try it but ran out of time. Please share if you do that. Let me know how you like this 'one set many looks' series.

 Keep crafting...keep sharing....! 

Supply List :

 Stamps :   Penny Black - Sprigs, Penny Black - Heartfelt, Kaisercraft - True Friendship

Inks :  Distress Inks, Versamark,  Versafine Black,  Mama Elephant-moon light

Embossing Powder :     Clear, Gold,  Copper           

Tools : Stamping Buddy,  Mini Craft Iron,  Heat Gun, Wink Of Stella, red tape, glitter,  , Nonstick Mat, ink blending tool

Die :     Spellbinder - Circle  


  1. Wow! :) Another beautiful set of cards Neha! Every card is so unique. I don't know why you are afraid of using pattern paper, that card is my favorite from the lot! Thank you for providing with links to the methods and your inspirations.

  2. Another awesome collection of cards!!! Your use of the same stamp for so many different cards is just impressive!!! Hats off to you!!!

  3. Just amazing cards...Thanks a lot!!! Simply Wow!!! You are just a perfect add to this lovely CC DT team..Thanks once again for your generous share of tips, tutes, links :)

    1. Thanks Sathya, I am learning a lot while sharing.... and loving it!

  4. Fabulous Neha Aunty !! Your post gives me enough motivation to work whole week cheerfully :)

    1. Thanks darling... now whip up something awesome!

  5. Neha....
    We are super impressed with your work........
    Thanks a ton for being on the board.

    1. Thanks cc... your support is the key.

  6. Wow Neha, TFS this informative and inspirational post, this is truly stunning, love it all...xx

  7. Wonderful cards ! Very interesting technique to use EP with pattern papers .I loved all the cards but last one a bit more :)

    1. Thanks Pooja, yup... me too... i like flowers & graphic combo a lot.

  8. Loved each and every bit of it !!! 😍😍😍

  9. awesome creations ! love each card and its details !

  10. Neha,this is such an awesome post !! loved the variation in theme and designs, all are unique !!

    1. Thanks Suman for kind means a lot!

  11. All your cards are gorgeous but Especially loved card no 7...its stunning!!
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