Christmas Cards with Penny Black Fashion Stamps

I challenged myself to send out only handmade Christmas cards this year, and I completed it! My list wasn’t quite as long, and I took a few shortcuts, but overall I am pleased with the results.

I love the Christmas fashion stamps by Penny Black. I’ll update soon with the stamp set names.

I stamped in black and clear-embossed the images on Bristol paper. I used my Distress Markers in shades of red, pink and green to color them with a water brush. Some of the cards have a dry-embossed layer from a Spellbinders Christmas ornament design, while others I adhered directly onto a preprinted card base. I added a touch of bling with rhinestones, and then I was done!

Merry Christmas Eve!

Happy Birthday Present Card

I just got some Penny Black stamps and decided to make this colorful birthday card for a friend.

Penny Black fashion stamps from Fashion Tweet and Reflection sets.

Penny Black fashion stamps from Fashion Tweet and Reflection sets.

I created the orange card base from Bazzill Card Shoppe 100# card stock, folded from the top. The striped background layer comes from a 6 x 6 paper pad from Little Azalea called Embellish by Dena. I used my corner chomper to round the quarters one-quarter inch. I stamped the happy birthday sentiment from Penny Black’s Reflection set directly onto the bottom portion of the paper.

Next I made a tag out of watercolor paper using a Sizzix die and my Big Shot die cutting machine. The stamp of the cute female holding the present comes from the Penny Black set called Fashion Tweet. Using my water brush and the seasonal Tim Holtz Distress Ink Markers, I colored the image using a bright combination of pink, orange and blue, with a little bit of yellow. I also edged the tag using the pink raspberry marker.

I tied an orange organza ribbon to the top of the tag and adhered it at an angle using foam tape. The final touch was three clear rhinestones right about the sentiment (conveniently covering up an ink mistake, LOL).

I think it will be a fun birthday card for a friend. Please let me know what you think.

Thanks for looking!

Melle Papillon Wishing You Lots of Happy Card

Here’s a sweet card for a girl or teen. Actually I made this one for my grown sister, as this image reminds me of her when she was little girl.

A sweet little girl card.

A sweet little girl card.

I just love this wood stamp from Penny Black, Melle Papillon. The little girl seems to capture the innocence of childhood, and the tiny butterflies add a touch of whimsy.

I stamped the image in Versafine Black Onyx onto a piece of watercolor paper. Using a water brush and Tim Holtz Distress Markers, I colored the image in a variety of shades, using more or less water as needed. It’s hard to tell from the photo, but I also used Glossy Accents over the butterflies to make them shiny.

Then I used my Spellbinders scalloped edge label die to cut the image out. Later on I decided to make the background blue, so I placed the die frame back around the image, and sponged two colors of Distress Ink in Broken China and Peacock Feathers around the edges. When you remove the die, it leaves a nice white border.

So that the sentiment wouldn’t distract from the pretty little girl, I created it on vellum paper, using Versamark embossing ink and white detail embossing powder. I added a pink sequin for a pop of color. The sentiment, Wishing You Lots of Happy, is from a Simon Says Stamp set.

To play off the colors in the image, I layered a piece of pink card stock (with rounded edges) and adhered that to a card base in yellow from Bazzill.

My sister said she loved it. What do you think?

Thanks for looking!

La Soiree Celebration Card

Sometimes you need a simple, stylish card for a happy occasion, whether a birthday, anniversary or other celebration. I think this card fits the bill.

A clean, simple and fashionable card for any celebration.

A clean, simple and fashionable card for any celebration.

I was thrilled to get this Penny Black La Soiree wood stamp in the mail. I found a great deal at an Etsy shop that carries lots of Penny Black stamps.  I just wanted to see how it stamped, and before you know it, I had a card.

To elevate the design, I went for an embossed image, using Versamark clear embossing ink and black superfine embossing powder by Ranger. Because I wanted to add watercolor but still wanted a bright white background, I chose Bristol paper. Though it’s not as conducive to watercoloring as watercolor paper, it can still hold up against pilling if you don’t use too much water.

I matched my teal Bazzill Candy Shop card stock with a similar teal Inktense pencil. Using just a little water from my water brush, I colored in various shades of the tint at the shoes, the bow on the bag, her dress and some balloons. Especially with the balloons, I varied the amount of water and even colored in a couple balloons twice after the first layer dried. I used a heat tool to speed up the process, but it’s not necessary if you have enough time.

As finishing touches, I rounded the bottom corners of the image with my Corner Chomper and added a clear rhinestone in the upper corner.

In addition to having a clean and simple look, it really is pretty easy and fast to make. That’s not always the case with simple cards; I find sometimes they take me twice as long to get them just right!

I am very happy with the outcome. I think this design will appeal to a lot of my women friends, especially if I create them in a variety of colors. Actually, I think I might create a set in different shades to give as a gift.

I would love to hear what you think about the card. Do you like it?

Thanks for looking!

Beach Day Card

I’m on a watercolor roll! Here’s a fun card to kick off the summer season.

A lovely summer day at the beach.

A lovely summer day at the beach.

I absolutely love this Beach Day stamp set from Penny Black. The little girl so reminds me of my little niece on the beautiful Gulf Coast of Florida, resolutely making sand castles and bossing her older cousins when they waded too far into the surf. Makes you ready for summer vacation, doesn’t it?

Once again I used my Tim Holtz Distress Markers and a water brush to color the images. It’s funny, I was so “in the zone” when I colored this, I automatically colored the toy horse’s head brown, without realizing the rest of the inner tube was blue. Oh well, my horse inner tube is two-toned! Makes it unique! LOL.

To mimic the sand and blue skies, I used extra water with the tan and blue markers to lightly paint the background. I added Diamond Stickles to the sun to make it sparkle.

The paper is from the DCWV Citrus Matstack. The final touch was a yellow and white Doodlebug twine wrapped at the top.

Please let me know what you think. I hope you have a wonderful summer vacation, hopefully with at least a little time at a beach, river or lake!