Monday, May 11, 2015

Penny Black... love continues...

Hello Friends,

I Am back 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....! 


  1. All of these are super duper! My fav is the last one!

  2. The cards are all so beautiful and stunning! :)

  3. OMG stunning cards... I loved loved all the cards...

  4. As usual fabulous!! I love the last one too!!!

  5. Totally speechless as always ..Your ideas and designs are just so unique and combined with your generosity in sharing all the techniques...I am always at a loss to express how fabulous each and every card is and how very inspiring too ..Thank you so so much for these beautiful eye candy Neha :)

    1. Thanks you so much Hussena for always being there.

  6. Such a beautiful line-up of cards, Neha. I love them all, so different from each other.

  7. Wow so many beautiful cards, each one gorgeous in their own way, hugs, Georgie xx

  8. Such beautiful cards here. I particularly like the batik resist and card no. 5 with its beautiful tone on tone look.

  9. Thank you for so much inspiration.


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