Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Some more Penny Black

Hi friends,

I am back with more Penny Black goodness! They have this brush stroke cling stamps. They are red rubber stamps and are perfect for giving that water colour effect without being an actual water colour artist. I tried this beautiful Gentle Whisper stamp with various inks and each time I got different look. My suggestion is... experiment with these stamps...use different papers, different inks and paints... and you will be amazed by the out come.

Card 1: Iron Off Embossing Technique 

I have used  iron off embossing technique to make this card. It gives  negative or reverse image of stamping. 



1.  Stamp the image with versa mark ink and clear emboss it.

2. Apply various distress inks with ink blending tool. The embossed part will resist the ink and give       inverted image look.

3. Add some script stamping and texture with Kaisercraft stamp. Also add some black splatter.

4. Sandwich the panel between folded sheet of a4 copy paper and apply heat on the copy paper with    hot iron. This will melt embossing powder and the copy paper will absorb it. It will give flat, matt       image.

5. 'Wishing' die cut is from Simonsays die & 'you joy' sentiment is made with dymo label maker. I  love this handy tool to make my own sentiments. Mount the panel on white, gold and finally on bottle green card base.

Card : 2

I tried stamping on kraft card using pigment ink.


1. Stamp with white colorboxpigment ink on a kraft card panel.

2. Add details with coloured pencils. Add texture with Kaiser Kraft stamp & versa mark ink. Trim the upper corners with corner rounder.

3.  Add script detail on the bottom of card base.

4. Take a strip of corrugated cardstock and apply viva decor gold with finger, allow it to dry for a minute, buff it with a clean cloth. This will give an elegant shine to the parts where inka gold is applied. Inka gold has this creamy consistency and it contains natural bees wax(just like shoe polish). You can apply it with brush or finger on any surface and buff it  with clean cloth or paper towel for that gorgeous metallic shine.

5. Add die cut sentiment ( here I used three die cuts in green, white & gold) and some enamel dots to finish it off.

Card : 3

For this card I have used Hero arts Ink Daubers to colour the stamp. They contain premium Dye and Shadow inks same as hero arts ink pads, in a new way. Daubers and brush stroke stamps are like match made in heaven. Their fluidity accentuates the water colour look of these stamps.
 Telling you... it is a must try!


1.  Apply inks with dauber on stamp and stamp on white card base.

2. I coloured a wood veneer butterfly with the same daubers, dabbed the edges with versa mark ink and emboss it with gold embossing powder.

3. Add some gold string, sentiment and enamel dot and done.

Card : 4

1. This one is created using pigment inks. As name says, pigment inks have fine powdery pigment in them which stays on the surface of paper when you stamp with it and gives very crisp and detailed impression. So, if you are stamping person like me and haven't try pigment inks yet... you are missing much fun.

2. I used Mama Elephant inksto create this card. They are the most creamy pigment inks and pretty...pretty colours. Some curvy strips of papers at bottom, bakers twine and some embellishments from my stash.

Card : 5 

This is a 2"x4" canvas board. I use them to make miniature paintings.


I used various acrylic colours to make back ground. Stamp text stamp with archival ink. Add more layers of acrylic colors. I used distress paint daubers to stamp. Added detail with paint brush.  Add  shadow with black pencil, stamp sentiment with archival ink & add butterfly rub on from Tim Holtz. 

Card : 6

This is the easiest method to get the most gorgeous results from these stamps. 


1. Dab distress inks on the stamp.

2. Spritz the stamp with water. Stamp. Your water colour art is ready. As you can see, I did not finish the card. While I was writing the post, I realized, in enthusiasm of exploring many possibilities with the stamp...I overlooked the most obvious one. So, made this in like 2-3 minutes. 

3. There was enough ink left on stamp so I spritz it again with water and got second generation impression too. Isn't that cool! Just by varying amount of water, you can get many different looks. 

Card : 7 

I have used Flower Frolic Die and HypnoticStencil from Penny Black. 


1. Cut two die cuts from water colour paper and paint it with water colour. Keep it aside to dry.

2. Apply embossing paste using stencil (my stencil is stained...i am not using ink...;) ) on white card base. Let it dry.

3. Take a narrow panel of green cs. Now, take the dry base card and once again lay the stencil on it and adjust a little so that it will align with the previous embossing. Secure it with masking tape on right side. Slowly insert green panel from left and position it on card base. Once it is in place, hold it securely from right side along with stencil and slowly remove the white card base. Apply embossing paste and let it dry. Mount it on card base and you will have perfectly aligned embossing at split level.

4. Add wink of stella on die cuts and adhere them with some buttons. I used negative of die cut to ink the corner of green panel and bottom left corner of card.

Card : 8

1. Take two die cuts. Emboss some texture with help of kaisercraft stamp, versa mark ink and white embossing powder.

2. Add some colours with some distress inks. let it dry. Stamp sentiment (that is such a beautiful quote) with versa fine on a white cs, trim it and mount on piece of pattern paper and then on velum.

3. Take a 1.25x 7 inch strip of  grey paper and stamp the same texture in white pigment ink. Stick it on the left side of card base.

4. Take  4x7 inch white cs panel. Add some colour on the top left corner with distress inks. Apply some rub on when dried. I chose that phrase as it goes very well with sentiment.

5. Stick the sentiment patch with foam tape. Cut the die cuts in smaller parts and arrange and stick it with liquid glue around sentiment patch.

6. Mount the white panel with foam tape on card base.

Card : 9

1. This is kind of paper piecing technique. Cut few die cuts from various pattern paper from - painted blooms stack by Penny Black. Take the green one as a base and cut flowers from other die cuts and stick it on it. I wasn't sure how will it look but turned out really good.

2. Create white on white texture with circle punch, emboss sentiment on velum , add a silver frame  and stick everything in a pleasing manner.


I used same tag die to cut pattern paper and negative of earlier die cuts. Trim the white tag from the both side so the pink paper will peek from behind. Pop the white tag with 3d foam tape on pink tag, add pearls and ribbon and you are good to go.

It is one looong post but thank you for being with me...if you are still there...;). Please leave me a comment if you really like this post. 
Love to you all. 

In case, you missed my previous post with Penny Black stamp and stencil duo... check it HERE!


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Using stamp & stencil duo

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.

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.  

Hope you will like it! And if you do....leave comment below!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Crazy Birds - Tim Holtz

Hi friends,

Today, I am sharing few cards made using Tim Holtz - Bird Crazy stamp set. I was waiting to get it since CHA. It is an adorable, quirky set of images. I love the most is the expressions on their faces. In my cards I tried to give words to their expressions... and it is so much fun... it cracks me up every time i look at them.

Here goes the first one...

Simple colouring & mamaelephant sentiments...just goes so well!

Second card:


Isn't this funny? 'BFF' is a Jane's Doodle stamp and the other is Wplus9...just added 'Ya' to sync everything.  

Third one :

I designed this card around that Papertrey ink sentiment. To highlight the contrasts of regular and some one different, I used black die cut of a bird representing regular, general, normal bird against that crazy, colourful , different bird. 

Last one : this one. Verve stamp sentiment goes so well with this kind of old - nerdy bird. 

That's all for today....!

See you soon!