Flowers Sweet in monochrome

I have seen several beautiful cards lately which feature little squares or tiles lined up together so I decided to try the technique myself with a monochrome colour scheme. I was also trying for a bit of a vintage feel.

The three floral tiles were made using stamps from the transparent  set “Flowers Sweet”. I also used the letter background and music background as well as a sentiment from the transparent “Gratitude” set.

After punching out the part of the stamped image I wanted I then sponged a little or a lot and matted the six tiles on a dark brown mat. The damask background was also stamped in the same rich cocoa ink but I stamped it off a few times on scrap paper so I would get a muted shade. The background image is also matted and then mounted on the ivory cardbase. Five layers in all which is a little bit of a departure from my usual one or two layers!


Stamps: Flowers Sweet Damask PatternLetter BackgroundMusic Background,  Gratitude (Penny Black)
Inks: Memento Rich Cocoa (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Penny Black Mix & Match Papers Sticks & Stones, Ivory


Embossed Paisley

I mentioned in my last post that I had played around with the  Paisley stamps on the weekend. I used the emboss resist technique on both cards, embossing the paisley images first in clear embossing powder and then sponging the entire panel in shades of blue or yellow & orange. In the card below I embossed both paisley stamps and the sentiment; after all the sponging was completed I stamped the unfilled paisley stamp a few times in brown.

I must admit that when I first saw these stamps, although I loved the intricate designs, I wondered how I was going to use such large images. Stamping the image off the edge of the panels works really well as the detail is still evident but fitting in multiple whole paisley images is not necessary.

I am going to have more fun with these stamps and the emboss resist technique; the two are made for each other!


Stamps: Paisley, Sweet Wishes, Wishes (Penny Black)
Inks: Memento Danube Blue, Summer Sky, Paris Dusk, Dandelion, Cantaloupe, Tangelo, Potter’s Clay, Versamark (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Penny Black Mix & Match Papers


Sometimes a stamp really needs no help at all to be the star of a card. The Penny Black stamp, Resplendent, is one such stamp. Although the whole stamp is quite large I have just used a section of it to create this pink and blue panel. Resplendent is stamped in pink and the little flourish from the Gratitude set is stamped in blue. I added both blue and pink sponging and a mat before adding the sentiment, also from the Gratitude set, to the card base.

I had a chance to play with the elaborate Paisley stamp again yesterday so check back again this week to see what I came up with.

(There are sneak peeks of new Penny Black stamps on the PB blog this week)


Stamps:  ResplendentGratitude (Penny Black)
Inks: Memento Danube Blue, Lilac Posies (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Penny Black Mix & Match Papers

Spring Fling

Spring has definitely sprung here and on the Penny Black blog; there are two weeks of spring inspired projects to enjoy if you pop over there. The tulips are up in my garden but not blooming yet, so here are a few in bloom.  After deciding to leave the tulips as outlines I wanted to add something a little fancier to my card so I embossed the whole card front in clear embossing powder using the Penny Black Damask Pattern background stamp. I was quite happy with the subtle result, it really looks like…well, linen damask! The close up below gives you an idea.

For the tulip card I used Delicate FloralsGratitude and Damask Pattern. The inks are memento and the cardstock Penny Black Mix and Match papers Summer Sun, Fall Festival & Fern Green.

The daisies below were stamped in Versafine Onyx Black on a brayered panel and then coloured with Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils.  The stamps are from  Flowers Sweet and the very useful sentiment set, Gratitude and the cardstock Fern Green Mix & Match papers

Thanks for dropping by.

Simply Paisley

The title of this post says it all really. This card is made very simply with one of the Paisley stamps from Penny Black. There are two in the set; one is a partially negative image of the other. I love the intricacy of the design so I decided to stamp it very simpy in one colour; I will attempt to colour it in one day. (If you’d like to see how pretty it looks multicoloured, check out Jill’s tag here)

To coordinate with such an elaborate stamp I chose the beautifully flourished PB Thank You stamp.


Stamps: Paisley, Flourish Thank You(PB)
Inks: Cranberry Crisp (SU)


The challenge at Less is More this week is to add a little doodling to your one layer card.  I added quite a bit of doodling! I was at a conference all day Saturday and drew this while listening to one of the speakers. I added the Penny Black sentiment and some colour when I got home. The markers I used are Prismacolor Premier fine line markers in five tip  sizes. They are wonderful fineliners.


Stamps: Smiling(PB)
Inks: Prismacolor Premier fine line markers

Blue Butterfly

This is a card I made a while ago but never posted so I had to think hard to remember the process I used to make it.  I started with a rectangular panel probably with no intention of chopping it up but you know how these things develop. There are some shadowy butterflies crossing the panel which were embossed in clear first and some grey butterflies under all the sponging also. The sponging was done in a grey blue and a brilliant blue and the Letter Background stamped in grey. I inked the main butterfly with markers. After slicing the panel into squares I popped them up on a blue panel and trimmed the white card base to fit; it is a little thinner than a regular card size.

Have a great week.


Stamps: Butterfly BallLetter Background (Penny Black)
Inks: Brilliant Blue, Bordering Blue, Going Gray, Close to Cocoa (SU), Versamark
Cardstock: Brocade Blue, White
Also: Clear e.p