Beautiful Backgrounds

glory of modesty background stamp

The new Penny Black catalog has so many lovely background stamps. The card above features one of my favourites, Glory of Modesty. To create this card I stamped the background stamp in black, embossed in black powder then sponged three different pink/apricot tones over the embossing. I cut an oval for my sentiment and sponged in the same tones before mounting the panel on Coral Reef Mix & Match cardstock.

Sorry it has been so quiet on Bits & Pieces this week. A combination of the expected and the unexpected has kept me from stamping and blogging. I was the organizer of a Girl’s Night Out fundraiser for my daughter’s violin ensemble last night which definitely took a large chunk of my time. Several girls including my younger daughter performed solos, I assisted a talented friend of mine in preparing delicious finger foods and another friend displayed and took orders for Silpada jewellery. The night, which sold out, was great fun; the girls played beautifully and were lovely waitresses and, from what I heard the guests had an enjoyable time.

This week I hope to have more cards to share featuring stamps from the new Penny Black catalog. To inspire you Penny Black is running a promotion called Take Flight Twenty on their blog for the next twenty days introducing dozens of new stamps and fabulous projects by the design team members.


Stamps: Glory of Modesty, Eloquence (PB)
Inks: Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Angel Pink, Lady Bug, Rhubarb Stalk (Tsukineko)
Also: Black embossing powder
Cardstock: Coral Reef  Mix & Match Papers


14 Comments on “Beautiful Backgrounds”

  1. Mary H. says:

    Marvelous…as always. Enjoy seeing your cards so very much. Have a good week. Family comes first.

  2. Sue McRae says:

    Love how striking this colour combo is.

  3. Linda L. says:

    I love your sponging and Penny Black stamps. Would it ever be possible for you to make a tutorial on your basic sponging techniques. I really need to learn more. Your cards are really beautiful.

  4. Marja says:

    Beautiful Heather.
    lovely greet Marja

  5. Denise says:

    Really lovely, love the colours used, gorgeous background stamp. hugs..Denise (UK)

  6. This is beautiful, I love the coloured background. I am glad the fundraiser went well xx

  7. Francie in Montreal says:

    The colour combo is gorgeous. Great card. Congrats on a successful fundraiser.

  8. .Bravo on the fundraising event!! I bet your daughter was as thrilled with your performance as you are with hers! So please do not apologise, every card is a treat and worth the wait! Love what you have done with this stamp. I always ducked out of heat embossing a large area but you have done it so I shall give it a go! That is why it looks so black too! I can never get an even blackness over larger solid areas! The colours are pretty and serene…nice touch!

  9. Pamela G says:

    Glad the fundraiser was a success. This card is really stylish, rich and warm because of the clever combination of colours. Many thanks.

  10. lindagrady says:

    Wouldn’t have thought to put color over a black embossed design; very cool. Like how you coordinated the oval to match – awesome.

  11. Lindsey says:

    The shaded pink background with the black is absolutely stunning, Heather! What a beautiful card.

  12. Katherine says:

    This is so pretty – you always do such a nice job shading…wish I lived closer so I could take lessons!!

  13. RosC says:

    Hello Heather,
    I think this is very pretty. Love the black contrast combined with the subtle shading of pinks.
    You might like to see some sponging I’ve done with acknowledgement to you for inspiration. Thank you for that.

  14. Ellen Boulerice says:

    Love, love , love this card. The colour is beautiful, and the contrast so appealing to the eye. A wonderful job as always!!!

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