Stamping is for the birds part 2

The second installment of my ‘stamping is for the birds‘ series features the Penny Black stamp ‘Winter lookout’ with a little bird on the outside looking in. I have seen a few other beautiful cards using this stamp and wish I had added a little foliage but there is always next time. Take a look at this gorgeous card by Susie Lessard.

I stamped in versafine clair nocturne ink and embossed in clear powder then painted the bird and all the wood with my peerless watercolours. To create variation in the wood I painted with several browns and some warm mustard yellow as well. Once I had finished the woodwork I had to decide how I would do the window. I chose frosty patterns like we often get on our windows in winter so I used the delicate snowflake stamp from the PB set, ‘A bright tomorrow’ to emboss in clear powder. When I painted pale blue into the window area it resisted the snowflake shapes.

I tried a second colour scheme embossed in versafine smokey grey, featuring greys and blues and stamped some pine branches inside the windows as if garlands were hanging there.

I finished both cards with co-ordinating mats and sentiments stamped on little tags from the ‘gift card pocket’ die set. I think I have only once made a gift card pocket but I often use the little tags and banner dies from the set. I added some finer details to both cards with black and brown markers once the painting was all finished as sometimes embossing does not preserve all the definition.


Stamps: winter lookout, a bright tomorrow, festive snippets, joy of peace (PB)

Die: gift card pocket (PB)

Ink: versamark, nocturne versafine clair, morning mist versafine clair, northern pine memento

Paper: hot pressed watercolour, neenah cream, neenah black, kraft, red, olive green

Paint: peerless watercolours

Also: clear embossing powder, brown marker, black marker, twine

Christmas baubles

When I first started teaching card making I was demonstrating a card with Christmas decorations on it and called them “Christmas baubles”. Apparently that name combined with my Australian accent provided great enjoyment for my class who asked me to repeat it numerous times. Other people call them baubles don’t they??
Any way this card fits the bill at the Less is More challenge this week where we get to pick three of their previous challenges and combine them. There are over 80 challenges to choose from now so the it is not hard to find a theme or three to incorporate.
I chose:

Week 12 Off Centre
Week 24 Circles
Week34 Sketch

My Christmas baubles are from the transparent set “A Bright Tomorrow”. I stamped them in black and did all the colouring with Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils.


Stamps: A Bright Tomorrow, Winter Magic (PB)
Inks: Versafine Onyx Black, (Tsukineko)
Also: Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils

A bright tomorrow

Today the Penny Black blog is featuring cards using the new transparent set “A Bright Tomorrow”. It is a set of very pretty snowflakes, Christmas balls and a little wreath. I used the emboss resist method to create my swirling snow scene. All the images were stamped and embossed in clear before I sponged over the whole panel with a mix of blue and lilac Memento inks. I cut the panel in three then popped it up on the card base.

If you are looking for a challenge to participate in pop over to Cheryl’s blog for this week’s One Layer Wednesday challenge.


Stamps: A Bright Tomorrow, Hello Winter (PB)
Inks: Memento Summer Sky, Danube Blue, Lulu Lavender, Bahama Blue, Versafine Onyx Black, Versamark(Tsukineko)