Two Floral One-Layer cards

one-layer floral 1

I have been doing so much watercolour lately I thought I should check and see if I could still mask and sponge!

For both these cards I stamped and sponged through a post-it mask cut with a spellbinders square die. The hard part with a die cut mask is centering it on the card base. It took a few attempts. Lining the card base up on a gridded mat first helps a little. To create the pink scene I inked the stamp with an Angel pink ink pad then added the green and rhubarb ink to the stamp with markers.   I inked the text stamp with rhubarb ink but wiped some off before stamping so some text would fade to nothing. I sponged the edges with both pink and rhubarb ink.

one-layer floral 2

I also inked the stamp for the yellow and green scene with markers and spritzed it with water before stamping. I sponged the edges and added some splatter with a cool and easy technique I discovered by accident the other day. I held a watercolour pencil close to the panel and wiped a water brush back and forth across the coloured led sending splatter onto the card.

It’s the bleak mid-winter in Ottawa this week so I blew some frozen bubbles.


Stamps: Love ChapterPosies, Lofty (Penny Black)
Inks: Rhubarb Stalk, Angel Pink, Cottage Ivy, Cantaloupe, Potter’s Clay Olive Green, Bamboo leaves, Espresso Truffle (Tsukineko)
Also: Faber-Castell watercolour pencils and a water brush

A posy saved from the discard pile

How often do you make a card only to mess it up when you add the sentiment? Maybe it only happens to me! Too many times I have just about finished only to smudge, double stamp or badly position the sentiment.

When I made panel on the card above the sentiment was just above the lower right corner and it did not look good! I tried restamping it on an oval which I matted with a scalloped oval but that didn’t work with the rest of the panel. The best option seemed to slice the offending sentiment right out of there. ( I realised after that placing a strip over the top would have achieved the same result.)

The posies panel was created by embossing in white then sponging in rhubarb stalk ink. I inked the letter background stamp in rhubarb and added that to the background along with a tiny bit of danube blue sponging. The sentiment that saved the day is from Free Flight and is much larger than the original messed up one. I completed the card on layered mats of white and red.

Enjoy your day and thanks for dropping in here.


Stamps: Letter BackgroundPosies, Free Flight  (Penny Black)
Inks: Rhubarb Stalk, Danube Blue, versamark (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Penny Black Mix & Match Papers Rose Garden
Also: clear e.p.


The designers at Penny Black are featuring their favourite stamp sets from the new catalogue this week and next week. I chose the slapstick/cling  stamp, Posies and worked in three different colour schemes.

I created the floral panel for the one above on white cardstock by inking the stamp with markers, spritzing it with water, stamping it and then repeatedly stamping the sentiment from the transparent set  …wishes. I then sliced up the panel and sponged each section. The card base is Penny Black’s Mix & Match Summer Sun cardstock.

I used markers again to ink the Posies stamp for the card above, stamped and then punched three squares out of the panel. I lined the squares up and stamped the letter background before adding a little sponging and mattes to define the edges. The sentiment is again from the …wishes set.

I sponged a panel on white cardstock, sponged it in three colours and then stamped the Posies in black before matting and adding it to the cardbase also stamped with the Posies stamp. The sentiment is …to you. The card base is Penny Black’s Mix & Match Olive Grove cardstock.

Thanks for dropping in; make sure you keep checking the Penny Black blog to see all the designers’ favourites.

OLW 82 Swirly

I find swirls and flourishes  wonderful to work with so it wasn’t hard to pick a stamp to use for Susan’s one layer challenge this week.

I used water colour paper to maximize any spritzing or blending I did. I stamped the text stamp first; you might have noticed I keep using this stamp from Penny Black; it makes a lovely background. Next I inked the Posies stamp with markers, spritzed it and stamped it adding a little more water here and there with a sponge after stamping.  After adding a little pink sponging there just happened to be a gap in the amongst the stems for a cute little sentiment.


Stamps: Letter Background, Posies, …to you (Penny Black)
Inks: Pirouette Pink, Regal Rose, Old Olive, Always Artichoke (SU)
Cardstock: MFP Watercolour card stock