Posts Tagged ‘Concord & 9th’

Rainbow Letters with Concord & 9th!

Saturday, January 11th, 2020

Good morning everyone! Laurie back to share a fun, happy card with you! I have been a bit obsessed with rainbows lately which are VERY trendy in the cardmaking world!

Now, I have quite a few alphabet die sets including tall and skinny sizes. But when Concord & 9th came out with the Tall Type Alphabet, I knew I just had to have it! And the co-ordinating stamp set they’ve created is just genius!

I started by lining up and die cutting the phrase “hey you” in the centre of and A2 sized, white card panel. I then lined up one of the Fancy Scalloped Rectangle Dies from Lawn Fawn. After die cutting the panel, I noticed there was room for more! So, I added one of the Just Stitching Double Rectangles. Unfortunately, I was a little “off” but I carried on!

I used the fun Playful Patterns Stamp Set to add these fun lines to the positive die cut letters. I, of course, used a rainbow of colours. Before adhering the die cut panel, I scored the front of the cardbase every 1/2 inch to give some texture…I’m slightly addicted to doing this as well!

The foam adhesive I used was quite thick (found it in my desk, I’ve had it forever) but I love the dimension it gave. I used liquid glue to adhere the stamped letter die cuts back into their respective spots.

Instead of leaving it there, I added a banner and flower to the corners. These both come from the Globe Greetings Die Set, also from C&9th.

All in all, I’m pretty happy with the way this turned out but I think if I made this again, I would leave the flower off!

Thanks so much for popping’ in today.! Have a great weekend and I’ll be back soon!


Tuesday with Tara {take 233} Happy Hello

Tuesday, December 31st, 2019

Happy Tuesday and happy New Year’s Eve! Today I’m sharing a project I’ve had set aside on the back-burner for a while. I created this in the midst of my fall & Christmas projects, when I still kinda had some summer inspiration hanging on. The cards are simple, and so is the technique, but I’ve got a bit of a step by step tutorial for you to finish of the year right 🙂

I used a mix of products here, but I’m focusing on the paper I made using some of the leaves & background images from the Toucan Paradise set by Concord & 9th.

I love the tropical leaves and other design elements on this set- it’s so much fun! Here’s where I wanted to share how I created the background, which is my own variation of the Joseph’s Coat Technique. Unfortunately, I’m having technical difficulties and getting this lovely little question mark instead of an image.

Once you’ve checked out my cards, please pop over to my personal blog for the quick tutorial on this technique 🙂

Here’s a look at the second card I made with my background paper!

I just love the colorful leaves against the muted background, hope you do too!

Inky hugs,


Winter Tales by Penny Black

Monday, December 16th, 2019

Happy Monday, my friend! I have a super cute card to share with you today, so grab your favourite beverage, and settle in for a bit. As soon as I saw the preview of the winter release, I knew that I would be ordering this Winter Tales stamp set by Penny Black. I just love scenic stamp images, and the little birds on this one are just too cute! Seeing this stamp brought to mind my wonderful Design Team member Kia – she loves birds, and probably has the most bird related stamps than anyone I know. And that’s okay, because she’s so talented, and always creates gorgeous projects with them. So, hopefully I’ll live up to her standard with my birds in today’s project.


This Winter Tales stamp is a large one, but I trimmed it down to fit a standard A2 card.

Penny Black Winter Tales

Well – was I right about these adorable birds?! They look like they’re having a very animated conversation – how fun would it be to understand bird talk?


This image lends itself to colouring with your favourite medium. I chose to watercolour with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, and a water brush. To start, set up the stamp and your watercolour paper in your stamp platform. Because watercolour paper has a texture to it, you’ll want to be able to re-ink and stamp at least twice, for a clear impression. Use an archival ink to cover the entire stamp, and press onto your panel. Repeat at least once more, until the image is crisp & clear.  Now, stamp the image again onto a piece of masking or photo copy paper, and hand cut with scissors. This is your mask, so that you can stamp the trees behind the image.

Use the Winter Tree stamp, also from Penny Black, and stamp it in Gina K. Fresh Asparagus ink, with the mask in place. Stamp the tree on either side of the middle fence post; repeating the stamping for good ink coverage. With that done, you can remove the mask, and start colouring the image.  For colouring with the markers, first apply a bit of colour directly to the image, and then immediately blend it on with a damp water brush. Continue to do this until you’re happy with the depth of colour. Once the colours are dry, you may want to go back in to add more ink, to create depth and shadows.


To create the snow, add white Gouache paint without thinning it, directly onto the areas where the snow should be. Those are the tops of the fence rails and post, on the ground, and on the trees. For the sky, use the Blue marker and lightly brush it across the sky. Do a small area at a time, immediately blending with the water brush, so it isn’t too dark, or blotchy. I love how the other colours within the blue start to show through, when it’s blended with the water.

When the sky and snow are dry, thin out the remaining gouache paint with a bit of water. Put your mask back in place, to cover the birds and fence. Pick up the thinned gouache with your paintbrush, and splatter it onto the panel, creating smaller snowflakes. Remove the mask, and add a few snowflakes by hand onto the fence and trees.

Here’s a close up photo, so you can see how the gouache, without water, creates dimension for the snow.

Penny Black Winter Tales


Now, stamp the small sentiment from the Concord & 9th Mistletoe Messages at the bottom, in Nocturne ink. Cover with clear embossing powder, and heat set.  Layer 2  blue squares in opposite corners of your red card base, and then attach your image panel with foam tape.

Penny Black Winter Tales

I coloured my birds to look similar to robins, but you can make them into your favourite bird!

Thanks for spending some time with me today! I  hope  you’ve been inspired to have fun creating your own winter or Christmas cards. Or, just change up the sentiment, don’t add the snow, and this would make a great anniversary or thank you card, too! If you haven’t already, be sure to leave comments on each blog in our White Christmas blog hop, for a chance to WIN a $50 Scrap ‘N Stamp Gift Card! You can start HERE at Tara’s post.

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Winter Tales Penny Black

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