Posts Tagged ‘Penny Black Stamps’

Let It Snow, Please

Friday, July 17th, 2020

Hello all, Kia here today for our Christmas in July Random Act of Cardness Challenge. Today is Day 16, which is me, and my challenge is Gelli Plate Printing. If you do not have a Gelli Plate, now is the time. You will enjoy all that can be done with Gelli printing.

For my backgrounds today I decided to use Distress Oxide Inks, some using only one colour and some with two colours. One stencil of snowflakes was also used, and Saran Wrap, so minimal supplies. My Gelli Plate is 5 x 7 inches.

For my card above, this is done using Saran Wrap. I tear a piece bigger than my plate and crunch it up in a tight ball, then unravel being careful not to tear it. I apply my colours of choice direct to the plate, in this case Worn Lipstick and Wilted Violet, and smooth them out with my brayer. I then place the unwrapped Saran over the plate and lightly tap over it to make sure the wrinkles will transfer.

No need to worry as your ink will not dry while the Saran is over it. I lift the Saran, then apply my paper, and smooth the paper with my hands before lifting my print. (I use Hammermill Printer Paper cut in half for this).  There is so much movement on the paper, it is fabulous.

I use my background I trim it up and attach to a piece of 80lb cardstock. I then trim that to the size I want for this particular card. In this case I trimmed to 4.75 square. I stamped the large snowflake from Colorado Craft using VersaFine Clair Ink in Paradise, and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I then sponged on Picked Raspberry and Wilted Violet along two edges of the paper and added some Nuvo Shimmer Pen in Midas Touch to this area.

To finish I matted with a light lavender then a dark purple cardstock on a Neenah cardbase and stamped the sentiment using VersaFine Clair Ink in Fantasia. A few Nuvo Crystal Drops in Morning Dew completed this card.

The card above is also done with Saran wrap and one colour. I simply moved the Saran in areas to move the ink below before pulling the print. I finished with attaching it to cardstock and cut the piece in two so I have a piece for the inside of the card as well.

Using VersaFine Clair Ink in Pinecone I stamped the Bramble Berry Branch from Penny Black. I did about 4 passes to ensure I had good coverage. I then painted on Nuvo Baked Cherry using Nuvo Aqua Pen from the Festive Season Set, and went over that with my Nuvo Midas Touch Shimmering Pen. It looks fabulous, I so wish the sparkle would show in pictures.

And finally for my last card for today, again I am using the Colorado Craft Snowflake stamp. For this background I used two colours and a stencil.

To do this I attach the Hammermill paper to my work surface at the top of my gelli plate with green tape. This ensures the paper will stay in place. I then applied Squeezed Lemonade, smoothed out with my brayer and took a print with the paper I have attached.

I then added Worn Lipstick, smooth it with my brayer and laid my stencil over the top, rubbing my fingers around the stencil to make sure it was making contact, then lifted the stencil and folder the paper back over the plate, smoothing out with my hands.

This is one of my favourite prints as it is unexpected for a snowflake. Once again I trimmed the print, attached to cardstock, then cut to size. I stamped the snowflake and heat embossed with Rose Quartz embossing powder, then stamped the sentiment using Red Carnation Ink. To finish I added Orange Marmalade Jewel Drops.

Following are some of the prints I made all with Distress Oxide Inks.

I hope you have enjoyed today’s challenge and I hope you can play along. Following are Affiliate Links for all but the Distress Oxide Inks, that I used for these prints.

Thank you for joining us today.

Winter Hearts of Magic

Friday, January 17th, 2020

Hello everyone. Kia here with you today to share this adorable Penny Black image called Bundled Buddies.  I thought this would make a sweet card to make my friend for her granddaughter.

I started with a very pale pink card tent fold card.

Using Strathmore Bristol Smooth I did my background pieces using Nuvo Shimmer Powder Catherine Wheel. On plastic wrap I sprinkled the shimmer powder then spritzed with water before laying my Bristol in it. I then heat dried the piece and did a second round with the colour, again heat drying.

For the top layer I sprinkled the Bristol paper with the Shimmer Powder, then hit it with water, being sure to leave some white space. I attached the two pieces of Bristol together on an angle.

On the top piece of Bristol and using my snowflake stencil I applied texture transparent glossy paste and set it aside to dry. You can see the snowflake in the top right corner, and once you know what to look for the snowflakes will appear throughout the piece.

Using Fabriano Hot Press water colour paper and VersaFine Clair ink in Nocturne, I stamped the Penny Black image and proceeded to paint using the Nuvo Shimmer Powder as my colour. The red is several layers of the Catherine Wheel, and the green is several layers of the Green Parade. Once finished and dried I fussy cut her out.

I added the Bristol layers to my card base using Fun Foam and Be Creative/Scor-pal Tape. I then attached the Penny Black image using foam squares.

Using my Gemini Jr. I die cut the snowflakes and the Valentine Heart painting the heart the same as I did the scarf. I cut a couple of the snowflakes in half and tucked them in, and added the larger snowflake to the left.

On the red heart I added Glossy Accents to the corner and covered it with WOW Midas Touch Embossing Glitter and a few gems, then attached it over the snowflake.

To finish the outside I painted a light coat of the shimmer powder and stamped my sentiment using a red ink.

For the inside I again did a Bristol Paper panel using the same colours as on the front of the card. I die cut the snowflake frame, and sprinkled the powder on it and spritzed. then attached one of the snowflake halves and adhered to the background pieces.

The inside is finished with the sentiment stamped from the Penny Black Little Charmer stamp set.

I so wish you could see the shimmer from the powder and the stencilling, it is very pretty.

I think it is the perfect little card for my friend to give her granddaughter, and I hope you enjoy this as well. Thank you for joining us today.

Following are Affiliate Links to the products I have used for this card today.

Create a Distress Oxide Watercolour Background

Monday, October 21st, 2019

Happy Monday! I hope you’re all rested and ready to try something new today! At least, this technique was new to me; perhaps you’ve already tried it & love it. It’s Deb here today, and I’m continuing on with the Scrap ‘N Stamp blog hop theme of Distress Oxide inks for my card today.  I’m here to share with you how to create a Distress Oxide watercolour background.


This card is easily done, and doesn’t take long. That meets my criteria for a holiday card that I can mass produce!

The colours I used create an easy ‘northern lights’ effect. You can switch up the colours to create a ‘regular’ night sky, if you prefer.


Start with a panel of watercolour paper. Next, apply the Distress Oxide inks directly to the paper – no blending tool needed! Start with Cracked Pistachio at the top, then Chipped Sapphire in the middle, and finally Blueprint Sketch at the bottom. Spray the entire panel with water, and then spread the colours across the panels, for full coverage. You just want to spread the colour – not work it into the paper. Now, prop your panel up against something, so that it’s at a slant. Allow the piece to dry, so that the water & colours move downwards as it’s drying.

Once your panel is dry, set it  up in your stamping platform, with the Penny Black Winter Tree stamp. Cover the stamp with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and stamp onto the panel. Because of the texture of the watercolour paper, you’ll probably need to ink & stamp twice – that’s why you’re using your stamp platform!

After stamping, use a white gel pen to add snow to the tree, the ground and snowflakes. Stamp the sentiment from the Concord & 9th Mistletoe Messages stamp set in Tuxedo Black onto a strip of white cardstock, and trim to size.

Layer your stamped panel onto a dark blue card base with foam tape. Finally, attach the sentiment strip across the bottom third of the front, with more foam tape.

I hope that you’ve enjoyed our month of Distress Oxide projects, and are inspired to try out at least some of the different ways to use them. It’s not just stamping anymore! If you need some supplies, I’ve included links below for online shopping.

Have fun stamping – and getting creative!

Affiliate links are provided, at no extra cost to  you.