Posts Tagged ‘Penny Black’

Tuesday with Tara {take 334} Stencils & Snowmen

Tuesday, January 18th, 2022

Happy Tuesday!

I did not set out to create a wintery card for today, but when it’s snowy outside it tends to make you reach for the snowy stuff inside!  When I sat down to play, I pulled out a variety of stencils and played around with backgrounds, some of which you will see on future projects because they just didn’t work with the Snowman Joy die that I decided I wanted to make something with again.

This time I cut my snowman from glittery Cardstock, which seems to suit him just fine!  I paired him with some tall glittery letters as well- the sweet Twiggy Hugs die by Memory Box.

The base layer is stenciled with MFT Candy Stripes, then a snowflake stencil (by Paper Rose) over the stripes.  I’ve seen some fun layered stencils lately and wanted to experiment… it kinda worked, but wasn’t quite a perfect pair!  It makes for an interesting layer on my card though!

I took the still inky snowflake stencil and applied clear texture paste through it onto the teal Cardstock layer as the base for my snowman.  It give a subtle, shiny but tinted snowy pattern that worked much better behind the die cuts!

I finished off my card with some stitched edges by MFT, a chit chat sticker by Tim Holtz and a bit of Studio Katia bling.

Inky (and snowy) hugs,


Happy Hugs

Sunday, January 16th, 2022

Hello all! My card today is an extra for this month, hence it does not have a prompt word.

I wanted to share with you a technique for using Zig Kuretake Gem watercolours. When I watercolour using the Gem colours I have wanted the colour more intense, so I mix the Gem colours with distress ink colours, and the results you can see in this card and another card I did yesterday.

This card is done to send a girlfriend for Valentine’s Day, so I wanted to add special things that I know she will love. Like the texture paste applied using a heart stencil. and the die cut heart border die painted with the Kuretake red colour.  And of course, the hugs die added to the finish along with the gems.

It is a card that is sure to be loved by my friend and I hope you have enjoyed it being shared with you and I thank you for your visit.

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Trip to Paradise

Saturday, May 15th, 2021

Welcome to the weekend! Deb here, for the Design Team today. It’s a sunny one here in beautiful Vancouver, which also happens to be home to Scrap ‘N Stamp, as well as me!  Summer will be here soon, which is one reason why I chose the word ‘sea’ for today’s challenge word. We could all use a trip to paradise this year, I think – even if it’s just on paper.


If you’ve been following my blog at all, you’ll know that I love painting with alcohol inks. So I decided that I’d create a beautiful background for the Penny Black stamp, called Paradise. Here’s a look at the completed card.

Trip to Paradise

I don’t know about you’d, but I’d be happy walking along that path next to the sea! And what a pretty sunset, right? It’s easier than you think to paint – let me tell you how.


First, start with a piece of Yupo. The final size will be 5″ x 3 3/4″, but you can start larger if you want. Set up the Yupo and the Paradise stamp in your stamp platform. Next, lightly ink up the shore line and the horizon line in a light ink – I just used a light brown. This is just for reference, so you know where to paint the sand, water and sky.  Stamp lightly, and then remove the Yupo, but leave the stamp in place.

Start with the sand, pouring a bit of Latte ink onto that area. Add a bit of Blending Solution, and tip the Yupo from left to right – keeping the ink within the shore line. Use a small brush to  help cover the area. The Ranger alcohol ink brushes are perfect for this! Next, add some Teakwood ink to the left and right sides, and brush into place. Keep the ‘path’ area lighter.

Allow the sand area ink to dry, and move onto painting the setting sun. Place some Lemonade and Sunset Orange inks into 2 wells in your ink palette. Using the horizon line reference, pick up some Lemonade ink, and create your setting sun. Add a bit of the yellow below the horizon line, for the reflection. Next, pick up some of the Sunset Orange, and paint around the yellow sun. Add some into the reflection. If the colour is too strong, dip your brush into some Blending Solution, dab off any excess onto paper towel, and then lift some of the ink off of the Yupo.

Now you’re ready to paint the water, and sky! To your ink palette, add Glacier and Laguna inks to 2 more wells. Pick up Glacier with your brush, and paint in the water. Leave a line near the shore white, and then add Laguna ink in that area. Paint Glacier ink onto your sky, using Blending Solution or an Alcohol Ink  Blender Pen to lighten up some areas.  Here’s a photo, below, of how my painting process looked.

Trip to Paradise

Remember that you’ll be stamping over with the Paradise stamp, so every inch of your painting doesn’t have to be ‘perfect’.


Once you’re happy with your sunset background, and the ink is dry, place it back into your stamp platform. Cover the Paradise stamp with a pigment ink, such as Versafine Nocturne or StaZon ink – remember that the Yupo is a slick surface, so regular ink will wipe off. Stamp firmly onto your background; you can ink & stamp more than once if necessary. I love using my stamp platform, for this reason!

Trip to Paradise

The stamp adds more texture to the sand, as well as adding the horizon and shore lines. With a white gel pen, add some highlights to your trees, and waves to the water.   The sentiment is from an older Hero Arts stamp set, called Color Layering Waves.  Layer your sentiment, and then your work of art onto coordinating cardstock and a card base, and you’re done!


If you haven’t already, I hope that you’ll join the Scrap ‘N Stamp Daily Challenge. It’s on the Facebook Group HERE, where you’ll find a new word prompt for each day of the month. Play along as many times as you’d like, by creating your project & then share a picture to the group. Be sure to use the hashtag #SNSCHALLENGE there, and on your other social media sharing sites. At the end of the month, one lucky person is randomly chose to WIN a $50 Gift Certificate to shop at Scrap ‘N Stamp!


Have fun creating your own trip to paradise – however you interpret that! I’ll be looking for your ‘sea’ creations in the FB group. If you need supplies, links are below.

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