Posts Tagged ‘Stamping’

You’re The Best with Penny Black Stamps!

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

Hello and welcome back!! It’s Laurie and I’m here to share a rather clean and simple card using products from Penny Black. I also incorporate on small stamp from Concord and 9th but we’ll get to that later!

I love Penny Black products. They are so beautiful but also run the range from elegant to cutesy. Today, I used the Sunny Wishes stamp set.  This is a gorgeous set that includes 3 large, different floral images.  I had yet to use this set because I was fairly intimidated by it.  The images are VERY fine-lined.  Which, if you are anything like me, gets a little nerve wracking because chances are, you’ll colour outside the lines!! Colouring outside the lines can look amazing. I just can’t seem to let go of what I was taught in elementary school, hahaha!

Anyway, I stamped the largest image onto some white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. This has always been my preferred ink when I use my alcohol markers.  I coloured in the flowers and the butterflies INSIDE the lines but left a little white space on each to act as a highlight as well as to make it look “messy”. I have no idea if I achieved that look at all.

Next, came the labour of love. I decided to fussy cut this image out. Cutting around the entire thing was simple, but I decided to cut some of the inner portions away, as well.  Ugh.  It was tricky but if I made this card again, I would do it the same way because I love the look!

I wanted to create some “controlled splatter” on the front of the card base.  I love the look of black paint splatters on cards but have issues with achieving a good mix of paint…plus the mess.  I took a small stamp from the Hello Lovely stamp set from Concord and 9th and stamped it randomly onto the card front. I did do some minor stamp surgery to be able to get more mileage out of the stamp.

I did a test run on how I wanted my image and sentiment to look and decided that the card front was missing something. I added a 1/4″ strip on black cardstock to the left side and it seemed to balance everything nicely.

It was here that I decided to stamp, colour and fussy cut an extra butterfly. I also partially stamped the sentiment to read “You’re the Best”.  This comes from the Penny Black set, Choose Happy.

I adhered the floral image and butterfly with foam squares for a bit of dimension and used the Memento Ink to stamp the sentiment.


I added a bit of Clear Wink of Stella to the butterflies and some Nuvo Crystal Glaze to the flower centres and vase to finish off this card!!

Thanks for stopping by!!  I hope you found a bit of inspiration here today!!

See you soon!!


Pattern Stamping with Lawn Fawn

Friday, September 28th, 2018

Good morning and happy Friday!! Laurie here to share a few tips when stamping your own patterned background! This is a great technique for using those smaller sized images in your stamp sets as well as creating your own unique patterned paper!

I pulled out one of my all time favourite Lawn Fawn sets, Fab Flowers.  This is a super easy layering set that results in, well, fab flowers:)!! With every Lawn Fawn release, I’m always hoping they bring out another set like this one.

Before starting a background like this, it’s a good idea to do some sort of practice stamping. This way you can decide on what images you’d like to use as well as it gives you an idea for placement.  I always start with the largest image or grouping of images. In this case, I used one of the smaller flower stamps along with a leaves stamp to create a cluster.  I stamped the flower randomly onto the cardstock first.

I chose a medium grey shade of ink for the first layer. I wanted the background to be monochromatic.  I then stamped the leaves image to create the “cluster.

There’s lots of blank space but don’t worry! Take your next image, which should be slightly smaller, and fill in the larger gaps.  I used a leafy branch image for this and used the same colour.

I ran into a little bit of a problem here. The rest of the stamps in this set are too big to fill in the remaining spaces. So, I dug through my stash and found a smaller leaf image from the Lawn Fawn set Hang in There and a heart image from the older Our Friendship Grows stamp set.

These two little stamps filled in the spaces nicely.  You could carry on from here but I decided to leave it as it was.  What really takes this up a notch is the second layer of the flowers and leaves. I stamped this in a darker shade of grey and it really made everything pop!!

I stamped some of the same images as well as a couple others from the Fab Flowers set in bright colours and used the co-ordinating dies to cut them out. I also die cut a white circle and a scalloped circle out of black cardstock.

Now it was just a matter of assembling everything together and adding a sentiment. I used a combination of foam adhesive and liquid glue to adhere the flowers, leaves and butterfly to the white circle.

I decided to make this into a “congratulations” card. I think this would be suitable for almost any occasion!  The congrats comes from the Big Scripty Words Stamp Set as well as the Big Scripty Words Die Set.

I love the way those bright colours stand out against the grey background. It’s almost like a photo filter effect!

I added a bit of Clear Wink of Stella to the butterfly as well as Glossy Accents. And some Black Nuvo Drops to the centres of the flowers.

I hope you enjoyed todays project and will give this super fun technique a try!!

Until next time…have a great weekend!



Friendship Card with Flora & Fauna

Sunday, September 9th, 2018

Hello, crafty friends and welcome back!! Laurie here to share a card with you that uses products from Flora and Fauna.  If you like whimsical, hand drawn images, this stamp company may just be for you!  They also have their very own unique dies as well.

I used only one stamp set to make this card. I love mixing and matching sets but it just so happens that everything I could possibly need/want was on this set.

I started by stamping a bunch of the images from the Floral Aviary stamp set onto a piece of white cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. NOTE: it took two tries with this panel. The first time I used a pigment ink to stamp. Pigment ink is slower drying which resulted in a lot of smudges.

This really reminded me of wallpaper…I love it!!  I coloured the little bird as well as a few flowers and leaves and fussy cut them. I kind of wish there were co-ordinating dies!  I cut the Bird Cage Die (also Flora&Fauna) out of black cardstock.  I really wanted to add a bit of dimension but it’s a fairy delicate die, which would have been a slight nightmare to layer.  Instead, I slathered it with Versamark Ink and applied Clear Embossing Powder. I repeated that step twice to give added dimension and shine.

I added all the coloured pieces around the birdcage using foam adhesive. And of course, this card just HAD to have a white on black sentiment strip!!  I added a bit of sparkle using a Clear Wink of Stella pen.

I think this turned out really sweet. But just think of all the colouring options you have with this ONE stamp set!! It’s full of beautiful florals!!

Thank you for stopping by today!! I hope you found a little inspiration here today!!

Until next time…