Feathers, Fur, Fins & More, 1 of 8: Jill

It's all about those cute and adorable critters that make us go "Aww".


Okay, if we're talking "feathers, fur, fins, and more," then I just can't resist sharing this card featuring Penny Black's Creative Die set, 51-316 Mommy & Me Owls.
I began by inking my background using Ranger Archival Ink in the color of Fern Green using an ink blending tool and foam pad.  The "you're the best" sentiment (Penny Black 30-283 Snippets) was stamped using Ranger Archival Potting Soil ink.  The background leaves (Penny Black Creative Die 51-326 Graceful Greenery) were inked with both Fern Green Archival Ink and Olive Grove Memento ink and were adhered to the card with liquid glue.  The owls (Penny Black 51-316 Mommy & Me Owls), leaves (Penny Black 51-002 Leaves), and sentiment die (Penny Black 51-339 You Enjoy!) were all inked with Distress Inks using an ink blending tool and foam pads.  White and orange cardstock was added behind the owls' beaks and eyes.  The owls and leaves were added to the card with dimensional adhesive.  Finally, I embellished the design with tiny sequins from my stash.  

I have to admit, I had a smile on my face the whole time I made this card. Those owls are just too adorable.  

I wonder what creatures we will find on Elizabeth's next project... will they have feathers, fins, fur, or something else?! Whooooo knows! 

Brushstroke Bliss, 8 of 8: Jill

Join us in the Studio as we play with Penny Black's new brushstroke stamps from their "Bliss" catalog.


Here's one more design featuring my new favorite card layout... I hope you aren't tired of it yet! (For more on my technique, scroll down for blog post titled Brushstroke Bliss, 2 of 8: Jill.)
Oh how I love that "BFF" die cut... so sweet!!

Stamp and dies by Penny Black: 51-321 Forever Friends, 40-539 Effulgent, 40-382 Blips.

Thanks so much for joining us in the Studio as we shared our brushstroke BLISS... it's been such fun demonstrating our different artistic approaches to these gorgeous stamps by Penny Black.  

Brushstroke Bliss, 7 of 8: Elizabeth

Join us in the Studio as we play with Penny Black's new brushstroke stamps from their "Bliss" catalog.


With today being the official first day of spring, I am celebrating with some colorful daffodils for my last brushstroke design in this series.

(Penny Black: First Waltz 40-536, Happy Thoughts 30-416)

As you will note from looking at my previous three brushstroke designs (to view simply scroll down through our posts), I used the same technique of stamping with a MISTI stamping tool and Memento markers on a single-layer card. 

All four edges of the card were inked with a Mary Premium Gold Marker and glittery accents for the flowers were added with yellow and crystal Stickles.

There is one more "blissful brushstroke" creation by Jill in this series so stay tuned for more colorful inspiration.




Brushstroke Bliss, 6 of 8: Jill

Join us in the Studio as we play with Penny Black's new brushstroke stamps from their "Bliss" catalog.


I don't normally ink flowers with blue, but for some reason Penny Black's brushstroke image, 40-537 Peony, was whispering to me to go blue.  And who am I to deny the wishes of a beautiful stamp? :)
For more on my technique in creating this card, scroll down for blog post titled Brushstroke Bliss, 2 of 8: Jill.  All stamps and dies by Penny Black: 51-336 Brother/Sister, 40-537 Peony, 30-247 Life’s Journals, 30-283 Snippets

Brushstroke Bliss, 5 of 8: Elizabeth

Join us in the Studio as we play with Penny Black's new brushstroke stamps from their "Bliss" catalog.


Today I am working with Penny Black's brushstroke called "A Moment in Time".


A moment in time is literally all you need to create this greeting!

After the stamp was positioned in my MISTI stamping tool, I applied light colors of Memento markers to the image.  I "huffed" on each ink application before it was applied to the cardstock.  I made a few subsequent impressions using darker marker colors to deepen the tones.  To fill in the head of the poppy, I applied the Memento marker color directly to the cardstock with soft flicking motions.  

The height of this stamp is perfect for nestling in a sentiment (Birthday Love 30-413) stamped in Onyx Black VersaFine.

Gunmetal Stickles were added for a sparkly accent while the decadent gold edge was created with a Marvy Premium Gold Paint Pen.

If you are just now joining me and Jill for our brushstroke series, you can see our previous four posts by scrolling down.

Enjoy!




Brushstroke Bliss, 4 of 8: Jill

Join us in the Studio as we play with Penny Black's new brushstroke stamps from their "Bliss" catalog.


Today's cards feature the same technique I used on my card posted on 3/2/17 (scroll down for blog post titled Brushstroke Bliss, 2 of 8: Jill).  But for these stamp designs I've featured a horizontal orientation for the card.
Card above features Penny Black stamps and dies: 51-339 You Enjoy!, 40-535 Magnolia Rhapsody, 40-470 Script.
Card above features Penny Black stamps and dies: 51-333 Awesome!, 40-523 Spring Blossoms, 30-238 Footnotes, 30-353 Words of Kindness.

I wonder what brushstroke bliss Elizabeth has in store for us next... I can't wait to see!

Brushstroke Bliss, 3 of 8: Elizabeth

Join us in the Studio as we play with Penny Black's new brushstroke stamps from their "Bliss" catalog.


So glad to have you back to see how easy it is to bring these gorgeous brushstroke flowers to life.  Wasn't Jill's last post inspiring how she used a masking technique to frame her flower?!

I am continuing to use my recipe of a single-layer card with one stamped flower and one sentiment.

(Penny Black: Peony 40-537, Faith 30-409)
I used the same steps with a MISTI  and Memento markers as my first card HERE, but this time I let my stamped image fall off the edge of the card and increased the amount that the sentiment overlapped the flower.

Also, to introduce a little shimmer after the flowers were stamped, I used a small cotton ball to apply Pearlescent Blue and White Fine Pearl Medium PanPastels.