Out and About with Jill: 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist

Hi! I'm so honored to be...
...on the Ellen Hutson blog today participating in the 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist event!  

If you are a new visitor to Studio Sessions, arriving from the Ellen Hutson blog, welcome thanks for visiting my little corner of blogland which I share with my talented blogging buddy, Elizabeth Allan.  (You can read more about our blogging approach HERE.)

Now... onto the tag!  Lisa Adametz, my partner in crime on Ellen Hutson's blog today, challenged me to use the following as my color inspiration.  Isn't it gorgeous?

Here's what I created featuring Penny Black stamps and dies.

51-274 Snowflake Duo
40-497 Wintry Trail
30-387 Festive Snippets.


And here's the how-to:

1. Stamp the beautiful scene (Penny Black 40-497 Wintry Trail) using the MISTI stamp positioning tool.  Color directly onto the stamp using Distress Markers, one color at a time, restamping as many times as needed.
2.  Without removing from the MISTI, using a paintbrush with very little water, paint over the larger tree trunks, branches, and ground/grassy areas and add a very light layer of shading to the ground and behind the background trees.  Allow to dry.
3.  Clean stamp and then ink with VersaMark ink.  Restamp and then remove from MISTI and sprinkle with clear embossing powder.  Heat to set.
4. Using an ink blending tool and foam pads, add Distress Inks to the background.
5.  Dilute gesso with water and splatter to create the look of falling snow.
6.  Stamp sentiment (Penny Black 30-387 Festive Snippets) and trim stamped panel into tag shape.
6.  Embellish with die cut snowflakes (Penny Black 51-274 Snowflake Duo), twine, and a pearl.  Add a small Distress Inked border to the base of the tag.

A complete list of supplies is available on the Ellen Hutson blog HERE.  You'll also find Lisa's tag featuring this same color palette -- you won't want to miss it!

Out and About with Jill: Penny Black Videos

Hi everyone! Just wanted to let you know that I've been...
... on the Penny Black blog this past week with FOUR new videos featuring "fun (and simple) folds."

Click HERE to view the video for the card shown above.


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Autumn Gratitude, 4 of 4: Jill

As a tapestry of color covers the landscape, we share designs inspired by autumn hues and gratitude.


Pumpkins aren't just for halloween... today I've paired them with an Autumn sentiment on my tag design.
My pumpkins (Penny Black 30-372 Autumn Splendor) were stamped onto my tag cut from watercolor paper using Penny Black's Creative Die, 51-007 Tagged.  I then painted the image and background with watercolors.  Once dry, using an ink blending tool and foam pad, I inked the edges of my tag with Distress Ink.  Finally, I stamped my sentiment and added the ribbon and twine.

Thanks so much for joining us for the last few weeks as we celebrated "Autumn Gratitude."  It's hard to believe it's almost December!



Autumn Gratitude, 3 of 4: Elizabeth

As a tapestry of color covers the landscape, we share designs inspired by autumn hues and gratitude.


Today and every day...so much to be thankful for!


This card was inspired by all the beautiful fall color.

The small tree stamped in Morocco Memento ink is from the transparent set Nature's Silhouettes.  Additional color was added to the leaves with Faber Castell's watercolor pencils.  A faint shadow was added in gray.

The sentiment from Grateful was stamped in Onyx Black VersaFine.

A simple white window frame finishes the design.

I can't end this post without saying how THANKFUL I am for my friend and blogging partner, Jill!!

All stamps by Penny Black.



Autumn Gratitude, 2 of 4: Jill

As a tapestry of color covers the landscape, we share designs inspired by autumn hues and gratitude.


My approach for today's card was to show autumn gratitude in a clean and simple design.

I painted my background using watercolors.  Once dry, I added Distress Inks on top using an ink blending tool and foam pads.  A white rectangular frame, with the outer edges inked with Distress Ink, was added on top of my watercolor background using dimensional adhesive.  It was also stamped with the Penny Black sentiment from the transparent set 30-373 Grateful.  The tree, Penny Black Creative Die, 51-247 Dancing Branchlets, was inked with Distress Ink and then added to the card with dimensional adhesive.

I'm so grateful for your visit today... see you soon with Elizabeth's next "Autumn Gratitude" creation!

Out and About with Jill: November Shimmerz Video

Today I'm...
on the Shimmerz blog with a new VIDEO!
featuring Penny Black products: 40-481 Red Sparkle, 40-489 Elaborate, 51-251 Rejoice

Click HERE for the full reveal and to watch the video.

And before you go...
If you're looking to add Shimmerz Paints to your crafty stash then be sure to mention my name in the "comments" section in your shopping cart when placing an order.  The kind folks at Shimmerz will give you free paint just for doing so! (Shop HERE.)

Autumn Gratitude, 1 of 4: Elizabeth

As a tapestry of color covers the landscape, we share designs inspired by autumn hues and gratitude.


Happy fall everyone!


Today's card is a quick design.  A bit of stamping, a splash of color and a dab of patterned paper.

The leafy image stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink is from the transparent set Nature's Silhouettes.  The leaves were colored with Faber Castell's watercolor pencils.  A small "pot" was fashioned from paper from the Golden Moment designer pad.  This was then adhered over the bottom of the branches with dimensional foam tape.

A rectangular piece of white cardstock was colored with a light blue Copic Marker and the sentiment from So Lucky was stamped in Onyx Black VersaFine.

Thank you very much for visiting.
Jill will be up next with more autumn awesomeness!

All stamps and papers mentioned in the instructions are by Penny Black.