Autumn Splendor & Spooky Screams; 1 of 8: Jill

Fall has arrived and with it a whole new season of designs.  Join us as we enjoy the ever-changing leaf colors with Autumn Splendor and the approach of some frightful fun with Spooky Screams.
Yay... it's fall!!!!!  
I
LOVE
FALL!
Can you tell?! LOL
Each of these cards was created using Inchie Arts 3" White Art Squares.
I stamped my leaf images, Penny Black 40-358 Filigree Foliage, onto the Art Squares using VersaMark ink, sprinkled with white embossing powder, and heat to set.  I colored the leaves and backgrounds using a collection of watercolors--Distress Markers, Distress Stains, and Dr. PH Martin's Hydrus Watercolors.  I just kept building up more and more color until I was happy with the result.  I also flicked a bit of paint onto the background for additional "texture."  Once dry, using my fingertip, I swiped a touch of Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gesso around the edges of the Art Squares.  Each Art Square was layered onto white cardstock, a pierced background with edges inked with Wheat VersaMagic ink, and then onto a white notecard.  

For additional Inchie Arts inspiration, visit their BLOG and FACEBOOK page.
Oh, before I go, if you are looking for some Spooky Screams, be sure to click HERE to view my newest PB&J video...
So do you think Elizabeth will be bringing  Autumn Splendor or Spooky Screams to the Studio?? I can't wait to find out...

Penny Black Pairings, 8 of 8: Elizabeth

We love to design as a pair here in the Studio where we even share our stamps and Creative Dies!!  We hope you enjoy peeking at our pairs of projects using the same Penny Black products.  It's double the designing fun! 
Additional Penny Black Inspiration on their BLOG and FACEBOOK PAGE

Today I am dressing one of the snowflakes from Crystal Trio in a soft, warm velvet hug.

To create my hug, I placed a sheet of Scrapbook Adhesive on a piece of cardstock and then die cut a snowflake.  After peeling away the backing, I was able to apply pink crushed velvet flock to the exposed sticky surface.  


To give all the card elements a chipboard thickness, I die cut three scalloped rectangles (Picture This Creative Die) and stamped three banners (Joy Filled).  The top element from each design was finished with a sentiment (Joy Filled) and a flourish (Oh Christmas Tree) before the multiple layers were glued together with Permanent Scrapbook Adhesive. 


This probably goes without saying, but I LOVE DIMENSION!  Here you can see how the elements were layered with E-Z Dots.


A metallic accent was added to the snowflake to create a central visual point.  This small embellishment draws the eye to a "starting" point for viewing and then allows the eye to radiate out and view the other components of the card.  


Since this card has many textures and elevations, a subtle embossed design was added to the background to "ground" the elevated elements.  In this design, Penny Black's Dotlets Stencil was used with a light box and stylus for the dry embossing texture. 

For detailed instructions and a complete supply list for this project, click HERE.

Thanks for joining the fun at STUDIO SESSIONS as we "paired" up our Penny Black designs.

Jill and I are putting the finishing touches on our next designs and have lots more STUDIO fun to come!  If you would to like have our posts delivered directly to your inbox, just sign up for our Newsletter located on the side bar.

[Supplies:  Penny Black:  Joy Filled 30-257,  Oh Christmas Tree 40-344, Dotlets 25-007, Crystal Trio 51-066, Picture This 51-056, Mix & Match Cardstock: 01-001 Storm, 06-001 Spring Meadow and 15-003 Coral Reef; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L: E-Z Dots Permanent Adhesive, Adhesive Sheets, 3D Foam Squares, Thin 3D Foam Squares; Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko: Tea Leaves VersaMagic, VersaMark Watermark Ink, Frost Psst Sheet Shimmer Spritz, White Embossing Powder; Doodlebug Design: Pink Crushed Velvet Flock; Mark Richards: Silver Metal Accent; Other: Light Box, Stylus.]


CASE Study #210 with Jill

Hi, friends! Just a quick post to let you know that I'm...
...on the CASE Study Challenge blog today.
Here's our inspiration by September muse, Debby Hughes:
And here's a look at my take:
All stamps and dies by Penny Black:
30-038 Foliage Fancy, 30-238 Footnotes, 51-027 Triple Banner, 51-014 Nature's Song, 51-002 Leaves

To view what the CASE Study design team has created and to play along, click HERE!

And if you've found your way to the STUDIO for the first time today from the Case Study blog, I want to extend to you a BIG welcome!!  While here, feel free to poke around... you'll find stamped art from myself and my STUDIO partner, Elizabeth Allan.   You can read more about our blogging approach HERE.  I hope you'll find our creative zone to be an inspirational and fun place to be! 

Penny Black Pairings, 7 of 8: Jill

We love to design as a pair here in the Studio where we even share our stamps and Creative Dies!!  We hope you enjoy peeking at our pairs of projects using the same Penny Black products.  It's double the designing fun! 
Additional Penny Black Inspiration on their BLOG and FACEBOOK PAGE

I have used this set of dies sooo much. I love snowflakes.  In fact, I think I'm ready for a few to fall.  (Okay, not quite ready yet!)  
On today's card I layered several snowflakes on a background created with lots of layers of Pan Pastels, Memento ink, and even a touch of acrylic paint.  The background was randomly stamped using Penny Black 40-204 Fleur de Lys.  And the sentiment, Penny Black 30-257 Joy Filled, was stamped using VersaFine Onyx Black ink. 

Thanks for popping by the Studio for a visit today...I can't wait to see what Elizabeth has created with this trio of fun snow! :)

Penny Black Pairings, 6 of 8: Jill

We love to design as a pair here in the Studio where we even share our stamps and Creative Dies!!  We hope you enjoy peeking at our pairs of projects using the same Penny Black products.  It's double the designing fun! 


Penny Black
Additional Penny Black Inspiration on their BLOG and FACEBOOK PAGE

So I know we said we would be "pairing" our projects but instead of just one project here in the Studio today, I might have created a couple of extras.  (Don't tell; okay?) :)  I find this stamp, 40-342 Happy Berries, to be sooo versatile!  

Here I've used it as the focal point on my card:
Background colored with Pan Pastels then image stamped with VersaMark ink.  Same colors of Pan Pastels reapplied.  Additional shading to berries and branches done with Tombow Dual Brush Pens.  Sentiment by Penny Black, 40-343 Ornately Merry, and snowflake Creative Die by Penny Black, 51-015 Snowflake Trio.

Next, I used it as a snowy background:
Background image stamped with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with white powder.  Background inked with Desert Sand and Toffee Crunch Memento ink. Light layer of Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gesso applied with paint brush over background for white-washed effect.  Mimi, Penny Black 4400K Reindeer Games, colored with ShinHan Art Touch Twin Markers.  Sentiment and medallion by Penny Black, 30-257 Joy Filled.

And finally, I added it as a subtle texture behind these larger berries:
Subtle berry texture created by stamping 40-342 Happy Berries using Wheat VersaMagic ink.  Larger berries, Penny Black 40-346 Berry Merry Christmas, inked and stamped using Distress Paints.  Top portion of card inked with Claret Palette ink and stamped with Penny Black 30-240 Textures using VersaFine Crimson Red ink.

Wishing you a HAPPY day!

CASE Study #209 with Jill

I'm hanging out on the CASE Study blog today and isn't this week's inspiration card by September Muse, Debby Hughes, a beauty?
I was especially inspired by her neutral colors, wreath of leaves, and use of twine.  Here's my take:
My wreath of leaves was created using Penny Black Creative Dies 51-072 Autumn Jewels.  Some leaves were stamped with Penny Black 30-238 Footnotes using VersaMagic Wheat ink and ColorBox Creamy Brown ink.  These inks were also added to the outer edges of the leaves.  The brown background was created by inking watercolor paper with ColorBox Creamy Brown ink and then applying a thin layer of Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gesso on the top for a white washed effect.  The additional die cuts (Penny Black 51-014 Nature's Song and 51-050 Tweet Things) were inked with Ranger Archival ink in the colors of Dandelion and Orange Blossom.  The background panel was splattered with Walnut Stain Distress Marker ink, colored onto my acrylic block and then flicked onto the background with a paintbrush and water.  Sentiment by Penny Black, 30-243 Amazing!. 

To view what the CASE Study design team has created and to play along, click HERE!

And if you've found your way to the STUDIO for the first time today from the Case Study blog, I want to extend to you a BIG welcome!!  While here, feel free to poke around... you'll find stamped art from myself and my STUDIO partner, Elizabeth Allan.   You can read more about our blogging approach HERE.  I hope you'll find our creative zone to be an inspirational and fun place to be! 

Penny Black Pairings, 5 of 8: Elizabeth

We love to design as a pair here in the Studio where we even share our stamps and Creative Dies!!  We hope you enjoy peeking at our pairs of projects using the same Penny Black products.  It's double the designing fun! 

Additional Penny Black Inspiration on their BLOG and FACEBOOK PAGE

One of the many things I like about Penny Black's "Happy Berries" is that it can be used all throughout the year.  In today's post I am sharing how one holiday stamp mixed with ATC Art Squares (Inchie Arts) can be designed into a gift card holder for the holidays or an everyday occasion.

For the holiday version, soft gray ATC Art Squares (Inchie Arts) lend an elegant background hue for Penny Black's "Happy Berries" stamped in Satin Red VersaFine.  

The smoothness of the Art Squares provides an excellent stamping surface and beautifully showcases the stamped ink.  The surface of the Art Squares is also durable so that accenting the berries with Crystal Stickles and micro-fine red glitter does not cause the Art Square paper to ripple.

The secret for creating the pocket is to layer the Art Squares. A soft gray ATC Art Square was layered with a dark gray ATC Art Square that was trimmed into a thin "U" frame (pictured on the left).  A second soft gray ATC Art Square was then placed on top.  Using two tones of Art Squares to create the holder gives the piece an eye-catching pinstripe along all three edges (pictured on the right).  This "sandwiching" technique also allows enough space in the holder to slide in a gift card that is temporarily mounted to cardstock.

The sentiment medallion from Penny Black's "Wonderful & Jolly" stamped in red and black accompanied by grosgrain ribbon adds a simple yet stylish accent.

Using "Happy Berries" again with white and soft gray ATC Art Squares (Inchie Arts) and changing the ink colors to soft tones of reds, oranges and purples transforms the same design into an everyday gift holder.

This time the durable surface of the Art Squares was the perfect platform for a layer of gel medium.  The subtle coating over the stamped artwork gave the piece such a lovely finish.   Once again, more Penny Black holiday images (Beauty of the Season) were transformed into an all occasion sentiment medallion. 

Detailed instructions for this project in pdf format can be viewed and printed HERE.

More Inchie Arts information and inspiration is available on their BLOG and FACEBOOK page.

More to come when Jill reveals her berry happiness!


[Supplies:  Penny Black: Happy Berries 40-342, Wonderful & Jolly 30-259, Beauty of the Season 30-254; Inchie Arts: ATC Art Squares; Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko; Onyx Black VersaFine, Satin Red VersaFine; Ranger: Glossy Accents, Crystal Stickles; Art Glitter: Ruby Red; Offray: Cranberry Grosgrain Ribbon; Other: Craft Knife, Circle Die Cut.]

  

Penny Black Pairings, 4 of 8: Elizabeth

We love to design as a pair here in the Studio where we even share our stamps and Creative Dies!!  We hope you enjoy peeking at our pairs of projects using the same Penny Black products.  It's double the designing fun! 

Penny Black
Additional Penny Black Inspiration on their BLOG and FACEBOOK PAGE

One of my favorite ways to use a die cut phrase is to use a portion of  it combined with part of a stamped sentiment.  It's fun, chic and trendy! 
Two die cuts of "Greetings" from Penny Black's Creative Die set World of Wishes were layered on top of each other to create a thicker embellishment and then pounced with a Delicata Golden Glitz ink pad. (The rich, golden hue makes it my favorite gold ink.)  A small stamped "Season's" from the transparent set Joy Filled in Love Letter Memento adds the chic contrast.
This Penny Black Polaroid die cut frame is perfect for displaying art in the open window with a fantastic space at the bottom to add a greeting.
I took advantage of the open frame to create a faux laser cut image.  By nestling a die cut of "Leap of Joy" between two Polaroid die cuts and then trimming away any overhanging portions of the leaping deer, I was able to produce the illusion that this design was laser cut from one piece of cardstock.  A backdrop of Coral Reef Mix & Match cardstock added to the festivity of the theme while also keeping the design modern and fresh.

If you would like to download a pdf containing the complete instructions and supplies for this card click HERE.

The double delight of Penny Black Pairs continues next week with a "berry happy" stamp design.

[Supplies:  Penny Black: Joy Filled 30-257, Polaroid 51-057, Leap of Joy 51-062, World of Wishes 51-067, Mix & Match Cardstock Coral Reef 15-003; Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko: Love Letter Memento, Delicata Golden Glitz Ink; 3M Scotch Dimensional Foam Tape.]   



CASE Study #208 with Jill

I'm hanging out on the CASE Study blog today, loving this week's inspiration by our September muse, Debby Hughes.
I was especially inspired by the bold red apple, the shape of her tag, and the touches of burlap and twine.  Here's my take:
All stamps by Penny Black (4216H Teacher's Pet, 30-243 Amazing!).  Image colored with Distress Markers and ShinHan Art Touch Twin Markers.

To view what the CASE Study design team has created and to play along, click HERE!

And if you've found your way to the STUDIO for the first time today from the Case Study blog, I want to extend to you a BIG welcome!!  While here, feel free to poke around... you'll find stamped art from myself and my STUDIO partner, Elizabeth Allan.   You can read more about our blogging approach HERE.  I hope you'll find our creative zone to be an inspirational and fun place to be!