Featuring Chameleon Pens 1 of 2: Jill

It's always fun to give a new medium a try... join us as we combine Penny Black stamps with Chameleon pens for some creative coloring.


So when I knew I had new markers to try, I first had to get out my current favorite floral stamp by Penny Black, 40-508 Gladsome. 



For this card I primarily followed the simple Chameleon Color Tones process of using one marker to shade from light to dark.

And then I went a little crazy creating my dotty background. That was seriously too much fun.

With dots on the brain, I continued onto my second card.

I got braver for this one, mixing and matching a several of the pens for my flowers, leaves, and butterflies.

I love the touch of the tangled thread under the butterflies for a little extra texture.

FOR FULL DETAILS ON EACH OF THESE CARDS, PLEASE VISIT THE PENNY BLACK BLOG HERE.


Feathers, Fur, Fins & More, 8 of 8: Elizabeth

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


I have something that has neither feathers, fur nor fins so it is perfect for the "more" portion of of this series.


How about a cute, pink elephant?!

I used the same building structure format to create this dimensional box using a Polaroid die cut as outlined in this post HERE.  The only difference is that I fabricated my open-faced box to be deeper.

The extra depth gave me plenty of room to decorate with garlands of die cut hearts, plant pretty flowers, stamp a sentiment and embellish with lots patterned papers.

All the fun elements of this 3D creation can be found with these links at Penny Black, Inc.:


We hope you enjoyed our Feathers, Fur, Fins & More series!



Feathers, Fur, Fins & More, 7 of 8: Jill

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


So what adorable critters make me go "aww?"  All of those included in Penny Black's transparent set, 30-414 Time to Celebrate, certainly do!  Today I have for you two cards, both featuring images from this happy stamp set.

Card above features Penny Black stamps and dies: 30-413 Birthday Love, 30-414 Time to Celebrate, 51-129 Leaflets, 51-285 Line of Hearts

Card above features Penny Black stamps and dies: 51-338 ... Birthday, 30-414 Time to Celebrate, 51-119 Flower Frolic

See you soon with even more critters from Elizabeth...


Feathers, Fur, Fins & More, 6 of 8: Elizabeth

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


I am "hopping" by today with an Easter place setting idea that could easily be used for a spring party, birthday celebration or a "just because" gift.  


The card and/or name place setting was die cut using Penny Black's Pop On A Fold - Royal Swirl.  I just love how the elegant lines of the die cut just flow off the edge of the card.  A little bit of glitter gives it added sparkle.  A recessed rectangular die cut window edged with a Mary Premium Gold Marker allows a name or sentiment to be showcased.

The little treat box is a simple matchbox that I fabricated from cardstock and patterned paper.  The sentiment "thank you for being a great friend" fit perfectly inside for a surprise greeting.

I couldn't resist using another 3D Animal to make this dimensional bunny covered in ultra fine crystal glitter.

You can see all these stamps, dies and patterned papers linked below on Penny Blacks website.


Stay tuned, Jill will be back with the 7th installment of our Feathers, Fur, Fins and More series!



Feathers, Fur, Fins & More, 5 of 8: Jill

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


Okay, I have to admit, I'm not normally a fan of REAL fish (why do they gross me out?!) but I can definitely handle them in paper form.
And I especially like fish when I can color them pink!! Heehee! :)  For this card, all of the background papers and die cuts were inked and stamped with a combination of Ranger Archival inks and Distress Inks.  The fish dies were colored with Copic markers and then adhered to "backing" which was inked with Archival and Distress inks. Stamps and dies by Penny Black: 51-314 Fancy Fish, 51-326 Graceful Greenery, 30-417 Delicate Silhouettes, 51-224 Love to Travel

Don't forget to swim on by the Studio soon to see what Elizabeth will be sharing next!

Feathers, Fur, Fins & More, 4 of 8: Elizabeth

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


Today it is about feathers and fins.
The fins may be obvious, but can you spot the feathers?


If you guessed the feathers were used for the flowing seaweed, you're right!

A re-purposed ribbon spool was perfect for creating the sturdy circular structure for this underwater scene.

I removed the original top and bottom portions of the spool so I could fashion my own front and back pieces.  While the back piece is a solid circular scallop, the front piece was die cut to have a window opening in which a piece of acetate was hidden between layers of patterned paper and cardstock.

The fish were die cut from white cardstock and hand painted with acrylic paints.

Several portions of a feather were die cut from patterned paper, edged with ink and accented with crystal Stickles.  These segments were then adhered on their sides so the soft edges of the feather would appear as seaweed.

A small label stamped then die cut holds an "inspiring" wish.

Links for all these Penny Black stamps, dies and patterned paper are listed below:

Fancy Fish 51-314 (tiny fish)
Labels 51-344 (matches 30-405)
This Way 30-405 (matches 51-344)

Grab your snorkel because Jill has more underwater beauty coming your way!



Feathers, Fur, Fins & More, 3 of 8: Jill

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


Today's feathers find themselves in the form of Penny Black's Creative Die, 51-305 Let's Fly.
My card base was inked with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink using an ink blending tool and a foam pad. I then rounded the corners and stamped the herringbone pattern (Penny Black 30-240 Textures) using Rose Madder Archival Ink.  The flowers (Penny Black 40-543 First Blush) were stamped using Ranger Potting Soil Archival Ink onto Canson 140 Lb. Watercolor Paper, and were painted with Distress Reinkers used as watercolors.  Once dry, Vintage Photo Distress Ink was added to the background with an ink blending tool and foam pad.  The sentiment (Penny Black 30-409 Faith) was also stamped with Potting Soil Archival ink. A small green strip of paper was glued to the painted panel and then the entire panel was mounted to the card with dimensional adhesive.  The bird die (Penny Black 51-305 Let's Fly) was inked with Potting Soil Archival ink. Cardstock inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink was added to the back of the bird before adhering it to the card.

Feathers, Fur, Fins & More, 2 of 8: Elizabeth

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


One of my favorite things about creating with paper is dimension.  
So when I saw Penny Black's new 3-D Animals I was excited beyond words!


I made this scene by incorporating several different dimensional ideas.

The layered greeting was created by sandwiching an open-faced box that I hand fabricated between two Polaroid die cuts.  The Polaroid for the back panel was cut without a window.  

Inside the open-faced box, Woodland Scene (some elements were eliminated after die cutting) was layered.

After the fox was assembled, he was hand colored and adhered to the far right edge.

A chat bubble stamped with a sentiment expresses happy wishes.

For easy reference, here is a list of Penny Black stamps, dies and papers that were used for this project:


Did you miss our first post of this series by Jill? 
Simply scroll down to see her amazing artwork.


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.