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Masterpieces with Mimi: Blooming Poppies

April 25, 2015

Happy Saturday! Join us once a month as the talented Micheline “Mimi” Jourdain shares a beautiful card along with her creative process.

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The sun is shining and the flowers are blooming as Mimi brings to life our Creative Dies, 51-117 Glamorous and 51-112 Poppy Pair, using her Distress Ink reinkers as paints. If you love the look of artsy no-line watercolor, this is a great technique for you. Just paint your dies and adhere them to your watercolor background!

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Materials Needed: Penny Black Creative Dies 51-117 Glamorous, 51-112 Poppy Pair, 51-107 Splendid Wishes, 51-104 Hello; Tim Holtz Distress Ink Reinkers: Fired Brick, Wild Honey, Shabby Shutters, Spiced Marmalade, Forest Moss, Rusty Hinge; Enamel Accents: Black; Watercolor Paper

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Step 1: Die cut twice (or more, to your liking) Glamorous and Poppy Pair Creative Dies. Dilute Wild Honey Distress Ink reinker with water and paint all the flowers EXCEPT one of the biggest blooms on the Glamorous die. Let dry a little bit. Apply some Fired Brick reinker on the remaining large bloom, leaving one section unpainted.

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STEP 2: Apply diluted Spiced Marmalade reinker to the flowers. Follow the same process with Fired Brick reinker. Between each layer, let dry a little so that the colors do not mix.

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STEP 3: While the ink is still damp, use a paintbrush with water only, and remove some of the coloring. (This will add volume to the flower).

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STEP 4: Enhance dark patches by painting with Fired Brick reinker and add Wild Honey reinker to the unpainted part of the flower. Let dry and use care not to touch the red portion of the bloom as you paint with Wild Honey.

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STEP 5: Add Rusty Hinge and Fired Brick reinker to obtain additional shaded effects. Let a dry a little bit between each color, but do not allow to dry completely. The color/paper has to be somewhat damp for the colors to mix and blend.

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STEP 6: Paint the stems and leaves with Shabby Shutters and Forest Moss reinker.

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STEP 7: Adhere painted die cuts to watercolor background. Embellish blooms with black Enamel Accents. (Optional: To add additional volume to the flowers, die cut extra blooms, paint, and layer on top of each other.)

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ET VOILÀ!

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And as an added bonus, here’s another variation using these same die cuts and techniques.

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Double Duty Stamping with Elizabeth

April 24, 2015

Our recent collection, Time to Celebrate, offers stamps and Creative Dies suited for springtime celebrations such as graduation, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day. But this collection isn’t just for those occasions! This week our designers will show you how to get DOUBLE DUTY from these versatile designs.

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Today Elizabeth has a card design that can be used for any day of the year.

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Who wouldn’t love having this butterfly flutter by with a happy hello?!

You’ll love all the techniques you can play with when creating this design.

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Tone-on-tone stenciling with 25-018 Patina makes an elegant background for this cheerful sentiment from 30-283 Snippets. And a touch of Coco Style designer paper adds a stylish border embellishment.

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You’ll also have lots of inky fun adding layers of gesso, watercolors, gel medium and more to the Creative Die, 51-110 Flicker & Flutter.

Yep, this is definitely a “happy hi” that will be sure to deliver a smile any day of the year.

Download complete supplies and instructions HERE.

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And don’t forget, TGIF!

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Double Duty Stamping with Jill

April 23, 2015

Don’t miss the newest CAS card on our SIMPLICITY site.

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Our recent collection, Time to Celebrate, offers stamps and Creative Dies suited for springtime celebrations such as graduation, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day. But this collection isn’t just for those occasions! This week our designers will show you how to get DOUBLE DUTY from these versatile designs.

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One can never have too many birthday cards on hand so Jill brings us a trio of cards ready for the next time a special friend gets a year older. Each of her images were stamped on 4 x 4 inch White Art Squares. For her first creation, she used the miniature transparent sets, 30-294 The Sweetest and 30-295 For the Grad.

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Download complete supplies and instructions HERE.

Next Jill transformed 40-388 Centerpiece from a vase of flowers to free-flowing blooms by repeatedly stamping the images around the edge of her Art Square.

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Download complete supplies and instructions HERE.

And finally, our Creative Dies, 51-110 Flicker & Flutter, become official birthday butterflies.

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Double Duty Stamping with Cathy

April 22, 2015

Our recent collection, Time to Celebrate, offers stamps and Creative Dies suited for springtime celebrations such as graduation, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day. But this collection isn’t just for those occasions! This week our designers will show you how to get DOUBLE DUTY from these versatile designs.

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What does Cathy do when she wants to get double-duty from her stamps? It just might involve closing one eye and looking within an image for something hiding inside…

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From where did that fun robot come? Why it’s from our Slapstick/Cling stamp, 40-371 Life is Simpler!

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Double Duty Stamping with Peet

April 21, 2015

More SIMPLICITY fun today…click HERE!

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Our recent collection, Time to Celebrate, offers stamps and Creative Dies suited for springtime celebrations such as graduation, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day. But this collection isn’t just for those occasions! This week our designers will show you how to get DOUBLE DUTY from these versatile designs.

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Peet has yet another use for our Slapstick/Cling stamp, 40-388 Centerpiece… a blooming birthday card!

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Peet colored her flowers using Derwent Inktense Pencils.

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She added extra dimension to her bouquet by stamping and coloring the image two times and then mounting them together using foam squares/dimensional adhesive.

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Double Duty Stamping with Heather

April 20, 2015

Our recent collection, Time to Celebrate, offers stamps and Creative Dies suited for springtime celebrations such as graduation, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day. But this collection isn’t just for those occasions! This week our designers will show you how to get DOUBLE DUTY from these versatile designs.

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If you are looking for a versatile image, then our Slapstick/Cling stamp, 40-388 Centerpiece, is a must-have for your crafty stash.

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Using 40-388 Centerpiece, Heather has created a stunning wedding card.

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And to get even more from this card design, just change the sentiment on the die cut panel.

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alexandra’s Sunday scrapbooking – April in Paris

April 19, 2015
Hello dear Friends! Welcome to another edition of scrapbooking with Penny Black products. Today, I’d like to share a TUTORIAL on how to make a Tri Fold card to record a trip or a special event…
I hope you’ll join me at art scrap & more. Thank You!
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