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Color Spotlight: Green, Day 3

March 4, 2015

Join us as we continue to explore products from our newest release, Bring on the Happy. This week we take a closer look at all things GREEN. We figured if you’ve been looking at white snow and feeling cold temperatures, you just might be DREAMING of green grass, pretty flowers, and all things spring. What better way to warm things up this week than with designer projects that feature the color green.

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Elizabeth frequently incorporates bright, happy shades of green into her card designs. Don’t you love the fresh leaves on her beautiful flower?

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When designing with the color green, warm yellows and oranges are a beautiful complement.

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Elizabeth incorporated her “pop” of orange on her beautiful blooms, 40-331 Gentle Whisper.

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Card details can be viewed HERE.

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Color Spotlight: Green, Day 2

March 3, 2015

CAS stamping is happening HERE!

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And now more springy green inspiration!

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Join us as we continue to explore products from our newest release, Bring on the Happy. This week we take a closer look at all things GREEN. We figured if you’ve been looking at white snow and feeling cold temperatures, you just might be DREAMING of green grass, pretty flowers, and all things spring. What better way to warm things up this week than with designer projects that feature the color green.

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Who loves green grass and sunny springtime skies? This pup, that’s who!

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Don’t you love all those cute paw prints on the top of Cathy’s card? She made her own stamped pattern paper using tone-on-tone stamping on green cardstock. Everything you need to make this card is included in the adorable transparent set, 30-120 Man’s Best Friend.

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Card details can be viewed HERE.

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Color Spotlight: Green, Day 1

March 2, 2015

Join us as we continue to explore products from our newest release, Bring on the Happy. This week we take a closer look at all things GREEN. We figured if you’ve been looking at white snow and feeling cold temperatures, you just might be DREAMING of green grass, pretty flowers, and all things spring. What better way to warm things up this week than with designer projects that feature the color green.

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If you’re inspired by the color green, why not pair it with sunny yellow?

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On Peet’s gorgeous card, she’s expertly combined our Slapstick/Cling stamp, 40-378 Daffodil Dance, with our 6 x 6 Designer Paper pad, 80-008 Gentle Whisper.

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Card details can be viewed HERE.

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alexandra’s Sunday scrapbooking – COCO style Mini Journals

March 1, 2015
Hello dear Friends! Welcome to another edition of scrapbooking with Penny Black products. Penny Black has come up with a wonderful collection of 6×6 Designer Paper Pads. I chose the COCO style paper pad, perfect with its adorable small prints, to make “Parisian”inspired Mini Journals.
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COCO Style #80-010
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Introducing “Masterpieces with Mimi”

February 28, 2015

Happy Saturday! We are very excited to announce a new feature here on our blog, “Masterpieces with Mimi.” Join us once a month as the talented Micheline “Mimi” Jourdain shares a beautiful card along with a photo tutorial detailing her creative process.

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For today’s tutorial, Mimi has featured our Slapstick/Cling stamp, 40-372 Divine.

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Here’s a look at her gorgeous card!

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And now the how-to…

MATERIALS NEEDED: Penny Black Stamps Divine 40-372, 30-286 Heartfelt; Tim Holtz Distress ink pads and re-inkers: Mustard Seed, Forest Moss, Rusty Hinge, Fired Brick; Tombow Dual Brush Pen 098; Watercolour cardstock Fabriano, 100% cotton, 140 lbs, hot-pressed; (Frisket, optional)

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STEP 1: Ink flowers with Rusty Hinge ink and stems with Tombow Dual Brush Pen 098 and spray with water.

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STEP 2: Spray Frisket (if desired) on the cardstock, let dry, and then stamp. (Note from Mimi: Personally I love Frisket and put it on all my cards… it gives an airy and soft effect.  You can see how I apply frisket (a type of masking fluid) HERE.)

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STEP 3: Place a few drops of Mustard Seed, Fired Brick, Rusty Hinge and Forest Moss re-inkers on an acrylic block. Wet one petal at a time and add a little bit of diluted Rusty Hinge to the base of the petal and let it blend with the water, as shown in the next two pictures.

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STEP 4: Let the water blend the color as to give a shaded effect from dark to light. Do all petals one at the time and come back to the first ones that are starting to dry up. Add a few drops of Fired Brick, always at the base, which will intensify the coloring. At this point, use a heat gun to dry and stop the blending. This will leave a darkened base.

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STEP 5: With a wet paintbrush remove little bit of color from the top of some petals. This will enrich the shading effects.

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STEP 6: With a larger paintbrush, wet a few centimeters around one flower (more water than less). Work one region at a time.

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STEP 7: Add diluted Forest Moss re-inker along the flower and let it blend with the wet cardstock. Add small amounts at a time. Do not paint, just deposit it small areas at a time. This will give a shaded effect and will look like watercolor. Do not be scared to touch the flowers and stems with the water… you will get a better watercolor effect.

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Work around the flowers and the stems to obtain the desired effects. Highlight each flower base and stem with Forest Moss and add a little bit around each flower bloom.

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STEP 8: With your paintbrush, mix all the colors on your block with water and splatter some drops on the card, here and there, by hitting your finger against the paintbrush.

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STEP 9: Remove frisket (if necessary), stamp sentiment, trim, and mount to notecard.

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ET VOILÀ!

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Thanks so much Mimi for sharing your tips and techniques! We can’t wait to see what you’ve cooked up for us next month…

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 **Edited to add: Thanks everyone for your excitement for Mimi’s tutorial! We’ve had a lot of questions about masking fluid/frisket. Essentially, masking fluid/frisket, goes on like a paint and, once dry, protects/masks whatever surface is beneath it. When you are done painting, it can simply be rubbed off the paper using your fingertips. On today’s card, Mimi flicked her frisket on with a toothbrush before painting her image. When she removed it when she was done painting, it revealed the white flecks you see on her card. Our designer Heather Telford has also done a great video about masking fluid which can be used like the frisket Mimi reference in her tutorial. Heather’s video can be found here.

Featuring Stencils, Day 5

February 27, 2015

Join us as we explore products from our newest release, Bring on the Happy. Each week you’ll find a special designer showcase, videos, and card samples with complete supplies and instructions. This week we take a closer look at our newest stencils.

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In our final stencil showcase, Jill is reaching for stencil design 25-015 Hypnotic.

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SHOWCASE TECHNIQUE #3: Getting Inky!

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Supplies: 25-015 Hypnotic, 30-288 Pretty Petals, 30-283 Snippets, 80-010 Coco Style, Neenah Solar White Cardstock, Tsukineko VersaFine Ink (Onyx Black) Ranger Archival Inks (Leaf Green, Forget-Me-Not, Dandelion, Red Geranium), Ink Blending Tool with Foam Pads, May Arts Twine, Self-Adhesive Pearl

Step 1: Ink background using ink blending tool and foam pads.

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Step 2: Hold stencil in place and pounce ink on top.

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Step 3: Stamp flowers onto background and on a separate piece of cardstock.

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Step 4: Cut out flowers from white cardstock and ink.

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Step 5: Adhere flowers to background.

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Step 6: Embellish with twine, sentiment, and add to notecard.

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And just for fun, here’s another sample featuring this inky technique.

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Happy Friday! Don’t miss even more stamping fun…

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Follow us on Facebook for exclusive inspiration by Birgit Edblom!

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Featuring Creative Dies, Day 4

February 26, 2015

There’s a new card on our SIMPLICITY site today… don’t miss it!

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And don’t forget to scroll down for more stencil inspiration…

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Join us as we explore products from our newest release, Bring on the Happy. Each week you’ll find a special designer showcase, videos, and card samples with complete supplies and instructions. This week we take a closer look at our newest stencils.

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Did you see yesterday’s watercolor video? Here is a second card idea featuring this same technique, this time using stencil design 25-011 Intertwined.

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Download complete supplies and instructions HERE.

See you tomorrow for a THIRD stenciling technique by Jill!

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