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Video! Timeless Top Ten #9

March 25, 2019

It’s video time again! And creating these mini masterpieces is simple when you get inky with our transparent stamp set, 30-563 Floral Silhouette.

Watch directly on YouTube HERE.

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30-563 Floral Silhouette
30-547 Grateful Sentiments

Video! Timeless Top Ten #8

March 22, 2019

Can you believe we are already to video #8 in Jill’s Timeless Top Ten countdown? With elegant stamps and exact match Creative Dies, these flowers and feathers are filled with die cut dimension.

Watch directly on YouTube HERE.

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51-508 Cut & Stitch Circle
40-686 Just Looking
51-520 Just Looking Cut Out
30-547 Grateful Sentiments

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40-669 Radiant
51-523 Radiant Cut Out
51-499 Diamond Cut
30-547 Grateful Sentiments

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30-559 Delicate Beauty
51-518 Delicate… Cut Out
30-561 Special Friends
51-526 Special Friends Cut Out
51-504 Burlap Edge
30-547 Grateful Sentiments

 

 

Timeless Simplicity with Mayline

March 21, 2019

Our new collection, Timeless, is perfect for the clean and simple stamping style, and who better to feature this look than Mayline Jung and her charming creations.

Need to send a special friend a paper crafted hug? Look no further than this card design by Mayline featuring our transparent stamp set, 30-561 Special Friends.

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(originally posted HERE)
30-561 Special Friends
51-526 Special Friends Cut Out
30-558 Butterfly Garden
51-528 Butterfly Garden Cut Out
30-542 Critter Celebration

Surely a cup of tea this cutie makes everything better!

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30-539 Tea Time
51-521 Tea Time Cut Out
30-536 Always Love
51-527 …Always Love Cut Out
30-301 Patisserie

On Mayline’s next card, her no-line watercoloring technique combined with our transparent set, 30-558 Butterfly Garden, has resulted in a charming one-layer card.

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30-558 Butterfly Garden
30-541 Good Wishes

And here’s another hedgie, 30-536 …Always Love, looking oh-so-sweet.

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30-536 …Always Love
51-527 …Always Love Cut Out
30-557 Lovely Birthday
51-519 Lovely Birthday Cut Out
51-492 Hearts Galore

Not only are Mayline’s stamped cards bursting with cuteness, next check out her garden of die cut blooms.

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51-510 A Garden
51-492 Hearts Galore
30-547 Grateful Sentiments

And if you love interactive cards with a surprise element, this last card by Mayline is certainly for you.

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(originally posted HERE)
51-561 Special Friends
30-542 Critter Celebration
30-557 Lovely Birthday
51-519 Lovely Birthday Cut Out
30-558 Butterfly Garden
30-541 Good Wishes

 

VIDEO! Timeless Top Ten #7

March 20, 2019

NOTE: This is our second post of the day, so be sure to scroll down or click HERE so you don’t miss Susie Lessard’s amazing cards.

Today’s Timeless Top Ten video from Jill is all about this fantastic formula:

Bold + Bright + A Touch of Grey = Cardmaking Success

Watch directly on YouTube HERE.

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40-687 Timeless
51-499 Diamond Cut
30-547 Grateful Sentiments

 

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40-688 Soft Spoken
30-563 Floral Silhouette
30-547 Grateful Sentiments
51-422 Stitched Square & Circles

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30-536 …Always Love!
51-527 …Always Love Cut Out
51-492 Hearts Galore

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30-560 From the Garden
51-522 …Garden Cut Out
30-563 Floral Silhouette
51-502 Swirly Stitches
51-528 Butterfly Garden Cut Out

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30-561 Special Friends
51-526 Special Friends Cut Out
40-663 Trees in Bud
30-406 All Great Things

 

 

Springtime Bliss with Susie

March 20, 2019

Today let’s get ready to explore our Timeless collection of stamps and dies with the inspiring Susie Lessard.

Her first card features two fantastic techniques with our cling stamp, 40-674 Bouquet Ballet: Copic marker no-line coloring and spotlighting.

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40-674 Bouquet Ballet
51-422 Stitched Square & Circle
30-547 Grateful Sentiments

Next Susie has completely captured the beauty of springtime and has us ready to plant a little sunshine in the craft room.

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(originally posted HERE)
30-561 Special Friends
30-563 Floral Silhouette
51-508 Cut & Stitch Circle
30-109 Nature’s Wishes

And talk about elegance… take a peek at this next card!

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30-559 Delicate Beauty
30-561 Special Friends
30-544 Sentiments
51-502 Swirly Stitches

Look, the little bunny from our transparent set, 30-561 Special Friends, is hopping by again.

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30-561 Special Friends
30-559 Delicate Beauty
30-547 Grateful Sentiments
51-499 Diamond Cut
51-440 Elegant Stitching

Finally, Susie has used our transparent set, 30-563 Floral Silhouette, to create an all overall background design on this lucky and lovely creation.

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30-563 Floral Silhouette
51-510 A Garden
51-502 Swirly Stitches

 

 

Learning Through Inspiration with Joan Bardee

March 19, 2019

I’m thrilled to be on the Penny Black blog today! I’m here to share more of my Learning Through Inspiration series. That series, which you can find on my blog, is all about improving my cardmaking through studying other designers’ cards.

The series came about when I felt stuck. Everything I made looked the same and felt a little flat (as in boring). Incorporating a few ideas from other stampers didn’t help me learn much, and I didn’t feel creative. So I decided to try and figure out why I loved some stampers’ cards and if I could learn from them.

I start by looking at a large number of one designer’s cards. (You can find many cards by the same designer on their blogs, Instagram feeds, Pinterest collections, or on Facebook.) By looking at a number of cards quickly, I can spot some common elements (spacing in layouts, color combinations, shading, etc.) that appeal to me, and then I try to incorporate those elements into my cards.

Today I’m starting my study of Jill Foster. Jill is well known for creating jaw dropping cards. She is an artist who uses cards as her canvas, and takes stamps and inks and makes them sing.

Since I don’t have her art skills, what could I learn from Jill?

JILL’S CARD

WHAT I LIKE ABOUT JILL’S CARD

* Get out!!!!

* Delightful coloring and shading. Notice the different shades of blue, and the darker colors on the leaves where you would expect a shadow? Notice the range of colors on that large red flower, including black? Stunning.

* Despite fully coloring each flower and leaf, the details of each petal are not obscured. See how that tiny strip of white at the top of the orange poppies sets off the black centers?

* Stamps + ink + paper = my favorite kind of card. No embellishments. One layer.

* Bright colors. The shades of blue and orange complement one another, and help the flowers pop.

* The flowers frame the sentiment perfectly.

* The sentiment is in different colors. Who does that? (Not me!) * The image Jill used – Bouquet Ballet – is gorgeous and perfect for this layout. No masking or hoping to get it right. The stamp designer has done all the work.

MY CARD

WHAT I LEARNED

* I rarely use part of an image. Repeatedly stamping part of a large image to frame a sentiment is great layout, and one that I’ll use again.

* The next time I use this layout, I’ll stamp the sentiment first. Mine ended up way too high on the card and left too much white space below the image. In order to save the card, I trimmed the bottom and left sides of the card and created a layer. There was still too much white space below the sentiment, so I added the heart embellishment.

* I didn’t like the way the layer looked popped up on a plain white card, so I used another of Jill’s tricks and blended some ink around the layer.

* I don’t have Jill’s eye or her hands. They work magic. I practice, but the reality is that I’m never going to be Jill. When I try to shade an image I end up with too much color and not enough variation. I’m still working on that.

* Comparing myself to Jill is useful — if I use it to learn and improve, but harmful if it just makes me feel like a loser. And I am not about to let this fantastic hobby make me feel like a loser!

MOOD WHEN DONE: Happy! Very grateful to Jill and to Penny Black for giving me this opportunity to share. I’ll be back here later in the month.

Hi, Joan! It’s Penny Black here and we just had to share our mood after peeking at your stamped artwork and reading your writing… HONORED, INSPIRED, and HAPPY, too! Thanks for sharing here on our blog. See you soon!

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40-674 Bouquet Ballet
30-541 Good Wishes
30-541 Grateful Sentiments

Other supplies: Versafine Onyx ink; Tombow Markers; waterbrush; Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss Simply White; Arches Hot Press Watercolor Paper; heart embellishment.

And before you go, don’t miss this…

Click HERE to visit our clean and simple stamping site for the full reveal, supplies, and instructions.

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More Timeless Inspiration with Birgit

March 18, 2019

Birgit Edblom is back again this week with even more inspiration featuring the newest stamps and dies from our Timeless collection.

Her first card features a combination of stamping and die cutting creating a simply beautiful floral design.

Design details for the card above: Stamp 40-688 Soft Spoken with using Versafine Onyx Black ink onto Waterford High White watercolor paper and paint with Daniel Smith watercolors. Fussy cut the image. Die cut 51-499 Diamond Cut and glue it to a watercolor background. Adhere flower and add some drops of yellow Liquid Pearls. Stamp half of the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black ink and the other part with purple Distress ink onto a paper and cut it out. Place it on 3D foam onto the card. Add some purple twine.

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40-688 Soft Spoken
51-499 Diamond Cut
30-558 Butterfly Garden

Birgit’s next cards show two fun and feathery variations featuring our cling stamp, 40-686 Just Looking.

Design details for the card above: Stamp 40-686 Just Looking with Distress Ink Hickory Smoke onto Waterford High White watercolor paper. Paint with Daniel Smith watercolors and cut it out. Die cut 51-515 Butterfly & Leaves twice and paint with watercolor. Stamp the flowers 30-559 Delicate Beauty with Versafine Onyx Black ink and paint them with watercolors and cut them out. Add some small drops of yellow Liquid Pearls in the middle of the flowers. Arrange the pieces on a circle painted with watercolors. Place it onto the die cut 51-422 Stitched Square & Circles. Stamp the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black ink.

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40-686 Just Looking
51-515 Butterfly & Leaves
30-559 Delicate Beauty
30-524 Happy Hugs
51-422 Stitched Square & Circles

Design details for the card above: Stamp 40-686 Just Looking with Distress ink Hickory Smoke onto Waterford High White watercolor paper. Paint with Daniel Smith watercolors and cut it out. Create a background with Daniel Smith watercolors and stamp the leaves with Versafine Onyx Black ink and paint them. Place the bird on 3D foam. Add a thin die cut frame.

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40-686 Just Looking
30-558 Butterfly Garden

And that’s not all from Birgit…be sure to follow us on Facebook as we’ll be sharing more of her amazing cards on Friday!

W I N N E R S

One more thing! We have some winners to announce from our recent Party with Penny Timeless Blog Hop!

The winners below have each won a $50 shopping spree to our online store.  Please send your shipping information and your product selections (product numbers and names from our online store, totaling $50) to info@pennyblackinc.com.  Be sure to include ATTN SUSAN: Timeless Blog Hop Winner in the subject line. So without further ado, congrats to:

Annalisaarts
Marcia Hill
Swanlady21
Trainwithmeghan
hsmom24kids