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It’s never to late to start your Christmas cards

November 20, 2012

Today through Friday, we’re sharing some of the beautiful sample cards made for stores that carry Penny Black stamps, along with how-tos. All elegant, all easy-to-recreate . . . Penny Black has done all the thinking for you this season!

Season’s Greetings 


Penny Black: 40-165 Hanging Treasures, 40-170 Harmony, 1999L, Mix and Match Cardstock (07-002, 02-002, White)
Versafine Ink: Onyx Black, Smokey Grey, Toffee; VersaMark Ink;  Distress Ink: Fired Brick, Barn Door, Pumice Stone, Walnut Stain, Brushed Corduroy;

Other: Pearls, Spellbinders Edgeabilities Classic Triple Scallop and Heirloom ornament die (optional), Twine, Diamond Stickles, White Embossing Powder


Stamp 40-165 Hanging Treasures with VersaMark Ink, sprinkle with white embossing powder,  heat to set, and cut out.  Apply Fired Brick and Barn Door Distress Ink over embossing, carefully masking center of ornament.  Distress center of ornament with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink.  Stamp sentiment using Onyx Black Ink.  Stamp 40-170 Harmony with Toffee VersaFine Ink onto Mix and Match Cardstock.  Ink edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  Tear corner.  Stamp 1999L with Smokey Grey Ink.  Ink edges with Walnut Stain and Pumice Stone Distress Ink.  Ink die cut border with Pumice Stone Distress Ink.  Adhere all layers and add pearls, twine, and Stickles.

And a sweet bonus from designer Cathy A:

Cathy A used Madison 80-001, Social Butterfly 30-116 and Salutations 30-014. She said, “My inspiration for this came from the trend of seeing all the hexagon cards on the web and as I only had an octagon die I decided to try that instead with the Madison Papers. The butterfly was created by scrunching up tissue paper and then inking with Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress Stains, letting it dry and then scrunching again and spritzing with Peacock Green Cosmic Shimmer Mist.   I then embossed the butterfly with black powder when dry.”

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 20, 2012 3:21 am

    Superbly different ideas & I like the unusual non-traditional colour schemes.
    Paula (PEP)

  2. November 20, 2012 6:47 pm

    Lovely cards!

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