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Penny Black presents CUTE to ELEGANT – Day 4

November 29, 2012

Penny Black has something for everyone, from cute to elegant! This week Penny Black designer Jill Foster will be sharing cute card samples which in turn inspired elegant samples. To leave you even more inspired, we’ll also have a simple sketch for both cards!

Be sure to enter today’s giveaway! (more details below)

Really, could Mimi get any cuter?!  She’s been colored with Copics and then layered onto backgrounds created with Distress Inks and tone-on-tone stamping.

Stamps: 30-133 Mimi’s Winter Friends, 30-137 All is Bright

The card above then inspired this ELEGANT version—different colors, but a similar overall structure.

Stamps: 30-135 Silent Night, 40-169 Diamond Pattern
Ever wanted to learn how to color Mimi with Copic markers? Here are some Quick Tips!

Watch in HD on YouTube:

Leave a comment on today’s post for our last giveaway for the week – a chance to win 30-135 Silent Night.  Winners will be announced tomorrow.

See you tomorrow with more Cute to Elegant creations by Jill! Here’s a sketch (click the image to enlarge) so you can play along!

Upload your Christmas cards in our Flickr Gallery and you just might see your Penny Black creation here on the blog tomorrow!

Thanks for stopping by today – if you’re looking for more inspiration, please visit our gallery on Flickr and at Splitcoaststampers. You can also find us on Facebook, and on Twitter, too! – Jenn

118 Comments leave one →
  1. November 29, 2012 12:17 am

    Amazing coloring on both cards! I love their layout and both images are so beautiful! 🙂

  2. November 29, 2012 12:19 am

    Beautiful colouring, fabulous cards;-))m

  3. Rebecca King permalink
    November 29, 2012 12:33 am

    Love the coloring on both cards. The Silent Night stamp set is beautiful. Rebecca King

  4. Peggy wood permalink
    November 29, 2012 12:42 am

    You make it look so easy. Love the colors.

  5. November 29, 2012 1:03 am

    Gorgeous cards again. Thanks for another chance to win this beautiful stamp set.

  6. November 29, 2012 1:06 am

    Oh wow! That’s a really beautiful set of stamps. I’ve always said PB samples were the best in the business and you just have to prove me right again x

  7. Suzanne permalink
    November 29, 2012 1:07 am

    Your coloring really brings Mimi to life. Thanks for the great coloring tips. Love both cards.

  8. Katarina permalink
    November 29, 2012 1:16 am

    LOVE IT! Simple as that!

  9. November 29, 2012 1:22 am

    Jill each day your tips have been fantastic!…always so much to learn and I love your presentation style! The Silent Night Set would be a great addition to my stamp collection. Thanks for the prizes this week!

  10. sunflower sue permalink
    November 29, 2012 1:53 am

    Great cards! This has been such a fun week with all of the inspiring projects (and a chance to win!).

  11. November 29, 2012 2:18 am

    Very useful indeed – I’d not thought about the fact that Mimi is so good for a beginner when it comes to Copics; she may well help me over my diffidence with Copics & the like. My favourite of these is definitely the elegant: the tone on tone background is a technique that I delight in & it’s utterly effective in this one, especially with the textured brown & torn strip.
    Paula (PEP)

  12. Rita permalink
    November 29, 2012 2:48 am

    Mimi is so cute in her winter wear and pink cheek!

  13. Carrie C permalink
    November 29, 2012 3:09 am

    Your tips for coloring face and hair are helpful. They’re problem coloring areas for me! The cards are wonderful as always. I learn so much from your choices of colors and the shading you do.

  14. Karenajo permalink
    November 29, 2012 3:18 am

    Thanks for the copic coloring tips ! Mimi is so cute and the elegant card is very pretty ! Thanks for sharing !

  15. November 29, 2012 3:41 am

    Another great post, I’m always in need of more advice with using copics, and the silent night stamps are lovely.

  16. November 29, 2012 3:58 am

    Gorgeous cards, Jill! I love your colour choices. Thanks for all the great videos!

  17. Bonnie aka raduse permalink
    November 29, 2012 4:04 am

    Gorgeous cards!!!! Love the stamp set too + the videos.

  18. Kailash permalink
    November 29, 2012 4:17 am

    Wow Jill, Mimi looks gorgeous and your coloring is just breathtaking, your color choices are so fun on both cards. Thanks for all the tips and ideas AND the chance to win!!!

  19. November 29, 2012 4:25 am

    Love the backgrounds on both of these.

  20. Michel Espey permalink
    November 29, 2012 4:31 am

    Love both cards.

    craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

  21. November 29, 2012 4:31 am

    I love Mimi.

  22. glowest permalink
    November 29, 2012 4:33 am

    beautiful cards again today. love them both

  23. November 29, 2012 4:34 am

    Great cards, Jill! Thanks for the tips on coloring Mimi with copics! Very helpful.

  24. Sigrid permalink
    November 29, 2012 4:35 am

    That does it, these cards are so wonderful …… I need Mimi.

  25. November 29, 2012 4:52 am

    Another great card and thank you for another lovely video too xx

  26. Kate Bell permalink
    November 29, 2012 4:53 am

    Wow! You make this look so easy. Thanks for the free instructions; much appreciated. Jill you make wonderful cards.

  27. Terri Colognesi permalink
    November 29, 2012 5:00 am

    Once again lovely cards!

  28. Evelyn J permalink
    November 29, 2012 5:12 am

    Stamp set is ideal for this time of the year. Cute to elegant has proven itself again!

  29. November 29, 2012 5:13 am

    two more beautiful and fun cards – thanks for all the inspiration

    Barb Housner

  30. Tami B permalink
    November 29, 2012 5:17 am

    I’m new to PB thanks to Sandy @ OWH. Great video today. Is there one that shows how you color the clothing (especially the fur trim?)

  31. Linda Diamond permalink
    November 29, 2012 5:22 am

    I really LOVE the Silent Night stamp set, it is so versitile, and I t feel that JESUS is the reason for Christmas, and I love that we can make cards to help celebrate his birth.

  32. November 29, 2012 5:50 am

    Gorgeous rich colours!

  33. November 29, 2012 6:04 am

    Oh Mimi looks so cute, in fact all your stamps are beautiful ! Thank you again for the video, I’ve learned already so much this week !! I would love to win one of your stamps, as I can’t find them in Antwerp ! Greetings, Enny

  34. November 29, 2012 6:11 am

    thanks for the coloring tips for making Mimi look great! I’ve really enjoyed all of your tips this week~~~ Thanks!

  35. janet Wilson permalink
    November 29, 2012 6:17 am

    What a sweet, sweet set, and the colouring is amazing 🙂

  36. Anita permalink
    November 29, 2012 6:32 am

    Wonderful cards! I especially like the “Silent Night”…. would love to have that stamp set! Penny Black has great stamps for every occasion!!

  37. Caroline Thornton permalink
    November 29, 2012 6:47 am

    Wish I was coloring now! These are lovely as always! Love this set and today’s designs.

  38. Linda Craig permalink
    November 29, 2012 6:51 am

    Very cute cards

  39. Laura Holt permalink
    November 29, 2012 6:51 am

    I LOVE Mimi! Thanks for helping me to make her come alive with Copics.

  40. Rosemary D permalink
    November 29, 2012 6:56 am

    jill’s coloring skills are absolutely amazing!! another gorgeous set of cards!!

  41. November 29, 2012 6:59 am

    Mimi is so super cute.. And the stamp set is beautiful..Thanks for the tutorial..
    Love both the cards..

  42. Carol Jones permalink
    November 29, 2012 7:01 am

    Many faves all come together here — tone on tone, pretty backgrounds, copics, and Mimi. Wonderful!

  43. November 29, 2012 7:02 am

    Wonderful cards today! The Mimi card is one of my all-time favorite “cute” cards & the second one is amazing! I would so love to have that stamp set–thanks for a chance to win!

  44. November 29, 2012 7:09 am

    wow these are great! I love the sketch this is based on and she is just too cute!!!

  45. November 29, 2012 7:22 am

    Great cards, Jill!!! I love your use of non-traditional and bright colors on your elegant card. That Silent Night stamp set is awesome!!

  46. November 29, 2012 7:24 am

    Both of these card are absolutely beautiful! I adore Mimi b/d of her sweet cuteness but I love elegant too so the silent night is right up my alley as well!

    I LOVE how Mimi was colored. I really zoomed in to look at the res of Mimi and I really LOVE the way you added purple to the fur to really make it look more “white.” I would have never thought to do that.

    I am curious though…I had heard that embossing powder really ruins your copic nibs. So I have never tried it b/c I was afraid to ruin my most expensive investment. Have you had any problems/issues?

    Thanks for sharing and have a Blessed day! 😉

    • November 29, 2012 11:30 am

      Hi Valerie, I haven’t had any problems with it ruining my marker nibs. I avoid coloring on the embossed areas extensively, but if I brush over it from time to time, it doesn’t seem to be a problem. Hope this helps! Thanks so much for watching and for your sweet comments!

  47. Miriam Prantner permalink
    November 29, 2012 7:24 am

    Loved this series, lots of fun and I hope that you will do it again! Thanks for the chance to win!

  48. November 29, 2012 7:24 am

    Oh both cards are so lovely. I love Mimi, she reminds me of my granddaughter#1! The Bethlehem scene is really beautiful!

  49. Jinglesmom permalink
    November 29, 2012 7:30 am

    Love the colors, so different and pretty!

  50. Agnes permalink
    November 29, 2012 7:39 am

    Just like the others, absolutely beautiful.

  51. Carol Lucas permalink
    November 29, 2012 7:50 am

    Beautiful cards! Thanks for the coloring with copics tips, too.

  52. Patricia Swagler permalink
    November 29, 2012 7:51 am

    Thank you for all your tips this week, love your cards also.

  53. Denise Bryant permalink
    November 29, 2012 7:52 am

    Love the colors on today’s creations! Can’t wait to see the video to see how it was done!

  54. Judy permalink
    November 29, 2012 7:56 am

    Thanks for the quick tip, Jill! Your coloring is beautiful and so are both of the cards!

  55. November 29, 2012 7:58 am

    these are both so colourful and i love the dimension the colouring and embossing adds to the cards!

  56. November 29, 2012 7:58 am

    I love Jill’s copic coloring skills! And all of her other coloring skills as well. Thanks Jill for all of the videos you do. I love watching you work and it helps me learn how to shade and highlight too! Thanks for all you girls do over here at Penny Black. Love Love…her stamps! And thanks for a chance to win this Christmas set. Happy Holiday Crafting (((crafty hugs too)))

  57. November 29, 2012 8:08 am

    Great review of basic copic technique for faces! I also like seeing the use of browns and gold tones on many of your cards. I tend to use more primary colors in my copic coloring and shading and this is a good reminder of the wonderful use of other color combinations. Thanks!

  58. Elaine permalink
    November 29, 2012 8:21 am


  59. Pat D permalink
    November 29, 2012 8:24 am

    I loved both cards today. Thank you for the copic marker tips for coloring her face and hair.

  60. Maria Villasenor permalink
    November 29, 2012 8:33 am

    Beautiful!! So easy….Love the Little Town Card, and Mimi is so cute.
    Maria V.

  61. conil permalink
    November 29, 2012 8:39 am

    I really appreciate the tips on hair and face coloring. I always get in trouble with both. Thanks.

  62. November 29, 2012 8:48 am

    Both card are fabulous! Love the PB stamps!!!
    Paper Hugs,

  63. November 29, 2012 8:57 am

    What an adorable image! Thanks for the tips on flesh-tone coloring. I’m going to buy those colors and see for myself!

  64. MCgal permalink
    November 29, 2012 9:24 am

    I just love Mimi. Thanks for the tips on using the copic markers to color her in. Going to give it a try.

  65. Diana F permalink
    November 29, 2012 10:06 am

    Lovely cards. Thanks for the coloring tips.

  66. Sophie M permalink
    November 29, 2012 10:25 am

    I Love this stamp set! Thanks for the chance to win!

  67. Mary Beth permalink
    November 29, 2012 10:50 am

    Two very cute cards. Thanks for the coloring tips.

  68. Debbie J permalink
    November 29, 2012 11:18 am

    I love both cards, with such cheerful colors. Thanks for the inspiration!

  69. November 29, 2012 11:22 am

    Cute sketch and cards! Thank you for the awesome week.

  70. Sharla Laursen permalink
    November 29, 2012 11:40 am

    Another set of super cute cards, love the video and the tips!

  71. Mary-Anne V. permalink
    November 29, 2012 11:44 am

    such great cards today…I adore this stamp set used on the 2nd card.

  72. Ruby permalink
    November 29, 2012 12:23 pm

    Both lovely cards, thanks for the tutorial! Ruby x

  73. Holly Saveur permalink
    November 29, 2012 12:44 pm

    Gorgeous so happy you showed how to color these cute each card from you!

  74. November 29, 2012 1:04 pm

    These cards are both gorgeous!

  75. November 29, 2012 1:20 pm

    Wow! These are great cards! You make it look so easy to change the cute card to an elegant one!

  76. November 29, 2012 1:36 pm

    Two more gorgeous cards and a lovely colouring tutorial thanks for sharing
    Lindsay xx

  77. Kimmy K. permalink
    November 29, 2012 1:45 pm

    Great tutorial, what a wonderful set:)

  78. Kathy Colgan permalink
    November 29, 2012 1:50 pm

    Love both cards! Mini sure is cute!

  79. November 29, 2012 2:19 pm

    Two more fabulous cards – I love today’s colour scheme!

  80. Donn Leet permalink
    November 29, 2012 2:24 pm

    I can’t say enough how much I love your blog. I get so many ideas from it. Thanks again

  81. November 29, 2012 3:29 pm

    Love Mimi…is cute and fun to colour! Awesome cards…

  82. Andrea permalink
    November 29, 2012 3:35 pm

    Simple and great vido!

  83. November 29, 2012 3:54 pm

    Both of these cards are fantastic. I really love this “Cute to Elegant” theme.

  84. Deborah permalink
    November 29, 2012 4:26 pm

    The color scheme on the elegant card is so different and bright looking. Love it!

  85. Darlene D. permalink
    November 29, 2012 4:27 pm

    Would have never put those colour combos together…but they are WONDERFUL!! I am just lovin’ this week full of tutorial videos and gorgeous cards…what an inspiration it’s been to get my creative juices flowing again! Would love to win that Silent Night stamp set….thanks for the chance!

  86. mary d permalink
    November 29, 2012 4:32 pm

    thanks so much for the tips with coloring and pens used. I want to learn more

  87. Christina Davey permalink
    November 29, 2012 4:39 pm

    Thank you for sharing the coloring technique. It sure helps a bunch.

  88. Sue D permalink
    November 29, 2012 5:07 pm

    Wonderful cards and great coloring tips for Mimi.

  89. Carol B permalink
    November 29, 2012 5:16 pm

    Beautiful cards, I love the rich colors!

    Carol B

  90. RitaR permalink
    November 29, 2012 5:18 pm

    Thanks for another great video, Jill! I especially love today’s Silent Night card!

  91. November 29, 2012 5:24 pm

    Great inspiration.

  92. barbara lassiter permalink
    November 29, 2012 5:25 pm

    I really love the Silent Night card and Mimi is so cute! Thanks for all the tips. Your coloring techniques are no less than fabulous!

  93. Sandy D permalink
    November 29, 2012 5:31 pm

    I am so enjoying the tutorials – thank you for sharing your techniques! Both cards are very cute.

  94. November 29, 2012 6:11 pm

    I absolutely love Penny Black stamps and I would really like to get this set, “Silent Night”. I too love watching the tutorials.

  95. Diane permalink
    November 29, 2012 6:43 pm

    Thanks for the copic coloring techniques. Your cards are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  96. Mitzi permalink
    November 29, 2012 6:46 pm

    New crafter here & Love PB&J Designs! Adorable & so endearing! Thank you for all your lovely designs & Happy Hoidsys!

  97. Barbara Thomassen permalink
    November 29, 2012 6:46 pm

    Mimi is so adorable but I truly love Silent Night. What a truly tremendous week.
    Thank you so much.

  98. November 29, 2012 7:18 pm

    Both are really sweet cards. Great coloring!

  99. November 29, 2012 7:19 pm

    Wonderful cards! I especially like the “Silent Night”…. would love to have that stamp set! Penny Black has great stamps for every occasion!! THANKS for sharing another AWESOME video and for the chance to win!! Have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

  100. November 29, 2012 7:36 pm

    Amazing coloring – Thanks so much for the tips..

  101. Lieselotte permalink
    November 29, 2012 8:06 pm

    Lovely cards! This was a fun week of creativity, and great videos. Thank you for a chance to win wonderful Penny Black stamps, and a special thanks to Jill Foster!

  102. calamityjane permalink
    November 29, 2012 8:29 pm

    Another day of wonderful cards!! Thanks Jill for sharing your talent with us!! I really love the “Silent Night” stamp set!! And Mimi….of course!

  103. November 29, 2012 8:43 pm

    Love this stamp set and your card. I have collected nativity sets for years, this is my birthday so I really need/want/ this set!

  104. Janet Sisk permalink
    November 29, 2012 8:44 pm

    What beautiful cards! I LOVE the “Silent Night” set. The Bethlehem scene is fabulous. Thanks for the inspiration and chance to win. 😀

  105. LBirt permalink
    November 29, 2012 8:45 pm

    love those warm colors on mimi….and the way you build a scene is so neat. thanks for all the tips you gave this week. its been great!

  106. November 29, 2012 9:02 pm

    Jill always does such an amazing job of coloring, so I really appreciated her tips for creating Mimi’s hair and skin. I am enjoying this whole week of cute to elegant and really feel it will help me to get more use out of all of my stamps. Thanks for the chance to win this wonderful stamp set.

  107. Kris in Alaska permalink
    November 29, 2012 10:03 pm

    My coloring NEVER looks like that! Sweet cards!

  108. November 29, 2012 10:13 pm

    Fabulous cards. Thanks for the inspiration.

  109. Judith van Stam permalink
    November 29, 2012 10:19 pm

    I love the way you turn cute cards into elegant ones. I always love to watch Jills video’s.

  110. November 29, 2012 10:44 pm

    So THAT’s how she does it…thank you Jill for the wonderfully informative video, those images are so cute, but I love how you then use the same basic design & charge it up to the elegant level…amazing : )

  111. November 29, 2012 11:51 pm

    Great colouring and great cards. Thanks for a chance to win!.

  112. November 30, 2012 12:28 am

    love the lush colors on the second card. beautiful work as always, Jill!

  113. Carmen. S permalink
    November 30, 2012 12:59 am

    I have enjoy all your quick tips and I wish you could post more. All the cards are just great !

  114. Dixie permalink
    November 30, 2012 10:04 am

    Jill, thanks for the coloring tips!

    • sherri in indiana permalink
      November 30, 2012 9:01 pm

      Love, love, love all the coloring, hints and ideas for making all the cards…O little town of Bethlehem has to be one of most fave!! of my favorites!!! thanks for all things Penny Black!!!

  115. Margaret Ryan permalink
    December 3, 2012 4:42 pm

    I just love Mimi – she is too adorable. And thanks for the coloring tips.

  116. December 5, 2012 9:28 am

    great tips and wonderful card ideas

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