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How-To with Elizabeth

March 28, 2014

As part our newest collection, Happy Everything, we are thrilled to bring you new products such as our Stencil Designs and Large-Scale stamps. And we couldn’t think of a better way to inspire than share the work of some super special guests and our Penny Black designers using these new products. On Monday we brought to you a VIDEO blog hop and for the remainder of the week our designers will be sharing their “How-To’s” here on the blog.


By combining our Stencil Design, 25-004 Sun Catcher, and Coordinating Stamp, 40-323 Poppy Time, the poppy on Elizabeth’s mixed media creation POPS with color and dimension.


As promised, here’s your next How-To…











GIVEAWAY: Ready to try these techniques yourself? Don’t forget to leave a comment on each of the stops on Monday’s hop and one here today to be entered to win.



117 Comments leave one →
  1. March 28, 2014 12:11 am

    Love this & would love to be a winner

  2. March 28, 2014 12:34 am

    Elizabeth!!! Where do I start??? This is one exceptionally beautiful design. The colors, depth of color and layering are stunning!! Your tutorial was very informative, which gives me some confidence to even try this every soon!!

  3. March 28, 2014 12:45 am

    Stunning! And a fab tutorial! cx

  4. Isha permalink
    March 28, 2014 12:54 am

    Love this creation. With every creation using these stamps/ stencils…my wishlist grows longer 🙂 TFS your AMAZING project Elizabeth.

  5. Sharon Roselli permalink
    March 28, 2014 2:10 am

    Love the color on this. The layers and texture are wonderful. I’ve never done mixed media but after seeing this I may give it a try when my stamps and stencils get here.

  6. March 28, 2014 2:54 am

    Truly beautiful colors and design.

  7. Gabriella B permalink
    March 28, 2014 3:03 am

    How beautiful, the colors are stunning

  8. diana permalink
    March 28, 2014 3:05 am

    Lovely design and great tutorial! TFS 😉

  9. jenscull permalink
    March 28, 2014 3:50 am

    thank you so much for the step by step photos. it makes it so much easier for someone like me to THINK about trying this for myself. 😉 just love it!

  10. March 28, 2014 3:50 am

    Fabulous project, Elizabeth! Love the bright colours.

  11. Mary Ann T permalink
    March 28, 2014 3:58 am

    Another project to make me think of doing thing outside my comfort zone.

  12. Michel E permalink
    March 28, 2014 4:14 am

    Love your project.

    craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

  13. Miriam Prantner permalink
    March 28, 2014 4:28 am

    Beautiful canvas! Love that the edges/sides are decorated too. It really adds a lot!

  14. March 28, 2014 4:34 am

    Gorgeous creation. I love all the dimension from the layers of colour.

  15. March 28, 2014 4:36 am

    Wow ! The background is stunning ! I loved the tutorial Thanks for sharing !

  16. Dianne Crowe permalink
    March 28, 2014 4:51 am

    Great instructions, will definitely have to try this. Colours are gorgeous.

  17. Julia Chan permalink
    March 28, 2014 4:51 am

    mix media craft !! this really shows of using different products to create lovely block !!

  18. Kathie permalink
    March 28, 2014 4:53 am

    I so love the flowers in this release of stamps. I am happy for the instructions for the techniques used in this beautiful work of art!

  19. Ruth Siegel permalink
    March 28, 2014 4:55 am

    Beautiful….such great ideas and techniques.

  20. Michele permalink
    March 28, 2014 5:03 am

    It’s truly a work of art. I’d love to look at that in my studio; it’s invigorating as well as inspirational at the same time. Love it! Gotta go shopping to get some of these supplies and perhaps a die or stamp or two, that is if can find them! Thanks for the beautiful work and inspiration.

  21. March 28, 2014 5:33 am

    Thank you for such a detailed description of how to create the background – I love the way those Wondrous leaves add such texture over the book print whilst not obscuring it completely. The lovely dark shading behind the poppy gives glorious dimension to the whole & I love the way your acrylic checkerboard sides echo the bold cut out words. A lovely piece of artwork that makes me think of a poppy outlined against a star-spangled night sky with lots of foliage in the immediate background.
    Paula (PEP)

  22. Sue D permalink
    March 28, 2014 5:40 am

    Wow–thanks for sharing how you made this gorgeous piece.

  23. Kailash permalink
    March 28, 2014 5:44 am

    Stunning project, love the bright colors. Thanks for sharing the photo tutorial:-)

  24. March 28, 2014 5:48 am

    Wow! I love Elizabeth’s work! This is stunning! Wonderful tutorial too!

  25. pai permalink
    March 28, 2014 6:07 am

    beautiful piece of art!

  26. March 28, 2014 6:07 am

    The flowers looks like it will fly off the canvas. so pretty and bright. thanks for the detailed instructions.

  27. Mary-Anne V. permalink
    March 28, 2014 6:16 am

    Very pretty home decor item…the colours are so pretty and love the different techniques.

  28. Sandy permalink
    March 28, 2014 6:24 am

    Thanks for sharing your techniques

  29. judka permalink
    March 28, 2014 6:50 am

    A fun, inky project with a stunning result! That poppy stamp and stencil are must-haves! I love all of Elizabeth’s art work, and this is no exception. The step by step instructions make it possible to try this!!

  30. Betty Benton permalink
    March 28, 2014 7:03 am

    Color, color, color — loving them!

  31. March 28, 2014 7:04 am

    This looks like fun and very creative! Hope I win!

  32. Cathy H. permalink
    March 28, 2014 7:07 am

    Very cute project. Love the dimension. Thanks for the chance to win.

  33. Angelique Vela permalink
    March 28, 2014 7:17 am

    Great project!

  34. gemgirl permalink
    March 28, 2014 7:18 am

    WOW! That is the best mixed media tutorial I’ve seen. Now I feel like I can do it! Beautiful project. Thank you Elizabeth!

  35. Lisa F. permalink
    March 28, 2014 7:20 am

    Beautiful mixed media. I am tempted to try this myself!

  36. Tammy P permalink
    March 28, 2014 7:25 am

    Love the colors!! Thank you for such a great tutorial. I need to branch out from card making and try this.

  37. LBirt permalink
    March 28, 2014 7:29 am

    I absolutely love Penny Black products! Thanks for such a great blog of inspiration and teaching! Could definitely use some these goodies in my stamp room too.

  38. March 28, 2014 7:29 am

    What wonderful techniques and so breathtakingly beautiful too!! Thank you for sharing with us!!

  39. terriavidreader permalink
    March 28, 2014 7:35 am

    Thanks for sharing. I love Penny Black.

  40. Daria permalink
    March 28, 2014 7:37 am

    Thanks for the detailed tutorial. I love mixed media, but have only tried it once or twice myself. My kitchen table was full of crafting stuff for weeks as I played with the pieces I was making–so much fun. Reading through your instructions and seeing the wonderful, warm, vibrant piece you made makes me want to try again. Thank you.

  41. Melinda C. permalink
    March 28, 2014 7:42 am

    Love!!!!! Anxious for my stamps to arrive to give this a try. I love how you cut apart the words. Clever!

  42. Donna Whitten permalink
    March 28, 2014 7:44 am

    Fabulous project, and a great tutorial!

  43. March 28, 2014 7:46 am

    What a great creation. I really love the mixed media and am trying to get into it. I hope I can create something like that.

  44. Janet permalink
    March 28, 2014 7:50 am

    This is so beautiful! I love the colours and textures. Thanks!

  45. sue gibson permalink
    March 28, 2014 7:54 am

    wanna win wanna win :0

  46. March 28, 2014 7:54 am

    Wonderful project and tutorial!

  47. Iris Soscia permalink
    March 28, 2014 8:00 am

    Gorgeous artwork and great tutorial.
    isoscia at aol dot com

  48. March 28, 2014 8:22 am

    Love this!!

  49. March 28, 2014 8:23 am

    Beautiful !!!!

  50. Cheryl Fricker permalink
    March 28, 2014 8:24 am

    Mounds of texture on your flower. I love it!

  51. JoAnne Pitre permalink
    March 28, 2014 8:26 am

    Another beautiful inspiration for these wonderful stencils and stamps…thanks

  52. catcraig permalink
    March 28, 2014 8:28 am

    Wonderful project for a tutorial. Stunning designs

  53. March 28, 2014 8:30 am

    So much inspiration this week and today is no exception … and LOVE the tutorial to recreate this lovely project!

  54. val1313 permalink
    March 28, 2014 8:37 am

    Another Nice project. Can we replace modpodge by something else?

  55. March 28, 2014 8:39 am

    Great mixed media project today! LOVE the checkerboard sides and the sentiment words Trimmed up boldly placed.
    Thanks for each step tut.

  56. Penny Reed permalink
    March 28, 2014 9:02 am

    How artistic! You are so talented! And I love how you used the sentiment stamp! Great Idea.

  57. Vickie Farrow permalink
    March 28, 2014 9:03 am

    Love the mixed media!

  58. March 28, 2014 9:36 am

    Absolutely Fabulous!!

  59. Kathy Randle permalink
    March 28, 2014 9:50 am

    Awesome as always!

  60. Ruth permalink
    March 28, 2014 10:10 am

    Creative and beautiful.

  61. Amy C. permalink
    March 28, 2014 10:27 am

    Beautiful project!

  62. Gretchen Wilson permalink
    March 28, 2014 10:30 am

    Wonderful multi media projects.

  63. Jeanne permalink
    March 28, 2014 10:51 am

    Beautiful work! I have got to get these stamps and stencils! TFS

  64. Delia Rotolo permalink
    March 28, 2014 10:51 am

    Thanks again for another beautiful art piece.

  65. Gretchen Wilson permalink
    March 28, 2014 11:26 am

    Love the multi media projects, messy but fun and this project is wonderful.

  66. Debbie V permalink
    March 28, 2014 11:36 am

    Great tutorial — I would never know where to begin with mixed media, but this is very helpful to see it step by step.

  67. March 28, 2014 11:58 am

    What an Awesome Tutorial & a fabulous Project !!
    Thanks for Sharing !

  68. Denise permalink
    March 28, 2014 12:11 pm

    I never get tired of learning something from great artists!!! Thanks

  69. March 28, 2014 12:37 pm

    so FABulous! i love that poppy and it is amazing how many looks you can get with it!!!!

  70. March 28, 2014 12:44 pm

    Remarkable piece…love the color and layering of that Poppy.

  71. March 28, 2014 1:13 pm

    I love this idea. Thanks so much for jioning this HOP. Thanks for the chance to win

  72. Sharon Christian permalink
    March 28, 2014 1:26 pm

    Lovely piece. Love the bright colors. Would really like a chance to win.

  73. March 28, 2014 1:26 pm

    I love mixed media art pieces. I made a few and they are so much fun to do. Love this one. Great job.

  74. March 28, 2014 2:25 pm

    It would be fun to try this technique !!!

  75. TX JennyWren permalink
    March 28, 2014 3:01 pm

    I love making mixed media pieces. Yours shown today is beautiful with the tinted texture paste. I love the poppy stamp and stencil. Must have these!!

  76. Denise Bryant permalink
    March 28, 2014 3:09 pm

    Gorgeous mixed media piece! I love the colors and the dimension! The poppy stamp and stencil are must-haves!!!

  77. Denisse Cherry permalink
    March 28, 2014 3:23 pm

    Wow! All those layers are beautiful! Love the colors!

  78. March 28, 2014 3:42 pm

    Such an amazing technique and what depth and dimension! Anita 🙂

  79. Lela permalink
    March 28, 2014 3:43 pm

    Thank you for this tutorial… beautifully created!

  80. March 28, 2014 4:40 pm

    Gorgeous project!! An amazing technique.

  81. Wendy Orme permalink
    March 28, 2014 4:49 pm

    I love the book pages in the background of this project! It turned out beautifully!

  82. dyeandpigment55 permalink
    March 28, 2014 5:42 pm

    Great project. Just love the sentiment.

  83. Katie B. permalink
    March 28, 2014 5:54 pm

    Beautiful project! Love this poppy! Your coloring and artistry always amaze me. 🙂 Love the checkerboard sides. And I also love how you took the words from the stamp and pieced them! Great job. Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

  84. March 28, 2014 5:59 pm

    Fabulous canvas art! I love seeing how to use some of the products I’ve heard of but not yet used. Thank you for sharing.

  85. Eileen M permalink
    March 28, 2014 6:05 pm

    Beautiful! Such an incredible work of art!

  86. March 28, 2014 6:48 pm

    Oh, I’m so impressed. So much to learn .. . . so little time 🙂

  87. MzChele permalink
    March 28, 2014 6:56 pm

    Thanks for posting!

  88. barbara lassiter permalink
    March 28, 2014 6:58 pm

    Thanks for the great tutorial. I love these mixed-media works of art and to think it’s on a wooden block. Gorgeous and fun project!

  89. Patt H. permalink
    March 28, 2014 7:17 pm

    Great tutorial & gorgeous project!

  90. TishR permalink
    March 28, 2014 8:10 pm

    I love your vibrant artwork!

  91. Kelly F. permalink
    March 28, 2014 8:10 pm

    Magnificent creation!

  92. teresa godines #6857 permalink
    March 28, 2014 8:36 pm

    So pretty. I love your deep colors.

  93. March 28, 2014 8:42 pm

    This is fabulous, thank you so much for the fabulous Tut. You have just made the learning so easy. I will give it a try very soon x

  94. Terri permalink
    March 28, 2014 9:37 pm

    I learned something new again today… Putting acrylic paint in the modeling paste.. Going to try this today:)

  95. March 28, 2014 9:43 pm

    Great tutorial, and WOW amazing giveaway! I would be thrilled if I won!

  96. March 28, 2014 11:38 pm

    Gorgeous mixed media art Elizabeth, love the stamp/stencil;-))m

  97. Farika permalink
    March 29, 2014 12:22 am

    Beautiful! Thank you for tutorial…

  98. marg irvine permalink
    March 29, 2014 12:53 am

    This blew me away,its awesome!

  99. Clelie permalink
    March 29, 2014 2:20 am

    Wanting to learn more about mixed-media and this is a great tutorial.

  100. Debra Hohnhorst permalink
    March 29, 2014 3:37 am

    Great colors! I have got to get me some wood and try this out. Thanks for the terrific tutorial.

  101. March 29, 2014 6:06 am

    This poppy is amazing. Love to try out the Pitt pencils too.

  102. March 29, 2014 6:48 am

    I’m just getting into stencils and would love some of these! Love this design and need to get all of the items to try this.

  103. March 29, 2014 7:51 am

    Love this mix-media art. Wonderful color combination and the Poppy stencil is beautiful. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  104. March 29, 2014 8:16 am

    Wow, never really thought about using my stamps in a home décor kinda way, this just opened up a whole new realm for me. Beautiful color combination. Thank you for sharing.

  105. Paula Fuller permalink
    March 29, 2014 10:33 am

    I’m not experienced with mixed media art, but I’m quickly becoming a fan. This has been a fabulous blog hop. Thanks so much for all the videos and tutorials. Would love to win all those versatile stamps and stencils.

  106. Annette permalink
    March 29, 2014 10:42 am

    Gorgeous mixed media project!

  107. Victoria H. permalink
    March 29, 2014 11:49 am

    Just too beautiful!!

  108. March 29, 2014 12:05 pm

    Wonderful products and techniques – thanks for sharing …would love to win the stamps & stencils!

  109. March 29, 2014 12:30 pm

    Wow! Wow! Wow! Beautiful.

  110. sschmitz1618 permalink
    March 29, 2014 8:09 pm

    I am not very good at painting. This looks so simple. I am definitely go to try this. Thanks so much for an inspirational project

  111. Victoria Reeve permalink
    March 29, 2014 8:30 pm

    Gorgeous job, Elizabeth, as usual! 🙂

  112. March 29, 2014 8:39 pm

    couldn’t love this more!

  113. karenajo permalink
    March 29, 2014 10:34 pm

    Great project and great tutorial !!!

  114. Dianne K. permalink
    March 30, 2014 12:17 pm

    What a fabulous job! Well done!

  115. March 30, 2014 12:52 pm

    Wow – what a great project – with great products

  116. Janet permalink
    March 30, 2014 6:01 pm

    I love the texture you have built up! Those poppies are gorgeous too. Thanks!

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