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Effortless Elegance: Cathy

April 23, 2014

Our elegant stamps and Creative Dies are a great match for so many styles.  Join our designers this week as they stretch their creative boundaries and create one layer cards! We’d love to see your one layer cards, too!  Upload your Penny Black creations to our Penny Circle Flickr Gallery and/or our Facebook page.


Cathy takes elegant to the next level today with this one-layer masterpiece…


Ready to create this look yourself?
Here’s how:

1) Mask off a rectangle in the center of the card. Add Memento Inks to an acrylic block, spritz with water and add colors randomly to paper to create background.

2) Ink Poppy Parade with Rhubarb Stalk and Bamboo Leaves markers spritz with water stamp and color using pens adding water to blend and spread design.

3) When dry re-ink stamp with markers again and stamp onto project without adding water (this will give flower definition). Stamp sentiment from Kind Words set using Versafine ink, highlight the centres of the flowers with the IrRESISTible Pico embellisher, flick walnut ink over design to age and then remove masking tape to reveal finished card.


7 Comments leave one →
  1. April 23, 2014 2:58 am

    I love the way the walnut ink echoes the deep burgundy of the poppies & the whole design pops with the use of the reds & greens. The background provides a lovely loose foil with those hints of aqua included – a very striking piece indeed.
    Paula (PEP)

  2. April 23, 2014 8:24 am

    Awesome !!

  3. Marti_L permalink
    April 23, 2014 9:03 am

    Lovely! But I’m wondering what markers you used? You mentioned color names, but not brand name.

    • cathyaa permalink
      April 23, 2014 10:22 am

      Hi Martin, they are Memento Markers made and supplied by Imagine crafts/Tsukineko

  4. Debbie Gaetz permalink
    April 24, 2014 7:42 pm

    this is just so beautiful; the richness of the colors within the rectangular shape.

  5. Lynda permalink
    April 27, 2014 8:03 am

    I appreciate your directions. I never considered doing a final stamping to give definition, but it makes perfect sense! This is really stunning.

  6. Roxanne permalink
    May 21, 2014 4:49 pm

    Once again those wonderful Poppies, Love them!

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