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Effortless Elegance: Jill

April 25, 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.


Jill’s one-layer cards feature the use of our Creative Die Pinwheel as a mask.



Watch directly on YouTube HERE.



Guess what? The one-layer fun doesn’t end today…
We heard through the grapevine that someone might be running by here tomorrow with more one-layer card inspiration, running with scissors, that is!


18 Comments leave one →
  1. April 25, 2014 1:15 am

    Awesome cards !! i loved the masking,inking 😀 !!

  2. Dianne Crowe permalink
    April 25, 2014 5:51 am

    Beautiful cards, always look forward to your work especially those on video. Thanks for sharing. Dianne

  3. Darlyne W permalink
    April 25, 2014 5:56 am

    You made my jaw drop and I had to gasp at the beauty of these cards, and the technique! To create something so lovely with just one layer is completely astounding, girl! Great job!

  4. judka permalink
    April 25, 2014 5:59 am

    It never fails … I always learn something new from Jill!! Layers of ink instead of paper .. genius!!

  5. bdengler4 permalink
    April 25, 2014 6:21 am

    What an amazing video – Jill always teaches me something new – I love how the pan pastels create a darker shade over VersaMark – so cool! Gorgeous cards!

  6. Donna Whitten permalink
    April 25, 2014 8:33 am

    Great card, thanks for the video!

  7. April 25, 2014 8:47 am

    Thanks for another informative video – I’d not really taken on board how versatile that Petal Power stamp set is……on my wish list for certain. The versatility of Twirls is beautifully illustrated & I love the way you created 3 distinctly different cards from the one layout.
    Paula (PEP)

  8. Barb P. permalink
    April 25, 2014 11:08 am

    Now this is a one-layer card! I feel the ones with a lot of negative (white) space are always missing something. Thanks so much for your videos; they help a lot. A question: could distress inks be used (I don’t have the pan pastels)?

    • jillianfoster82 permalink*
      April 25, 2014 12:13 pm

      Thanks so much!! You could use Distress Inks, too, but the Versamark technique will not work as it did with the Pan Pastels. Happy Stamping!!

      • Barb Plummer permalink
        April 28, 2014 1:45 pm

        Hi Jill: I’ve looked, but the only pastels available in my area are the stick type. Are these the same as the pan pastels, only in different shape? Would the stick-type work in this project? Also, are the pans an oil pastel? Thanks for answering all my questions. Barb

  9. Sandra ltb permalink
    April 25, 2014 5:23 pm

    oh Jill – these are lovely – the pan pastels look like a lot of fun to use!
    Thanks for sharing your tips.
    Sandra ltb

  10. Janet Castle permalink
    April 25, 2014 9:54 pm

    Thanks Jill for the video….so helpful to see how you made your beautiful cards!!!

  11. April 27, 2014 2:30 pm

    Wow … these are stunning!

  12. Glynda permalink
    April 28, 2014 3:11 pm

    I absolutely LOVE to watch your videos and see you create! Your creations are always inspiring! Do you have to use a fixative over the pan pastels?

    • April 29, 2014 7:09 pm

      Thank you SOOO much, Glynda. Krylon Matte Fixative spray works fantastic to seal the pastels.

  13. April 29, 2014 7:10 pm

    Hi Barb, in response to your question above, I am not familiar with the stick type of pastels. You can read more about Pan Pastels on their website: If you have any other questions, just let me know. 🙂 Happy stamping!

    • Barb Plummer permalink
      April 30, 2014 7:49 am

      Thanks, Jill. The difference in our countries – painters in my area haven’t heard of Pan Pastels, and they are not commonly found on websites; but, I have found a Canadian source. Thanks again for your help and your inspiration.

  14. May 1, 2014 6:40 pm

    Beautiful! I do have a question about using the Pan Pastels. Don’t you have to use a fixative of some kind so the color doesn’t rub off?
    Thanks for the great video!

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