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Fun Friday Feature

December 4, 2015

Another fabulous friend has found her way to our blog this Friday!


Welcome, Karen Dunbrook! Karen’s cards are classic, simple, and artful at the same time. It is an honor to have her join us today.


Her first design features our Slapstick/Cling stamps, 40-408 Brush Pines and 40-421 Tall Timbers. What an innovative way to use Tall Timbers to create a plaid background!



Karen’s Techniques: The main panel was done by inking up the Tall Timbers and stamping in both directions to create a plaid background.  The edges were inked with Versamark ink and white heat embossed to give the feel of snow.  The small panel was done by inking the Brush Pines with Memento markers, spraying with water and stamped.  I then watercolored around the image using Distress inks.

Next, is another elegant design using our brushstroke stamp, 40-415 Full Bloom.



Karen’s Techniques: I colored the image with Memento markers, sprayed with water and stamped the main panel.  I then inked again the same way and stamped on another piece of cardstock and then fussy cut a portion out so it could be pop-dotted over the main background to add interest.  I sponged the edges with Distress inks then splattered all with diluted Distress ink.

Finally, Karen is going cutesy with our transparent set, 30-314 Artic Antics.



Karen’s Techniques: I masked a circle on my card front then did a watercolor wash in blue. I also applied some Marvvy Snow Marker to the bottom and used my heat gun to activate, giving it a snowy look and texture.  I inked up the polar bears and stamped them onto another piece of cardstock, colored using Copic markers then cut them out and glued them just over top of the snowy area.  I stamped just the stars of that stamp and then coloured them with Copics.


Thanks so much for visiting us today, Karen, and sharing all of your wonderful stamping techniques!

And lucky us, Karen is soooo fabulous, the fun doesn’t stop here. Click the links below to see more of her card creations:

Bloom On

Inspired by Red

Birthday Bliss


And don’t forget…


“Like” our page on Facebook for exclusive inspiration by Birgit Edblom!

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. December 4, 2015 12:43 am

    All these are gorgeous! The plaid background with the tall trees is an inspired idea! xxx

  2. December 4, 2015 2:35 am

    They are indeed classic and beautiful cards!

  3. mjmarmo permalink
    December 4, 2015 6:11 am


  4. Susan Roberts permalink
    December 4, 2015 7:30 am

    Really nice cards! Love Karen’s work.

  5. barbara lassiter permalink
    December 4, 2015 12:46 pm

    Beautiful cards. Loved seeing all of these.

  6. cherylquilts permalink
    December 4, 2015 1:25 pm

    Oh, Karen, you know I am a big fan of your work, and these are all so beautiful! They are a good representation of your work, and it’s a joy to see you highlighted today on the Penny Black blog!! Hugs, sweet friend!

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