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BLISSful Brushstrokes with Elizabeth

February 21, 2017

Don’t miss the new creation on our Simplicity Site today… click HERE to check it out!


And now scroll down for more BLISSful inspiration!


Our designers have been getting inky with our newest collection of stamps, dies, and stencils—BLISS 2017, now available in our online store! This week they share their tips, techniques, and gorgeous cards featuring our new brushstroke stamps.  


Elizabeth joins us today with a series of simply elegant card ideas with our new brushstroke stamps: 40-537 Peony, 40-539 Effulgent, 40-538 A Moment in Time, 40-536 First Waltz.


Using these bold floral designs and elegant sentiments, Elizabeth demonstrates that anyone can escape for a quick moment and be able to start and finish a card in a short period of time. Sneaking away for some artsy time is definitely a good thing… the added bonus is a finished card to share with a friend.


Give it a try…

Elizabeth’s technique for all of these cards was to ink her stamps using Memento markers. Using a stamp positioning tool, she layered the colors starting light and working darker. She activated the ink by “huffing” on the stamp for each application. (Full supplies and instructions linked below.)


Her gorgeous sentiments were stamped in Versafine Onyx Black ink. She’s used the following sentiment sets: 30-413 Birthday Love, 30-416 Happy Thoughts, 30-419 Happy Wishes, 30-409 Faith.


Notice how her sentiment stamping slightly overlaps on top of each flower? This small detail gives her simple designs a finished look.


For the poppy above, the flower head was filled in using very light brushstrokes of her pen (Marvy marker) to paper.


For added embellishments, Elizabeth added Pan Pastels to the flowers. She applied them using a very small cotton ball with light pressure. She also added Stickles for a touch of sparkle and shine.


And the fun doesn’t stop there, here’s some golden gorgeousness.


On this card, Elizabeth edged all four sides with Marvy’s Gold Deco Color Pen. Another one of those fabulous finishing touches…




Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

Card 1: 40-537 Peony, 30-409 Faith
Cards 2 & 3: 40-539 Effulgent, 30-413 Birthday Love, 30-419 Happy Wishes
Card 4: 40-538 A Moment in Time, 30-413 Birthday Love
Card 5: 40-539 Effulgent, 30-419 Happy Wishes
Card 6: 40-536 First Waltz, 30-416 Happy Thoughts


13 Comments leave one →
  1. Kerri Marshall permalink
    February 21, 2017 12:42 am

    Was it any of these?????


  2. Bonnie Miller permalink
    February 21, 2017 2:28 am

    What a fabulous job done on ALL the flowers. I wake up to Penny Black every morning and am never disappointed. The only problem is I buy the stamps and I get so frustrated because mine don’t look as good. I am card making for about a year and have never sent a card out because I don’t think it worthy enough. Problem with being a perfectionist. Wish you could sit with me for about an hour and show me what I am going wrong. Thanks for brightening my day.

  3. February 21, 2017 4:13 am

    Fabulous stamps and divine cards! xxx

  4. mjmarmo permalink
    February 21, 2017 4:27 am

    You have the prettiest flowers!

  5. February 21, 2017 6:05 am

    JUST BEAUTIFUL, ELIZABETH! PB Florals just make my heart pitter-patter! AND the new sentiments, I LOVE THEM TOO!!! 😉 kEEP UP THE BEAUTIFUL WORK!!! 😉

  6. February 21, 2017 7:11 am

    You make we want to shop! Love these cards, and the inspiration was beyond resistible!

  7. Darlene Fellows permalink
    February 21, 2017 7:18 am

    Beautiful cards. I love the sentiments. It is so nice to have such a great selection of sentiments all in one place.

  8. Judy Jung permalink
    February 21, 2017 7:40 am

    Love how those brushstroke stamps yield such beautiful results. And those sentiments are a treasure! Thanks, Elizabeth, for showing us how its done.

  9. February 21, 2017 7:49 am

    Will be reading this post over & over! Thank you for the beautiful inspiration, Elizabeth! My pens are seldom used, but now I want to give your technique a try! Wonderful new sentiment sets–on my wishlist!

  10. Marilyn S permalink
    February 21, 2017 12:02 pm

    I’m so totally impressed with the flowers and the sentiments. Thank you for the inspiration.

  11. Tami permalink
    February 21, 2017 3:20 pm

    Wow stunning cards! I love the PB brushstroke stamps & I’m so excited new brushstroke stamps are being released!! Thanks for the note of the sentiment overlapping the image to give a finished look, I truly never noticed that until you pointed this out in the blog post! Great tip! Thank you again 🙂

  12. barbara lassiter permalink
    February 21, 2017 6:10 pm

    Beautiful cards from Elizabeth. Nobody creates sentiments and floral designs better than Penny Black, in my opinion! 🙂

  13. February 21, 2017 10:41 pm

    Gorgeous cards. I love the brush stroke stamps!

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