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Hello Grace

June 26, 2017

It’s time for a poetic party and you’re invited! This week join Cathy Andronicou as she explores the range of possibilities available with our newest collection, Poetic.

Our week of party-ing with Cathy begins with three clean and simple cards and ends with detailed and intricate card design on Thursday. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. We’re in awe of what Cathy has created for us today…

With neutral tones and a no-line coloring technique, Cathy has given our Slapstick/Cling stamp, 40-548 Grace, a look that is both peaceful and natural.

Here’s how she achieved this stunning effect.


STEP 1: Stamp Grace onto white card offsetting off the card slightly with Memento Desert Sand ink.

Step 2: Fuse the Chameleon Sand pen for 8 seconds and begin to color from the highlighted areas into the shaded areas on the face, work in sections until you have captured the contours of the nose, cheeks chin etc.

Step 3: Fuse the Chameleon Dusty Rose pen for 3 seconds and color the lips, making the outer edge and where the lips meet darker. Fuse again and add color to the cheek bones. Go back over the cheeks with the Sand pen to blend in.

Step 4: Without fusing, add shadow to areas of hair using the Chameleon Burnt Umber pen, then fuse for 8 seconds and flick down from the shadow area back into the highlighted area, repeat this process until  all the hair is colored. Then use the same pen to color the eyebrows. Use the Green Apple pen, fusing for 3 seconds, to color the eyes and then use the detail pen to color in the pupils and add eyelashes. Stamp the sentiment (30-433 Be…) with Versafine Onyx Black ink to finish.

Shop for today’s featured Penny Black supplies

30-433 Be…
40-548 Grace


7 Comments leave one →
  1. Theresa Watamaniuk permalink
    June 26, 2017 7:15 am

    Love your coloring but I have a question…what do you mean by fuse for 3 seconds?

    • Cathy Andronicou permalink
      June 26, 2017 12:42 pm

      The chameleon pen is an alcohol pen with a separate chamber with blending solution in, you put this chamber on the nib of the pen and leave it there for 3 seconds ( this is fusing) , this then lightens the colour of the ink in the nib allowing you to get blends of colour from light to dark with just one pen.

      • Theresa Watamaniuk permalink
        June 28, 2017 7:04 am

        interesting….thanks for the tip!!

  2. dianemdb1985 permalink
    June 26, 2017 11:26 am

    this is the first PB stamp that I find unappealing. Not their usual art.

  3. elaine permalink
    June 26, 2017 11:32 am

    I have the same question as Theresa – what does “fuse” mean?

    • Cathy Andronicou permalink
      June 26, 2017 12:43 pm

      Elaine see response to Theresa

  4. rhowell2 permalink
    June 28, 2017 4:59 am

    Very pretty

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