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Learning through Inspiration with Joan Bardee

July 18, 2019

So happy to be back sharing my Learning Through Inspiration series here on the Penny Black blog. This series is all about improving my cardmaking through studying other designers’ cards.

Today I’m beginning my study of the amazing Peet Roeven. Please take a few minutes to look through her blog and/or IG account. What are the common elements in each of her cards that make them so beautiful? It’s those common elements that allow us to recognize a “Peet” card right away. When I look at Peet’s cards, I see precision, sewed or die cut frames, crisp white bases, bright, clean colors, die or hand cut images, and a layered diorama-like effect. Wow!

Let’s see how my first attempts went!



*They’re beautiful! Who wouldn’t be thrilled to open an envelope and see these beauties?

*Peet has mad fussy cutting skills. Check out the balloon strings on the first card. So professionally done! This precision really sets her apart.

*And speaking of those balloon strings, Peet didn’t cover them in black. She left a little white showing. Very nice detail.

*Peet makes the best use of die cut frames of any cardmaker I’ve seen. In her second card, Peet nestled that bird inside the frame and then added a touch of a pink border to help tie in all the pink in the card. Gorgeous.

*Peet often adds images behind or adjacent to her focal image. This is so clever. I chose to study these particular two cards because Peet added the same flower image next to a cute teddy bear and next to an elegant bird, and both look amazing.

*These cards are filled with details, yet are cohesive and retain the clean look that I love.



*One of the reasons I don’t do cute is that I never know what to do with animals – but seeing Peet’s cards gave me the idea to use a frame die to anchor those adorable bears. Now I want all the cute stamps and all the frame dies!

*Adding the right image behind a focal image is harder than it looks.

*In my first card, I adhered the beautiful floral image behind the bear, but it looked empty, so I added the die cut leaves. It still looks a little empty or forced, or perhaps the flowers should be under the bear a bit, or maybe that particular bunch of flowers doesn’t work with that bear, or maybe the bear, with open arms, isn’t the right image for this technique? Or, as my mom used to say, maybe I just think too much…

*Peet’s cards are much more complicated in structure than my cards. I should have planned out my cards before I adhered any of the elements. The first card had flower issues and the second card had the box and a bit of the bear hanging in the air! I originally adhered the red box about a ¼ inch above the frame. It was only after I looked at a photo of that card that I realized that there was a gap between the bottom of the gift box and the top of the frame. Luckily, I was able to lift off the image and shift it down. It made a big difference. Next time I’ll lay out everything, take a photo, and then check before adhering.

MOOD WHEN DONE: Fascinated by Peet’s structural approach to cardmaking. It opens up a whole new area for me to explore. She gets gorgeous results so I’m not giving up!

Thanks again to Jill Foster and Penny Black for providing me with some gorgeous stamps and dies, and the opportunity to share here on the Penny Black blog. And thank you to Peet for your talent and inspiration.

for the PENNY BLACK products featured on Joan’s cards above

Card One Supplies: A Big Hug, 30-580; Huggable, 30-588; Flower Fantasy, 30-565, Peaceful Time Cut Out; 51-532; Leaf Stitched Frames; 51-552; alcohol markers, foam tape; Memento Tuxedo ink, Neenah Solar White cardstock; vellum, blender brushes, Distress Oxide Inks; exacto knife; twine.

Card Two Supplies: A Present; 30-573; Leaf Stitched Frames; 51-552; Good Wishes; 30-541; Memento Tuxedo ink; alcohol markers; foam tape; assorted sequins and beads; acetate for the shaker window; Neenah Solar White cardstock; crystal glaze.

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. Jan Pignanelli permalink
    July 18, 2019 3:23 am

    Your cards look fantastic, Joan! They pick up the essence of Peet’s designs. Such a great idea to analyse what you see in a master card maker’s work and enjoy learning her design process. Peet is definitely a standout! I check her blog often. (And yours!) Thanks for this!

  2. July 18, 2019 4:32 am

    Joan, thanks for introducing me to Peet! I love all the lessons you’ve learned from her design elements. You’ve done well with them – though I am a little sad about teddy’s foot! ha!
    Beautiful, Joan!

  3. catcraig permalink
    July 18, 2019 4:44 am

    Joan both of your cards are spectacular!

  4. ginger na permalink
    July 18, 2019 6:01 am

    Well done! I was not familiar with Peet prior to your post. Thank you for introducing me to a wonderful paper crafter. Now it’s time to break out the sewing machine and search for frames. Thank you for your analysis of her cards.

  5. barbara lassiter permalink
    July 18, 2019 9:27 am

    I love Peet’s design style and think it’s very unique! The craftsmanship is another feature….every stitch is perfect and her fussy cutting is amazing. Thanks for showcasing her work and sharing your insights as you created your cards, which are cute and fun!

  6. July 18, 2019 9:31 am

    Your cards are wonderful, love them both!! Thanks so much, Joan!

  7. July 18, 2019 11:06 am

    Peet’s cards are all purposefully laid out so the eye beholds the entire image and then looks at the details. Frankly, I think you’re a bit too hard on yourself because I found both of your cards very like Peet’s. Love the floral behind the bear and I think the second card is one of the sweetest I’ve seen and it’s going on my favorites list.

  8. July 18, 2019 12:03 pm

    Once again, excellent analysis!!! I adore the stitching on Peet’s card. I love that you used a double frame on the bear card but am wondering if perhaps the issue you feel it has is a result of the blue flowers competing with the blue frame? I think it looks fine, but I know how it feels when a card just doesn’t feel “right” somehow. But my husband tells me I think too much too… 🙂

  9. Maura permalink
    July 19, 2019 6:56 am

    Love your thinking and observations of Peet’s fabulous cards! Such a great way to use inspiration, and thanks for taking the time to share with all of us!!!

  10. July 20, 2019 10:20 am

    It’s all that thinking that makes you better and better. I love that you’re studying and working with different card styles. This particular approach is probably my favorite and most comfortable style, but, same as you, I admire many styles and can’t or don’t want to settle on just one. Sorry to say that many times I’ve photographed a card and then seen something I wish to change. It happens. Penny Black is one of my new favorites after seeing so many of your beautiful PB cards and those of the designers you’re showcasing. Peet’s cards are beautiful! Thank you!

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