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NEW RELEASE! Celebrate Modern One-Layer Style

March 25, 2015

With the arrival of spring, we want to make sure we’ve got you covered for upcoming special events… graduations, Mother’s Day, and even Father’s Day, too. That’s why we’re popping in this week with a BRAND NEW mini release bringing you new stamps and Creative Dies! Check out the complete Time to Celebrate catalog HERE and be sure stop by each day this week for card ideas including supplies and instructions. All new products will be available in our online store beginning Friday, March 27.

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Before we take a peek at the Slapstick/Cling stamps and Creative Dies that are a part of this new release, we have one more day of inspiration with marvelous miniatures.

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The stylish sentiments and bold image design of 30-295 For the Grad, make it easy to create modern, one-layer cards.

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Begin by masking and inking to create a color blocked background and add tone on tone stamping to the background. Then, remove your mask and add your focal point stamping using colored embossing powder. By embossing, your focal point images will automatically be in the foreground of your modern design.

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Card design also features 30-284 Sprigs.

Download complete supplies and instructions HERE.

For a more natural feel, mask off curved lines and create a focal point with hummingbirds. By stamping the birds in black they pop against the bright background colors. And we bet those silhouette flowers in red look familiar…they are from the new Marvelous Miniature transparent set, 30-294 the Sweetest.

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Card design also features 30-285 You + Me and 51-053 A Pocket Full.

Download complete supplies and instructions HERE.

Whether you’re stamping for mom, dad, graduation, or “just because,” the beautiful wild flower sillouettes of 30-294 the Sweetest, are also fantastic for simple, inky stamping.

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Download complete supplies and instructions HERE.

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Ready to start celebrating, too? Leave a comment below to be entered to win ALL THREE of our new 3 x 4 inch transparent sets! And for an extra entry, “like” our page on Facebook and leave a comment there, too. Giveaway closes Sunday, March 29, at 11:59 PM PST.

NEW RELEASE! Celebrate Mom

March 24, 2015

It’s Tuesday… don’t miss the new CAS inspiration HERE

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And now more miniature masterpieces…

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With the arrival of spring, we want to make sure we’ve got you covered for upcoming special events… graduations, Mother’s Day, and even Father’s Day, too. That’s why we’re popping in this week with a BRAND NEW mini release bringing you new stamps and Creative Dies! Check out the complete Time to Celebrate catalog HERE and be sure stop by each day this week for card ideas including supplies and instructions. All new products will be available in our online store beginning Friday, March 27.

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The new 3 x 4 inch miniature transparent set, 30-290 …Not Easy, is sure to give you (and mom) a giggle!

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Download complete supplies and instructions HERE.

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Download complete supplies and instructions HERE.

What will have us smiling tomorrow? We can’t wait to share!

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Ready to start celebrating, too? Leave a comment below to be entered to win ALL THREE of our new 3 x 4 inch transparent sets! And for an extra entry, “like” our page on Facebook and leave a comment there, too. Giveaway closes Sunday, March 29, at 11:59 PM PST.

NEW RELEASE! Time to Celebrate

March 23, 2015

With the arrival of spring, we want to make sure we’ve got you covered for upcoming special events… graduations, Mother’s Day, and even Father’s Day, too. That’s why we’re popping in this week with a BRAND NEW mini release bringing you new stamps and Creative Dies! Check out the complete Time to Celebrate catalog HERE and be sure stop by each day this week for card ideas including supplies and instructions. All new products will be available in our online store beginning Friday, March 27.

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Let’s begin the celebration by checking out three new miniature transparent sets. Not only are these sets a great value, but they will add bold, modern stamping style to your cardmaking.

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Introducing 30-294 the Sweetest, 30-295 For the Grad, and 30-290 …Not Easy:

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The images on these three new stamps sets are sized to fit both standard sized cards or smaller cards such as our Les Petites notecards and coordinating colorful envelopes.

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Using both 30-295 For the Grad and 30-294 the Sweetest, Jill created a set of three Les Petites cards with an artsy, watercolor look. The solid images on both of these sets are perfect for heat embossing before applying watercolor paints. The embossed stamping will resist the paint, staying crisp and white.

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Download complete supplies and instructions HERE.

See you tomorrow with more inspiration with these three sets!

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Ready to start celebrating, too? Leave a comment below to be entered to win ALL THREE of our new 3 x 4 inch transparent sets! And for an extra entry, “like” our page on Facebook and leave a comment there, too. Giveaway closes Sunday, March 29, at 11:59 PM PST.

 

alexandra’s Sunday scrapbooking – Stencils & Creative Dies

March 22, 2015
Hello Welcome to another edition of scrapbooking with Penny Black products. Today, I’d like to share one of my favorite combo to create depth on a card: STENCILS & CREATIVE DIES. I hope you’ll enjoy the full TUTORIAL over at art scrap & more. Thank You!

Masterpieces with Mimi Photo Tutorial

March 21, 2015

Happy Saturday! Welcome to our second edition of “Masterpieces with Mimi.” Join us once a month as the talented Micheline “Mimi” Jourdain shares a beautiful card along with her creative process.

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Today Mimi brings us one of her top-requested tutorials. Yay! And if you are looking to create a card with more of a springtime appeal, simply substitute green grassy hills for the snowbanks.

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MATERIALS NEEDED: Penny Black stamps 30-260 On the Town, 40-246 Skyline, 30-258 Prancers; Tombow Dual Brush Pen #993, Distress Ink Pads Forest Moss, Walnut Stain, Rusty Hinge; Distress Ink Reinker Chipped Sapphire; Masking Fluid (Frisket); Black Felt Pen; Tsukineko VersaFine Onyx Black Ink; Fabriano Watercolor Cardstock (100% cotton, 145 lbs, hot press)

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STEP 1: With a toothbrush, apply Frisket masking fluid to cardstock. This will make the snowflakes in the end. Let dry before stamping.

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STEP 2: Ink the Skyline stamp with Rusty Hinge ink, leaving the lower part of the buildings free of ink.

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STEP 3: Spray with water.

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STEP 4: With a paper towel, remove the ink at the base of the stamp.

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STEP 5: Stamp, making sure you apply pressure all over as the dried masking fluid “bubbles” make slight unevenness on the cardstock which can making the stamping difficult.

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STEP 6: Once again, ink the Skyline stamp with Walnut Stain ink, always trying not to ink the lower part of the stamp. Spray with water, and with a paper towel, remove a little color from the base to leave a haze. Stamp image, offsetting lower than the first time. This will leave the impression of two rows of buildings seen from afar.

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STEP 7: Put a small amount of Chipped Sapphire reinker onto an acrylic block and mix with a small amount of water to obtain a lighter blue.

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STEP 8: Wet the cardstock all around the orange buildings, one section at a time, and do not be afraid to touch the colors. The color will seep a little and leave a beautiful effect of cold and humidity (or pollution depending on the effect you want to leave on your card). Here Mimi has shown cold and humid, as seen in her downtown in the winter.

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Add a little blue color. Do not rub too much with the paint brush (do not swipe paintbrush across the paper), leaving the blue to blend on its own with the water. Just help it here and there, adding as you desire.

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STEP 9: With a lightly wet paint brush, slightly water down the orange to make a ‘far away’ impression of a cold haze.

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STEP 10: With Walnut Stain ink, sharpen the roofs here and there. This will sharpen the buildings, creating the effect that they are closer as opposed to the ones in the background.

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STEP 11: With a little water, remove/fade some coloring at the base, sponging with a paper towel. This will leave a space where the fir trees will go.

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STEP 12: Using torn pieces of paper, mask off portions of snow banks before stamping trees. Stamp the fir tree from the Prancer transparent set. First inking the tree with Forest Moss Distress ink, spraying with water, and then stamping. Use larger fir trees for the foreground and smaller trees for the background near the buildings. Remove masks after stamping.

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STEP 13: Before painting the snowbanks, place the stamps on your card to plan placement.

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STEP 14: Wet the base of the trees and add Chipped Sapphire ink, without rubbing, just allowing the color to blend with the water. (Tip: Turn your work to make it easier to blend and soften with additional water painted on with the paint brush.) This will create the look of tree shadows on the snow.

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STEP 15: Double-check placement of stamps… it’s okay to change your mind!

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STEP 16: With VersaFine Onyx Black ink, stamp the street lamp and bench. If needed, add additional length to street lamp, at the base, using a black felt pen. Add a little water near the bench legs and paint shadows using the same technique as shown above for the fir trees.

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STEP 17: With VersaFine Onyx Black ink, stamp the people from the On the Town set. Leave the top left part free of ink so you can paint a yellow reflection from the street lamp. Stamp image.

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STEP 18: Paint the street lamp using Tombow Dual Brush Pen #993, and with a little water, dilute the same color to add to the man’s shoulder (street lamp reflection).

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STEP 19: Add a touch of Tombow #993 at the base of the street lamp and underneat the bench to show reflection on the snow.

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STEP 20: Wetting the cardstock first, just to the right of the people’s feet, add a diluted Chipped Sapphire ink. Also add diluted Chipped Sapphire ink under the street lamp base. When the work is dry, remove the masking fluid/frisket (rubbing softly with your fingers) to reveal the snowflakes.

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Trim your panel to your liking and mount to a notecard.

Et Voila! Your card is complete!!

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Card design inspired by Heather Telford’s work as seen HERE and HERE.

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Featuring Fashion, Day 5

March 20, 2015

Join us as we continue to explore products from our newest release, Bring on the Happy. Each week you’ll find a special designer showcase, videos, and card samples with complete supplies and instructions. This week we take a closer look at florals and fashion.

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Where are you headed this weekend? Our fashion girl is having fun on 5th Avenue!

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Download complete supplies and instructions HERE.

And in case you missed it, the coloring technique for this card was shown in yesterday’s PB&J video. Click HERE to view or simply scroll down to yesterday’s post.

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And don’t forget, TGIF!

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Follow us on Facebook for exclusive inspiration by Birgit Edblom!

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Featuring Fashion, Day 1

March 19, 2015

Fresh inspiration can be found HERE.

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…and now time for some fashion!

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Join us as we continue to explore products from our newest release, Bring on the Happy. Each week you’ll find a special designer showcase, videos, and card samples with complete supplies and instructions. This week we take a closer look at florals and fashion.

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Jill joins us today with lots of fashionable fun! For her first card, she reached for our woodblock stamp, 4391K Dressed to Impress.

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Playful watercolors are a great match with these whimsical fashion girl designs. To see Jill’s watercolor techniques, check out our newest PB&J video…

Watch directly on YouTube HERE.

Using this same technique, Jill has created a pair of two more miniature cards with our transparent sets, 30-302 Love & Yoga and 30-275 Mocha Moments.

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