The Penny Black design team is playing along with the “Less is More” challenge this week which is to ‘use a stamp’ with the added suggestion of using watercolour too.
To use a stamp is not too much if a stretch for the Penny Black designers! I decided to limit my stamped area in keeping with the less is more guidelines. I punched squares out of a post it note to create a three square layout through which I sponged chalk inks. I stamped images from the floral appliqué set in chalk inks also. I had intentionally spaced my squares further apart on the right so I could place the sentiment in between the two squares.
As I was enjoying working with the chalk inks I used the same mask on a portrait oriented card switching the plum ink for a couple of blue inks. The colour scheme reminds me of the beach.
Penny Black released their new Creative Dies recently and are showcasing them everyday this week on the blog. I have been playing around with them so I have some “Dies Days” lined up for you this week too.
Today’s card features the Bashful Die in a collage panel. I began by masking a border then stamping a background of text in memento London fog ink. I used two stamps from Love Chapter along with the letter background stamp. I then used the bashful die to cut a mask out of a post-it note and sponged both the negative and the positive image with yellow and orange inks. I used a couple of stamps from the Lace Trim set along the top and bottom edge in memento Paris Dusk, added some sponging and a few feature words from the Love Chapter stamp. To finish I stamped the letter background on a dark blue die cut flower and attached that to the panel before popping it up on the card base.
This Damask stamp from Penny Black is such a beautifully detailed stamp I like to show it off rather than relegate it to background status. When I started making this card I embossed a couple of panels, one in clear and one in black then played around with both. The white image left by the clear embossing powder definitely created the look I was after; I will have to fiddle with the black a little more before I’m happy with it.
As I said I started by embossing in clear then sponged Memento Pistachio from one corner toward the centre and Love letter from the opposite corner. I darkened the green portion further with Olive grove and added a little definition with a Bamboo Leaves marker. I then sliced the side off my panel so that it would be predominantly green rather than half and half, matted it in green and added a ribbon. I didn’t have the correct green so I used a paler green and coloured it with a marker.
When that card was finished I didn’t want the little strip I cut off to go to waste so I set out to make a very minimal design with just the thin panel and a sentiment. But then I remembered the “Love” stamp which has elaborate fonts that remind me of damask and a second design was created.
The complementary colour scheme is inspired by the Less is More Challenge this week.
Stamps: Damask Pattern, Love Chapter, Happy Birthday (PB)
Inks: Memento Pistachio, Olive Grove, Love Letter & Versamark (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Penny Black Mix & Match Papers Olive Grove
Also: Clear embossing powder, ribbon
Today I have a couple of cards which developed as I stamped; I had a rough idea how I would do the tag above but nothing more than that. Once the first tag was finished I wanted to try the same technique with another text stamp. When both were finished I played around with layouts for quite a while before I settled on the ones you see here.
To create the tags I stamped the Dots in space background stamp then sponged three colours over most of the tag. Each tag has a branch motif which I stamped in brown tones first then black. The text stamps have an out of focus look intentionally; I stamped them first in Potter’s Clay then again in black but slightly offset from the first impression.
Both the tags were designed to feature but needed to be grounded on the card bases so I picked out a background stamp and an embossing folder. To ground the tag above I stamped part of the background stamp Indian Wheel in Wheat versamagic then embossed in clear powder before sponging the perimeter of the ivory panel in Memento Potter’s Clay. The tag below is grounded on the card base by an embossed panel created using a cuttlebug embossing folder which I sponged over lightly.
I do make tags from time to time but I rarely put a tag on a gift; I usually add a card in an envelope to a gift so these tags are more likely to get given this way than if they had remained as tags. What about you,do you make tags? Do you use them?
Stamps: Love Chapter, Friendship, Dots in Space, Indian Wheel, Tweet Tweet (PB)
Inks: Memento Potter’s Clay, Rhubarb Stalk, Dandelion, Angel Pink & Versafine Onyx Black & Versamagic Wheat (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Mix & Match Grand Canyon
Also: Cuttlebug Folder Textile Texture, black ribbon, black twine
This card features stamps from two new Penny Black sets. The flourishy florals are from the slapstick cling set, Longing, and the 1 Corinthians text is from the transparent set, Love Chapter. I posted a little sneak peak this morning of a card made with the Longing stamps; you can see the whole card on the Penny Black blog.
I began the text panel for this card by stamping the floral stamp in Versamark and the text in Versafine Olympia Green then embossing both in clear e.p. I then sponged in greens and yellows and matted in Olive Grove Mix & Match paper. I overlapped the other floral stamp from the Longing set on the card base in three greens and sponged the corner.