Tags with NEW Penny Black Stamps

Hello Friends, This week on the Penny Black Blog we have been sharing elegant cards with Penny Black's new & exciting Christmas release. Today is my turn on the blog so I have two tags to share.

This flower called "Christmas Pride" is one of my favorites of the entire release.  I love the overall size and the way you can dress it up or down. I started with a black tag, this beautiful foil vellum and watercolor paper . I stamped the flower two times on the watercolor paper using gold embossing ink. I added the distress inks (see supply list) with a dauber so I could control the color. (I wanted to add shading that was coming from a light source.) Then I sprayed heavily with perfect pearls and waited patiently for it to do it's magic. When dry cut & curl up the petals.

(I took one of Jennifer McGuire's classes and learned this technique from her. Thanks sweet Jennifer :) 

You can see the foil vellum in the background of the tag. Love this stuff. I stamped another flower on green paper with black ink for the bottom layer and embossed the paisley outline stamp on top of it. The sentiment was stamped with gold metallic ink. I just have to share this project with you I made last year with the gold foil vellum. It's distresses so beautifully because of the gold foil.

This tag isn't necessarily for Christmas. I used the PB script background on the flower and the background. For this tag I started with Copic X-Press It paper and colored with Copic markers. I really paid attention to my light source and where the light was coming from. ( I hope to have a tutorial in the future on this) For the background I used distress inks and outlined the flowers with a blue Copic (B00)

It's really hard to see all of the glittery goodness on this tag. The texture was added by applying dots on  the petals with red stickles. To avoid sprays of embossing dust I like to use this powder before I use my embossing power. I hope all of you are safe from this hurricane. Hugs to all, Kathy



speed coloring - copic markers & distress ink

Hello Friends, How is the week going so far? We came home to the news that we had an EARTHQUAKE while my husband and I were flying home. My daughter was home alone (she's 16) and she's fine. Just scary. I felt my first after shock later in the evening!
smiling deers
I had so much fun creating this card. I added a smile on the deers faces and some make up. (I don't leave home without it ...ha) Anyway I did some speed coloring on this card and added shading with distress inks. This card was created for a very special lady, Linda OZ, who is recovering from cancer. Linda is a hoot and talented beyond words. I think the hardest part of her recovery is the use of her arms. She doesn't have the same mobility therefore,she can't really craft. I hope this changes because she is wickedly talented.  Linda told me two baby deer visit her daily to have a nibble. If you want more info you can refer to this thread that sweet Charlene posted. Oz thinks of Halloween as a year round holiday :)

smiling deers

I have created several cards with this stamp and will share them on a  later date. I have to say this is one stamp to purchase before they sell out and when you see my other cards you will see how versatile this stamp really is.

smiling deers

To speed color with your Copic markers just color randomly with a few browns using the shading in the stamp as your guide. Don't worry about blending ... The paper does help and the distress inks will make it all come together.  I also used this X-press it paper. I have been referring to this book a LOT and I find it to be a time saver selecting my colors.


I outlined the images and cut off the antlers. The Copic colors I used are:
Brown's (E00, E33, E31) Green's (YG25, YG03) Check color RV10 and Blue B00

This was a speedy background to color too. You can even see the lines in my "coloring" most of it will be covered up and the distress ink will add my shading. Just use a pencil to draw to hills, color the background with blue, the hills with any green. Adding some black lines makes the hills stand out. Add some distress ink to the sky and the grass with a dauber. I have different daubers for my green's, blues, browns etc. the nice thing is the daubers usually already have enough color on them so I don't have to get out the inks. Click here to see my dauber storage solution.


Use any brown distress inks to the deers focusing on the outside edges. A dauber works best and when you are satisfied outline the images and draw a smile on both deer . Add some blue and some stickles for eye shadow. Copic RV10 on her cheek and then I added some pick Tombow on top of the copic coloring. Use a gel pen for accents on the backs of the baby deer. I used this hemp twine to tie a nice big bow around her neck. Add some Glossy Accents to the eye then stand back to smile.


The background is one of the new stamps from Penny Black you will find it's in my supply list. Just stamp the corners and color in with the gel pen for a tiny accent. I think the Spellbinder "Wonky Rectangles" is great for happy whimsical cards. Thanks for stopping and I hope you have a great day. Hugs, Kathy

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