Saturday, July 30, 2011

Playing with Penny Black

I think I mentioned in my last post that I was very fond of Penny Black stamps and needed to get a collection going.  Some of my favourite stamps, which I don't yet own, are the floral ones where they have some text stamped over part of the image, like Poppy Poems for example. So, I created my own version with the Gossamer stamp.

Paper: cardstock (PTI); patterned paper (Out of Print - Basic Grey)
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa; Reeves watercolour crayons; vintage photo DI
Stamps: Penny Black (3865K - Gossamer); Hero Arts (S4878 Old Letter Writing); PTI (Asian Fusion)
Other: Dimenstional squares (Recollections); PTI Edgers Die #1

All I did was ink up the text stamp and then wipe off some ink with a baby wipe before stamping over the Gossamer stamped image.   I applied some water colour crayon to the petals and leaves.  And then I just inked the edges of the centre panel with some Vintage Photo DI.

( I will also add this to Moxie Fabs' "Fanatical about Botanicals" challenge which ends on the 8th of August).

Ok, now just sharing a really neat idea that I found from Betsy Veldman, you can read the post
here at Papercrafts Connection.  What to do with your scraps of paper, the larger scraps as well as the long strips we are often left with.  I don't know about you, but I have fallen in love with 6 X 6 paper pads, they just seem to be better and more economical to work with for card makers.  Now, if you are anything like me, over the years you have collected piles and piles of 12 X 12 patterned papers for all those scrapbook layouts you were going to make and never go to doing!  In a nutshell, one of Betsy's ideas is to cut down those 12 X 12's to 6 X 6's and she stores hers in these nifty little plastic crates in which they fit perfectly.  So yes, thank you Betsy, I went and bought just two crates today (Walmart) and chopped away whenever I had time, and boy, those crates are filling up pretty fast!  But now, I am looking at that patterned paper in a completely different light, it's like, wow, now I can actually do something with it!  But do yourself a favour and check out her post as she has another cool idea for the scrap strips.

Sorry for the long post.  Off to cut some more!


Trinh said...

Love this beautiful design, Brenda! The softness of the flower against the kraft is wonderful.

Rosemary said...

your card is so beautiful, brenda! i love how you created your own version of "poppy poem" stamp... very creative!!

Dawn said...

Gorgeous Brenda. Gossamer is one of my favourites from PB. I often do the cutting down of my 12x12's - great for Websters Pages as you can get 4 quite unique pieces.

Mariana Grigsby said...

Brenda, this card is fabulous!!! :) love the colors!

Virginia L. said...

So beautiful, Brenda! Love your stamping !!

Jacqueline said...

This is so gorgeous! Very appealing!
Now you have your own digi-stamp. Sometimes when I experiment like this I scan it and print it out on patterned paper for a different effect. Have a nice weekend Brenda!

Monica said...

So subtle and elegant. The paper matches perfectly. What a great job with crayon there.

xxx Monica

Anne said...

This is so pretty Brenda- love how you made your own version of the PB stamp! I love the PB stamps too and would like to have many more as well :)

Stella said...

You created a beauty. The idea and design are brilliant and I love the addition of patterned paper too.

I also cut my 12x12 papers to 6x6. You get a much better look and idea what to do with it :)
Have a great weekend!

Sue Lelli said...

Okay, I guess I'm going out to buy some bins and start cutting, too!!! LOVE your card! LOVE LOVE LOVE the flower and the text! GORGEOUS!

Lisa said...

So pretty Brenda! I love how it looks soft and shadowy with the flowers in white- beautiful with the writing in the bg panel. Just a really pretty card :)

Michelle said...

Fabulous! I love the technique you used to 'fade' the image!
I too have tons and tons of 12x12 paper!! You and I should have a paper swap! Let me know if you are interested!

Cath said...

Hey Brenda! Thanks yet again for linking up to the Fanatical About Botanical challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you've found it to be so inspiring! :)