Friday, February 3, 2017

Sending Hugs and Kisses Card

Penny Black Stamps:
Flower Gallery 30-031 clear stamp set
Special Thoughts 30-338 clear stamp set
Die:  Dots & Swirls
Tim Holtz distress inks, Memento ink
Tombow dual brush markers
Copic marker
White embossing powder/Versa Mark ink
Clarity stencil brushes
Misty tool

For my card, I used linen texture card stock.  I picked up a box of this in Walmart a year or so ago. It was inexpensive, and the texture is lovely.  I also purchased a box of the cream linen.  It is a pretty light weight stock, so I usually mount my panel to a 110# card base.
Using my Misty, I stamped and embossed the flower onto Bristol card stock.  I always use the Misty when stamping on textured paper, so that I can ink two or three times for optimum coverage.
I water colored the flowers with the Tombow markers and a watercolor brush, then fussy-cut them.

On the linen card, I used my Clarity Brush to add a soft strip of abandoned coral distress ink about a third of the way up, fading out for a soft, blended look.  I used a scrap of white to cut the scroll die (I really love this die, and use it often).  I adhered the die over the stronger colored area, the added the flowers, using foam tape to give them dimension and interest.  The verse is stamped with Memento rich cocoa ink, again on the Misty.  

I thought it could use just a little something, but I didn't want sequins, so I got creative and made my own embellishments. I added intermittent large  and small dots with my light prawn Copic marker, then topped them with a drop of Glossy Accents.  They look like little plastic dot gems.

I am adding my card to the Penny Black Saturday Challenge, where the theme is Anything Goes! 

I am also adding it to:

Thanks so much for stopping in today.  It's a bitter cold day here, and I'm so thankful for my nice warm home, and time to create in my little craft room.  Life is good!

I have finally organized my Zentangle supplies (pens, papers, yadda, yadda) into a great little bag I found, which houses them perfectly and compactly.  Now it travels with me almost everywhere I go, so I always have something to do while waiting at doctors offices, etc.  I haven't done a tangle in a while, and it is calling to me.  This afternoon, after a cuppa with the hubby, I'm going to play with Zentangle.  Stay tuned for a post soon.




  1. Need some advice using my brushes..circular motions? Start with small brush? I have pan pastels but do you prefer distress over pastels ??? Eager to try but nervous. How do u clean? With drop of detergent & water after each use Thanx so your card!!❣❣


      Thank you Suze. To answer your questions, I've attached a link above to the Clarity video which shows the technique for using these brushes. I think the most important thing is to brush off some of the color on scrap paper before bringing it to your card. I like the distress inks with mine, as I love their blending abilities. Haven't tried pan pastels with them, so I can't speak to how well they work with the brushes. I have four sets of four of the brushes, so with 16 brushes, I never need to clean them, as I dedicate a brush to each color for yellows, one reds, etc. if I use a brush in a different medium, such as pigment ink, I just wash gently with some soap and water, rinsing well. Do not dry them standing up with the bristols up, as you do not want water to rest in the binding section of the brush. Hope this helps. The video is quite good, and gives some ideas. These brushes are one of the most used and best purchases I have made for stamping supplies, next to my Misty, in years!

  2. Wow--this is just stunning! Love your coloring, the soft stenciled ink, the gorgeous PB flowers & die and your creative embellishments! So glad you joined us at PBSC!

  3. Stunning card! Love those beautiful flowers! Wonderful coloring too!

    Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!


  4. Very pretty! Very nice blending on the linen card stock. Thank you for joining Sunday Stamps this week.

  5. You card just seems to jump with vintage Victorian appeal. Great Job.


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