Saturday, March 7, 2020

Spring Card With Distress Oxides Background, Stencil, and Die

Happy Friday!  Today I have a card for the Penny Black Saturday Challenge.  This month we are celebrating spring, with a Think Spring optional theme.  If you do not have any spring-like Penny Black stamps, don't worry.  The theme every month is Anything Goes.  The Think Spring theme is optional, and since I cannot stop thinking about and hoping for spring soon, here is my very 'springy' card....

I used Penny Black stamps, die, and stencil to create my card today.  Many of these are older, and I do not have links to them, for which I apologize.  But, the idea is here, and you can use what stamps/dies etc. you have to create a similar effect.  I do have a link for the stamp used on the inside of the card.  It is from the Penny Black Gifts From Above set.  This is one of my all-time favorite PB stamp sets.

For the background, I rubbed distress oxide inks onto a piece of card stock, and spritzed with water.  I used a sponge applicator to create the streaks on the background.  I repeated adding color and running the sponge diagonally across the card stock panel, until I achieved my desired look.  When this was dry, I placed the floral stencil over the panel, and brushed pink distress ink through the stencil onto the background.

For the smaller background panel, I used an acrylic stamp block.  I added some distress inks from the ink pads onto the block, spritzed it, and tapped it onto a piece of watercolor paper.  I repeated until it looked finished.  

I added both panels to a white A2 card front.  I cut the butterfly die from pink card stock, then traced it and fussy cut the shape, and placed it under the die cut.  I rubbed some pink distress ink onto the die cut butterfly to give it more definition.  I added this element to the card front over the background pieces.
I added the verse panel and three little pearls to finish the card front.

Be sure to check out the other designer's cards on the Penny Black Saturday Challenge blog.  We have had some very talented new designers join us, so please do stop by and say hello!

I am adding my card to these other challenges:
Make My Monday - In the pink
Penny Black At Allsorts - Spring flowers (on the background)
Simon Says Stamp Wed. Challenge - Something feminine 
The Daily Marker 30 Day Color Challenge

I hope you like my card, and I hope you are inspired to enter our challenge this month.  You just might win a gift certificate to our sponsor, 1,2,3 Stitch!  Hope to see your entry soon!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.  Enjoy your weekend!



  1. Hi Lynda
    Fabulous card love the colour..
    Hugs Sylvie xx

  2. Gorgeous card Lynda -love the bold fresh colours!
    Helen x

  3. Simply beautiful. The colors are so well combined. tfs

  4. Thanks for joining Penny Black & More @ Allsorts challenge, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  5. Wow, your stencil monoprint is stunning! The colours are very springy and that huge, gorgeous butterfly... yay! xx

  6. Great card! Thanks for sharing with us at Make My Monday. Perfect for our "In the Pink" theme!

    Make My Monday Design Team

  7. Great interpretation of In The Pink. Thanks for playing along with us at Make My Monday Challenge. Looking forward to seeing your creative projects in the future galleries again. And sorry for the late comment.

  8. What a beautiful background you've created for the gorgeous butterfly! Gorgeous card:)

  9. What a gorgeous creation, Lynda! Beautiful background! I hope you are safe and well. Take care! :)


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