April 15, 2011

Spring Charm

Today’s crafting recipe is a couple parts rubber stamping with a dash of stickers and a pinch of distressing. 

(All stamps and stickers by Penny Black)

Below each photograph is the “recipe” for each card which includes how to create 3-D effects with stickers, make custom gold cardstock, “tapestry” stamping and altering brads.  At the end of the post, I have listed all the supplies for an at-a-glance reference. 

To You From Me 

  • Create a 3 x 5 card with a top fold from tan cardstock.  (Fold so the tan is on the inside/white on the outside.)
  • Stamp Letter Background diagonally across the top 2/3 rds. of the card with Peeled Paint Distress Ink.
  • Randomly add stamped postage marks with Vintage Sepia Ink.
  • Highlight with Peeled Paint and Worn Lipstick.
  • Spray the front of the card with Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz and set aside.
  • This card uses two Spring Charm sticker sheets.  Peel one full daisy sticker from the sheet and place on white cardstock and trim on the green border.
  • Stamp sentiment with Black StazOn.
  • Mat image with rectangles of gold and brown cardstocks and adhere to the front of the prepared card with dimensional foam.  (The gold cardstock was created by rubbing Gold Metallic StazOn on the edges of white cardstock.)
  • Trim the daisy bloom from the second sheet of stickers.  Remove the backing and place dimensional foam on the back.  Dust the other exposed sticky areas with baby powder.  Remove the backing from the foam and attach to the card.
  • Accent the center of the daisy with black and yellow Glaze Pens and while wet, sprinkle with micro fine crystal glitter.
  • Accent the dragonfly wings with Crystal stickles.

Inside:  Distress edges with Vintage Photo.  Stamp a small portion of  “Words Like Flowers” along the edge with Vintage Sepia and heat emboss with clear powder.


  • Create a 3 ¼ x 4 ½ card with a top fold from cream cardstock.  Ink edges with Peeled Paint and Worn Lipstick.  Set aside.
  • Blend Peeled Paint, Dried Marigold and Worn Lipstick randomly across a 3 x 4 ¼-inch piece of white cardstock. 
  • Stamp leaf design with Vintage Sepia over the blended inks then spray the cardstock with Copper Sheer Shimmer Spritz.
  • Accent the leaves with black dots to create a “tapestry” design.
  • Add another layer of Peeled Paint, Worn Lipstick and Vintage Photo to create additional depth.
  • “Grunge” a piece of yellow ribbon with Vintage Photo ink and wrap around the left edge of the “tapestry” cardstock.
  • Attach to the front of the prepared card with dimensional foam.
  • Remove the sticker and place on white cardstock and trim even with the edges of the sticker.
  • Mat sticker with “grunged” white cardstock and black cardstock.
  • Stamp sentiment on a small “grunged” jewelry tag and attach to the matted artwork with a brad. (Color a silver brad with a Copic, pounce with VersaMark Watermark ink, sprinkle with Aged Mahogany embossing powder and heat set.)
  • Adhere the artwork to the front of the card on a slight angle using dimensional foam.
  • Lightly accent the flowers with Crystal Stickles.

Two of my favorite tips for working with stickers are:
1) Mount stickers to white cardstock and trim.  This gives the sticker a nice thickness which also makes it easier to center or mat onto other cardstocks. 
2) After removing a sticker image (or custom trimming one) placing dimensional foam on the back and then dusting the remaining exposed sticky area with baby powder or cornstarch.  This allows you to create dimensional embellishments.

Begining on Monday, I will be designing for the Penny Black Blog for four days!

Have a great weekend,

Penny Black Stickers:  Spring Charm (10-210)
Penny Black "Mix & Match" Cardstock:  Storm 01-001, 01-003, Sticks & Stones 02-003
Tsukineko: Onyx Black VersaFine, Vintage Sepia VersaFine, Gold Metallic StazOn, Jet Black StazOn, VersaMark Watermark, Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz, Copper Sheer Shimmer Spritz, Jumbo Sponge Daubers
Ranger: Worn Lipstick, Dried Marigold, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo, Aged Mahogany Distress Embossing Powder, Crystal Stickles
American Crafts:  Yellow/White Checked Ribbon
Tombow:  Stamp Runner Permanent Adhesive
Sakura:  Yellow & Black Glaze Pens, Black Micron Pen
3M Scotch:  Dimensional Foam
Art Glitter:  Micro Fine Crystal
Avery:  Jewelry Tag
Silver Brad