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Sunday, 6 February 2011

Love Is...Simply Create...A Penny Black Sketch

card standing

close-up showing texture & inking of hearts
decorating the initial "steps"

close-up showing stamped images with glittering
of bees' wings

close-up showing hedgehog & texture
of cardstock used for flowers

close-up of floral spray & decorative corner

back of card

close-up of handwritten sentiment
(click on photos to enlarge)

After a couple of hours trying to photograph my project & producing the above photos I gave up & held the card in my hand - apologies for the thumb - but at least the following photo shows the shimmer of the cardstock & the glitter on the bees' wings plus how I have interpreted the sketch.

Challenges Entered

The sketch is that provided for the first weekly Penny Black Reader Challenge & my colours plus theme reflect the mood board in the Simply Create Challenge. Penny Black Saturday Challenge Week 137 requires the completion of the phrase "Love Is......" on the front or inside of the card & "Say it with Flowers" is the Penny Black @ Allsorts February Challenge

Penny Black is another of the companies whose stamps have kept catching my eye over the past year, probably because I like working with both cute & traditional images. Penny Black has a very good variety of both, including hedgehogs & mice which I have come to love colouring. Santa's elves caught sight of two stamp sets purchased just prior to Christmas & magicked them away to be wrapped & four sets which I found in a Sale arrived last week.

I wanted to make some kind of stepper card using the sketch & this card is what I came up with after fiddling about with the Scor-Buddy & an A4 sheet of cardstock (tutorial/measurements to come HERE).

My hedgehog is from Penny Black's "Wonderful" set & the bees from the "Hugs" set. They are stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black & coloured using Derwent Artists Pencils with paper stumps & Sansodor. The glitter on the bees' wings is Stickles Crystal Ice. I've also used Stickles (Dark Blue) for the centres of the flowers in the floral spray which is made using a number of flower punches & a leaf punch (all Woodware). The horizontal cross strip has been punched with a Martha Stewart border punch & the decorative corners made using a Fiskars punch. Again Woodware punches were used for all the hearts which have been inked with Fired Brick Distress Ink. Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink was used for inking the flowers & various other cardstock edges. Excepting the Southfields textured white linen effect cardstock used for the steps & flowers the cardstock is all from stash.


Donalda said...

Oh hon this is just breath taking !!! So love all the detail in your card with all the hearts. Just gorgeous dear. Hugs

louise said...

Hi Paula this is just 'Wow' loving all the hearts, thanks for joining us at Penny Black at Allsorts.
Louise xx

Lorraine said...

oh wow Paula this is so beautiful i love those textured hearts they are lush and your colouring is gorgeous as alaways,hope your ok i eventually ordered my brayer today but apparantly i have no dye inks so there on the list next lol thankyou for inspiring me with your gorgeous brayering tips and techniques i can't wait to try some and what card do you use please hun
take care thinking of you xx

Elaine said...

Oh Paula, this is simply stunning!
A very sweet image, and those rows of hearts with the inked edges are so eye catching. Simple yet very very effective.

Love Elaine xx

kath said...

love your gorgeous stepper card paula..thanks for joining in the fun at Simply Create and hey a big big welcome to Penny Black Saturday with your great take on the challenge...we hope to see you often with your new Penny Blacks...hugs kath xxx

Wrightboysmum said...

Thanks for joining in the fun with us at Simply Create. Lovely card.

Mervi said...

Hej Paula!
Gorgeous folding and those millions of hearts, very lovely card.

Thanks for playing with us
at Penny Black @ Allsorts;-))m

Jules said...

Hi Paula

What a lovely creation (I have a soft spot for hearts LOL!!).

Great layout and use of your lovely image.

Love your flowers and your handwriting is just amazing. I wish I could write as bautifully!!

Thank you for sharing with Penny Black at Allsorts this month.

Love Jules xx

Jane said...

Hi Paula this is lovely....I love all the little hearts!
good luck!!xx

Shirley said...

I love how you have taken a fairly small image and used it to make a fabulous Valentine card Paula. Your take on the sketch is great and your image is really cute.
Thank you for sharing your lovely work with us at Penny Black at Allsorts and we hope you will join us next month.


Violets Corner said...

This is simply fabulous, there's so many things I love about it, the hearts, the flowers and the way you created the stepper card...

Thanks for sharing at Penny Black at Allsorts.


Kat said...

Gorgeous card Paula. Great take on the Simply Create challenge and thanks for joining us.

Kat x

Tasha said...

Oh this is so beautiful Paula, i love the inked hearts and gorgeous image you used
love tasha xx

Linda said...

Paula This is just FAB!! I love every little element on this card. Anyone receiving this would be bowled over!! xx

debby4000 said...

Wonderful, cute card Paula, love all the hearts.
Thanks for joining us at Penny Black Saturday this week.

Sarah (UKS Smelly) said...

Wonderful Card, well done. I just love all those inked hearts

Annie said...

look at all those hearts! such a 'loved up' card Paula, with this cute little hedgie!
hugs, annie x

Ellie said...

What a darling card! Super cute image and I love the hearts!

Thank you so much for sharing with us at penny black at all sorts, hope to see you again soon!

Wendy Ramlakhan said...

WOW, this is so beautiful Paula. I've never even attempted to create a stair step card. I've become a big fan of Penny Black as well, just haven't bought any yet. I really love how you've used the hearts and your coloring is really AMAZING!! So much texture colored into that sweet little hedgehog. :)

sparklygirl-Tina said...

Hi Paula

Love your stepper card - thanks for showing us the measurements too! Thanks for joining us over at the Simply Create challenge and good luck.


Tracy said...

Fab Entry, thanks for joining Penny Black @ Allsorts challenge, Good luck.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Janie Printz said...

Simply wonderful !!! LOVE that great step card & how you added the beautiful inked hearts.
GREAT look & beautiful creation.
Hugs, Janie

Simply Create said...

Thanks for taking part with us and love your card, so pretty x