Playful | Penny Black

HEY FRIENDS! Just a quick post today. I’m getting ready for vacation, although the destination is suddenly up in the air. We’re supposed to be going to the Grand Canyon next week, but if there’s a government shutdown, all the national parks will close so we’re scrambling to come up with an alternate vacation just in case. So I’m spending LOTS of time online doing research to see what we can book quickly. But for now, I wanted to take a few minutes to show you a recent project featuring the Playful stamp set by Penny Black. As always, I’ve linked supplies with compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.

Rowhouse Greetings | Playful by Penny Black

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Rowhouse Greetings | Playful by Penny Black

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Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads


COPICS: R30, R32, R35, Y35, Y38 (flowers); YG01, YG03, YG17 (leaves)

Rowhouse Greetings | Playful by Penny Black | Color Map

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6 thoughts on “Playful | Penny Black

  1. This is so beautiful – and I especially waant to thank you for always laying out the Copic colors that you used. To me, picking out the right colors is almost the harest part of the whole project! So your sharing theme with us is such a big help – THANK YOU! I do have a question. How do you do the background color (Antique Linen)? Do you mask? (Yuk!) Do you do it before hand? Do you do it at the end? And HOW??!! I am always so stumped by this! Thanks so much, Nancy!

    1. I have a hard time picking colors as well! The background is masked and I used the masking stencils from Taylored Expressions which makes it much easier to create the rectangle. You can also mask off the background using a low tack tape, but here the stencils work well. Once the masking stencil was in place, I used a domed foam blender and carefully worked around the image. Since I used Distress Ink instead of Distress Oxide, I knew that I could color over any ink blending that spilled over onto the image. The color was light enough to be hidden by the Copic coloring and the ink wouldn’t interact with the markers.

      I didn’t mask the image in this case, but I do if I want the full background to be colored. Take a look at this video for an image from Colorado Craft Company and you’ll see how I did it by masking off the image as well as the background with low tack tape:

      Hope that helps!

      1. Well, it sure doesn’t look like you have difficulty in picking out colors. Everything you do is so beautiful. Times like this when I realized how much I still have to learn. I am going to try doing what you did here. Now that I am examining it, I can see sort of a halo around it and it looks really pretty! Thank you so much Nancy for taking the time to answer me and to include the video showing the mask. And for explaining this card in such detail, I really appreciate it.

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