Holiday Gift Tags

HEY FRIENDS! Today I’ve switched gears to make some holiday tags for gift packages. I recently purchased a new to me Penny Black stamp set called Jolly Follies — I have a soft spot for all of the Penny Black critter images — so I paired it with a few Avery Elle stamps from my stash as well as a large layer tag die also from Avery Elle. As always, I’ve linked supplies with compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.

Rowhouse Greetings | Jolly Follies by Penny Black and Merry Circle Tags by Avery Elle

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Tag 1

Rowhouse Greetings | Jolly Follies by Penny Black and Merry Circle Tags by Avery Elle

COPICS: E30, E31, E33, E35, E37 (mouse); B12, B24, B26, B39 (scarf); R17, R27, R39 (bow); C3, C5, C7 (lamp); V20, BG10, B000, B41 (snow)

Tag 2

Rowhouse Greetings | Jolly Follies by Penny Black and Merry Circle Tags by Avery Elle

COPICS: B000, B41 (snow); YR04 (carrot); E23 (branches); C3, C5, C7 (hat); R17, R27, R39 (hat band, scarf & mittens); R27, YG03, YG17, YG67 (stocking)

Tag 3

Rowhouse Greetings | Jolly Follies by Penny Black and Merry Circle Tags by Avery Elle

COPICS: R17, R27, R39 (ribbon); R27 (berries); YG03, YG17, YG67 (holly leaves); Y21, Y26, Y28, E23 (bells); B000, B00, B01 (dress); R20, E30, E31, E33, E35, E37 (mouse)

For each tag, I used the largest tag die in the Easy Layer Tag Die set to cut the background from Hammermill smooth cardstock. The images from the Jolly Follies stamp set were stamped using Hero Arts Intense Black Ink. I used sentiments from the Merry Circle Tags stamp set which I stamped using Versafine Claire in Nocturne. I used the “To” and “From” stamps from the Jingle stamp set. I added clear Wink of Stella to embellish the snow on the lamp in Tag 1 and the bells in Tag 3.

Since the Copic ink bleeds through the paper, I cut another tag from Neenah cardstock to glue to the back. For the third tag, I also stamped all the sentiments on the back since they were not used on the front.

That’s all for today!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies

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Golden Dance by Penny Black

HEY FRIENDS! I took a break from making holiday cards to color up a stamp set by Penny Black called Golden Dance. I’ve had my eye on this stamp for awhile because I love its simplicity. So I decided it was a sign when I found both the stamp AND its coordinating die while I was out shopping at Shady Lane Impressions in Pennsylvania. This is a fabulous family owned craft store located in Honeybrook, Pennsylvania. They really have a little bit of everything in stock so it was quite a shopping experience! As always, I’ve linked supplies with compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.

Rowhouse Greetings | Golden Dance by Penny Black

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I stamped the image on Hammermill cardstock using Hero Arts Intense Black Ink and colored the image with Copic markers (see list below). Once the image was colored, I used the coordinating die to cut out the image.

I created an A2 top folding cardbase from Neenah Classic Crest cardstock and added a layer of design paper. I cut a piece of white cardstock using the second largest die in the Stitches of Love Rectangle die set and stamped the sentiment in the lower right corner using Versafine Clair ink in Nocturne. I applied foam adhesive squares to the back of the colored image and assembled the layers as shown.

That’s all for today!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies

COPICS: R17, R27, R39, Y38, T5 (flowers); YG03, YG17, YG67 (leaf combo 1); YG61, YG63, YG67 (leaf combo 2); T1, T3, T5, T7 (pail)

Rowhouse Greetings | Golden Dance by Penny Black | Color Map

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Brush Stroke Stamps by Penny Black

HEY FRIENDS! I’ve been cleaning up my studio and going through my stash. Since I now make samples for multiple companies my stamp and die collection grows quickly. I have limited time for crafting, so my designer deadlines are always the priority, but when there is a lull, I like to circle back and look through my personal stash for stamps that that have gotten lost in the shuffle. I love the Brush Stroke Stamps by Penny Black so they were perfect for what I had in mind.

As always, I’ve linked supplies with compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.

Today’s Project

Rowhouse Greetings | At Grace by Penny Black | Softly by Penny Black

I also seem to have a growing collection of waterbased markers. I suffer from full set syndrome so I can’t just buy a few markers of any given brand. Eventually, I have to have them all! I was pretty proud of myself that I’ve been getting by with only 12 Zig Clean Brush Markers. However, on Saturday, I went to the Creative Keepsakes Convention in Lancaster and at the very last display in the very last booth I came across individual Zig markers for sale. I was good – I was offered a great deal on a full set, but I stuck to expanding my current set to 24 markers, plus a handful of new colors not found in the sets. But I also had $30 in vouchers from Michaels, so I added to my collection of Tombow Dual Tip Markers.

<sigh> Did I mention that I already have a full set of Karin Brushmarkers? And let’s not forget my 358 Copic markers. Luckily I don’t feel the need (for now!) to try out all the new brands of alcohol markers.

Card 1 – At Grace

Rowhouse Greetings | At Grace by Penny Black

AT GRACE
Size: 4.25: x 5.5″
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Card 2 – Softly

Rowhouse Greetings | Softly by Penny Black

SOFTLY
Size: 4.25: x 5.5″
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So I looked through my stamp stash to find a few stamps that I could use with my water based markers and settled on a couple of older Brush Stroke stamps from Penny Black. These stamps are perfect for direct to stamp coloring. I did not videotape my coloring, but I did watch a lot of Penny Black & Jill (PB & J) videos on YouTube to see how it’s done. Here’s an example of the technique for creating one layer stamping using Tombow markers.

Both cards were made the same way. I started with a piece of Canson Montvale Watercolor Paper cut to 4.25″ x 5.5″ and stuck it in my Misti Stamping Platform. This is a situation where you really need to use a Misti because you will be stamping the image repeatedly as you work through the colors.

I positioned the Brush Stroke stamp in place (either At Grace or Softly) and used Karin Brushmarkers to apply ink to the various elements of the stamp. As you’ll see from the instructions below, I colored on the leaves and flowers in separate steps.

For the sake of simplicity, I’ll explain the remaining steps using the first card (At Grace) as an example:

  1. With the watercolor paper and the stamp in place in the Misti, apply ink to the leaves, working from light to dark.
    I started with 210 Apple Green as a base coat on all of the leaves and stems and added 228 Lush Green to the darker areas such as the base of the leaves.
  2. Lightly mist the stamp with water and stamp the image.
    The ink will dry on the stamp so you will need to lightly mist the stamp to reactivate the ink. I used the Distress Sprayer and held it several inches away from the stamp while spraying.a
  3. Use a waterbrush to lightly spread the ink, filling in areas of the stamped image as necessary. My favorite waterbrush is the Zig Medium Waterbrush. It’s hard to find, but it’s the one that I keep going back to (and stock up when I find them!).
  4. Apply ink to the flowers, working from light to dark.
    I started with 264 Artic Blue as a base coat and added 207 Cyan to the darker areas such as the base of the petals.
  5. Lightly mist the stamp with water and stamp the image.
    Wash, rinse, repeat as needed.
  6. Take a good look at what you’ve got so far.
    If it looks OK, move on. I decided that I needed more depth and definition in the flowers so I added 305 Egyptian Blue to the deepest parts of the flowers or anywhere that needed a little more definition between petals. A little goes a long way so just a few dots of color and then blend it as needed.

Honestly – go look at the video from Penny Black. What I just tried to explain will make more sense when you see it done by Jill Foster. Next time, I’ll turn on the camera!

Once all the coloring was complete, I trimmed the watercolor panel to 4″ x 5.25″, stamped a sentiment from Happy Thoughts stamp set using Versafine Clare in Nocturne. If desired, you can sprinkle clear embossing powder over the sentiment and heat set it. and backed it with foam tape. I cut a piece of Simon Says Stamp cardstock in Fog Gray to 4.25″ x 5.5″ and glued it to an A2 cardbase made from Neenah Classic Crest 110# cardstock. I assembled the layers as shown. The second card featuring the Softly Brush Stroke stamp was completed the same way.

Rowhouse Greetings | At Grace by Penny Black | Softly by Penny Black

That’s all for me today! If anyone is looking for me, I’ll be rummaging through my stash for the next project!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies

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Dazzling Daffodils by Penny Black

HEY FRIENDS! It’s almost spring! Really! Never mind that snow storm headed our way this weekend. The calendar says that it’s almost spring and I’m going with it. My husband can’t wait to work on the garden. Since we primarily plant annuals, we’ll have to wait a another month or so for it to be warm enough at night to safely plant, but in the meantime I can color a few dazzling daffodils! As always, I’ve linked the supplies below with compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.

Rowhouse Greetings | Dazzling Daffodils by Penny Black

Today’s project features:

I’ve got a Copic coloring video below so all the coloring details are there. I was aiming for a soft, watercolor look so I kept the colors to a minimum. Since we don’t have a white Copic marker, the trick is to color the contours and shadows, but you have to watch that you don’t end up with a blue daffodil!

That’s it for me today! See you again soon!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies for Dazzling Daffodils

COPICS: BV20, RV32, RV34, RV52, BG70, BG72, B60, B63

Rowhouse Greetings | Dazzling Daffodils by Penny Black | Color Map

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Dreams of Love by Penny Black

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! Today I’ve got another card using the same technique to stamp an image with Copic markers. This time I’m featuring the cling stamp Dreams of Love by Penny Black which features a beautiful old fashioned rose. Since I explained the how-tos of this technique in a previous post, I’m going to link to it to save time.

Rowhouse Greetings | Dreams of Love by Penny Black

Once the main image was complete, I inked the Vintage Postcard stamp from Penny Black with Versafine Clare ink in Fallen Leaves and stamped the image. The sentiment is from the Million Thanks stamp set also by Penny Black and it was stamped with Versafine Clare ink in Nocturne.

Rowhouse Greetings | Dreams of Love by Penny Black

Hope you found some inspiration. Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you again soon!

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Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock by Crafter’s Companion; Bazzill Basics in Date Swirl
Stamps: Dreams of Love by Penny Black; Vintage Postcard by Penny Black; Million Thanks by Penny Black
Dies: A2 Matting Basics B by Spellbinders
Inks: Versafine Clare in Nocturne and Fallen Leaves by Tsukineko
Copics: RV63, RV66, R24 (flowers); BG72, BG75 (leaves); Colorless Blender Refill