Countdown to Christmas: Jill

As the fall leaves tumble away and snowflakes softly make their sparkly appearance, join us as we feature cards for the approaching Christmas season.  We have lots of of holly jolly jingle joy to share with you. 

My cards today feature Penny Black's new Slapstick/Cling stamp, Restful.  I had a blast creating this set of four cards using the same techniques on each card but mixing up the color schemes. 

For full supplies and the how-to, please see the video below. (And don't forget to subscribe to the Penny Black YouTube Channel so you don't miss any future videos from me- I post all of mine there.) 

Watch directly on YouTube HERE




I hope as you are counting down to Christmas that you are also finding time to enjoy some "restful" moments, too! 


Out & About with Jill: Ellen Hutson 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist

I'm so excited to announce that today I am...
on the Ellen Hutson blog participating in the 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist blogging event.  And for those of you who have found your way here from EH-- welcome!

It's an honor for me to sharing a tag created using this sketch by the talented Lisa Adametz.  (Speaking of, don't forget to head over to the EH blog to see Lisa's incredible tag featuring this same sketch.) 
So here's my take featuring Penny Black stamps and dies.
My cute critter (Penny Black 30-447 Hedgy Joy cut with matching die, 51-389 Hedgy Joy Cut Out) was stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink onto watercolor paper and then painted with Sakura Koi watercolors. 
To embellish the circular element of this design, I painted the beautiful berries and leaves die (Penny Black 51-373 Berry Branch) with Sakura Koi watercolors.  Once dry, I also added a touch of Memento Bamboo Leaves ink to the leaves using a Tsukineko Jumbo Sponge Dauber.  TIP: To give the leaves even more added dimension, I cut a second set of leaves and glued the painted ones right on top of these creating a double layer/thickness.  It really adds a lot in real life. 
Of course, this cute critter needs something to gaze up at, so for this focal point I die cut and layered a bright poinsettia (Penny Black 51-378 Layered Poinsettia).  It was also painted with Sakura Koi watercolors and, once dry, inked with Lilac Posies and Cantaloupe Memento Inks using sponge daubers.
A couple of extra poinsettias were used to embellish the tag.  Additionally, I trimmed the stitched border pieces from panels cut using Penny Black's 51-375 Snowflake Stitch Frame.  The background of the tag was inked with Lilac Posies Memento ink. I just love that shade of pink.  Oh, and the sentiment? It's included in the Hedgy Joy cut out die... a fun little bonus! 
Thanks again for stopping by today.  And if you are a new visitor, I hope you'll take a minute to take a look around the "Studio" which I'm proud to share with my talented blogging buddy, Elizabeth Allan. (You can read more about our approach to blogging HERE.) 

And don't forget to head on over to the Ellen Hutson CLASSroom blog to join in the fun there and see a complete supply list for my tag!



Countdown to Christmas: Elizabeth

As the fall leaves tumble away and snowflakes softly make their sparkly appearance, join us as we feature cards for the approaching Christmas season.  We have lots of of holly jolly jingle joy to share with you. 


It's not Christmas without some cute trees...


These little cards were made with Penny Black's Modern Xmas Tree (51-400) die, Full of Merriment (30-444) sentiment set and Wintertime (80-012) designer paper pad.

They were made identically except for the UTEE (ultra thick embossing enamel) that was heat embossed onto the trees which are on the card on the left.

Stay tuned as Jill decks the halls with her colorful holiday magic!



Countdown to Christmas: Jill

As the fall leaves tumble away and snowflakes softly make their sparkly appearance, join us as we feature cards for the approaching Christmas season.  We have lots of of holly jolly jingle joy to share with you. 

Adding a beautiful miniature Christmas village to my holiday decor is still on my bucket list... but until then, this Creative Die set from Penny Black will work just fine. :) 
For full supplies and the how-to, please see the video below. (And don't forget to subscribe to the Penny Black YouTube Channel so you don't miss any future videos from me- I post all of mine there.) 


Watch directly on YouTube HERE.

Before you go, here's a second version using the same supplies, but just mixing up the color scheme and layout.
And don't forget, our countdown to Christmas continues... I can't wait to see what Elizabeth has for us next!



Countdown to Christmas: Elizabeth

As the fall leaves tumble away and snowflakes softly make their sparkly appearance, join us as we feature cards for the approaching Christmas season.  We have lots of of holly jolly jingle joy to share with you. 


More sweet moments to share....


After stamping the poinsettia several times with a Misti and Memento Markers, additional colors and shading were added with Faber Castel Pitt Pastel Pencils.  A gray Copic marker created the shadow around the image.

Next, the sentiment was stamped in Onyx Black VersaFine and then the piece was matted with gold paper.

The burgundy card base was stamped with a mosaic pattern with VersaMark Watermark ink.  A little bit of patterned designer paper acts as a ribbon between the card base and artwork.

Stamps by Penny BlackRed Delight 40-573, Sweetest Moments 30-436, 
Mosaic Pattern 40-563, Holiday Trimmings 80-013 (designer paper)

More holly-jolly fun coming soon from Jill!


Countdown to Christmas: Jill

As the fall leaves tumble away and snowflakes softly make their sparkly appearance, join us as we feature cards for the approaching Christmas season.  We have lots of of holly jolly jingle joy to share with you. 


As I'm counting down to Christmas, I am thoroughly enjoying Penny Black's Peaceful Winter collection.  This polar bear die is from this collection and the perfect foreground element for an inky background... my fav!

For full supplies and the how-to, please see the video below. (And don't forget to subscribe to the Penny Black YouTube Channel so you don't miss any future videos from me- I post all of mine there.) 


Watch directly on YouTube HERE

I think my favorite is the brown bear scene.
Either way, these were such fun to create.

Countdown to Christmas: Elizabeth

As the fall leaves tumble away and snowflakes softly make their sparkly appearance, join us as we feature cards for the approaching Christmas season.  We have lots of of holly jolly jingle joy to share with you. 


For friends and family across the miles...



For this design, the frame was created by heat embossing the holly sprig in gold.  Different shades of Metallic Rub-Ons were applied by fingertip.  During the application, the embossed holly sprigs were wiped with a soft cloth to remove the blended color.  The finished frame was coated with gel medium.  When dry, Crystal Stickles were used to highlight the holly and a white gel pen created the small tiny white dots.

The artwork under the frame is a larger holly sprig stamped in Desert Sand Memento ink on watercolor paper.  Definition and color were enhanced with Caran D'ache watercolor crayons.  To seal the colors, the piece was sprayed with Krylon Clear Gloss Acrylic Coating.  When dry, the sentiment was stamped in Onyx Black VersaFine and heat embossed with clear powder.

Stamps by Penny BlackHolly Sprig 40-578, A Festive Season 30-442, 
        Joy & Happiness 30-440