Sunday, January 14, 2018

Birthday Berries

Good morning, peeps!  It's a lovely, sunny day, albeit frigid!  Church was a bit sparse this morning.  I suspect many people didn't want to brave the cold.  The sunshine this morning gave me a much needed boost.  I came home and immediately got into my 'comfy, not for public' clothes.  Short of pj's, there's nothing better.  

So, first things first, I wanted to get this blog post done, then it's up to my art studio to create some more.  Today's card features an awesome stamp from Penny Black.  Actually two stamps:  berry kissed 40-492, and special thoughts clear set 30-338.
I used my Misti and some Strathmore bristol smooth paper to stamp and watercolor the berry branch.  My technique is to ink the stamp in my Misti with a very light color.  Usually I use antique linen in the Tim Holtz distress inks.  Next, I use distress mini ink pads and/or markers to 'ink' up the various areas.  After inking, I use a watercolor brush and a little water to paint the areas, and add details and highlights.  I repeat stamping and watercoloring several times until I get the look I'm going for.  

When dry, I use my Faber Castell polychromos colored pencils to add the final details, such as deep shadows and stronger highlights.

The spatters are made with FineTec gold paints, flicked on with a brush.  The verse is embossed with Ranger gold embossing powder, as is the panel along the left edge.  
Here's a close-up of the spatters and coloring details....

Penny Black At Allsorts  - Something new (berry stamp)

Penny Black Saturday Challenge  - Anything goes!

Allsorts Challenge - No patterned papers

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Winter blues
I hope you are able to relax today, and spend some quiet time, reading or doing what you love.  Or go out and enjoy the sunshine.  Whatever your 'thing' is, make some time to refresh your spirit.  



  1. A work of art Lynda, gorgeous stamping and coloring and love the golden splatter. Thanks so much for sharing with us this week/month at Allsorts and Penny Black and More challenges!

  2. Stunning Lynda! I've been meaning to use this stamp. Now I feel inspired:)

  3. Beautiful coloring on this! I have several of these lovely PB stamps and haven't been brave enough to try this kind of coloring on them yet!!

  4. Oh my! I always look at those Penny Black' stamps and how people watercolor-stamp them and I am in awe. Your work is not an exception. Fabulous! Thank you for joining Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

  5. You have made a really beautiful floral creation for our 'Something New' theme at Penny Black and More challenge, many thanks for joining in.

    B x

  6. Absolutely beautiful! I don't believe I have ever seen such a fantastic job in coloring/shading. Great job! I will be watching for more of your works of art.

  7. Oh, Lynda! This is exquisite! You surely know how to use these Penny Black stamps, and I wish I could sit with you and watch the "magic" of your coloring. Having another one of your cards using this technique, I just marvel at it and love it! Beautifully done, sweet friend! Sending warm hugs and love! xoxo

  8. Hoping this goes in the September file for ME!

  9. this is so pretty! i love the colours and the gold accents! thank you so much for playing along with us at the penny black and more challenge.

  10. WOW WOW WOW absolutely stunning, I love your card.

  11. Stunning card Lynda - awesome stamping!
    Thanks for playing at the Penny Black Saturday Challenge!
    Helen x


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