A blog devoted to the cards I make in my tiny upstairs space. When my sister stays there, she calls it an "artist's garret". I'm not an artist, but am an enthusiastic cardmaker - hence the title "Cardmaker's Garret".

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Penny Black Pups

I recently picked up some older Penny Black dog stamps in a sale.  The dogs are quite spaniel-like so remind me of my dog!

I've had fun playing with two of them in the last couple of days.  This post has a tag and a card using one of the stamps.

I wanted to make a tag for the Tag You're It challenge blog.  Here's the inspiration:

And here is what I came up with:

I substituted the dog for the bear and coloured his stocking in red, yellow, and blue to reflect the balloons in the original. 

I used my mixed media cs as it is quite heavy so good for a tag. The image was stamped and coloured with Distress markers.  The tiny star cluster was stamped multiple times.  

I then went on and made another tag with the same stamp, but this time, fussy cut the dog, and stencilled the sentiment on the tag, sponged it for a more rustic look, and mounted it on a dp background.  I had another star cluster stamp that I coloured with red and green markers and stamped on the tag to reflect the dp.  Once I'd put it together, I had second thoughts and now feel it's a bit of overkill on the stars - I like things more CAS.  But I do like the tag part of it!  Feel free to tell me what you think!  Here it is:

Supplies for the tag:

Stamps: Penny Black Xmas Treat, Rubber Stampede To/From, unknown mini star cluster stamp
Paper: mixed media cs
Paper Size: 4.5x2.5"
Ink: Archival Jet Black, Distress Mustard Seed
Accessories: Distress markers, gold and green ribbon, Dienamics tag die 

Supplies for the card:
Stamps: Penny Black Christmas Treat, Memory Box Magic Stars
Paper: mixed media cs, ivory cs, ColorBok dp
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Archival Jet Black, Distress Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Pine Needles and Barn Door
Accessories: Dienamics tag die, green ribbon, foam tape, Distress markers, Tim Holtz Christmas Words stencil


  1. These are both just darling, Susan! I have a huge smile on my face!! Hugs, Darnell

  2. What a sweet pup on your tag and tag card! love the cluster star stampings! Julia xx

  3. How adorable!! I love that little happy pup. I love your inking on the tag!!

  4. Oohhh this is really adorable love the dog image. Thanks for joining us over at Tag You're It.

  5. I think the stars on the card look like a continuation of the tag! Perfect! Both of these tags are adorable!


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