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".

Friday, 29 December 2017

Penny Black Bell

Before the month is over, I wanted to enter this card in the December "Winter or Christmas" challenge at Penny Black.

I put the stamp in my MISTI and inked it up using mini Distress inks and Distress markers. The mini ink pads make it easier to get into the different areas, and then the markers let you do fine areas like the stems. I stamped onto mixed media cs, repeating the process until I was happy with my colours.

I kept the stamp in place in the MISTI so that I could use a technique I learned from Jill Foster in this video.  Basically you stamp over the coloured image with Versamark and heat emboss with clear embossing powder. It is then very easy to do your watercolour wash background around the image without risking the colours in the image running into the background - especially the red from the berries.  I did the wash in a pale grey-blue.

Once dry, I splattered with a bit of watered down gray ink. I stamped my sentiment on a scrap using the same ink, heat embossed it, and trimmed it into a little banner. I sponged around the edges of it with a bit of the grey.

I trimmed my main panel with a Spellbinders matting basics die, popped it up on fun foam, and added my sentiment banner.

Stamps - Penny Black Bell and Berries, Old Island Stamp Co. sentiment
Ink - various mini Distress inks, Versamark, Versafine Smokey Gray
Paper - white and mixed media cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Distress markers, clear embossing powder, Spellbinders matting basics rectangle, fun foam


  1. So pretty Susan, you have so much detail with this penny black stamp. I love it, the leaves and berry's are amazing :)

  2. Absolutely Gorgeous "Work of Art", my friend! You have truly mastered this watercolor stamping technique. I love how you heat embossed your image and added your light watercolor wash and splatters too. Sweet little banner for your sentiment. TFS Susan. Happy New Years..Hugs.

  3. Susan, you do a spectacular job of this technique! How beautiful this is! I've managed a few successes like this but nothing as fabulous as you did! Gorgeous card and kudos to you for starting next year's cards already!

  4. This is gorgeous, Susan! It is so professional, it looks like a PB Stickeroo! I'm in awe! And thank you for the tip!! Happy New Year Hugs, Darnell

  5. Beautiful card Susan! You did an AMAZING job of watercolouring. Love all the shading that makes everything look 3D. xx

  6. This is gorgeous, Susan! Sadly, I never got this stamp inked up. I think I need to buy less and stamp more! Happy New Year!


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