I’m totally in love with this Penny Black stamp. IN. LOVE. I’m also struggling with ways to make cards that I like.
I purchased this stamp with the thought that I could color it, stamp it onto a blank card, and be done. Guess what? It totally works. Today I’m going to share how that came out – and how I used distress inks + this stamp to make three stamped cards in less than 30 minutes!
All of the cards use distress colors in some way, and all are stamped onto the card. I really enjoyed tweaking what I did just slightly, but creating the same look on each card. Now let’s look at each one more closely:
Card #1: color the stamp with distress markers, then mist lightly with water and stamp onto blank card. Mist card with water, then perfect pearls mist, and edge (use blending tool) with seedless preserves distress ink.
Card #2: This is by far my favorite. Stamp the image onto the card with seedless preserves, then coat in clear embossing powder and use heat tool to set. Now color in the stamped image with distress markers. To finish, mist card with water and rub distress stain (milled lavender) around the card background. Edge with seedless preserves distress ink, then mist with water again to further blend.
Card #3: Color stamp with distress markers, mist with water, stamp, and then dry totally. Then stamp again (close but not exactly on top of first stamp) with embossing ink and coat with clear embossing powder. Heat set it. To finish rub distress stain or markers over the card, then mist with water to blend and add spots.
I got some creative play time, some lovely cards that could be given as a gift or used for any occasion, and I tried out some techniques too. Can’t beat that combination! Here are links (just click images) to the supplies used today:
Everything seen today can be found at – and today’s post is also sponsored by – Simon Says Stamp!
With great shipping rates, fast service, and all the inky goodness I want it is one of my favorite online shops to frequent. They sell all things Tim Holtz, and have a great selection of inks, stamps, and so much more. Simon Says Stamp is also a great source of inspiration – with a shop blog and two challenge blogs that host weekly challenges (with gift certificate prizes!) there’s always something happening.