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Studio Monday with Nina-Marie: Debossing, Distress Inks & Penny Black Inc.

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Hi crafty friends, it’s Nina-Marie here with you today! I am super excited to be back again to share a new Studio Monday video this week, featuring Penny Black products!

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With the Holidays fast approaching, I think we’ve all been planning (or already working on!) projects for the upcoming Season, and I wanted to share a fun, quick and easy background technique using a few of my favorite Penny Black products!

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This card design and background technique is perfect for mass producing because it really doesn’t take that much time to put these together. I used a debossing technique to impress the design of the die into the watercolor paper. What I love most about this technique is that it shows how much more versatile large, cover plate dies can be, because one of the products used to create this card is the No Two Are Alike snowflake cover plate from Penny Black. Dies like these are a bit more pricey than other dies because of their large size; however, I think when you can discover more ways to use background dies like these, it makes the investment worthwhile.

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The color in the background of these cards was created with Distress Inks; I wanted something kind of frosty and wintry in style, so I chose Worn Lipstick, Wilted Violet, Chipped Sapphire and Tumbled Glass for my color palette. In the video, I’ll be sharing all the steps I took to color in these backgrounds, so make sure you check that out!

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I hope you’ll watch the video I have created for this week! In it, I not only share the techniques I used to create these debossed and Distress Inked backgrounds, but also tips for creating custom glitter paper too! There’s a lot to see, so let’s get started…!


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Nina-Marie Trapani
Creative Team | Card Maker | Graphic Artist | Illustrator | cat lover | tea fanatic | computer geek

STAMPtember® Special Feature: Penny Black!

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Hi friends! Happy Sunday! We’re honored to have the fabulous and talented Jill Foster on our blog today as a guest! We are spotlighting Penny Black today, a brand that we not only admire greatly, but also have carried in our store for a VERY long time! If you have never used Penny Black products or not we encourage you to get crafty with their products!

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Now onto some inspiration…. read on!



Hi everyone! Jill Foster here and I’m thrilled to be joining you today featuring Penny Black stamps from their newest collection Magic of the Season 2016.

It may be STAMPtember, but it’s also beginning to look a lot like Christmas…ho, ho, ho! Some of my favorite of Penny Black’s newest holiday collection are the elegant brushstroke stamps including 40-491 Flambeau, 40-492 Berry Kissed, 40-495 Cones & Berries, 40-494 Scarlet Majesty, and 40-493 Perfect Pear.  My cards today will feature watercolor techniques with both 40-494 Scarlet Majesty and 40-493 Perfect Pear.


As I created this card, I took some photos as I got inky.  With this style of stamp, creating the look of a watercolor painting is quite easy. I began be working on small sections of the stamp, starting with the leaves. I colored directly onto the stamp with Tombow Dual Brush Pens and stamped onto Canson watercolor paper using the MISTI.


Without removing the paper or stamp from the MISTI, I blended the stamped areas using a paintbrush and water.

I followed the same process for the petals.

Still keeping the project within the MISTI, I added shading by coloring onto the stamp using a darker color, only coloring a portion of the image.

I then blended these new colors with water and a paintbrush.

Even darker colors were added and then blended with water.

Finally, I removed the piece from the MISTI and added additional shading using Sakura Koi field sketch box watercolors.

I then trimmed my piece, rounded the corners, and painted the background with the Sakura Koi watercolors.  Lots of splatters were also added.  I even splattered it with watered down Gesso for a hint of “snow.”

To finish things off, I inked the background with Gathered Twigs and Crushed Olive Distress Inks using an ink blending tool and foam pads.  An elegant sentiment from Penny Black’s transparent set, 30-382 Yuletide Wishes, was stamped using VersaFine Onyx Black ink.

After finishing with this pretty poinsettia, I was having so much fun I couldn’t stop. Heehee! So following the same process, I made one more card.


I just love this Christmas pear… such a unique image and a joy to stamp and paint.

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Thanks again for joining me today and to SSS for the opportunity to share my cards with you… it’s truly an honor.

Hugs and Happy Stamping,



Thanks for reading today, and thanks to Jill for being our special guest to represent Penny Black in STAMPtember!

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Dreamy Mixed Media Canvas


Hi readers! Thanks for stopping by our blog today! We’re hoping it gives you good inspiration! We’re thrilled to welcome back special guest designer Emma Williams to our blog! Did you know? She’s also one of our design team members on our Monday Challenge blog? Be sure to give her blog a good peruse for lots more inspiration! (Once you’re done reading this, that is. ;))



Hello everyone, it’s Emma here!

Today, I’m thrilled to have been invited back to the Simon Says Stamp blog to share a summery home decor project that showcases some wonderful Penny Black dies and stamps. This canvas panel that I’ve created for you, is packed full of ideas that can also be used to make special cards to send to loved ones or even a matching gift tag, if you choose…

1. I started by cutting a mixed media board to measure 8” square. The boards from this pack are already pre-gessoed so you can start applying your paints to these straightaway.

2. To create the background on the canvas, I began by using a paint brush to apply Spun Sugar Distress Paint to the background and once dry, I then added a small amount of Picket Fence Distress Paint to the centre, spritzed it with water and allowed the paint to run and form drips across the canvas. Heat dry the paint thoroughly before moving onto the next stage.


3. Tear off strips of Tim Holtz tissue tape, (I used Symphony and Sketchbook) and using a small amount of collage medium, attach these across the centre of the painted surface.

4. Lay down the Tim Holtz Blocks Layering Stencil, placing it over the top of the tape and apply Ranger Texture Paste through the stencil using a palette knife.

5. Once the paste is dry, use a dry paintbrush to apply some Prima Metallique Gold Rush Alchemy Paint over the top of the stencilled area, highlighting the gorgeous detail of the raised surface. Once again, thoroughly dry the paint before applying the next layer, otherwise you’ll end up with a muddy mess of colour.


6. Next, I used Picked Raspberry and Spiced Marmalade Distress Crayons and added a small amount of color to random areas of the pasted area, I then used a semi-dry baby wipe to gently blend the colors over the top of the gold paint and I also used my fingertip to take the color from the crayons and extend it over the areas of tissue tape that were still showing.


7. Once I was happy with my background, I then added flicks of the Gold Rush Alchemy Paint, Picket Fence and Ground Espresso Distress Paint over the entire surface. After heat drying the background thoroughly, I then attached a border strip across the centre and added a small amount of Black Soot and Spiced Marmalade Distress crayon around the edge of the canvas, smudging and blending the colours to create a framed border.


8. Now you have your background, it’s time to move onto creating that burst of flowers and for this I began by applying a small amount of each of the following Distress Stains to a craft sheet: Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry and Wilted Violet. Spritz the stains with water and swipe your watercolor card through the stains, picking up all the color of the ink. Heat dry the card.


9. Using all three sizes of flowers from the Layered Flower Penny Black Flower Die, die cut the stained card ~ you will need 7 of each size, 21 pieces in total. I spritzed the individual die cuts with Wendy Vecchi’s Pearl Mica Spray for an added shimmer and dried these thoroughly before layering the flowers to create 7 dimensional blooms, attaching each section with a foam pad for added dimension.

10. Add sequins and pearls from the Sunshine 28 Lilac Lane Embellishment Kit to the center of each flower, attaching them with a small dot of Glossy Accents.

11. Tear a strip of corrugated card taken from the Textured Surfaces Pack and apply a light covering of Picket Fence Distress Paint over the top. Once dry, I arranged and stuck the flowers onto the card using foam pads and a hot glue gun to secure.

12. Die cut some leaves and stems from watercolour card, using the Layered Flower die. I then lightly spritzed the die cuts with water before spraying Peeled Paint Distress Spray Stain over the top. Dry the foliage pieces thoroughly and then place them into your flower arrangement, tucking them underneath the flowers. At this stage, I also tucked small pieces of cheesecloth into the arrangement.

13. To complete the arrangement, I used the Flower Frolic die to die cut Gold Metallic Kraft Core Card Stock and placed these die cuts, at the top and bottom my cluster of flowers.

14. I wrapped some twine vertically around my painted canvas and secured the ends with a knot at the back before attaching the flower arrangement over the top of the twine, using foam pads on the back of the corrugated card.

15. Cut a small piece of white card and ink the card with Spun Sugar and Victorian Velvet Distress Ink.

16. I inked up the “Let Your Dreams Take Flight” quote from the Snippets Stamp Set using Jet Black Archival Ink and stamp the message onto the card, before matting and layering the message onto a piece of burlap from the Textured Surfaces pack and attaching this with foam pads to the left hand side of my flower arrangement.

17. As a finishing touch, I shaped the wings of a Finnabair Grungy Butterfly and added this to the flower arrangement, attaching it with hot glue and placing it over the top of the flowers and also three small Prima crystals, which I placed onto the background. I really hope you’ve enjoyed the creative process for this project and that some of the techniques I’ve used will inspire you to create projects of your own using these gorgeous products from Penny Black!

Thank you so much for stopping by today…

Happy Crafting!




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New Art Journaling Inspiration from Vicky Papaioannou!


Hi readers! Happy Friday! Please welcome back the amazing Vicky Papaioannou as a guest on our blog today! The texture on the page and the shading on the flowers on this page just make them look like they’re going to pop off the page!  If you’re new to Paper Artsy’s infusions colored stains, this is definitely a good video to check out! Dyan Reaveley’s Small Creative Journal is a great size to keep with you on the go! Be sure to watch Vicky’s video for a full tutorial of these pages and extra tips and tricks!



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Studio Monday with Nina-Marie: Encouragement Cards for Kids

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Hi friends! Thanks for tuning into week 3 of the Studio Monday with Nina-Marie feature! This week Nina is back with three adorable encouragement cards. I think they could also be great cards to give to teachers! Read on, and enjoy!

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Hi everyone it’s Nina-Marie here today…welcome back to Studio Monday! For today’s video tutorial, I’m going to be sharing some inspiration on pairing the new Better Together and Scandinavian Prints stamp sets from Neat & Tangled to create fun encouragement cards for kids!

The adorable children images from Better Together are so sweet, and I love how each kid is holding their own little furry friend. I did all the coloring of these images using Copic markers, which I will be walking you through on the video. For reference, you can see the colors broken down below:

Girl with dog: RV10, RV23, R27, R46, R59, E33, E37, E47, R20, C3, C5, C7, 100, E0000, E51,E21

Girl with owl: E0000, E00, E21, E23, E17, E18, E37, E47, E84, RV00, R20, RV52, Y00, Y11,Y06, BG0000, BG01

Boy with fox: E00, E21, E57, E47, E49, Y38, YR15, YR68, R46, R59, R89, YR20, YR82, YR12

I also did some watercoloring using Prima’s Watercolor Confections (the Classics set) and a Penny Black Inc. stencil to create a whimsical background for these little kids. I love the uneven texture of the dots, as it matches perfectly with the style of the children.

I’ll be walking you through how I created this background -as well as the entire set of cards- in the video! Be sure to give it a “thumbs up” if you enjoy and subscribe to our YouTube channel for more weekly inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by today and have a happy week of creating! :)
xoxo, Nina-Marie

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