Celebrating STAMPtember™ with Penny Black

We are really excited to feature Penny Black for Day 21 of STAMPtember™!  !  (by the way…HAPPY BIRTHDAY Mom! –she doesn’t miss a single blog post ;)

Two Penny Black Designers have joined us in stamping special creations exclusively for YOU!  Please welcome Jill Foster and Elizabeth Allan

Always looking for new and fresh inspiration, Jill turns stamped images into true works of art. As her “Inspired By” blog followers know, Jill has a beautiful style and an unparalleled love of paper crafting. She loves to share the work of fellow stampers, drawing inspiration from their amazing creativity.  She designs for Penny Black as well as Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft, and loves to share her passion for paper, color, and stamping through video and photo tutorials.

You can find more of Jill’s work on her blog .  And you’ll want to check out her PB&J (Penny Black & Jill) tutorial videos by visiting the Penny Black YouTube Channel
I’m so honored to be sharing a card today featuring some of my favorite new Penny Black stamps.  I love the variety of images Penny Black offers; from elegant, to cute, to characters!  My newest addiction (besides stamping which is a given; right? ) is Pinterest.  Today’s card draws inspiration from my fall Pinterest Board), specifically this image.


To create this card, begin first with the tag.  Stamp and mask Penny Black’s 30-138 Foliage Fancy using Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black Ink.  Color the leaves with Faber-Castell Art Grip Color Pencils.  Apply a light layer of Mod Podge over the entire tag.  When the Mod Podge is dry, color the background with Stamper’s Big Brush Pens, blending with your fingertip as you go.  HINT: The layer of Mod Podge makes it super easy to blend the Stamper’s Big Brush Pens.  Next, lightly paint Gesso over the background (not the leaves), patting with a papertowel for extra texture and to remove some of the paint.  Add touches of white to the leaves using a white Stamper’s Big Brush Pen.

Stamp Penny Black 1999L Letter Background onto the tag using Tsukineko VersaFine Toffee Ink.  Before the ink dries, rub the letter background stamping off of the leaves with your fingertip.  Apply heat to ensure the stamping is dry and then add a touch of Gathered Twigs Distress Ink around the tag.  Ink the card base with Distress Ink (Festive Berries, Dried Marigold, and Fired Brick, and Gathered Twigs) and stamp Penny Black 40-169 Diamond Pattern with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink onto the bottom portion of the card.  Finally, add piercing around the top of the card base and adhere the tag on top, mounted with dimensional adhesive.  Stamp sentiment was with VersaFine Onyx Black ink onto Spellbinders die (Twisted Metal Tags and Accents) inked with Antique Linen Distress Ink.  Finally, adhere a twine bow with Glossy Accents.  



Please say hello to Elizabeth Allan!

I love to create!  My mother and grandmother were always repurposing garage sale finds or thrift shop treasures which instilled a passion for creativity at an early age.  Over the years that passion has evolved into exploring the endless possibilities that rubber stamping and crafting has to offer.  I always hope that my work will inspire others to find the artist within themselves.

Short Bio:
I grew up in northern Michigan and after graduating from college with a degree in business I married my soul mate, Scott.  While working full time, I began teaching rubber stamping and paper crafting classes.  During that time I realized how much I enjoyed creating something from my heart and sharing that passion with others.  In 2006 I was honored by an invitation from Penny Black to join their design team.  Since then I have been blessed with many opportunities to travel, teach and, I hope, inspire others to find the artist within themselves.

Project Instructions:

  • Trace your favorite box pattern on Madison designer paper, cut and assemble.
  • Apply Teal Zeal Memento ink to the edges of the boxes with a jumbo sponge dauber.  
  • Decorate the lids with scalloped edging created from borders punched from white cardstock.
  • Stamp Joyful Birds on white cardstock with Onyx Black VersaFine and heat emboss with clear powder.  Color the images with Copics and then fussy cut the designs.  
  • Adhere the trimmed images to the boxes with dimensional foam.
  • Stamp the sentiments from Winter Magic in Crimson Red VersaFine (or ladybug Memento) on small banners cut from white cardstock and edged with Teal Zeal Memento ink.  Attach with dimensional foam.
  • Accent the top of each box with an eyelet and crystal gem.

Finished Size: 1 ¼ x 2 ¾



Penny Black has very generously donated 2 prize packs filled with stamps and paper (valued at over $50 each!)  Comment below and share with all of us your favorite time of year to create.  In order to win, we ask that you also sign up for the Penny Black Club here

As a club member you will be entitled to the following benefits:

  • First peek at our New Releases
  • Blogging Events
  • E-mail newsletter
  • New Card and Scrapbooking Ideas
  • Card Ideas with step by step instructions

    It’s totally easy and so worth it! 

    MORE GREAT NEWS!  Be sure to visit the Penny Black Blog today! They have a special coupon code for any Penny Black order you place at Simon!

    Thank you to Jill, Elizabeth and the folks at Penny Black for supporting STAMPtember™! 

    Heidi and the Simon Family


Congrats!! Winner of the Compendium of Curiosities 2, Challenge 21 is Michelle Nun! Please email [email protected] to claim your prize!

Congrats to the winner of the blog candy from: STAMPtember™ with Nichol Magouirk: Thelma! Please email [email protected] to claim your prize!

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