Flights of Fancy

Hi readers!  Please join me in welcoming Jill Foster back to our blog! Her work is so inspiring to me and I’m sure if you are familiar with her work it is to you as well! Read on to learn how Jill made this watercolored beauty, and also for more details on a special prize! Enjoy!

Hi everyone! Jill Foster here for Penny Black and it is such an honor to share a trio of cards with you today. I decided to use one of my favorite Penny Black Creative Dies, 51-132 Flights of Fancy. But instead of using the positive die cut, I used the negative “leftover” piece as a stencil. This is a great way to get even more use from your dies!


Using a stenciled image, as opposed to a stamped outline, gives the look of hand-painted artsy butterflies.


Place the “stencil” over your watercolor paper and apply watercolor paints to the body and wings of the butterfly. Once dry, remove the stencil, and paint the background area surrounding the butterflies.


I kept things loose and flowing, allowing the background color to drip and splatter.


Finally, I stamped my sentiments using VersaFine Onyx Black ink. The Penny Black transparent set, 30-283 Snippets, is perfect for butterfly images …or basically anything else you could need!

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Would you like to get your hands on this beautiful butterfly die? My friends at Penny Black have one to give away to a lucky winner. Simply “like” the Penny Black Facebook page and leave a comment that Simon Says Stamp sent ya for a chance to win!


Thanks for reading today, and thanks to Jill for being our special guest today!


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  1. Wow… Beautiful! I love all of Jill’s watercolor creations. Penny Black stamps and dies are fantastic products and are one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing these beautiful cards!

  2. I adore these cards! Butterflies are so lovely on cards and watercolor butterflies are the best!

  3. Absolutely gorgeous cards, love the watercolors and I love this technique where no stamped lines are there and the effect is so artsy !!

  4. I’m a long-time fan and follower of Jill’s work and I am so glad to see her guesting for SS. GORGEOUS cards, Jill! Beautiful colors. Wonderful free-flow of inks and the “painted” bkgrds look terrific. Like the flight and flutter sentiments, too. LOVE these cards! Gabby :D

    EXCITING technique too!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION Jill :)

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