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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  1. I love Jill’s cards. Her recent videos showing layered inking with the Misti were amazing. Jill, where did you find the Pride and Prejudice text stamp at the bottom of your pear card?

  2. It is just so boring to have a budget! I really need to pay the mortgage so I have a place to stamp and color, but I WANT THEM ALL!!! Such beautiful stamps. And even thought I am not at this skill level, I think even I can make beautiful images too!

  3. I just love Penny Black stamps and Jill’s cards and tutorials are amazing, thanks so much for sharing – that Misti is such a useful tool – I think it’s on top of my Christmas wish list.

  4. Both cards are a work of art! I never thought of using the Misti this way. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial of your watercolor technique. You make it look so easy that I am inspired to give this a try – now off to make a purchase!

  5. Gorgeous! Is there a YouTube video of this process? I would love to learn how to ‘watercolor ‘ like Jill!

  6. LOVE the Penny Black artistry!! And seriously have no idea why I haven’t been following your blog. Signed up now!

  7. These cards look like they were professionally made art gallery style. They are quite beautiful! Thank you Jill for such inspiration!

  8. Oh those stamps are gorgeous and the watercoloring is beautiful. Looks more like art for hanging on a wall than a card.

  9. Penny Black products are amazing and some day I will have similar results with my watercoloring, but for now, I’m going through a whole lot of paper practicing, practicing, practicing! Now off to pick up a couple of more stamps!

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