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Jul 6, 2014

Punches and dies for Penny Black and More

Happy July everyone, and finally a new card from me :-). I apologize for having been such a bad blogger recently. Hubby is back to work now after 2 weeks of vacation, and so things are slowly getting back to normal. I have been busy working on new cards, which I will show you later this week.

Today's card is for our new challenge at Penny Black and More.
- Dies and Punches-

Hope you'll join us. We have some fabulous prizes up for grabs again as always, and you can enter up to 3 times for more chacnces to win.

Here is what I created.
The image stamp is from the clear set "Hello Friend" by Penny Black.

In one of Penny Black's recent posts (just a few weeks ago) they where showing how to create a melted crayon background. Since that was one thing I haven't tried before I decided to give it a try for this challenge. I didn't have the Faber Castell crayons that they showed this technique with, but we have more than enough crayola kids crayons around the house, so that is what I used.

 If you are unfamiliar with this technique, I will explain how I did it.
First I covered the surface of my iron with aluminum foil. (You don't have to do this if you have a craft iron.) Next I heated up the iron until it was very hot, then I unplugged it. I simply rubbed crayon onto the aluminum foil on the iron, which melted it right away. I simply swiped the iron onto card stock (I used a heavy 110lb card stock. In the video that I saw they recommended glossy card stock, but it worked just fine with my recollections card stock which is very heavy.) As you can see I used green on the bottom part and blue on the top part. This did use quite a lot of a crayon, and I don't think I would want to buy expensive crayons to do this technique with. Crayola crayons worked perfectly and they are cheap. It was really fun to try this technique and I love the vivid colors. I might end up purchasing a craft iron though because I just don't like messing with the aluminum foil.

I kept the card pretty simple. I added a negative die cut to create a sort of frame using a nestablities die and some MME designer paper. Tucked the sentiment (Whimsy Stamps- Boy Talk) under the frame. To finish it off I added a layered punched flower (MS) using the flower punch and a leaf punch. Inked up the edges of the card using black ink and then adhered to my card front.

Playing along here:
Animal Friends Challenge -  dog and / or cat
Tuesday Throwdown - Anything Goes  
4 Krafty Girlz - Anything Goes 
 Addicted to Stamps and More - Make Your Mark (with markers, pencils, chalk...) I used copics and crayons
Thanks for visiting,
have a great day!!


  1. Oooo super and thanks for instructions of how to do it too, Luv Sam x

  2. Anonymous11:50

    aww, cute card ellie! i love the polka dot paper and the vivid colours of your background; it looks so textured - sounds like a fun technique.

  3. Your card is beautiful and very sweet. I love the cat.
    Thanks for joing us at the Animal Friends challenge. I hope to see you again.

  4. What stunning colours Ellie, they really draw the eye and the design is very nice as well.

    The new sewing machine is going well and have used it for a few cards.

    B x

  5. So cute thank you for joining the crafty girls challenge. Good luck, Alana DT member

  6. Such a fun card! You did an amazing job with this technique, and I love the happy colors!
    Thank you so much for playing along at ATSM this week! I hope you'll be back again soon!

  7. A wonderful, bright creation Ellie.
    happy crafting
    Tracy x

  8. This is so cute, love the die-cutting and coloring!:)

  9. What an amazing technique. I haven't heard of the before so thanks for sharing. I love all these bright colours you have achieved with the crayons and then you image is so adorable! Thanks so much for playing along at ATSM xx

  10. so cute, thank you for joining us at crafty girls challenges, good luck
    caroline dt

  11. Fabulous background, have to try one day... lovely card.
    Congrats on your new DT projects;-))m

  12. Really cute :) Thanks for playing with Addicted to Stamps Challenge!

  13. This is a wonderful card!

    Thank you for your contribution to the Animal Friends Challenge



  14. So cute! I love the colors!

  15. Anonymous12:05

    Eine wundervolle Gestaltung und Umsetzung. Mir gefällt Dein Werk sehr gut
    Hab lieben Dank fürs mitmachen bei Animal Friends
    Grüße Vanessa


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