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Apr 18, 2020

Flowers or Showers for Allsorts Challenge, and Penny Black & More Midmonth Inspiration

Hello and welcome! I have two cards to share today, as it's Saturday it's time for a new theme (last challenge ran for two weeks to cover the Easter holiday so I took a break from posting last week) and then on the 18th of each month we also share a new card for the month's Penny Black and More challenge as a reminder.

First up is my card for  Allsorts challenge. This week it's my turn to host and fitting for this time of the year I picked the theme of Flowers and/or Showers.  Hope you can join us! Our prize this week is a beautiful floral layering stamp set.

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Both cards in today's post were inspired by some beautiful watercolor style creations from one of Penny Black's designer (Mimi). I'm not good with this technique and my cards didn't turn out too great, but had so much fun getting inky.

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The floral stamp I used above is Penny Black's Blossom Branch, colored up with Distress Markers, spritzed with water and stamped with the help of my stamp platform. I did have to repeat ink up and stamp before I was happy with the results, but this is where the stamp platform comes in so handy! After the image dried, I used a colored pencil to add a little bit of an outline and more color to the stamped flowers. The watercolor wash on the background was also done with ink from the distress ink pads diluted with water. 

The sentiment is from the Penny Black set Friendship and the script border was done with a retired stamp by Whimsy Stamps, but you can use any type of script stamp to add some interest to the card. 

To finish off, I added a die cut butterfly (part of Penny Black's flowing butterfly die) and some stickyback  pearls

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Next up is my Penny Black and More midmonth inspiration card where our theme is simply Anything Goes. Still plenty of time left to join us! We have some wonderful prizes to give away here and we'd love for you to join in!

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This card was made in a similar way as the card above using distress inks and markers. The Penny Black floral stamp is called Bejeweled, colored directly onto the rubber using Distress Markers. I already had the little mouse image from the Penny Black set Birthday Critters previously colored when I joined in last month's #thedailymarker30day coloring challenge. It had been heat embossed using Versafine Clair ink and Clear Ultra Fine Embossing Powder, and colored using a mix of Copic markers and faber castell polychromos pencils. 

The sentiment is from the clear set Snippets and I flicked some diluted ink onto the background. Sticky dots from Stampin Up were added to the flower centers.

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  1. Oh Ellie what beautiful cards - loving your use of the images and how you have achieved such wonderful results - the deep colours are stunning.'
    Stay safe

  2. Such stunning spring cards! Love them both!

  3. These are GORGEOUS! Loving the colors and those flowers!

  4. Two stunning cards, so vibrant!

  5. I like both of these cards but the first one is my favourite. Your inking of th3 flowers is perfect and
    I do like the addition of the pearls in their centres. Keep safe and well. Hugs Mrs A.

  6. Two beautiful cards in lolvely colours. I Love the stamps you used. Marlies

  7. Your first card is so pretty and the second is really cute.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  8. Beautiful intense colours on the blooms of the first one Ellie, so prettily offset against the what to me is a very dreamy background, so the sentiment is perfect. The second card equally pretty of course. Thanks fr a great theme at Allsorts, looks like it will be popular.

    B x

  9. Both are gorgeous but love the vibrant colours of the blossom, xxx

  10. Fabulous cards, especially love the mouse card, great design;-))m

  11. Two gorgeous makes Ellie, love that PB one! xxx

  12. Two gorgeous makes, the little mouse looks so cute.


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