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Sep 5, 2021

Handmade Card with Penny Black Botanical Notes and Inktense Pencils

Hello and welcome!

I am back again with a new card to share as today is the start of a new challenge at Stamping Sensations! Our theme for the month of September is "Stamp of the Moment", so whatever you'd consider a favorite right now. 

Hope you'll join us and share with us what your stamp of the moment is. You could be our lucky winner who will receive a Mixed Media Clock Making Kit and Rice Papers from

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For my card I selected this beautiful stamp Botanical Notes because I absolutely love collage style of this stamp and it's a joy to color! I used Versafine Onyx ink for stamping. I always have a hard time choosing "favorite stamps"because most of my stamps are favorites but this one is definitely one that caught my eye at the moment and I do reach for it often when prompted to use a favorite stamp.

Some years ago I purchase a small package of Derwent Inktense pencils  but would you believe that I have never given these pencils a chance!! Of course the hoarder I am kept them all these years and somehow I came across them again recently and decided to give them a try. 

These pencils are water soluble, so I used my Zig Detailer waterbrush. The water dissolves the color into a liquid ink. But once this is dry it will be waterproof and you can't go over with the waterbrush a second time. But it is possible to add another color after the first one is dry like I did here with the blue and purple on the flowers. I found them to be a really fun medium and now I want to get a set of skin colors to use on my hedgehog stamps. 

As you can see I kept the card very CAS. After coloring I simply die cut the image panel using Avery Elle's Wonky Stitches Die set (also available at and also used the banner from the same set for the sentiment. The sentiment is one from Penny Black's Blooming Sentiments. It's a straight sentiment, but since it's made of clear photopolymer it can be bend easily and stamped that way.

The card front and banner were both inked with Wilted Violet Distress ink before adhering to the card. I've also added some glitter to make it sparkle a bit. 

There isn't nearly as much glitter as there appears to be on the photo below. 

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brenda said...

Your colouring and shading on this lovely PB image is fabulous Ellie and a great colour palette as well, then and the added glitter really draws the eye.

B x

Mrs.B said...

A beautiful card Ellie and as Brenda said, the colouring is fabulous and I love the added sparkle.
Avril xx

Pauline C said...

Beautiful card .. love this stamp and your fab colouring x

Pauline C said...

Beautiful card .. love this stamp and your fab colouring x

Marilyn said...

So pretty!
Have a great day!

pinky said...

Oh wow it's a masterpiece Ellie and the sparkle really adds to it!

coldwaters2 said...

Hi Ellie on reading your post it made me smile I too have things that I bought many years ago and never used but keep them just in case, I have the whole set of Spectrum Noir pencils that I treated myself to several years ago I found them the other day and here they sit on my craft table....just your card is absolutely sublime full of so much beauty I can see why it is a favourite stamp
lorraine x

Crafting Queen said...

Really beatuiful card. Love the image and your colouring of your image. Anesha x

Linby said...

It's a gorgeous stamp and you've used it to such great effect, loving the touch of glitter. I love my inktense pencils, took me a while to learn how to use them properly but now I do like to use them.

Jennifer said...

Those flowers are so pretty!!


Mervi said...

Stunning and gorgeous card.

Sheltie Times said...

Love the card.

Tracy said...

I love this Ellie, I have this stamp and don't use it enough. Your colours and glitter is gorgeous, you've done well to get your glitter to show, mine never shows on photo's.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Sue said...

Stunning card Ellie beautifully coloured and thanks for joining us at Crafty Calendar Challenge hugs Sue x

Donna Reidland said...


Sue from Oregon said...

I have a problem...all my stamps are my favorites!! Very pretty with that touch of sparkle. Thanks for sharing with us at Penny Black Saturday Challenge! ♥ Sue Kment

Joanne said...

I am just betting that this card looks even better in person with all the glittery details. What a lovely work of art.

Michele Morin said...

Really beautiful details!

Ink Outside The Box With Diane said...

Pretty amazing card! Love the way you coloured it. So happy you played along with Krafty Chicks Challenge this week.
Diane - DT

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Oh how beautiful this is, I have never seen that Penny Black stamp design before but I feel I already need it. Coloured with the inktense pencils really brings an extra burst of vibrance to those flower heads and leaves. I'm so glad they came out to play at last.
Thank you for sharing this amazing inspirational card.
Creative wishes Tracey x

Chana Malkah said...

This is absolutely stunning, Ellibelle!
Thanks so much for a wonderful response to our challenge at 613 Avenue Create!
Chana Malkah,
A Place To Start, Owner
613 Avenue Create, Owner
Redora Lee Designs , My Blog
Shopping Our Stash, DT
The Color of Cards, Owner

Bonnie Lynn said...

This is beautiful. I love your colors and the pencil shading. Thanks for joining us at Pammie's Inky Pinkies. Hope to see you again. Bonnie DT

Marlies said...

A beautiful card Ellie. I love the stamp you have used and you have coloured it very well with the pencils. Marlies

Vivi Casale said...

such a marvelous card.
Thanks for joining us at 613 Avenue Create!

Chana Malkah said...

Congratulations! You have been chosen as a TOP ROCKER for the week of September 5th-11th! Thanks for playing along with us, please stop by our blog and grab your badge!
Chana Malkah,
A Place To Start, Owner
613 Avenue Create, Owner
Redora Lee Designs , My Blog
Shopping Our Stash, DT
The Color of Cards, Owner