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Feb 19, 2022

Orchids, Stencils and Penny Black Stamps

Hello and welcome!

It's the start of a new challenge over at the Allsorts challenge blog, Lynn is hosting this week and her theme is "I Love......". Hope you will join us and share what you love with us. As always we have a great prize on offer, this week it's a surprise bundle kindly donated by Oakwood Archer and a second prize of an Oakwood Archer stencil. By the way, if you are looking to add some new Spring Stamps to your collection, Oakwood Archer will be releasing their new Spring stamps and stencils on "the Craft Store" TV February 21st at 9am and 1pm  (UK times).

And here is what I love:

Stencils of course, no surprise, they've become my favorite type of tool over the last few years. And then of course Penny Black stamps including this gorgeous Orchid and the large sentiment. And then my favorite type of inks: Distress inks. 

Using a stamp positioner (a necessity for Brushstroke stamps, I think) I inked the beautiful stamp Gentle Whisper using Distress inks/ Oxides. Here I used Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Vintage Photo on the leaves/stem. Then Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry, Blueprint sketch on the flower. My Distress markers are pretty much all useless now so I just used the ink pads and that's why you see some shades of green mixed in on the blossom, but I like the effects. I do try to wipe off any extra ink with a paper towel but it's not possible to remove it all.

When using these stamps, I don't add all the colors at once, I start with a base inking then simply add more ink as I go and that's why a stamp positioner comes in so handy as this would be impossible otherwise. At some point I lightly spritzed with water too for a better coverage. 

Next I used Tim Holtz's stencils from this stamps and stencils set with Blueprint Sketch ink on the background. 

The large sentiment is from Penny Black's set "Happy Wishes" (also on Amazon with free shipping), stamped using Versafine Onyx ink. Then I finished it off by stamping the script border on the left side. This is another one of my long time favorite stamps, retired from Whimsy Stamps. It was hard to get the script stamp stamped on straight and I'm not happy about it being crooked, but the rest of the card was complete so I just decided it will have to do. 

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brenda said...

Totally agree that a stamp platform is the only way to really get the best out of Brushstoke stamps Ellie, you only have to look as the gorgeous blend of colours you achieved to confirm that. I need to give the Orchid an inking again, well overdue I think.

B x

Lynn said...

This card is absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your creativity with blogland.

Mervi said...

Oh love this card, gorgeous! And thanks for the great tip to use a script border;-))m

Sarn said...

WOW - that's a really gorgeous card Ellie. I love everything about it. xxx

Rainey's Craft Room said...

A wonderful stamp and beautiful card Ellie, a gorgeous combination of stamping and stencilling.

Joanne said...

Oh I just love the watercolor feel of this card! What a beautiful combination of techniques. Pinned.

Pauline C said...

This card really is stunning Ellie I love absolutely everything about it. I love PB brushstroke stamps but mine are all the old wood mounted type so sadly couldn't use with my stamping platform ... maybe I need some new ones!! ??
Pauline x
PS I still can't comment on your blog from my ipad so pelase don't think I'm ignoring you when I'm a bit late "getting round" to commenting on your cards ... Google is a mystery unto itself!!

Aimeslee Winans said...

I wouldn't have noticed the left script being crooked had you not mentioned it, it looks fab. Love the inky color mix on the blossom and the stenciling! xoxo

kiwimeskreations said...

What a fabulous use of your inks Ellie - this is a stunning card. I is obvious that you love these stamps and inks.
Stay safe

Mrs.B said...

A beautiful card Ellie, gorgeous colours and background.
Avril xx

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

Gorgeous, and thank you for the step by step explanation, I'm going to try this on my next stamping day.

My Paper Epiphany said...

Stunning card!

Linby said...

Beautiful card and such a wonderful combination of stamps and stencilling too.

Bernardine Cuttino said...

Your card is so beautiful and creative. "Thanks so much for playing along with us at 613 Avenue Create !"
Berni Cuttino DT, Coordinator, Challenge Blog
chasingthedream, My Blog

Pia S said...

I have one brushstroke stamp only, and we have yet to become friends, but I'll try your tips and see how it goes. I definetely love the result here.

Francesca said...

Wonderful card, love the background and the stamps! Thanks for playing at Through The Craftroom

Zoechaos said...

I do love the brush strokes range and you have used this one beautifully. Thank you for sharing this little treat with us at We Love Stamping, good luck xx

Wendy L said...

I love this Ellie, xxx

Creaine said...

Love this! Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.
You can also join with this creation my mixed media blog, if you want!
Ine DT Member

Chrissy said...

Beautiful painting and love the background and txt, gorgeous card...
Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

Chrissy DT

Tracy said...

This is so beautiful, I love the composition and colours. A perfect share.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Zoechaos said...

I know I visited before but had a problem being entries at River of Creativity and am just catching up now. Thank you once again. xx

Lovely said...

This is a gorgeous card! The background and the orchid stamping came out beautiful.

Koyel Saha Chatterjee said...

Love the soft background and the orchid flowers. Thank you so much for joining us.❤️ koyel DT member,CRAFTS GALORE ENCORE blog.

Ilonka said...

Youre card is so beautiful, thanks for sharing it with us at The Creative Crafters Challenge Blog.
Big hugs Ilonka DT

Annettes Hobby Rosettes said...

This is so beautiful. Nice work. Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

Annette DT / Admin / Registered Owner for

Amy Johnson said...

Gorgeous card. And the background you created is stunning.

Chana Malkah said...

This is a beautifully composed card! Love the colors and the awesome execution of techniques! Thanks so much for sharing with us at 613 Avenue Create!
Chana Malkah, Owner

Helen Gullett said...

I love your orchid card! I am an orchid fan 😁😁

Bernardine Cuttino said...

You have been selected as a TOP ROCKER for the week of 13 FEBRUARY 2022
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Bernardine Cuttino said...

My apologies, this has an incorrect date.

Bernardine Cuttino said...

You have been selected as a TOP ROCKER for the week of 26 FEBRUARY 2022
613 Avenue Create
Please stop by our blog and grab your badge 
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