Monday, August 22, 2011

Penny Black: Where's Dinner? - a birthday card for my Godfather

I have re-uploaded the photos on this post as for some reason the card photos didn't upload properly and people were seeing black boxes instead - so if you are seeing this post TWICE, that's why.  So, we shall try this post again.......

Hi blogging friends - and a very SPECIAL welcome to my new Followers - so lovely to have you Free Smiley Courtesy of

I made a birthday card for my Godfather who holds a very special place in my life.  He was my late father's lifelong best friend and has always been there for me and was a tower of support when my father passed away suddenly in 1996.  Even though my Godfather lives a couple of hours by plane away, we talk to each other often and he is the most gentle and kindest man you could ever meet and ALWAYS makes you feel like you are wrapped up in a warm blanket.  I am so blessed to have him in my life! And I love that I have that special connection to my father through him which I treasure.   So, onto my card......

Isn't this dog sweet?  I know I say that about all my Penny Black stamps, but I *love* the quizzical expression on the dog's face!  I stamped him onto watercolour paper and coloured him with Faber Castell and Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils. I tried to give him lots of texture by scribbling different coloured brown Inktense watercolour pencils on a scrap piece of watercolour paper, adding water with my paintbrush and "dabbing" the dog with little strokes.  Once that had dried, I then made a wash with a mustardy-coloured pencil on a scrap piece of watercolour paper and applied that over the strokes to tone them down and blend them into the dog's fur.  I added used my clear Sakura glaze pen to add some shine to his collar, but you can't tell that from the photo - oh well!  The sentiment is from my Penny Black clear set:  Make a Wish - which seemed the perfect choice for this image.  This main panel is also up on dimensionals.  Here is a wee close-up:

I diecut the image with my Square Nesties - but trimmed around the tail first so the tail wouldn't get cut off.  This technique is called "Out of the box with nestabilities" and you can find the step-by-step tutorial here on Splitcoaststampers.   I did the same with the mustard and black cardstock layers.  If you are not a member of Splitcoaststampers, you will not be able to see the step-by-step written tutorial on their website, however, here is their video tutorial for this technique from You Tube:

Please note:  if you are reading this post in a Reader (such as Google etc.) or have received an email and you just see a black screen, you will need to come to my Blog to view the video.

The black paw border on the side panel is an EK Success punch:  Paw Print - isn't it fab??!!  I attached the ribbon in two separate elements and glued the paw print button on - the button had a shank which I cut off with pliers.

Lastly, I added the 3 black brads.


I am entering my card into the following challenges -

Crazy 4 Challenges - C4C101 - Bingo - where you have to pick 3 items in a row/diagonal line from the choices on their bingo board.  I chose Square card, Embossing and Brads.

Penny Black at Allsorts - August Challenge of Free and Easy

Before I go, I wanted to share some happy news that the card below was one of the top 3 at the Craft your Days Away Challenge #25 so I have another little blinkie which I have added to my blog sidebar.   Woo hoo!

And that's not all!  This next card was picked as one of the Splitcoaststampers Clean and Simple Favourites for the week ending 31st July - that sure rocked my socks off!

If you want to leave a comment and you are in a hurry, scroll down to under the Card Recipe, and click on one of the Reactions.
Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great week! Free Smiley Courtesy of


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Penny Black - Where's Dinner 1705J, Sentiment from Penny Black - Make a Wish 30-052 clear set

Ink: Versafine Onyx black

Designer paper:  Rusty Pickle - Cap'n Jack - Black Pearl RP718 (probably retired now - it's been kicking around my craft room for a couple of years).

Accessories:  Cuttlebug, Spellbinder Square Nestabilities, Crafts Too Dots 5" x 5" embossing folder, black grosgrain ribbon, paw print button by Buttons Galore and more - Pet - Little Paws #4120, black brads by Basic Grey from Urban Prairie collection, Faber Castell and Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils, 140lb watercolour paper, small round #2 paintbrush, dimensionals, clear Sakura glaze pen, cardstock: mustard, black

Punches:  EK Success Paw Print edge


Sudha - Art Admirer said...

Wow its so cute creation dear.
Hey congrats for ur win too.


Anonymous said...

Hi Jo,
What a lovely tribute to your Godfather; he sounds like a wonderful man. I think your card is fab and the expression on the dog's face is priceless!

Thanks for the links to the tutorial and the blinky! xx

Elizabeth Allan said...

Hello Jocelyn... I just know you card is wonderful however the picture is coming up of a black screen with a white exclamation in a triangle. I will be sure to check back!

brenda said...

Hello Jocelyn

I'm having the same problem as Elizabeth, it's happened on several blogs during my DT rounds, so not just you.

But I can still thank you so much for sharing your lovely work and joining in my this months challenge at Penny Black at Allsorts.

B x

debby4000 said...

Oh Jocelyn this is so beautiful and cute too.

Anonymous said...

Super cute!! all the design goes well with the main image :)


Anonymous said...

This is adorable! Your coloring is fantastic and I love the look the "out of the box" technique creates.

Violets Corner said...

The card is fabulous Jocelyne, the colouring is very beautiful, thanks for sharing the technique you used and for playing with us at Penny Black at Allsorts.


Shirley said...

The picture of your card shows up beautifully and it is just gorgeous. I love the cute dog and you have coloured him beautifully. I love the colour co-ordinated papers and embellishments you have used, they work so well together.
Thank you for sharing your card with us at Penny Black at Allsorts and we hope you will join us again next month.
Good luck in the draw.


Elizabeth Allan said...

Jocelyn the pictures are perfect - and so is your card. Sooo cute with the added puppy paw border!

Stamping 4 Pleasure said...

Hi There . .. visiting you from Snail's Space's blog (you're in the sidebar). I so admire Linda's work I wondered who else she liked to visit! Nosey aren't I? LOL!

This PB Dog card is fantastic. I love everything about it.

Hugs, Sandra

louise said...

Beautiful card,thanks for joining us at Penny Black @ Allsorts this month
Hugs Louise xx

Mervi said...

Lovely card, beautiful colour combo!

Thank you for sharing this with us at Penny Black at Allsorts, good luck;-))m

Tracy said...

Fab Entry, thanks for joining Penny black @ Allsorts challenge, Good luck.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Merry said...

Another terrific card. So love all the embellishing you have teamed up with the image.

AnnaBelle Stamps Blog said...

Just love this image it is so cute, and gorgeous colouring!
Congratulations on your blog hop win at AnnaBelle Stamps!

Anonymous said...

the picture shows up fine now. it's a very cute card! the beautifully coloured image is sweet, the colours are awesome and the punched border adds such a nice touch.

Anonymous said...

i hit the button too quickly - congrats on your wins and new blinkies!

ShazInOzCardsCalligraphy said...

Wow Jobear, I LOVE this - Sorry while since I checked in and do love this card along with everyone else some lovely aspects on you card here - thanks so much for sharing, agree with you about the dogs face and love the EK success punch! and also the video, have done it myself. I saw it on you tube or a blog I think - used it some time ago but one forgets about it and then doesn't use it when they could!!
Love and blessings Shaz x in a wet Oz!

Curt in Carmel said...

This is one of my most favorite cards I've seen this week! Your coloring is PERFECT! And the whole color scheme of the card is a huge favorite of mine. LOVE how you did the cutout of the tail. I've used this technique many times, however, I've never done it like you did with the matting going around the tail. Darling! Exceptional work! Best, Curt

xxxtglxxx said...

Hi Jocelyn :) Love your blog title btw! :D lol

Your card is gorgeous, I love the doggypaw punch and brad, and your colouring looks fab.

Cute image too :)



quit porn said...

The card is fabulous Jocelyne, the colouring is very beautiful, thanks for sharing the technique you used and for playing with us at Penny Black at Allsorts.

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