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Today I am sharing another Penny Black Christmas card. Yes, I do freely admit that I am a little obsessed with the Margaret Sherry Penny Black animals - I still love them as much today as when I first saw them about 10 years ago. And I don't think that they go out of style - they are timeless in my humble opinion. I picked up this particular stamp - After you - at the last Craft Show that I went to in October.
Now that my wonderful friend C (hi C - ) has the card in her hot little hands, I can share it here on my blog:
I stamped the image with Ranger Archival Jet Black ink onto watercolour paper and coloured it with a variety of mediums: Tombow pens plus several brands of watercolour pencils. I chalked around the image with blue chalk for the sky and added Cotton White Fun Flock mixed with fine glitter for the snow. I added Kindyglitz Crystalina glitter glue to the envelopes that the hedgehogs are holding.
The designer paper is by Kaisercraft - Santa's List which was released a few months back. This is the first year that I have barely bought any Christmas papers as I have been "shopping my stash of papers" this year which was my 2013 Resolution. Mind you, I do have plenty of Christmas papers in my stash already and I am not likely to run out any day soon so it's not like I need any LOL!
I used my Perfect Layers Tools to trim the borders: 1/8" for the base and 1/16" for the layers.
The sentiment panel was diecut using my Big Shot and one of my Spellbinder Tags Trio dies. I inked around the panel with Tea Leaves chalk ink.
The snowflake was diecut from white glitter cardstock and I only glued the centre down and bent up the points a little to give it some dimension.
The red and white twine I originally bought (several years ago now) from Sharon Johnson's online store (in the USA) and it is still available. It is called Holiday Twisted Rope and comes in 2 colourways: red/green and red/white - and you can find it HERE. I have never seen it anywhere else - but if you do find it at a store in Australia, could you let me know? I will say that although I love this rope and it is beautiful and soft, it does unravel easily and fray really badly and you must knot it at the end before you trim it as I have done on my card or you will WISH that you had (don't ask me how I know!). It is also quite bulky on a layered card so it makes your card quite thick.
On a personal note, school finishes for the year for my 10 year old daughter today which is fantastic and now we have about 5 weeks break. YAY! We aren't going away on holidays so I will still be blogging inbetween a few hospital appointments for my loved one. Birthdays in my extended family start from the 4th of January so I'll have to put away my Christmas hat very soon and put on my Birthday hat instead or the cards won't arrive until after their birthday!
I do still have some Christmas cards that I am just putting the finishing touches on to share on my blog - and some I can't share till they are opened on Christmas Day because the recipients read my blog - so I will share them post-Christmas (hope that's OK?).
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: Penny Black After You 4093K wood-mount, Sentiment Penny Black from Christmas Friends 30-084 clear set
Ink: Ranger Archival Jet Black ink, Versamagic Tea Leaves chalk
Designer paper: Kaisercraft Santa's List 6-1/2" x 6-1/2" pad
Accessories: Big Shot, Crafter's Companion Embossalicious Holly embossing folder, Spellbinders Tags Trio die set, Snowflake - Impression Obsession DIE100-F, 140lb watercolour paper, Tombow Pens, Faber-Castell + Albrecht Durer + Lyra watercolour pencils, paintbrush, Kindyglitz Crystalina glitter glue, Stampendous Cotton White Fun Flock mixed with fine Crystalina glitter, Tombow Mono Multi glue, Kaisercraft blue chalk, Kaisercraft rhinestones SB711 red + SB709 mint green, dimensionals, Perfect Layers Tools, red/white holiday twisted rope, cardstock - red, green, white, white glitter