I am sharing today a card design that features two of Penny Black’s newest (and most charming) stamps. The first is Vintage Postcard, and it is just that, a charming antique-y, vintage-y postcard stamp. The second is a beautiful floral display called Alluring Arrangement.
I began by placing a Fabriano hot-pressed watercolor panel into my stamp positioner tool and stamped the Vintage Postcard design, using Versafine black onyx ink. Next, I positioned the Alluring Arrangement stamp so that the tulips and daisies were at the bottom and the vases wouldn’t be visible when stamped. Once that the larger flowers were stamped, I roughly masked off the flowers with a post-it note, moved the stamp down a tad and only inked the sprig of tiny flowers, not the vase.
With everything stamped, I was ready to watercolor the panel. I made life easy for myself and pulled out my Daniel Smith watercolor card. I love using this sampling of many colors because there are lots of colors to choose from and it doesn’t seem like a dot of color would last through many, many projects, but it does!
After the flowers were painted and dry, I added light tan streaks of color on the edges and randomly in the middle to make the panel look aged. Then, I stamped the sentiment on the lines provided. This sentiment came from Ink To Paper’s Blossoming Branches but of course, you can choose what every sentiment you like!
When the panel was completely dry, I used one of the dies from the Hero Arts Infinity Postage Stamp die set to create a ridged edge, just like a postage stamp.
It was time to assemble the card. So, starting with a Desert Storm card base, I mounted a slightly smaller Eucalyptus green panel. Then, popped up the postcard design with foam on the back and mounted it to the Eucalyptus panel. And that was it, the last step!