Merry Winters

Merry Winters

Hi Creative Friends,

Penny Black creates awesome stamps and dies and they have just recently released beautiful new dies for the holidays and/or winter. I couldn’t wait to give them a try so today I am sharing a brand new video using a few of those lovely dies.


These card designs use Holly-days, Merry Edger, and Pine Branches (and a few supporting dies). Take a look at the video and see how easy it is to make a festive card for the holidays.

I hope you had a chance to check out the video. To give you a closer look, I have included a few more pics.

As you saw in the video, I used a few distress inks (Crushed Olive, Evergreen Bough, and Faded Jeans) to create the background. Then, added some splatters of water, ink, and my trusty Dr. Ph. Martin Bleedproof white ink.

The holly and merry were frosted with Crystal Glaze (or there are a few other choices you can choose from in the supply list below, then sprinkled with chunky glitter.

The berries were painted with watercolors. I used the Altenew paint pan palette. It has lots of beautiful colors, but you can use what you have on hand.

When the ink blended panel was dry, it was backed with thin foam and cut out using a decorative-edged frame. I have listed a few in the supply list.

The second card was made the exact same way but used Penny Black’s Pine Branches die set instead. The pine cones were painted with watercolor and the pine needles were frosted the same way.

For the background, I used Tumbled Glass and Faded Jeans distress inks, splattered it with water, ink, and of course white ink. The card came together in the same way as shown in the video.

So, there we have it, two different cards using the same technique. I hope you enjoyed the video and the projects. I would love to know which motif you like the best.

Thanks for watching… see you next time! 


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6 thoughts on “Merry Winters

  1. Absolutely stunning…and seems to be easy enough for this old stamper to create. Thank you for your time and talent.

  2. Beautiful cards, Shawna. Love your tutorials too. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Two questions- how do you store your domed blending foam? Do you dedicate one for each type of ink that you use?

    1. Hey, thank you so much! I keep all my foam pads, whether they are dome or not, in plastic coin pockets that I store in a binder (here is a link: For the dome pads, I have a separate pad for each color group (ie: one blue pad – I use this for all my light and medium blues), then I will have another for dark blues, one for greens, etc. Does that make sense?

  3. I’ve had the idea in my mind of pine branches on a distress ink background for my Christmas card this year and you’ve pulled it together so beautifully for me! Thanks for sharing!

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