I bought a really sweet Penny Black stamp ages ago and it just had its first outing. To be honest, the colouring scared me - a lot! So, although I'd always loved the stamp, once it was in my hot sticky paws it was quietly put away for a rainy day when I had time to spare! The snowy weather we had earlier this month was an ideal opportunity to have a play - especially with Easter on the horizon.
I'm adding this to the Penny Black Saturday Challenge - where the theme is 'Anything Goes ... Optional Easter or Chocolate Brown'.
This is being posted on Good Friday, a day I was brought up to consider as a day of rest and reflection - certainly no work, and the shops were all closed as well. We usually went out for a hike in the hills when I lived in Northumberland from leaving school, right up until I moved down to the South of the UK, 20 plus years ago. We used to take boiled eggs, little buttered rolls and (cold) hot cross buns - with a flask of coffee or perhaps some cold drinks as a little picnic, whilst looking to see where there were newly born lambs out in the fields. If we had sticky fingers after our picnic, there would always be a fresh mountain stream available to wash our hands in ( before the days of Wet Wipes!). Happy memories!
I kept the card very plain and let those little bunnies do most of the work:
- 5.5" x 4.25" white card blank, side opening
- a piece of the same white card stock, cut to exactly the same size as the card front and then the stitching lines added by using the largest die from the Lil'Inkers 'Stitched Rectangles' set - which is purely the stitched lines (it doesn't actually cut - if that makes sense!)
- then set the white panel to one side for later
- stamped the Penny Black 'Bunny Friends' onto white card using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink
- coloured the image using Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils - with some Sansodor blending fluid just on the little plant pots as larger areas generally show up pencil strokes otherwise, and the blending fluid just smooths any lines away
- then did a fair bit of measuring before trimming the image panel to suit and backing it with a piece of yellow card stock
- used the Misti to stamp the sentiment onto the white stitched panel, using a Pink Gem Designs 'Easter Wishes' sentiment and Brilliance 'Pearlescent Thyme' ink pad
- then just glued the image and backing 'frame' plus the white stitched panel to the card front