Wednesday 4 October 2023

Penny Black Masterpieces for fast cards

The other day I made five cards in one batch bake for Christmas 2023, using some of the huge stack of Penny Black 'Masterpieces Made Easy' toppers I have here, no two are the same I might add:

I used:

- 5.5" x 4.25" white card blanks, all side opening

- each card then had a scalloped layer of white card glued on top, die cut from the same white card stock, using the largest die from the Taylored Expressions'Petite Scallop Rectangle Stacklets' set of dies 

- left the Penny Black toppers at their full size for this particular run of cards and trimmed suitable card stock to be a narrow backing for the images

- then mounted the images onto pieces of flat, thin and cut narrower craft foam before gluing all the layered on to the card itself

- final touch was the double layered sentiments, which I'd worked out and also made a pot full of beforehand. Using my current favourite Tonic Studios 'Mini Moments Merry Christmas' die of course 

- the toppers came from the following sets of Penny Black Masterpieces, left to right and top to bottom: 'Icy Winds',' Reflections', 'Critters Cuddles', 'Across the Miles' and finally 'Christmas time'.

Out of interest, Penny Black have brought out at least two new Christmas 'Masterpieces' topper sets. They aren't exactly a cheap addition to a card, but I feel they're worth it for speed and possible impact! IMHO of course.


  1. These are lovely Di, and so nice to have lots of different images. You know how much fun I’ve had with papers, that you can still put your own stamp on 😃 and make unique xxx

  2. What stunning cards Di - and a great way to batch bake when running late for an occasion

  3. Fabulous cards Di - the PB images are lovely.
    Kath x

  4. A lovely selection of Christmas cards and seeing them has reminded me that I was tempted to purchase some of these PB images last year (or possibly even the year before) - guess where the temptation came from 🤣🤣. I must seek them out and actually use them

  5. These are all just beautiful Di and I love the cards you've made with them. Nothing is cheap anymore, so the price you paid to make these quick and easy cards was worth it for sure!

  6. WOW - this is a lovely collection of Christmas cards Di. Those PB stickers are beautiful and I like the scalloped edges you added too. xxx

  7. These toppers are beautiful PB images Di and you have made five beautiful cards to add to your Christmas makes. The scalloped mats and coordinating mats really show them off well. x

  8. What gorgeous images, Di and I love how you coordinated the colours of the layers to tone so well.
    Hope you are well.
    Carol x

  9. Di l just love these toppers your cards are adorable as are the toppers used x

  10. These really are masterpieces Di and deserve to be front and centre. I think we should all add a set to our stash to avoid last minute craziness!! Hugs, Vicky xx

  11. OH! More stunning work Di, these are gorgeous. x


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