Paper Crafts Crew 267 – Penny Black Snow Covered

Paper Crafts Crew 267 – Penny Black Snow Covered

Welcome back to the Paper Crafts Crew Challenge! This week we have a tic-tac-toe challenge:


I chose the third-most vertical row, Embossing-Winter-Serene Scene. I also ended up using Watercolor from the bottom row. I recently purchased different stamp sets by Penny Black from a recent release, and it seemed a good time to grab one of them and get busy. Lookie:

Snow Covered from Penny Black by JanTink

GOJUS! With every stamp set like, Penny Black includes a picture of one the images in the set colored in, and I pretty much decided to stick with the colors they had for these houses. I decided to use my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors because I wanted to be able to add a little snow to the image.

Snow Covered from Penny Black by JanTink

I first stamped in Versafine Onyx Black and embossed with clear embossing powder. This kept me from having black specks on the image, as even with the use of a powder tool, it’s almost impossible to avoid stray powder on an image when you use black EP. I kept the watercolor loose, i.e., I didn’t try to shade precisely, because that’s not what watercolor is for. You can use it that way, but in order to make an image BREATHE keeping it loose is essential.

Snow Covered from Penny Black by JanTink

This house is the half-timbered variety, so it was fun to add shadows below the timbers. I also added some “glow” to the windows and made sure to have a bit of reflection of that glow on the snow. I used both blue and purple for shadows on the snow to give a nice twilight look.

Snow Covered from Penny Black by JanTink

The greeting is from Penny Black’s Yuletide Greeetings, and this one in particular seemed to be the perfect one for this stamp set. I stamped it with Versamark and heat embossed with clear embossing powder BEFORE I painted the image. So when I did paint, the greeting resisted the paint, but I felt they needed a bit of something to make the greeting come forward. I grabbed a Deep Blue Derwent Inktense pencil and very carefully drew a shadow next to the letters. Inktense pencils are water soluble pencils that have very intense color, so this worked exactly as I wanted it to, making the greeting clearer and more visible. My final touch was to spatter the white paint on using a clear block and a pain brush.

Snow Covered from Penny Black by JanTink

Once I was done with the image, I mounted it on a piece of black cardstock, leaving a very narrow mat, and then I mounted that on fun foam and then on a white card base. Nothing else was needed or desired. It’s beautiful!

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Below is my list of products that I used, and I have used compensated affiliate links where they were available, as I now participate in affiliate programs for Simon Says Stamp, Amazon, Ellen Hutson LLC,, Gina K, Sizzix, and Blick Art Supplies. Stampin’ Up! links go to my BFF Wendy Weixler’s store, who does not pay me except in eternal friendship, but you can change to your favorite demonstrator if you prefer. Buying through these links costs you nothing extra and helps support my blog and my artistic endeavors, and I thank you.

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Enjoy! Ta!

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