Paper Crafts Crew 273 – Penny Black Cones & Berries

Paper Crafts Crew 273 – Penny Black Cones & Berries

Welcome back to the Paper Crafts Crew Challenge! This week we have a theme challenge, and for the holiday, this is a 2-week challenge so plenty of time to play!


This is easy enough…though I’m starting to lose my holiday mojo and starting to think forward, but I managed to rally the troops! I decided to pull out a set I bought last year and had not used yet. This seems the perfect time to not buy new sets but to try to use ones that have gone unloved. I also wanted to try something I was sure would work but had not ever seen tried before…a variant of no-line coloring. Lookie:

Penny Black Cones and Berries by JanTink

GOJUS!! Here’s the other thing I decided to do, a #10-size card. I haven’t done one in AGES, but this particular stamp seemed to call for it. This stamp doesn’t actually have ANY lines, it’s one of Penny Black’s stamps that has a brushstroke look. Usually this is used with markers or watercolors. How did I manage to color this?

Penny Black Cones and Berries by JanTink

I stamped the stamp on Neenah Desert Storm with the same Simon Says Stamp Barely Beige ink as I used in my no-line coloring. Then I colored on top with Prismacolor pencils, using the sample shown on the packaging as my guide. I found that when freshly stamped, I had no problems seeing the necessary detail. But once this dries back, it is way too light. I had walked away in the middle of coloring, and when I came back, the pine cone detail was impossible to see. I ended up re-stamping on top with the same ink since the stamp was still in my Tim Holtz stamp platform so that I could continue, and that worked just fine. After it was all colored, I spattered over the image with some white paint from my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor set. I also added a bit of white paint to brighten up the pine cone even more. I then added some clear Wink of Stella to the berries and the white edges of the pine cone.

Penny Black Cones and Berries by JanTink

I pulled out my Penny Black Yuletide Greetings set, which I stamped in Versafine Onyx Black and added glittery highlights with my Sakura Stardust pen.

Penny Black Cones and Berries by JanTink

I mounted this on top of some Schoolhouse Red card stock from Simon Says Stamp. This turned on just like I thought it would! So elegant! Maybe I should do another video on using this technique with this type of stamp? Let me know!

You can play along with our challenge by clicking on this link.

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.

Enjoy! Ta!

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