Stamp a scene with Penny Black


Is that another knock at the door we hear?! Welcome Cathy to the party – she’s bringing an adorable card idea from Penny Black! Doesn’t this design just have oodles of wow factor? We wish that computer screen were 3D then we could really show off all the depth in her wonderful layered card!


Shopping list

Penny Black ’Village Christmas’ Wood-Mounted Stamp 4205L
Penny Black ‘Warm Wishes’ Slapstick Cling Stamp 40-074
Penny Black ‘Christmas With Mimi’ Clear Stamp Set 30-079
Penny Black ‘Fern Green’ Mix & Match Cardstock 05-003
White card
Ranger Distress Ink ink pads: ‘Tumbled Glass’, ‘Chipped Sapphire’ (sky), ‘Pumice Stone’ (Snow), ‘Tea Dye’, ‘Antique Linen’, ‘Walnut Stain’ (Path), ‘Barn Door’ & ‘Fired Brick’ (oval frame)
Distress Ink blending tool
Ranger Glossy Accents
Stardust Stickles
Memento Tuxedo Black Dye ink pad
Versamark ink pad
Detail white embossing powder
Heat gun
Spellbinders Grand Ovals LF-110 (I have used the smallest 3 sizes in this set and they all fit in a Cuttlebug machine)
Quickutz Nesting Shapes Ovals QUI 01355
Marker pens – I used Copics in the following colours: YG17, YG25, YG67 (Trees) C1, C3, C5 (Roofs) W3, W5, W7 (Church) R17, R29, R59, (Red Barn) B21, B32, B26 (Blue House) E30, E31, E43 (Cream House) E49 (Fence), BG96 (Window Frames on Cream house)
Die-cutting Machine
Acrylic block
Post-it notes, for masking
Candi Cane tool and Candi Cane 2mm gold nail heads


 See how Cathy created this mini marvel, following the steps below


Step 1 
Stamp the village scene image with black memento ink three times onto white card, excluding the snowflakes (so you can create these in white with heat embossing in step 2!) Stamp the scene again onto three post-it notes, which will be for masking parts of the image whilst colouring.


Step 2
Stamp the snowflakes onto one of your images using Versamark ink and heat emboss with white powder. Tip: to ensure the correct placement of snowflakes use a stamp positioner like one by Woodware.


Step 3
Using the second-smallest oval die, cut out each image. Tip: make sure that each one will be centred when the card is put together – I use masking tape on the die to help line them up. On one of the ovals that does not contain the snowflakes, position the smallest oval to create a frame, and run it halfway through the die-cutting machine so that it only cuts to top half of the inner oval.


Step 4

Taking your two oval scenes that do not have snowflakes (that one will be your background layer!), cut away the layers around the outline of the houses and church. These two layers will form the top layers of your découpaged scene! This image shows how the different pieces look once coloured (in step 5!)



Step 5
Using the design stamped on to Post-its, mask off parts of the image and colour the sky, path and snow with the Distress Inks, as listed above. Tip: to get an even colour, place your blending tool onto a craft sheet and then slide the tool onto the card in a small circular motion to apply ink colour.


Step 6
Colour the houses, church and barn with markers. I used Copics as shown in my shopping list, but you could use ProMarkers or coloured pencils – whatever you prefer! Tip: start with the lightest shade, add the darker shade, then blend by going back over the whole area with the lightest shade again. Add Glossy Accents to the windows and glittery Stickles to the snow. Tip: to get a subtle snow shimmer, use your finger to spread the glitter around. Leave to dry.


Step 7
For the top layer of the scene (with just the trees and one cottage), mask off the image again and colour the top of the oval frame with Barn Door Distress Ink, then stamp the grid pattern (from ‘Warm Wishes’ cling set) using Fired Brick ink. Now use sticky foam pads to mount your successive decoupage layers onto the base image of the complete scene.


Step 8
Die-cut a white card oval using the Quickutz dies, stamp the ‘Let it snow’ sentiment with black ink, and ink the edges with the ‘Antique Linen’ and ‘Tea Dye’ ink pads. Tip: if you don’t have the Quickutz dies, stamp the sentiment then punch or cut around it for a fast-finish. Decorate with Candi cane nail heads (or brads if you prefer) and then fix your greeting topper to the scene with sticky foam pads.


Step 9
Finish your card by die-cutting a green card blank from Mix and Match Fern green card using the third-smallest oval. Cut it twice for the card blank, scoring a line 2cm down from the top of one to create the fold. Glue this ‘fold’ to the back of the other. Mount your completed Christmas village scene onto the card blank with double-sided tape or glue.


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