Friday, October 3, 2014

Baby Bunny

This card uses a lovely old set by Penny Black called Touch of Whimsy. I bought this stamp set ages ago because I simply fell in love with the images. They have a beautiful whimsical design, and a combination of storybooks and ancient Chinese scroll art. I don't think I've ever seen a stamp set quite like it.

I was not pleased with my purchase originally. I didn't realize this, but Penny Black clear stamps are acrylic and I've been used to working with photo-polymer stamps. So, to switch to an acrylic stamp was a challenge and I hated my early results. But although Penny Black clear stamps are acrylic, they're still of a very good quality. I just had to change my stamping approach a bit to make them work perfectly. So, I decided to use one of the bunny stamps and have fun with the card.

I started by die-cutting a scalloped rectangle from My Favorite Things' Blueprints 1 dies, using a gray cardstock. I also cut a front panel out of white cardstock, using the larger rectangle from Blueprints 1. I then grabbed my trimmer and cut a strip of striped brown patterned paper.

I stamped the bunny in the corner of the panel, using Ranger Archival ink in Coffee. I then used my Prismacolor pencils to color in the bunny, going with greens and reds for some great contrast - and because they're gender-neutral colors.

I stamped a sentiment from Clearly Besotted's Sweet Little Sentiments at the bottom left of the panel, then adhered the white panel to the gray scallop. I adhered the patterned paper at the center of a card base, and added the front panel with foam squares.

The card needed a little shine, so I added a few sequins I got as a lovely gift with one of my Winnie & Walter orders. They're clear sequins, but they shimmer and shine a rainbow of hues when the light catches them. It's really quite lovely.

Penny Black A Touch of Whimsy stamp
Clearly Besotted Sweet Little Sentiments stamp
Ranger Archival ink in Coffee
Neenah Solar White cardstock in #110lbs (base) and #80lbs (front panel)
Gray cardstock
Stampin' Up Designer Series Paper Lullaby
My Favorite Things Blueprints 1 dies
3M Double-Sided Foam Tape
Tombow Craft Dot Adhesive Runner (pink)
Prismacolor Pencils
Winnie & Walter sequins


  1. OMG this is so cute!!!
    ps. I need a spending freeze too!!! Would you love to have a suportive partner? Because I really need one, I try to start and I fail in it so badly!! :D

    1. That would be so awesome Ellen! I tried a spending freeze right before September, and then there were so many good deals and limited-time stamps that I totally failed. I think it would go much better with a supportive partner, for sure. :D

      I had 2 gift cards left, one I spent on some SOG digis this morning and the other I'm saving for the MFT winter release. But no spending other than that! It's going to be so hard. But I'm going to try. :D

  2. Snap! I too struggled with Penny Black's acrylic stamps. Truth be told, I don't love acrylic and never will but I really do love their images so ...I suck it up. lol And your card is SOOOOO CUTE!!! :)

    1. I just adore the design of that set. It's got the cutest bunnies and flowers. Very whimsical, like the name says.

      I'm glad I'm not the only one that doesn't like acrylic. I think... I'm just spoiled after working with photopolymer, lol! But Penny Black clear stamps are still of a good quality. So, I should make an effort to use them more. I've got a clear set of Penny Black Christmas stamps that I should dig out sometime too...

  3. I have the same stamp set too and your card is just great. Love your design.

    1. Thank you so much, Petti! I'm so glad you like the card.

      I haven't seen very many cards with this set, and it's a really beautiful set. Let me know if you make something with it. I'd love to check it out. :)