One Layer stamps and Stencils

The Penny Black Saturday challenge for July has been rattling around in my head all month, but there were so many other ideas looking to escape at the same time that it had to wait it's turn.   Here finally it is.

Penny Black do quite a few series or sets of stamps from cute/whimsical  to fairly simple looking brushstroke generally floral designs, to their layered/faded effect stamps and these delightful collage style designs.  I love them all and have stamps from across the range.  This one bird music and flowers is restful a little moment of calm in the sea of everyday life.

Stamped the image in black memento ink and coloured it with Chameleon Pens, you know I love those pens don't you? the edges of the card have been decorated with a Tim Holtz mini stencil in floral design and a yellow adirondack ink.   The inkylicious dusters used with the stencil were also used to drag more of the yellow in from the edge further brightening the main image.

I'm also sharing this card with
In the Pink - Get out your rubber (must feature pink) I've never entered this challenge before as pink is not one of my go to colours but the flowers here cried out for it, so hopefully there is enough here.
Simon Says Stamp - Things with Wings
Retro Rubber - Summertime, one entry here so caught my eye wanted to point everyone on the way to it! SewPaperPaint

It was very humid earlier but seems to be freshening up now bliss.  Hope it is comfortable wherever you are.


  1. Beautiful card! I love the image and the bright pop of yellow. :)

  2. Hello Zoe
    Stunning card... Love the image....
    Thanks for joining us at PBSC
    Hugs Sylvie X

  3. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Retro Rubber, good luck!!! Amy DT

  4. Stunning card Zoe. I always admire this sort of card as I find them so difficult to make myself

    Have a lovely weekend

    Chrissie xx

  5. Hello Zoe, your card is indeed gorgeous, I love all the different images so beautifully colored. I specially love the music score on the background.
    Thank you for joining us at Retro Rubber, we hope you come back and play again soon.
    Maria Rodriguez.

  6. Fantastic card again, very beautifully designed. Here it is very hot and humid, too. Hugs, Valerie

  7. Beautiful card! I love all of the elements together that makes a pretty collage card. Thank you for playing with us at Retro Rubber and hope you will join us again soon.

  8. Beautiful collage card. I love the Penny Black images. Could not find this particular image. Has it retired? Thanks so much for sharing your lovely card with Retro Rubber. Hope to see you in our gallery often!

    1. It might be retired Katy I've had it and a couple of others in similar style for a while now.

  9. This stamp is perfect for a one layer card. Lovely! Thanks for sharing with us at Penny Black Saturday Challenge. ♥ Sue Kment

  10. Gorgeous card Zoe! It's so elegant and so beautifully coloured.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Mandy xx

  11. Such a perfect one-layer card, I love all the different images, so clever. Thanks for joining us at Retro Rubber. Claire DT

  12. This is so elegant. I love anything music related. Is the stamp several years old? I would really like to own one. Thank you for joining the challenge!

  13. Love your one layer card Zoe! Simply beautiful! Love your coloring, I need to practice more with my Chameleon markers. Thank you so much for joining us at Retro Rubber:)

  14. What a beautiful card - so well put together it is hard to believe it is stamps! Beautiful coloring! Thanks for playing along with us at Retro Rubber!

  15. Fabulous card Zoe - great image and love the stencilling.
    Unfortunately there really isn't enough Pink to be considered for the sponsor prize but we really appreciate you taking time to share your beautiful work with us.
    Debs xx

  16. Beautiful card - love the collage effect of the stamp!
    Thanks for playing at the Penny Black Saturday Challenge!
    Helen x

  17. Love this stamp which you've colored beautifully! Thanks so much for joining us at PBSC!


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