Thursday 28 October 2010

Penny Black Card Set

I'll warn you now...this is a long post...with lots of photos.

It's my Nan's birthday next month, and this is the present I've made to give her. It's a set of simple Penny Black cards, with various greetings on, in a decorated box. The image I've used on the box is called 'Gifts for You', and the papers are from the 'Kioshi' pad by BasicGrey. I distressed all of the edges and added faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a white gel pen. The flowers are by Prima, and the brads are Papermania.

Here's a view of the top of the box:

And from the side, so that you can see it really is a box:

Here's a sneak peek at the contents:

For the cards, I kept them really simple, and stamped directly on to the card blank, then coloured the images with watercolour pencils, and added a sentiment. The images are all from clear stamp sets by Penny Black, and the sentiments are from various sets/manufacturers...I'll list them under the individual photos. I made 20 cards in total...there's 2 each of 10 designs:

Images: from the 'Critter Party' and 'Hugs' PB sets
Sentiments: from the 'Critter Party' PB set and CCSR set by Papermania

Images: from the 'Micey Nice Day' and 'Wonderful' PB sets
Sentiments: from the CCSR set by Papermania and the 'Wonderful' PB set

Images: from the 'Micey Nice Day' and 'Bubbly' PB sets
Sentiments: from the CCSR set by Papermania and the 'Sending Sunshine' set by Simon Says Stamp

Images: from the 'Wonderful' and 'Bubbly' PB sets
Sentiments: Hero Arts WM stamp and from the 'Anytime Messages' set by Hero Arts

Images: from the 'Hugs' and 'Wonderful' PB sets
Sentiments: from the 'Sending Sunshine' set by Simon Says Stamp and the 'Anytime Messages' set by Hero Arts

Challenges for these items:
Phew...see I told you it was a long post! lol


  1. WOW Helen what a gorgeous gift idea - these are so cute and I bet your Nan will love them. Hugs, Claire x

  2. These are great, I love how you have decorated the box! I am feeling inspired now to get my water colour pencils out!

  3. what a gorgeous gift sat, she is one lucky lady ! x

  4. Helen! These are absolutely beautiful!! I love the clean and simple look and your colouring is fab. Your nan will love them x

    You could enter the 'Clean & Simple' challenge over at Fab n Funky with them too!!

    Jenny xx

  5. Helen this is stunning love the detail on the top of the box such a pretty creation and the clean lines and simple elegance of the card set is fabulous
    thanks for sharing
    Kate x

  6. Aaaww these are gorgeous Helen, well done you! Such a wonderful idea for a gift too!

  7. Wow Helen they are really amazing - absolutely adorable and the sentiments are all perfect with each image. Lucky nan is what I say :-)
    Pauline x

  8. Oh my what a fabulous gift! And you stamped directly on the cards - that is so brave, I know I wouldn't dare to! These are all just so lovable!

    luv, Mags x

  9. Wow, Helen, these are all gorgeous. What a wonderful gift. My birthday is in July so you've got plenty of time lol!

  10. what a gorgeous gift,loving the cards thankyou for joining us at fab'n'funky


  12. oh, how LOVELY! what a fabulous gift set! i am SURE she loves it! i'm a big fan of the PB images, and they're adorable for this set!

    thanks for playing with the Charisma Gals this week, Helen! :D

  13. These are gorgeous, what a lovely gift x

  14. This is amazing.
    Thanks for playing at Fab 'n' Funky this week, and hope to see you again next time.
    Sharon x

  15. Congratulations on your win Helen, I was well deserved love card set and the box is fabulous,
    take care, have a great day Hugs Bridget;)x

  16. Fantastic gift must have taken ages to do.Gorgeous box,love the cards beautifully made n coloured.A really lovely gift.xx

  17. Oh my goodness Helen this project is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!


Thanks for taking the time to look and comment on my cards! Helen x