Penny Black How-To Video Blog Hop and GIVEAWAY!

Penny Black Blog Hop

Hi All!

Welcome to my stop on the Penny Black blog hop. This hop showcases the new Penny Black large-scale stamps and coordinating stencils from the Happy Everything, Spring 2014, release. I am honored to participate!

I used three of the stencils with some distress markers and water to create these three cards:

Penny Black Blog Hop

The stencils are very detailed, outlining the thinnest stem, yet they are still very sturdy. I had such fun creating these unique backgrounds. For my video, I used the Promenade stencil to create this card:

Penny Black Blog Hop

Penny Black Blog Hop

And of course, there is an awesome giveaway on this hop! One lucky winner will receive the full collection of new Penny Black Large-Scale Stamps and Coordinating Stencils. That’s FIVE stamps and FOUR stencils! To enter, leave a comment on each stop along the hop, including the Penny Black blog. Besides the hop today, Penny Black will be featuring additional “How-To’s” all week long, so be sure to pop by and leave a comment on their blog each day. For an extra entry, “like” the Penny Black Facebook page (the “like” button at the very top) and post a comment. NOTE: This giveaway closes on Saturday, March 29 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time.

For a list of supplies, keep scrolling. For a complete list of blog hop participants, go to the Penny Black blog. Here are the marker combos I used on the cards (in the order they were applied):

  • Purple/Blue: Shaded Lilac, Seedless Preserves, Chipped Sapphire, and Broken China
  • Blue/Green: Peacock Feathers, Evergreen Bough, Salty Ocean, Mowed Lawn, and Pine Needles
  • Pink/Yellow: Festive Berries, Ripe Persimmon, Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade, and Picked Raspberry

And now for the video….
Note: If you are reading this post in an email, you’ll need to click on the post title above (“Penny Black How-To…”) to go to my blog and play the video.

You next stop on the hop will be Limor Webber’s blog! Enjoy your trip!



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.
Copic colors used: n/a

Penny Black Promenade
Penny Black Promenade
Penny Black Verdant
Penny Black Verdant
Penny Black Flower Dance
Penny Black Flower Dance
Distress Markers, Full Set
Distress Markers
Masking Fluid
Masking Fluid
Strathmore Watercolor Paper
Watercolor Paper
Penny Black Kind Words
Penny Black Kind Words
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Eclipse Masking Tape Roll
Eclipse Masking Tape Roll


  1. Karen Smee says:

    Love these cards! Guess I’m a bit late to the party but I won the stencil that you used in the video and am off to try your technique. Hopefully, my card will look similar to yours!

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  3. Rita Montgomery says:

    That stencil is beautiful and I love the background technique.

  4. Wowza, love the colors and layout. Great card and use is stencils.

  5. Michele F says:

    Darlene, I have never used a stencil! You are making me want the entire collection =]

  6. Wow! I absolutely love the stamps and matching stencils. I would love to own them. I saw them on Limor Webber’s site. Watched your videos and I’m excited to watch more. They are just beautiful!

  7. I just bought some watercolor paper yesterday, and I can’t wait to play with it! This is a great start :0 Thank you Darlene

  8. Darlene – AMAZING! I think that this one is now my favorite. After I saw one of your other tutorials, I purchased some of these stencils. Guess now I need the rest of them!! Can’t wait to try this technique. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  9. Nadine Lange says:

    Loved the cards and tutorial, thank you for sharing.

  10. You make fabulous cards…love seeing all your videos

  11. A gorgeous color combination

  12. Dianne K. says:

    Thanks so much for the video showing these techniques. So beautiful!

  13. GORGEOUS inked cards! Love the technique and designs! Thx for the video. 🙂

  14. I so appreciate you showing how to make the distress marker background. I never knew you had to add so much water & that the heat gun moved the water. I’m sure I’ll be much more satisfied with my attempts now!

  15. Mary, Wausau WI says:

    Penny Black & Darlene – – the perfect crafty combo!!!

  16. Wow, simply the most wonderful colours, Darlene … love how the white pops so beautfully against them! Anita 🙂

  17. Margarita Navarrro-Rivera says:

    Love the watercolor technique with the flower stencils.

  18. p charlebois says:

    Just a wonderful use of the stencil, great idea and great creations

  19. ShannonWL says:

    Resist techniques are so cool. Loved how different your work with the stencil was compared to the other bloggers.

  20. Joanna C says:

    How beautiful. I loved the technique using the stencil and watercolor. Thanks for sharing.

  21. Awesome technique, thanks a million.

  22. Loved your video! Can’t wait to try this technique, using distress markers direct-to-paper for a background. I’ve never tried this before. You made it seem very simple, with awesome effect! Really loved your color combinations too!

  23. Cindy Wagner says:

    Love the different ways you created your cards. They’re beautiful! I’d love to play with some of the yummy supplies you used and try creating some of my own art. : )

  24. Jannette Davis says:

    Wow! I can’t wait to be able to try this. Thanks for sharing for great work with us.

  25. Thank you so much, I love this technique too,
    I can’t wait to try it. I also enjoy your videos.
    Thank you for sharing your many talents with

  26. I love your technique…I’m absolutely doing something like it!!! Thanks

  27. Wow, these are beautiful. Thank you for sharing and the opportunity to win some great product.

  28. I love these new stamps and stencils!

  29. Jane White says:

    Thanks for the technique tutorial–beautiful cards!

  30. Chiara Trezzi says:


  31. Love this watercolour look! Thanks so much for sharing.

  32. Absolutely wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

  33. Denise Shepherd says:

    I just adore the watercolour technique, I think it is one of my favourites. I love your cards they are stunning. I shall have to emboss my stencil before just like the vid how to. Thank you for the inspiration. Dx

  34. Monique Rollinger says:

    I love the purple card !!! Great look ! Thanks for your inspiration

  35. Hi Darlene — have been on to comment in a while; as always, you work is lovely! I too am greatly enjoying these large floral sets and love what you did here. Thank you! Wendy

  36. Jennifer Essad says:

    it’s great to see your technique, I appreciate learning this way-thanks for the hop

  37. These are beautiful, love the unique look you get with each one!

  38. Love your videos . Thanks. Hope I win 🙂

  39. Such a gorgeous series of cards. Makes me want to play with my watercolors again! Thank you for the great video!

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