Penny Black Saturday Challenge

Welcome to Monday, my stamping friend! I hope that you enjoyed your weekend. I spent quite a bit of time at my crafting table (a.k.a. dining room table). Today’s card is one I made for the Penny Black Saturday challenge. I think it’s called that because it posts on the first Saturday of a new month, and runs the entire month. For June, the challenge is ‘anything goes’, or ‘partial stamping’.  I decided to go with the ‘partial stamping’, because I like a real challenge!


The definition of ‘partial stamping’ for the purpose of this challenge is” Either by inking only part of your stamp, or by stamping off the edge of your project”. Using the Perfect Pairing stamp set, I stamped off the edge of my paper. But then in a twist, I flipped the image and did another stamping off the other edge!

Penny Black Saturday Challenge

It was lovely to just sit and colour, once I had the images stamped.


The image that I used from the Perfect Pairing stamp set actually stops at the orange flower you see in the middle. I stamped the image on the left side first,in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, which is how the image normally aligns. Next, take a piece of acetate, and stamp the image again in Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto the acetate. Now, flip the acetate over, and place it ink side down onto the panel, lining up the images with the ones you’ve already stamped. Hold the acetate in place, and use your fingers to firmly rub over the back of the acetate. Because the acetate is non-porous, the rubbing transfers the ink to the porous cardstock! Once you’ve thoroughly rubbed the image, lift the acetate, and voila – you now have a reverse image of your stamp. This technique is also called the ‘reflection’ technique. It’s perfect for creating reflections in water.

Once you’ve stamped your images, you can relax and start colouring. The Memento ink is alcohol marker friendly; that’s what I  used for colouring. I used my Stampin’ Blends markers from my stash. I’ve order some of the new Spectrum Noir Tri-Blend Markers – I can’t wait until they come in!


Once you’ve finished colouring the images, add some shadows with a light gray marker or pencil. This helps give your image some depth. Use a Life Changing Blender Brush and some Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and blend a light blue background above the flowers.

Finally, stamp the sentiment from the Perfect Pairing stamp set in Versafine Clair – Nocturne ink in the middle of the panel. Cover it with clear embossing powder, and set with a heat tool.

Penny Black Saturday Challenge

To tie in the dark red that I used in some of the leaves, I attached the front panel to a cardstock panel of the same colour, with foam tape. Then I attached it to a card base of bright yellow.


With just the one extra layer, this card is perfect for the post office! No extra postage needed. I think that the colouring is what adds the ‘wow’ factor to this card.

Did you know that the Penny Black Saturday challenge is open to everyone? I’m sure you’d enjoy joining in the fun! If you need some supplies, I’ve added links below, for online ordering.

Penny Black Saturday Challenge

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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

4 thoughts on “Partial Stamping – Penny Black Saturday Challenge

    1. Thank you, Buffy! I had fun colouring the flowers, and adding the ‘unexpected’ colours of cherry cobbler and blue!

    1. Thank you for your kind comment, Jenny! I enjoyed playing along with the Penny Black challenge 🙂

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