Sunday 26 March 2023


Hi everyone, a couple of days ago I became aware of a new challenge - Woodblock Wednesday - which requires entrants to use woodblock stamps as the focal point on their project. This month they are partnering with Penny Black, and these two things really inspired my creative juices as I have several boxes full of old woodblock stamps, many of which are Penny Black! So I decided to have a root around in my stamp boxes with a view to making some kind of Penny Black spring project, but with no other particular criteria in mind.  I played around with a couple of card ideas, but eventually I settled on a series of spring ATC’s ..  which is also a great way of using up my snippets of both white and coloured card, so I can submit my homework at the Snippets Playground!  

Here they are.

I love the old PB brushstroke stamps, and quickly decided on this vintage daffodil stamp which must be around 15 years old. I cut three pieces of stamping white card from various snippets each 3.25” x 2.25”, and onto each I stamped the flower coloured with Marvey watercolour markers and spritzed with water. I then sponged Distress Oxide ink around the edges of each ATC, using a different pastel spring shade on each one. I then did some 2nd generation background stamping in the corners … for the first ATC I did use a clear stamp to aid placement, but on ATC’s 2 and 3 I went for broke and used a woodblock background stamp, inking carefully and hoping for the best!! I masked one of my favourite PB woodblock sentiment stamps “Spring Magic”, inked and stamped just the top line onto each ATC. I edged each image panel with the same colour Versafine Clair used for the background stamping, then matted them all onto daffodil yellow linen card stock - luckily I had a snippet just large enough to get three ATC-size  pieces from!.  

Here’s a closeup of each ATC.




Stamps: Penny Black Jonquil (3887K), Spring Magic (2952C), Letter Background (1999L); Lavinia Texture 2;
Media: Marvey Watercolour Markers; Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks (Tumbled Glass, Twisted Citron, Speckled Egg); Versafine Clair (Nocturne, Warm Breeze, Verdant);
Gems from my stash.

Challenges I would like to enter:

ATC’s Around the World #99 - Spring (2nd entry)
Cardz 4 Galz #195 - Spring Flowers - SPOTLIGHT WINNER
Creative Inspirations (March) - Spring Blooms (3rd entry)
Make My Monday #196 - Spring Colours (3rd entry)
Penny Black Saturday Challenge (March) - Anything Goes (2nd entry)
Simon Says (Wednesday) - Spring/Easter
Woodblock Wednesday (March) - Use a Woodblock stamp

Here’s a picture of the woodblock stamps I used.

Hope everyone is having a good weekend, wherever you are and whatever the weather. Take care and thanks for visiting my blog today.


brenda said...

Those old PB weed mounted stamps never fail to please and this one is another fav of mine, comes out every Spring, lovely ATC's using the collection.

B x

crafty-stamper said...

Beautiful ATC set and love the fabulous brush strokes daffodils
Carol x

Mrs.B said...

A lovely set of ATCs, these really do say Springtime.
Avril xx

pinky said...

Goodness you've done an amazing job with those stamps Pauline. These atcs are gorgeous!!

Cazro said...

Gorgeous set of stamps. Loving the stamp. Thanks for joining in our Spring challenge at MMM. A very pretty card. Caz. DT.

Gina's Cards said...

Such a beautiful set of ATC's. Love the gorgeous bright daffodils. Thank you for sharing with us at Creative Inspirations, good luck.
Gina xx

~amy~ said...

Absolutely gorgeous. Those blooms are timeless!
Thank you so much for linking up to Woodblock Wednesday!

Debbie said...

Beautiful cards!
Thanks for playing along at Cardz 4 Galz
Debbie - C4G DT
Debbie's Dash of This and That

Sandra Wright. said...

I absolutely love this set of Atcs Pauline. That daffodil stamp is awesome, love the sketchy image.
A lovely trio of Atcs for the challenge at Atcs Around the World.
Thank you for playing along with us.x

Sarn said...

Mmmm . . . I LOVE all of these pretty Springtime ATCs Pauline. Same but different. Can't pick between them!

Thanks for coming to play in the Snippets Playground. Once you’ve finished playing on the swings, meet me and Di up in the Treehouse for a nice mug of hot chocolate! xxx

Di said...

Really great ATC's Pauline! So much the theme of Spring - let's hope - and also pretty as can be. I never heard of the Woodblock challenge - sadly their time window of just a few days is too short for me most of the time, but a really good idea! Thanks for sharing.

Di xx

Conny said...

Wonderful spring ATCs! Love the flowers!
Thanks for joining us at ATC around the world!