Non-Watercolor First Waltz Birthday Wish

I had a friend who is new to cardmaking come over the other day.  She loves Penny Black, but she didn’t think she could make her watercolor images look good.  We tried it the traditional why of coloring the stamp with watercolor markers, spritzing with water, and stamping several time to get the image you want, but she didn’t like the way they looked.  It was a little too loose for her taste.  After she left I decided to try stamping the image with a couple of colors of inks and this card is the result.  I really like the way it turned out.

I placed Penny Black’s First Waltz in the MISTI and then pulled out my Gina K. Designs Inks.  For the flowers I used Dusty Rose and Passionate Pink.  I first stamped with the lighter color and then stamped again just using the darker color on the edges of the petals.  The leaves were stamped with Jelly Bean Green first and then again with Fresh Asparagus.  In looking at the sample provided by Penny Black I colored the stamen with a Micron 03 Black Pen.

The sentiment is a discontinued stamp by Amy R called Great Birthday Greetings.  It’s too bad it is no longer available, it has really loved greetings that I used all the time.  It was stamped with Hero Hues India Ink Black in the lower left of the card.

The focal image was then die cut using My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangles.  A rectangle of Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut 1/8” smaller and adhered to the back.  It was then adhered to an A2 top folding cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# Asparagus Green Cardstock and the card was done.

This is the traditional watercolored look for this type of Penny Black stamp.


  • Penny Black First Waltz
  • Amy R Great Birthday Greetings
  • Gina K. Designs Inks: Dusty Rose, Passionate Pink, Jelly Bean Green, Fresh Asparagus
  • My Favorite Things Wonky Rectangles Die
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • Micron 03 Black Pen
  • Neena Solar White 80# Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# Green Asparagus Cardstock

Author: Karen

I am a very blessed wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. I firmly believe in the quote by Dieter F. Uchtdorf which states "The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human heart." Every day I try to create something that lifts the heart for myself and others.

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