For day 3 of our week with Penny Black it's time to move to the next largest size of Art Squares - the 2" or "Twinchie Square". This is a very popular size because it's not too small...and not too big...lending itself perfectly to the size of many stamped images.
Most of the time, we find ourselves reaching for the white Art Squares because the bright white shows off different forms of coloring such as markers, paints, inks and stains etc. But because the Art Squares are an absorbent material, certain coloring mediums may be extremely muted when used on the darker squares. But what if you used a coloring medium that stays vibrant on the surface like embossing, Prismacolor Pencils, or even Pan Pastels?
This card is a good example of a technique that combines stamping with clear VersaMark ink and then using white embossing powder and heat setting on a dark gray 2" Art Square. We used the larger wheat stamp from the Penny Black Golden Harvest Transparent stamp set. Color with Prismacolor pencils, being sure to get good opaque coverage by coloring a few layers with the pencils. When using color pencils while it is tempting to press harder, you will get best results by just going over and over an area with light to medium pressure so you don't break the pencil or leave coloring lines.
Certain techniques, and even seasonal projects, really lend themselves to just the right color Art Square.
white: all stamping, bright color and absorbent media applications - basically everything!
ivory: really works well with fall, holiday and Valentine themes
dark cream and wheat: fall, Steampunk and antique projects
light gray: Valentine and Mother's Day (it's all about the pink and gray!)
dark gray: holiday (think white embossed birch trees, snowflakes and pine cones)
black: Zentangle R style pen work using a white or metallic pen or photo projects
With the exception of our newest 4" Art Square (currently available in white) all other sizes including the 1", 1.5", 2", 3" and ATC are available in all 7 colors.
Be sure and visit the Penny Black BLOG today and every day through Saturday November 22 as each day there will be new postings on both of our sites that combine the Art Squares you know and love with the incredible designs from Penny Black.
And don't forget to comment for entry into the giveaways!
2 winners will each receive $25 worth of stamps from Penny Black!
2 winners will each receive 4 boxes of Inchie Arts products!
To enter to win a product giveaway leave a comment here on the Inchie Arts blog and then visit the Penny Black BLOG and leave a comment there too. And, there is even a bonus entry by "liking" and commenting on the Facebook pages of both Inchie Arts and Penny Black. One winner will be selected from the collective blog comments and another winner selected from the collective Facebook likes and comments. That means 2 winners will each receive 4 boxes of Art Squares of their choosing and 2 winners will each receive $25 worth of stamps from Penny Black. Giveaway closes at 11/22/14 at 11:59 pm PST. Winners will be announced on the Inchie Arts BLOG and Facebook pages on Monday November 24.
6 days...6 different sizes of Art Squares!
Today's Tidbit: It was a couple of years ago that we discovered that our Art Squares are perfect for making boxes and cubes and Elizabeth's version today on the Penny Black blog is fantastic! Be sure and visit our original posting on Basic Cube Assembly for step by step directions (click here for a direct link).
See you tomorrow!