Today on the Paper Crafter’s Library blog, we’re continuing our weekly featured artist spotlight whereby each week we spotlight a different artist/designer in the paper crafting & mixed media world and introduce you to their fabulous work.

Today we’re thrilled to welcome Leigh Penner.

Before we show you Leigh’s project, let’s get to know her a little bit more…

LeighPennerPhoto-250WMy name is Leigh Penner and I live in Morden, Manitoba, Canada with my husband of 17 years and our three children. I work as a substitute teacher, which I enjoy, because it allows me to work the same hours/days as my children as well as gives me days off to craft!  I have been scrapbooking for over ten years now and started cardmaking and stamping about three years ago, when I purchased my first die cutting machine and some clear stamps online. I love both forms of paper crafting evenly and would have a hard time choosing between the two!   I would describe my style as CAS & pretty, with stitching 99% of the time.  I am currently on the following design teams: Reverse Confetti, CAS(E) this Sketch, Inspired Blueprints and the 10 Minute Craft Dash.

I post almost daily on my blog: To the Full.  When I’m not stamping, I love to read, go for bike rides & watch movies with my kids. I am also a 2nd degree black belt in taekwondo and enjoy training three nights a week with my two youngest children.   Thanks so much for having me as a featured designer on Paper Crafter’s Library, I hope you enjoy my card!For my card, I decided to use one of my current favourite techniques: stamping on vellum.


Here’s what I did:

  1. I started with a panel of My Mind’s Eye patterned paper, which I layered over some Soft Stone cardstock. 
  2. I cut a strip of vellum, on which I stamped the sentiment in Versamark and heat embossed in brown Zing! embossing powder.
  3. I stamped each heart in Versamark and then in a dye ink and heat embossed them with clear embossing powder.  *See note below.
  4. I adhered the vellum panel to my card and added some stitching.
  5. To finish off my card, I added three Soft Stone buttons and attached them with twine.

*I love being able to heat emboss on vellum with dye inks. All you have to do is press your stamp into Versamark first, before pressing it onto the dye ink pad. Then you can stamp onto the vellum and use clear embossing powder to set the colour.

For my project I used:

Stamps: Forever Fall (Reverse Confetti)
Ink: VersaMark ink (Tsukineko); Harvest Gold, Scarlet Jewel & Orange Zest dye inks (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: Vellum, Soft Stone cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Cut ‘N Paste patterned paper (My Mind’s Eye)
Accessories: Soft Stone
buttons, twine (Papertrey ink); Brown Zing! embossing powder (American Crafts) 

We hope you have enjoyed today’s projects courtesy of Leigh Penner. Also, be sure to stop by Leigh’s blog to see even more of her beautiful work (and let her know we sent you).


9 replies on “Featured Artist/Designer: Leigh Penner”

  1. Love how you incorporated the vellum on your card, it made it soft so and so Lovely. Love all the stitching details. You are always so good at this 🙂 Love!

  2. Love your sweet and simple card! And thanks for the tip about Versamark, then the dye ink, before embossing!!

  3. Such a pretty and elegant card! I have never stamped on Vellum, and after reading the great tips, I must try this. Does the VersaMark get your Dye Ink too stitcky or tacky?

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