Fall Zentangle® Card

Are you having a good day?  I spent the morning mowing my grass in the hot sun.  But praise God I am able to do that!  Today I wanted to share with you a Fall Zentangle® Card I made.  I love the Zentangle® Art  Form and have wanted to create a Zentangle®  for a fall card, and here it is:


The fall season brings such beautiful colors and striking leaves.  It is such a pleasure to see God’s beauty when you are on a mountain top looking down at the valleys and soaking in all the glorious colors of leaves on trees.  But if you do not live in an area when you can enjoy this every Fall, you are missing a lot of beauty.  Actually, I live in Florida, having moved here from northern Virginia where it was fabulous every fall.  Florida never seems to get the memo announcing that it is fall, so I do not have to opportunity to share in God’s beauty unless I travel approximately 1,000 miles north!  It is so worth it when I do go north in the fall.

Back to the card.  The following picture is a close up of the Zentangle®.


What is a Zentangle?  You can get complete information HERE!

To create the card, I used an original Sizzix Leaf Die (no longer available) to cut out a leaf from Solar White card stock. I retained the negative to use for the card front. I began creating my Zentangle® art piece by stamping an autumn leaf in the center of the leaf cutout.

To create my tangles, I decided to not use an official string, which is the norm. I let the stamped leaf be my guide. I selected several official tangle patterns, got into a Zen frame of mind, and started tangling. After drawing my selected official tangles, I used Copic Sketch Markers to color the tangles that create my leaf.

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God’s Blessings!

Stamping With Guneaux Designs By Beverly Polen

A man named Lazarus was sick.  His sisters sent word to Jesus of his illness. Jesus comforts Lazarus’ sisters:

“Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”  Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.  Do you believe this?”  John 11:23-25

Zentangle & Japanese Notan

Zentangle & Japanese Notan

Hello, my friends!!  Before I discuss my card share today, I need to provide you with definitions for Zentangle & Japanese Notan.

Zentangle is a noun, not a verb!  It is the resulting art of creating beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.  When you create a Zentangle, you are “tangling”, which puts you into a “Zen” frame of mind.  The art method is easy and uplifting.  The tangling on my card is in the white sections of the card.

Japanese Notan is a guiding principle of Eastern art and design.  It is a Japanese word meaning dark-light, and it focuses on the interaction between positive and negative space, and embodies the ancient symbolism of the Yang and the Yin. It recognizes the separate but equally important identity of both a shape and its background.

Now, here’s my card:

Zentangle & Japanese Notan

I prepared the card in response to two Splitcoaststampers Challenges.  One challenge was to create using the Japanese Notan method of art for the Mix-Ability Challenge.  The other was to create in black and white for the Inspiration Challenge.  For the Inspiration Challenge, participants were to visit this Pinterest Board and draw inspiration from the board’s images.

This image was my inspiration.  As soon as I saw the gorgeous Zentangle boot, I knew it would be my pick!  Thus, I combined the two challenges to create my card.  :

To create the Japanese Notan portion of the card, I used the retired Stampin’ Up! Blossom Punch to cut four half blossoms from a piece of  black card stock.  I laid and glued these four pieces to the sides of the related white half blossoms.  I then used different tangling patterns to fill in the white space.  Typically, there would only be white opposite of the black for the Notan technique; however, because I combined the two challenges, I used the white space to tangle and to create my Zentangle & Japanese Notan card.  I hope you enjoy it.

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God’s Blessings!

Stamping With Guneaux Designs By Beverly Polen

“In that day you will no longer ask me anything.  I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.  Until now you have not asked for anything in my name.  Ask and you will receive and your joy will be complete.”  John 16:23 & 24

Happy 4th of July – Zentangle

Happy 4th of July


Happy 4th of July, everyone!!  I hope your day is filled with blessings!  May those of us who live in the wonderful USA be grateful as we celebrate our country’s birthday.  God bless the USA!

My Happy 4th of July card features tangling.  I created the design, therefore, there is no official name for the tangle. 

The Happy Birthday sentiment is from the current Stampin’ Up! Hostess stamp set, the Morning Meadow.  The sparkles are from the Stampin’ Up! retired July Fourth stamp set. Happy 4th of July - ZentangleThe “USA” is from an old Sizzix alphabet set that I have.  I have had this set of dies for years, and I foresee keeping and using it for many more.  

The picture to the right shows more clearly the tangling I designed.  It is very simple and easily duplicable.   


Happy 4th of July - Zentangle



God’s Blessings!
Stamping With Guneaux Designs
Beverly Polen