Monday, July 13, 2015

Season's Greetings!

Day 2 of Catch the Bug Challenge Blog's week-long "Christmas in July" series is a sketch challenge:

I chose to use Bugaboo Stamp's "Penguin 3" image for my card. After doing a digital mock-up in Photoshop to work out the design & exact measurements, I sized the penguin and printed him on a piece of Strathmore Mixed Media Paper. I die cut that with a Spellbinders "Standard Circles LG" die, and colored the image with Inktense pencils, using a wet brush to blend the colors. I also die cut a mat from black paper with one of the "Nesting Scallops" circle dies by Lifestyle Crafts. I glued the focal panel to the mat, and set that aside while I worked on the rest of the card.

Because of the teal blue I'd used in the sky, I decided to go with a more blue-green color scheme for the rest of the card. I chose 3 patterned papers from my scrap stash, and cut the pieces from those. I glued the triangles in the corners of the background, and then worked out the exact placement of the patterned paper panel behind the focal piece. After marking its position, I applied adhesive to the back of the panel with my ATG gun, then adhered it to the background. Finally, I glued the focal piece in place.

It was at this point that I looked at the sketch again, and realized I'd forgotten about the greeting! So I went through my Christmas stamp sets, looking for a greeting that would fit both the space & overall look. I found one in the "Christmas Characters" set by Inkadinkado. I stamped it in Versafine Onyx Black ink on a piece of teal cardstock, then trimmed that into a thin strip. I glued that down, right along the top of the patterned paper panel. Thankfully, it fit--whew! :) All that remained was to adhere the completed card front to a white A2 card base, add a touch of Glossy Accents to the penguin's eyes, and this card is ready to send to Operation Write Home!

I'm also entering this card in Merry Monday's Challenge #166: Penguins.


  1. Darling penguin card! Thanks for playing at Merry Monday!!

  2. This is such a cute penguin, Andrea! Love the layout you've put him in! Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday!

  3. Andrea, your penguin is just darling and you did a super job with the sketch, too! Thanks so much for playing with us at Merry Monday!

  4. Thank you so much for joining us for our Sketch Challenge in our Christmas in July Event! I love it and we appreciate your support! Good Luck!

  5. Thank you so much for linking up with us in our “Christmas In Juy” challenges at Catch The Bug! Please join us, again, next time, for a new challenge and more chances to win! ~~Sammibug~~ DT Member For Bugaboo Stamps

  6. Your card is ADORABLE, Andrea! Love the design of your card and that cute penguin! Super fun! Thanks for playing along with us this week over at Merry Monday! :)


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