Sunday, August 6, 2017

Decking the Halls--Penguin Style

Aud Sentiments challenge blog's theme for their current challenge is "No Sentiment on Front of Project." Yes, it does seem a bit odd for a sentiment challenge blog, but there it is! :) I created my card for Christina Hor's holiday/winter card drive for children in the Heart Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital. This card inspired my design.

I knew I didn't want to die cut my penguins (from Mama Elephant's "Arctic Penguins" set). No great earth-shattering reason--I just like to make things harder for myself every once in a while! :) I created masks for the penguins, and used those to help me decide where they would go on my panel. I stamped the hat first, and masked it. Then, using my MISTI, I placed my top penguin, picked it up with the door, and masked off the feet. The penguins in this set are wearing ice skates, which I figured would be kind of difficult to balance on, standing on top of each other. So I just stamped everything--but their feet--with Hero Arts Black dye ink. After I stamped my first penguin, I masked him, stamped the middle one, masked him, and stamped the bottom penguin.

I don't have a suitable Christmas tree stamp, so I went looking online. I found one on Free Stock Photos' website that looked like it would work. I scanned my panel with the penguins stamped on it into my computer, and opened that in Photoshop. I opened the tree file in Photoshop, and moved it to the file that had the card panel. I sized & positioned it, and (digitally) erased the star & ground lines, since they wouldn't work with my design. Then I printed just the tree onto my panel.

After drawing my penguins' feet & a tree stand for the tree with a pencil, I traced over those lines with a fine-tip black pen. To color everything, I used my Prismacolor colored pencils. Usually, I color like my light source is from the top right. But, when coloring the tree, I happened to notice that the highlights on the ornaments are on the top left. Thankfully, I hadn't colored very much, and was able to adjust with no problem. I colored the tree stand like an inverted whisky barrel, and added a horizon line & some snow/shadow lines on the ground with a light grey pencil. I punched a star from silver glitter paper, using a Recollections punch, and glued it so it looks like the top penguin is going to place it on the tree. As soon as he can reach it, of course! :)

To finish my card, I first die cut the panel with the largest of Lawn Fawn's "Small Stitched Rectangle" dies. I also die cut another A2-size panel with a Lawn Fawn "Large Stitched Rectangle." I adhered the focal panel to my mat, and mounted that on my white card base. To help the penguins' eyes pop, I added tiny drops of Ebony Black Nuvo Crystal Drops. I also added white gel pen to the highlights on the ornaments, and coated them & the star with Glossy Accents. And that finished this card!

I'm also entering this card in Die Cut Divas "Anything Goes" challenge.


  1. Fantastic card with adorable image and fab design...thank you for joining us at AUD SENTIMENTS CHALLENGE this week,hope to see you again
    Ċ½eljka DT xx

  2. Ahhhh, darling. So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas.


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