Saturday 28 September 2013

A warm penguin?

It was touch and go whether I'd get a card made for the Less is More challenge today but then hubby announced he was making dinner! So, after collecting a variety of boys from a party I snuck a quick one in... There's a fab sketch at LiM today which I've combined with the Emboss-Resist challenge at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown. Come and see:

Both the penguin and the polar bear from Zoo Review are fabulous for Christmas cards and they lend themselves well to emboss-resist scenes. I used two stamps from Gorgeous Grunge for the background, stamping with versamark and heat-embossing with clear embossing powder. The penguin was stamped and I masked off the ground and inked around it with Pool Party ink. Once the excess ink was wiped off, it gave a very snowy effect.

The penguin was coloured with markers and I used my new chalk marker to add subtle detail to his front and to the ground. The scene was cut out using my 2 1/2" circle punch and I pierced a border round it for added detail. I wanted the penguin to be looking at the sentiment so I flipped the sketch, adding a banner with one of the fabulous candy dots.

Here's Jen's sketch from LiM that I used today - you can see that I turned it upside down.

Here's what you'll need to make this card
Stamps: Zoo Review, Gorgeous Grunge, Remember Christmas (sentiment)
Ink: Pool Party, Sahara Sand, Pumpkin Pie
Card stock: Whisper White
Other: Markers, candy dots, versamark, clear embossing powder, heat tool, Essentials piercing kit Chalk marker, stamp-a-majig

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While other couples enjoyed their Friday evening eating out perhaps or enjoying drinks and nibbles with friends, my hubby and I went to Ikea! As we entered the shop via the escalator, we saw an artistic display of children's toy cookers which had been attached one above another up a wall. "Bit dangerous for the kiddies," remarked my husband.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I'll be back on Monday.


  1. Fabulous wintry card, Vicky!!! LOVE that penguin--and great use of the technique! Thanks for joining us at 52CCT! :)

  2. Fabulous card Vicky, I love how you've done the snow!
    Margaret x

  3. Stunning!! Vicky your card says it all, beautiful background and brilliant penguin, love it :D Gay x

  4. Oh my golly!I love how you have made this Vicky,what a beautiful card :)
    I am glad you got some crafty time in the end-and had dinner cooked for you too-that is a win-win situation! LOL!
    Have a lovely Sunday,
    Nessa xxx

  5. This looks terrific Vicky, that resist effect looks perfect!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  6. Gorgeous card I love the snow effect.
    Margaret M

  7. Love your little penguin card your background


  8. Oh I really love this card Vicky.

    Sarn xxx

  9. This is brilliant Vicky! What a fabulous scene! :)
    Lizy xx

  10. A wonderful Christmas card Vicky, I love the splash of orange.

  11. Hi Vicky
    Fabulous card .... Love the Penquin
    Hugs Sylvie xxx

  12. What a fun card, love the play on words LOL.
    Love it

  13. You card is so fabulous!!! :) wow :)

  14. This is awesome Vicky. I love how you used the resist technique to make that snowy scene. Thanks so much for joining us this week at 52CCT!

  15. This is fab! I love the snow! Thanks so much for playing along with 52CCT this week!

  16. Simply perfect! My fave in the LIM gallery this week so far :-)

  17. If I didn't know better, I'd think this was a real photograph of a penguin, Vicky! Astounding creation!! (I would take a trip to IKEA over a romantic dinner any day, LOL!) Hugs, Darnell

  18. Your attention to detail is fantastic - I love that you color coordinated the sentiment banner to the penguin's beak and throat! You did an amazing job with the focal panel, and the piercing frames it wonderfully. Thanks so much for sharing your card with us at 52{C}CT! :) I always enjoy seeing your work!

  19. What a wonderful, warm & wintery Christmas card Vicky, I love it! I love the way you made the snowy background and I've now added the chalk marker to my SU! wish list! Thanks so much for playing along with us at 52 {C}CT, it is always a treat to see one of your cards - please come back soon! Ruth x

  20. Fabulous use of the Zoo Review stamp set- the way you created the snowy scene is awesome. As always this is a stunning card, glad you shared it with us at 52 CCT



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