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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Penguin with Cold Hands, Warm Heart

If you have been following my blog for a few years you may have noticed that every January I post a card featuring a penguin, not a Christmas card mind you, but a birthday card for my nephew who has loved penguins since he was a baby.  Some kids have Teddy bears; he had a penguin named Mr. Popper.  A Penguin fits the Heart 2 Heart Cold Hands, Warm Heart challenge, so using this Atlantic Hearts sketch I made the 2017 Penguin Birthday Not Christmas Card.

Now the first thing I noticed about this sketch was the striped background.  The striped paper in the Snowhaven (retired) pack has been my go to paper for penguin themed cards.  I cut the stripes apart so I can pick and choose the pattern according what I need.  Often I select only stripes that have red, black and white for penguins as in this card.  For today's card I wanted primarily blue, black, and white to keep the background cold with just a few pops of red to provide continuity without competing with the heart shaped balloon.  I wanted that balloon to pop.  To make the balloon I stamped the outline in the Happy for You set on Cranberry cardstock, cut it out, and sponged the edge with Cranberry ink to give it some dimension.  The highlight is a sliver of White Daisy cardstock painted with a shimmer brush and glued in place.

Now about the penguin:  Whenever I am heat embossing a stamped image, I emboss a few extra and keep them in the envelope the stamp is stored in to save time on future projects.  Rather than stamping the penguin directly on the card after masking off the snowball, I fussy cut one from my Wintry Wishes (retired) stash, lopping off the snowball in the process so he could hold a balloon instead. I attached the balloon with some foam tape and drew string.

Here is the inside:

For the sentiments I made liberal use of the masking technique where you put a sticky note or washi tape over the parts of the stamp that you do not want before inking it.  The trick is to remember to remove the inky mask before stamping on your project.  Ask me how I know...  The sentiment on the front from Scandinavian Wishes (retired) is actually "Warm Wishes this holiday season" and, of course, the stamp used inside usually says "Happy" along with "Birthday"  The "on your" comes from the Happy for You set.

Now to write a check and get this in the mail.  After all, his birthday was last week!  Thank you for stopping by!  Until next time, Hansi

Materials used, all Close to My Heart unless otherwise noted:
Paper:  Snowhaven (retired), Glacier, Cranberry, and White Daisy Cardstock
Ink:  Black, Cranberry, Black pigment (penguin),Black LePen
Stamps:  Happy for You, Birthday Sparkles, Wintry Wishes (retired), Scandinavian Wishes (retired)
Embellishments:  Shimmer Pen, Clear Embossing powder


  1. I love the trick of cutting the pattern to select colors and arrange them to your own design! That has been a favorite paper collection of mine, too. Fabulous card and beautiful inside as well Thank you for joining AHSC this week. - Dena (DT)

  2. Such a thoughtful card and meaning for your nephew...adorable card and love that Snowhaven paper for your background...I wish I had thought of that because this is a great paperpack. Thanks for sharing with us at AHSC.

  3. Glad you combined your challenge with the AHSC and Heart2Heart. Thinking of Snowhaven and Penquins are surely Cold Hands Warm Heart interpretation. Thanks for sharing with H2H.

  4. Love the story you included about your nephew and the penguins. :) LOVE the Snowhaven pp (enjoyed hearing how you pick and choose the strips...) and of course the darling little penguin. A VERY creative card for the sketch and I love it! :) ~ Ali ( AHSC DT)

  5. Love your choice of paper and the penguin...always enjoy seeing the oldie but goodies! Of course, the heart is the crowning touch. Thank you for joining us at Heart 2 Heart Challenges!

  6. Super cute, I love your card! Thanks for playing along with Heart 2 Heart Challenges (H2H) and AHSC!

    Brandi R
    DT member H2H & AHSC