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