Technique Tuesday Playful Penguins Cards

Hello, hi! I’ve got a couple of chilly chums to share with you today! Cute! But chilly. Perfect for January/February card-sending occasions! Technique Tuesday’s January Animal House release is a set of cute penguins with the usual pun-y sentiments in the stamp set along with coordinating dies!

My first card uses a pair of penguin images on a little hill of snow created by a dotted line die, Lawn Fawn Stitched Trails.

To give the sleek birds that ultra-black, wet sheen that “black” birds have, I colored the penguins first with layers of dark blue/green Copic markers before adding a layer of dark grey shades on top. I stamped one of the sentiments from the Playful Penguins stamp set onto watercolor paper and heat embossed with silver embossing powder.

For the background, after running the stitched line die through my Gemini machine, I stamped a bunch of the snowflakes from this stamp set, onto the top part of the card panel and heat embossed with white embossing powder, then painted a very light blend of blue and lavender watercolor paint (with lots of water for that smooth blend) for the sky. It was tempting to go heavy with the paint to allow the snowflakes to really pop, but I resisted and I love the resulting subtle color of the sky.

Card number two features the sliding penguin in the stamp set. To know for sure how penguins do that exactly, I had to watch m.a.n.y. videos. Some might question that use of my time. I’m calling it research. A deep dive, as it were!

I created a background using the Lawn Fawn Stitched Windy Backdrop die and embossed an A2 panel of Neenah Solar-White cardstock. I die cut and embossed the bottom portion using the Simon Says Stamp Drifting Stitches Border, then lightly brushed on some pale blue ink to define the line between the “hill” and the sky.

I stamped the sentiment right below the bird to give both more visual weight. The “sliding” part is an outline word in the stamp set, but I colored it in with a black waterbased marker. I found the grey enamel hearts in my stash and would love to share the source but I don’t know it. All I can say is there should be way more choices for heart shaped enamel dots, both of colors and brands!

Thank you so much for stopping by today! You can shop the January Animal House subscription here and all the other subscriptions here. Have a wonderful day!

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