Saturday, October 25, 2014

Concept Trio Challenge: Penguin 2

My last card introduced a brand new challenge - Concept Trio Challenge. In this challenge, I create 3 cards that have a common theme or concept, but use different stamp sets.

You can see the first card I created here.

For this challenge, my shared concepts are:
- skating penguin with pink cheeks
- circle elements
- palette: white, light gray, light blue, navy and dark purple
- same patterned paper

This card uses the very adorable mini set from Lawn Fawn called Winter Penguin. Since this stamp is a bit smaller and more intricate, I also used the matching Winter Penguin die to cut out the penguin. After stamping the penguin onto some marker paper, I used my Copics to color in the penguin, sticking to very simple colors. I added a few white dots to his scarf for a bit of extra texture.

Like the previous card, I trimmed a white piece of cardstock to measure 3 3/4 by 5", and decided to mask off a circle I would color with distress inkpads and round blending tools. But before I could do this, I needed to take a minute to think about the stamp and circle placement.

I'd decided that I wanted to do something a bit more fun with the sentiment - make it look like the penguin had etched the word "happy" with his skates. This meant that I needed to change my card layout and switch to a landscape mode.

Since Winter Penguin is smaller in size, I made the masked circle smaller too. I started by blending Broken China ink, switched to Dusty Concord to deepen the color and, lastly, used Chipped Sapphire to really darken the edges. I took off the mask and added a few dots with my white gel pen.

I adhered the Winter Penguin to the corner of the circle with thin foam squares, then stamped the sentiment next to it with black ink. I used a black marker pen to just slightly extend the end loop of "happy" and bring it closer to the penguin's skate.

As with the last card, I adhered a 2-inch strip of patterned paper to a light gray card base. I adhered the penguin panel to the card with foam tape.

For the embellishment, I switched to sequins, and added 3 of them near the top of the card.

Lawn Fawn Winter Penguin stamp set
Lawn Fawn Winter Penguin die
Copic Mini Marker Pad 70lbs
My Favorite Things Hybrid Ink in Black Licorice
Copics (BV25, BV29, YR15, YR68, B91, B32, R22, B000, B00)
Sakura Gellyroll White Gel Pen
Neenah Solar White cardstock 80#lbs
Simon Says Stamp cardstock in Fog
Chickaniddy Crafts Jolly Good 6x6 paper pad
Ranger Distress inkpads in Broken China, Dusty Concord and Chipped Sapphire
Pretty Pink Posh Cobalt sequins 6mm
Pretty Pink Posh Silver sequins 4mm
Scrapbook Adhesives Thin 3D foam squares
3M Double-sided foam tape
Ranger Studio Multi-Matte glue
Tombow Craft Dot Adhesive (pink)


  1. I love how you just turned the card design around and switched out some stuff and got a completely new card! Really love this kind of concept! Just plain awesome!

    1. Thank you so much, Ka! I'm really loving the concept a lot, too. All the cards look like they fit together, but they're all slightly different. I'm now thinking what a fabulous way this would be to make card sets to give as a gift. It's not as repetitive as making one card over and over again, but everything still fits together as a set.

  2. Card two is fantastic, Elle! It's amazing how similar the cards look because of the shared concepts but how different they look too. Isn't the winter penguin cute, cute, cute? And the "happy" coming from his little skates is perfect! Woohoo for card two. :)

    1. Love that penguin! He's such a sweetie.

      And thanks! I love how similar they are, but then different too. :D

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    1. Thanks so much, Niki! It's a really fun layout. I'm going to try it again, maybe with different colors for the circle. :D