Sunday, October 26, 2014

Concept Trio Challenge - Penguin 3

Today I'm sharing the third and final card in my new challenge series - Concept Trio Challenge. This challenge is where I use the same concepts and ideas, but switch out stamps to make 3 different cards.

You can see the first card I created here, and the second card here

As a reminder, here are the shared concepts I'm working with:
- skating penguin with pink cheeks
- circle elements
- palette: white, light gray, light blue, navy and dark purple
- same patterned paper

For the third card, I am using an older penguin set from Fiskars called Winter Wishes. This is a rubber cling stamp set that has a few penguins and a snowman, as well as snowflakes and several sentiments.  I got this set a while ago, and never got around to using it.

Since the skating penguin from this set is quite a bit larger than the other penguins, I decided to also make the circle larger - and change the technique from masking and blending with a tool to using watercolor. I used one of the stitched circles STAX dies from My Favorite Things to cut a circle out of regular white cardstock. Now, normally, you'd want to use watercolor paper here to get a smooth result. But I wanted to have a bit of a grittier texture, so I used plain heavyweight cardstock.

I pulled out my craft mat and smooshed the 3 distress inkpads onto it - Broken China, Dusty Concord and Chipped Sapphire. I sprayed it with a fine mist spray, then pressed the circle down, wiggling it a bit so colors would blend in. I turned it over, dabbed the excess with an edge of a paper towel and set it aside to dry completely. Once it dried, I deepened the edges of the circle by blending in a bit of Chipped Sapphire ink. The end result was a circle that looked a bit like a snowglobe - which is very much fun.

While that was drying, I stamped the penguin with black ink, and colored him in with Copics. As with the other cards, I kept the coloring very simple, using just 2 colors per shade and blending them out. I carefully cut around the image, and set it aside.

Since the night sky circle is so much larger on this card, I decided to balance it out by using a navy card base. I cut and scored a piece of navy cardstock into a standard top-folding A2 card. While I had my trimmer out, I also cut a light grey panel that measures 4 by 5 1/4" and a white panel that measures 3 3/4 by 5".

I adhered the patterned paper to the gray panel, then added the white panel on top. I adhered the circle, making sure to use extra adhesive so it would stay flat. Then I added the skating penguin. I adhered the panels to the card base with foam tape.

I stamped one of the sentiments from the Winter Wishes set onto a piece of white cardstock and trimmed it into a fish-tail banner. I adhered it to the card with foam tape.

As a last touch, I adhered 3 purple buttons next to the sentiment with glue dots.

Fiskars Winter Wishes stamp set
MFT Hybrid Ink in Black Licorice
Copic Mini Marker Pad 70#lbs
Copics (100, YR15, YR68, B91, B32, R22, B000, B00)
Ranger Distress Inkpads - Broken China, Dusty Concord and Chipped Sapphire
MFT Stitched Circle STAX dies
Neenah Solar White 80#lbs cardstock
Simon Says Stamp cardstock in Soft Navy, and Fog
Chickaniddy Crafts Jolly Good 6x6 patterned paper
3M Double-Sided Foam Tape
Tombow Craft Dot Adhesive Runner
MFT Buttons in Grape Jelly


  1. Seriously, Elle, that sky is spectacular! I can't get over how real it looks. I can't believe how many skating penguins there are either. lol This is just a little cutie. i've never seen it before. I think your Concept Trio Challenge has been a resounding success. Woohoo! And bring on the next one.

    Think I just thought of a new challenge for us. Using every stamp in a 4 x 6 stamp set to create a series of three cards. :) I'll add it to my to-do list. lol

    1. What's really especially fun about that sky is that it's a total no-no. You're really not supposed to use plain cardstock with watercolor, but! that gritty texture was just so perfect in the end! I came upon it by complete happy accident, when I used regular cardstock instead of watercolor paper for a background once. Ended up not being able to use the cardstock for that particular card, but I remembered the texture and thought it would be perfect here.

      That challenge sounds like an awesome challenge. Maybe it will finally make me use those awkward stamp bits I tend to ignore in sets .. like borders... and some sentiments... Lol! :D