I started by creating my card base from a piece of red cardstock. I then took a piece of white card stock and cut my rectangles from it. I actually used a square die to create the rectangles – first I cut the large squares, then I placed the pieces back into the die to cut them into smaller rectangles with the rounded corners.
Next I did my stamping. All the images come from The Cat’s Pajamas Polar Holiday set. I used my MISTI to get everything lined up, then stamped with MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink. I masked off the penguins hat so that I could also stamp some presents balancing there.
I used regular colouring pencils to colour in my images. For the presents I tried to vary the colours for each style, whilst still using a limited colour palette to keep it all tied together. I was also originally planning on colouring the berries on the penguin’s hat red (because holly berries are red) but I knew I wanted the band on the hat red, so I decided to have the berries be white instead. I guess they’re mistletoe berries!
Initially I was planning on adhering all three panels with foam tape, but I decided to vary it. The present and swirl panels are up on foam, whilst the penguin panel is adhered flat to the card base.
To finish off I decided to add a very thin strip of silver mirror card down the right hand side of the card. I also rounded off the corners of the card to match the rounded corners on the panel.
This is a bit different from what I would normally make. I do quite like it though. Like I said, it almost looks like it’s taken from a children’s book, and I do like that aspect of that. I probably should have remembered to add some shadow beneath the presents and penguin though to help ground them!
Addicted to Stamps and More – Anything Goes
Craftyhazelnut’s Christmas Challenge – Anything Christmas and Optional: No Sentiment
Craftyhazelnut’s Christmas Challenge Extra – Anything Christmas
My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge – Sketch/Layout
Moving Along With The Times – Swirls and/or Curls
TCP Tuesday – Get in Shape (the prompt doesn’t appear to specify that the geometric shapes need to be different, so hopefully three rectangles counts!)