Hello ScrapbookPal friends! I wanted to share a card that I made with some of the new Lawn Fawn Celebrate Winter products: Lawn Fawn Simply Celebrate Winter Critters Stamps, Lawn Fawn Simply Celebrate Winter Critters Dies, and Lawn Fawn Simply Celebrate Winter Critters Add-On Stamps. I love that these Lawn Fawn photopolymer clear stamps are so affordable, and stamp such crisp, clean images! I did purchase the coordinating dies, but you certainly don't have to. I think a better use of your crafty budget would be to the Add-On sentiments, because they are super cute! Having the add-on set will let you choose sentiments that are appropriate for a winter cheer card, as well as a Christmas or New Year's card. The mixed critters, or the penguins, are definitely not just for Christmas!
I wanted to challenge myself to use Kraft colored cardstock, instead of white. I thought the black and white penguins would look more interesting on kraft. To being with, I used VersaMark to stamp several of the critter strips, plus the speech bubble strip, onto two pieces of kraft colored cardstock. I used both Lawn Fawn white embossing powder and Lawn Fawn black embossing powder, to see which one I would like better.
I decided to go with the black embossed penguins, so I filled in the black parts of the penguins with a black 100 Copic Sketch marker. Now what? I don't have a white marker, and it probably wouldn't work anyways. It wouldn't be opaque enough to cover up the kraft paper. I decided to paint on the white with some water based white Gouache that I often use for adding white spatters to cards. You can pick this up in any craft store, or try any white acrylic paint you have. I added a few lighter layers of the gouache to get the coverage that I wanted.
On a scrap piece of kraft paper, I quickly realized that any of the markers I wanted to use to color in the hats and scarf weren't going to cover as well as I wanted them to. I decided to use the white gouache paint as a base, and then apply my colors over that with Copic markers, after it dried. That worked perfectly well. I used Copic markers in darker, "jewel tone" shades: G28, RV69, B39, and YR07 for their beaks. I decided to add a touch of sparkle, so I added a thin layer of Ranger Distress Texture Paste Sparkle to the hats and scarf.
I used the white embossed speech bubbles, and added sentiments inside the bubble using both the primary stamp set (you get 5) and the add-on stamp set. I stamped the sentiments with a Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad.
After diecutting the penguins and speech bubble, I started thinking about the background. I like the combination of light blue and kraft, so I selected a couple light blue Oxide Ink Pads, Broken China and Tumbled Glass. I used some washi tape to tape off some stripes, and applied the two colors using a Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool. And then of course, I added some white snow spatters with the white gouache paint, watered down a bit.
I also decided to add another layer to frame the background, and used Ranger Distress Grit Paste Snowfall to give my penguins a snowy backdrop on a piece of white cardstock.
I used a combination of Scrapbook Adhesives double sided foam to assemble my card: the foam tape roll to attach the front panel to the white, snow rimmed background, and both the regular foam squares and the thin foam squares to attach my critters and the sentiment strip. I use Bearly Arts liquid glue to attach the white background to the A2 sized kraft card base.
Thank you for reading my blog post. I hope you like this card - I am definitely using this design to mass produce a number of my own Christmas cards. I think I can streamline my process and get a bunch done in a weekend. All of the supplies are listed below, and available at ScrapbookPal.com!