I started off by cutting a panel with the Avery Elle Finished Frames die set and masked the border with post-it tape. I watercolored the background with distress inks in wild honey, worn lipstick, and shaded lilac. First I wet the paper with water and then used a wide brush to add the color in a zig-zag motion. I let each color dry for a minute before adding the next. After I added all three colors I blended the colors by overlapping the various shades with light brushstrokes.
Last January I went to St. Michaels for my mom’s 60th birthday and I woke up early the last day to try to get photos of the sunrise. It was freezing outside but the color of the sky made the numb fingers totally worth it. The sky was this beautiful shade of pink and purple as the sun started to peek over the horizon. My photo doesn’t do it justice but you get the general idea. I thought that background would be the perfect setting for my penguin.
After the background was dry I stamped the sentiment from the Avery Elle Let it Snow set with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I masked off the sentiment and then took the Tsukineko Frost spray and flicked some of the color onto the background so that it added larger drops of pearly shimmer that looked like snow. I also used the Simon Says Stamp Falling Snow stencil to add additional falling snow. While the embossing paste was wet I sprinkled Ranger stardust stickles over the paste so that the snow would be glittery.
I stamped the penguin from the Avery Elle More Stories set with Ranger Archival ink and then watercolored the penguin with mustard seed and chipped sapphire distress inks. After he dried I went over the blue parts with a clear wink of stella glitter pen. Then I fussy cut the penguin and went over the edges with a black copic marker so the white edge wasn’t visible.
I also cut a snow bank from the Avery Elle Custom Panels set, covered it with multi-medium matte, sprinkled additional Ranger stardust stickles all over it, and then let it dry completely. I attached the snow bank to the background with foam mounting tape and then adhered the penguin on the snow. Finally I decided that the penguin was missing something…so I took the scarf stamp from the Lawn Fawn Snow Days, stamped it with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored it with copics. I fussy cut and shortened it before gluing it to the penguin. I used my clear wink of stella glitter brush pen on the white parts of the scarf and then covered the entire scarf with glossy accents.
The colors are a little unconventional for a Christmas card but I definitely think it gives you the feeling of a cold winter day. Plus that penguin is super cute!