Lawn Fawn: A-Waddling and Caroling Penguins

Handmade Card by Maria Byrd -

This Christmas card was created for my first "card exchange" in a cardmaking group.  It was also my first time to use Copic Markers for the entire scene and drawing a free-hand background.  I had this vision of penguins merrily caroling against snow-covered pine trees.

A stamp positioning tool was handy for planning a one layer card.  Mask for the penguins was created by stamping the image on Post-it Super Sticky Full Adhesive Notes and fussy cutting it as close to the edge as possible.  Copic marker G09 was used to lightly sketch the outline of pine trees and snow was "scribbled" with white gel pen.

B00, B21, B24, and BG18 were used for the sky and foreground. The eyes of the penguins were outlined with black gel pen and Glossy Accents added dimension to the snow on top of houses. 

When I was almost done, the red marker dropped a big blop of ink!  I covered the area with a snowflake using white opaque embossing powder.  But it still looked odd.  It needed a tittle for "j" and I didn't have a red sequin!  So, I cut a round dot, colored it red, attached a clear sequin, and glued it on top of "j".

Regardless of the mishap, I was happy with the final card.  Looking at those pine trees made me wish I was a squirrel!  Though, mostly I hoped the handmade card would bring joy to the recipient.

I would like to enter this card to the following challenges:
1. The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge - Challenge #41 Anything Christmas Goes (due 12/2, entry #76)
2. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Baby It's Cold Outside (due 11/28, entry #91)
3. Craft Stamper Take It Make It Challenge - November Anything Goes (due 11/28, entry #77)
4. Love To Craft Challenge Blog #28 - November Anything Goes! (due 11/30, entry #177)

5. Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog #4 - November Anything Christmas Goes (due 11/30, entry #203) ***Award Update: This card was chosen as one of "Top Picks" by Design Team
6. The Card Concept #102 {Homestyle Holiday} Challenge - mixed media style with use of markers, embossing powder, gel pen) and inspired by the pine tree. (due 11/26, entry #29)

Thank you for visiting and happy crafting! 

Maria Byrd


  1. What an amazing background you've created. I'd never dare trying something like that - my free hand drawing is just embarrassing!

  2. FAB make and thanks for sharing the process too, so glad you shared it with us this month over at the Love To Craft Challenge

    DT @ LTCCB

  3. Such a vibrant and fun festive card. Thank you for taking part in the "Love To Craft Challenge". DT Sam x

  4. Love those penguins - cute card. Thanks so much for joining us at The Card Concept.

  5. This is so cute! Thank you for playing along with the Craft Stamper challenge xx

  6. That is such a cute card. Thanks for joining in with us at the Craft Stamper, Elizabeth x

  7. I just saw your card when you won at Merry Little Christmas! Your work is great! I'm signing up to get your posts!