Lawn Fawn: A-Waddling and Caroling Penguins

Handmade Card by Maria Byrd -

I recently made this Christmas card for my first "card exchange" through a cardmaker group online.  It was also my first time to use Copic Markers for the entire scene and first attempt in drawing a free-hand background.  The thought of creating the card was exciting but also a bit scary since I was (still is) a novice who had been out of practice for a year or so.  I had this whimsical vision of penguins merrily caroling against snow-covered pine trees.  With that in my mind to guide me, I dug up my card making tools.

I planned the layout for a one layer card using a stamp positioning tool.  A 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 I could.  I colored the penguins, lamp and houses using my limited pallet of Copic (a mixture of Sketch and Ciao) colors.  Actually, that made it easier to choose.  If I had all the shades for each hue, I'd probably be at a loss which ones to use.  Last time I used them was when I made Silly Cat w/ Pumpkinhead Halloween Card last year.

Now, for the most challenging part of the card -- the pine trees!  I lightly drew the outlines using G09 (lightest green I had) followed by G28 for shaded areas. From there, honestly the process became a blur of those two colors plus these:  G99, YG67, YG97, and Y38.  I stopped when I noticed the bigger tree was looking a bit overdone.  I then literally scribbled the snow on the trees using a white gel pen.  The sky and snow background was done with B00, B21, B24, and BG18.  The falling snow was tiny dots of white gel pen.

To make the eyes of the penguins stand out a bit, I outlined them with a black gel pen.  The gel came out thicker than needed, so I used a pin to spread it a bit.  Glossy Accents added dimension to the snow on top of houses and scarves/hat on the penguins.  I then used an embossing powder in red tinsel which I purchased last year.  I should've probably tested it first and used a red ink instead of Clear VersaMark Inkpad.  But I didn't.  Well, it turned out that "tinsel" meant chunks of glitters.  As a result, the "joy" sentiment was hardly readable.  I tried to fill the missing spots with R27.  Then suddenly a mini disaster happened!

The marker dropped a big blop of red ink!  I didn't touch the wet ink.  Instead, I got up, went to the kitchen and ate some chocolate chip cookies.  By the time I got back, I had energy and felt happier from all that sugar... also the blop of ink was dry.  I was glad I put a paper towel under the card as I was working on it previously.

I decided to cover the said 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".  The entire piece was then adhered to an A2 size red cardstock.  I stamped a simple sentiment inside the card in black ink and wrote something to personalize it.

Despite the numerous mishaps, I was glad I stuck with my vision and not quit.  By doing so, I learned a few basic lessons such as practice on a separate sheet of paper and test new products first prior to using it on the actual card.  The tangible result was a delightful winter card that gave me a feeling of Christmas.  Looking at those pine trees made me wish I was a squirrel!  Though, mostly I hoped my handmade card would bring joy to the recipient as well.

(PS:  To avoid ruining the surprise of what the card looked like, this post was published after the recipient received it.)

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) ==> Update: My card got chosen as one of "Top Picks" by DT!
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)

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Lawn Cuts Fancy Scalloped Rectangle Stackables
Lawn Fawn Winter Village stamp
Lawn Fawn Here We Go A-Waddling stamp
Copic Sketch Markers:  Blick
Copic Ciao Markers:  Blick
Sakura Gel Pen White:  Blick
Sakura Gel Pen Black:  Blick
Ranger Embossing Powder - Red Tinsel
Post-it Super Sticky Full Adhesive Notes
Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110 lb Cardstock
Stamp positioning tool
Ranger Craft Sheet
Clear VersaMark Inkpad
Inkadinkado Embossing Magic
Ranger Glossy Accents
Cutter Bee Scissors 5"

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  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!