Category Archives: Holiday Cards

Everything’s coming up roses

Happy February! I’m enjoying all things Valentine at the moment and pulled out a delightful rose image from Wendy Vecchi and Stampers Anonymous to work with for a Valentine tag. I’ll share a few of my steps here, and you will see that this came together quite simply.

I began by stamping the rose image from the Stampers Anonymous SCS175, “Rosy Art” set by Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 onto plain white cardstock. This set has a really cute picnic basket and nice sentiments as well, but I decided to use just the flowers for the real estate I had to work with on the tag I’d chosen.

The really cool thing about this stamp set (and a number of others designed by Wendy) is that it comes with stencils! So you can add color to areas of your image easily while blocking out other areas. This set also has a mask that can be used to cover the roses, which means you can add color to the leaves without giving your flowers an inadvertent green cast!

I used Ranger Archival inks in Rosey Posey (appropriate!) and Red Geranium to blend color onto the roses with blender brushes. Post-it Notes are kind of requirement for me, which covered the open areas of the stencil if I got overly zealous with my blending. I didn’t photograph it, but I moved onto the leaves after this and used Fern Green and Prickly Pear Archival inks to color all of the leaves, also using the stencil. I filled in the area between flowers with Copic markers (E01 and E02) so it wasn’t stark white.

I had a tag in my stash that had a background already done using Red Geranium Archival ink and alcohol. I try to do a number of backgrounds at once, so I can just grab one when I’m ready to make a card or tag. If you’d like to know more about this background technique, Wendy Vecchi has a number of tutorials and wonderful classes that cover it and I highly recommend you check them out if you haven’t. With the color down, I stamped the Stampers Anonymous Vintage Tapestry background stamp onto it, also with Red Geranium for a bit of tone-on-tone. I then blended Acorn Archival onto the edges to give a more aged, vintage look.

I placed the trimmed out, colored rose image onto a chipboard wreath (Ranger Ink Chippies: Wreathes) for some dimension. Here you can see that I applied Acorn archival ink to the wreath to pick up on the aged look of the tag. To finish the tag, I doodled a white border onto the tag with a white gel pen, hoping to visually pull it together since the flowers have a white border. I popped up the roses and wreath on the tag with foam tape and also popped up sentiment (from Everyday Sentiment Strips by Hero Arts).

And there you have the finished tag. Please let me know if you have any questions. As you most likely know, you can also find me on Instagram and Facebook @penguiinpapers

To learn more techniques by Wendy Vecchi, join her Facebook group: INK…STAMP & MAKE ART with Wendy Vecchi and follow her on Instagram @wendyvecchi . She adds new content frequently.


Christmas Cheer in July

Stamps:

  • Ranger Ink Wendy Vecchi Make Art – Doodle Christmas (wreath and branches) and Warm Wishes (sentiment)
  • Stampers Anonymous WVBG016 – Lots of Leaves (background)

Die:

  • Penny Black 51-731 – Soaring

Inks:

  • Ranger Ink Wendy Vecchi Designer Archival Ink Series: Fern Green, Prickly Pear, English Ivy, Carnation Red
  • Ranger Ink Leaf Green, Sap Green, Cornflower Blue

Embellishments:

  • Ranger Ink Wendy Vecchi Designer Series Liquid Pearls – Prickly Pear, Fern Green, Carnation Red

I’m excited about the new Wendy Vecchi Make Art release from Ranger Ink that just came out today! So many possibilities for holiday cards, tags, and decorations. But the stamps are versatile enough that some “everyday” cards will be easy to make with them.

I got my hands on the new products today and immediately made a simple card. I started out with the background using Wendy Vecchi’s archival ink and alcohol technique. I used Cornflower Blue and Lead Green re-inkers and rubbing alcohol and once dry, I stamped The background stamp in Sap Green.

To create the wreath, I stamped Wendy’s wreath stamp in English Ivy and then turned it 90 degrees or so and stamped it again in Fern Green. I trimmed it out and then blended Prickly Pear ink over the whole image. Meanwhile, I stamped the branches across the center of my background. I adhered the die-cut wreath onto the background. Once the wreath was completely dry, I stamped the sentiment and then added the Liquid Pearls “berries” on the wreath and the branches. I then popped up the wreath with dimensional adhesive and added a red raffia bow. I trimmed the card with red and dark green cardstock strips.

Thanks for stopping by today (Hi, Mom!). I do regularly post on Instagram (@penguinpapers) if you want to see what I’m up to. I still plan to post here when I can–especially cards!


Mousie: One of My Favorite Things

  • Stamp set – My Favorite Things Odd Couple
  • Die (love sentiment) – My Favorite Things Lots of Love
  • Die (cloud) – Lawn Fawn Stitched Rainbow
  • Die (stitched heart window) – Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Heart Stackables
  • Patterned paper – Doodlebug Designs Love Notes
  • Copic markers
  • Cardstock

I am still having a good time making Valentines, and again I’m featuring a cute critter. Gotta do it! Critters are just meant to be on Valentines! This is a simple card with just a few stamped images and a few dies. I was guided as I designed it by the sketch in the current challenge on the My Favorite Things website (sketch is shown below). Thanks for visiting today.

Challenges:

My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge #580 (using the sketch below)

Shopping Our Stash Challenge #463 – My Heart Beets for You: Cards with Hearts and/or Vegetables


Lawn Fawn Valentines for 2022

I made a little collection of critter Valentines this year featuring Lawn Fawn stamps and dies. I’m keeping them in the family since I’m giving them to my mom to share. Maybe if I’m good, I’ll get one back!

I colored all of the cute critters with Copic markers with very simple blending and I used some patterned papers I had on hand to add some festive backgrounds. I’ll provide my supply list below and then I’ll give you a look at each card individually.

Supplies

  • Lawn Fawn stamp and die sets:
    • Scent with Love stamps and dies
    • Scent with Love Add-on stamps and dies
    • Scootin’ By stamps and dies
    • Stud Puffin stamps (for Sending Love sentiment)
    • Stitched Hillside Borders die set
    • Valentine Hearts Border die set
    • Stitched Scalloped Rectangle Frames die set
    • Grassy Hillside Borders die set
  • Patterned papers:
    • Echo Park Hello Valentine Collection – Be Mine Bouquet and Special Delivery
    • American Crafts papers – 348946 and 359971
  • Translucent vellum
  • Cardstock
  • Copic markers

What better way to show you care than to share cupcakes?!

Of course, a skunk and fox would be playing together and celebrating Valentine’s Day!

We’ve got some skunk roping happening here.

Some critters are speed demons on their scooters; others prefer to rest on the sidelines!

We’ve got all kinds of happy here with a lovable skunk and fox.

Thanks for stopping by today. I really got into the card-making zone during the past few days. I hope you’ve enjoyed this little collection.

Challenges:

Lawn Fawnatics “Lots of Heart”

Festive Friday Challenge #FF0102 – Inspiration: Red, Pink, Hearts, Cute


My Skunky Valentine

I know it has been way too long since I’ve posted here. I spent December carving stamps for the #carvedecember challenge on Instagram. I’ll be creating a blog post about my hand-carved stamps soon. Today I’m back to share some cardmaking.

Supplies

Stamps and dies by Lawn Fawn:

  • Scent with Love stamps and die sets
  • Scent with Love Add-on stamps and die sets
  • Small Mini Slimline Stackables die set
  • Simple Puffy Cloud Frames die set
  • Grassy Hillside Borders die set

This card was so much fun to create! As soon as I saw the Small Mini Slimline Stackables die set, I saw so many possibilities! So for this card, I cut the smallest in the set in three colors and covered the card base for a fun background. The colors I chose were not necessarily traditional for a Valentine. From there I created a scene with the cute skunks in the Scent with Love and Scent with Love Add-on sets with clouds and grass from other die sets in my stash. There’s very little better than cute critter stamps, and Lawn Fawn always comes through for me!

I colored all of the stamped and die-cut elements with Copic markers. I blended the die-cut grass with Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink.

Thanks for stopping by.

Challenge:

Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #117 – With Love


To Some Bunny Special

There’s nothing like an Easter card with bunnies! I always enjoy using Lawn Fawn images when I create critter cards.

Supplies used:

  • Lawn Fawn stamps and dies – Easter Before ‘n Afters and Simply Celebrate Spring
  • Lawn Fawn Lawn Cuts (frame die) – Stitched Scalloped Rectangle Frames
  • Patterned paper – Doodlebug Springtime Collection: 4128 Chickies
  • Cardstock
  • Copic markers
  • Lawn Fawn Glitter Pen

I colored the stamped images with Copic markers and added some glitter with the Lawn Fawndamentals glitter pen, which gave the eggs a nice sparkle. The jelly bean pattern on the paper picked up the colors I used in the scene. I liked how the scalloped edge on the frame repeated the same pattern as the edge of the Easter basket. It was fun to put together this scene for some Easter cheer. Thanks for stopping by.

Challenges:


Valentine Balloon Card

Supplies:

  • Dies – My Favorite Things – Heart Air Balloon, Huge Love; Lawn Fawn – Grassy Hillsides Borders
  • Stamps – My Favorite Things – Mini Meows
  • Ink – Ranger Distress Ink – Broken China
  • Copic Markers
  • Cardstock – Bazzill and BoBunny

Well, I’m very late in posting my Valentines. We had an ice storm here in the Willamette Valley on February 12th (freezing rain that accumulated to over an inch on everything) that caused lots of tree and power line damage. Our power was out for almost 8 days and I had very spotty internet access, so I didn’t even try to post anything during that time. I’m still catching up on things and adjusting to being able to turn on real lights! We were very fortunate here compared to many across the country who had much worse circumstances. But we did enjoy Valentine’s Day under different conditions with a grilled dinner!

So now on to the card. I have always loved hot air balloons and as soon as I saw this die set at our local store, I had to have it! I inked the background with Distress ink and inked some additional paper a little darker to use to die cut the LOVE sentiment. The little clouds were part of the Heart Air Balloon die set, so I cut some of those for the sky. Once I assembled the balloon and inserted cat 😉 I popped it up so it would look like it was floating. I colored the kitties with Copic markers in the colors of our two cats (Max in the balloon and Sissy on the ground). They are not exactly in love in real life, but we’ll just go for that effect for purposes of the Valentine! I really had fun making and giving this card (I made one for my husband and one for my son). Thanks for stopping by. Better late than never!

Challenges:


Watercolor Poinsettia

I usually procrastinate in making Christmas cards in a timely manner, but my friend Barb challenged an online group of us to make a card with a poinsettia and I thought I should join in! I was sort of surprised that with all of the stamps I own, this set is the only one I found that had poinsettias, and it had two different ones.

Supplies used:

~ Stamps: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection – Yuletide Gatherings CMS390 (poinsettia) and Modern Christmas CMS388 (sentiment)

~ Authentique Magical Collection – Magical Five

~ Karin Brushmarker Pro markers

~ Metallic gold watercolor and gold twine

I have been wanting to test out the Karin Brushmarkers direct to the rubber stamp and this one was a great candidate. These markers are great for watercolor and have a brush tip, so they are perfect for applying color to a rubber stamp. For this one, I didn’t spritz the stamp with water before or after, and the image came out very nice and crisp. I was able to get three more impressions after this by adding water to the stamp. Here is how they looked:

So depending on the look you’d like to achieve, you can get a lot of impressions from one ink application, which is potentially a big time saver. As a result of this experiment, I have several images to work with for more cards. Always a plus!

Thanks for visiting today.

Challenges:

Christmas Flowers (November) – Moving Along with the Times Blog

Challenge #83 – Anything Christmas Goes – The Holly and Ivy Christmas


2020 Halloween Greetings

This is my most elaborate Halloween card this year. I’m not sure exactly what happened, but time got away from me and I just didn’t make many. I created this one for a swap that I participated in. We were to make a Halloween card that was a fun fold that the recipient could use for a decoration.

I had fun putting together several different Lawn Fawn stamp/die sets and patterned papers from different companies for a spooky night-time scene. I decided on a Z-fold card, and the beauty of this design is that it can stand up on its own but it folds up to easily fit into an envelope.

Supplies:

Lawn Fawn stamps and dies – Spooktacular, Hoppy Halloween, and Fox Costumes Before ‘n Afters and the Spooky Fence Border die

Papers – Authentique – Mysterious and Twilight collections, and Echo Park Bewitched collection (for the starry sky)

I colored the critters with Copic markers and backed the card with and cut the fence border from black cardstock.

This was very fun and quite easy to make. Have a Happy Halloween!

Entering this card in: Inkspirational Challenge #225 – Night


Sending Holiday Cheer, Penguin Style!

I created a clean and simple card with an adorable penguin designed by Stacey Yacula who is one of my favorite critter illustrators of all time! To find out more about her, please visit her site at http://www.staceyyacula.com/. This penguin, the sentiment and star cluster stamps all come from a My Favorite Things set from 2018, called Sweet Holiday Penguins. I used a card sketch from the latest My Favorite Things challenge: Wednesday Sketch Challenge #510. Here’s the sketch:

I used patterned paper from the Bella Blvd Merry Christmas collection. It seemed to be a perfect choice to me because the small white polka dots are not perfectly round and look like snowballs. I colored the penguin with Copic markers, keeping it simple and added a little bit of bling off his flipper to represent him sending the holiday cheer (or snow. or pixie dust).

Another holiday card completed! Hurray! I think this makes two, maybe three! Thanks for visiting today.

Challenge: My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge #510.