Hello! I couldn't WAIT to use my new stamps and dies from the new Mama Elephant release and I imagine many of you are in the same boat as me. My first card using my purchases (which were numerous ..... I'll admit it) is with Cool Penguins.
To start out I ink blended a panel of Bristol Smooth cardstock using a combination of Distress Inks in Spun Sugar and Tattered Rose and using a Uniball Signo White gel pen, I hand drew in the snow. I then die cut another panel of white cardstock using the Tri Window Cover - Creative Cuts and set that aside. Using the word HUGS from the Creative Cuts die I die cut the word first out of my ink blended panel and then 3 or 4 more times from scrap white cardstock and I glued them in stacks to build depth then glued the stacks into position in the background.
I applied the ink blended panel to my prepared card base and using dimensional foam tape I adhered the white Tri Window Cover Creative Cut to the card also. Separately on Bristol Smooth cardstock I stamped out all the images from the Cool Penguins stamp set using Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black.
I watercolour painted everything using Kuretake Zigs (colours used are: Pale Pink, Light Violet, English Lavender, Light Pink, Dark Gray, Oatmeal and for their feet and beaks Bright Yellow) and I highlighted cheeks and other points with the Uniball Signo White gel pen. I decided on a layout and then used more foam tape to adhere them into place.
Not done yet though!!!! I took some 80lb white paper which is a lovely quality weight and created a writing insert inside the card and on that I created a little scene using stamped and painted images not used on the front of the card, I also stamped the sentiment.
The final touch was to take a bottle of Stickles in 'Crystal' and add subtle (and not so subtle) twinkle to various points on the card. In the image just above the penguin is surrounded by tiny dots of glitter ...... you know how glitter gets everywhere during the Christmas holidays!!!? I also created a gloopy icicle affect on the word HUGS which is thick and dimensional.
Hmmm now .... which Mama Elephant set should I play with next? Decisions ... decisions ...........
Happy crafting everybody!