A Parade of Primary Penguins

Primary Challenge Accepted!

The primary colored pigments are red, yellow, and blue and are called “primary” because they come first. From these three pigments, you can create all the rest of the colors in the color wheel!  That is, if you’re using paint or ink. If you are mixing light instead of pigments, the primary colors are red, green, and blue, which is why computer colors are called RGB values; they are measuring the amounts of red, green, and blue light to mix together. Crazy, huh?

The primary colors are featured by this week’s Paper Players Challenge #308!

PPA Challenge

These colors form a triadic color scheme, which is any color scheme that features three colors spaced evenly around the color wheel. It looks like this:

Primary triadic color scheme

This image comes from Adobe Color CC.

I have a particular fondness for this color scheme. It’s great for kids, back to school, birthdays, and it is whimsical and happy – and those are my favorite emotions for cards. It’s actually difficult to make a sad or somber card using these colors. I won’t say it is impossible, or someone will try to prove me wrong.

A Simple and Whimsical Card Design

I knew right away when I saw this challenge that I wanted to pair these bright colors with these whimsical penguins from the Snow Place stamp set from Stampin’ Up!

I originally had grand plans for several overlapping layers, or a Piet Mondrian-like border around the edge, but once I got these penguins stamped I realized they were grand enough on their own. Grand and large, that is! They took up the whole front of the card all by themselves!

I simplified my design (for the better, I think) and ended up with this nice clean design.

This homemade card By Natalie Lapakko features primary colors, the Penguin stamp from Snow Place, and balloons from Balloon Celebrations, both from Stampin' Up!

How to Make a Primary Penguin Card

  1. On a Whisper White piece of cardstock (US: 4″ x 5-1/4″), stamp three Snow Place penguins in your favorite black ink.
  2. Color the penguins’ feet and beaks using a Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write Marker.
  3. If necessary, use a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker to touch up the black of the penguins. I always do this, as it makes the black really, really black.
  4. Use that same Basic Black marker to draw upsidedown V shapes over the penguin’s eyes. They go from a blank stare straight at you to happy smiling eyes.
  5. With black ink, stamp balloon outline and balloon stippling stamps from the Balloon Celebrations stamp set onto Real Red, Daffodil Delight, and Pacific Point cardstock. If the stippling stamp doesn’t quite line up with the balloon outline, never fear! Just add more dots with your Basic Black marker to fill up any gaps.
  6. Punch out the balloons using the Balloon Bouquet punch.
  7. Stamp the “Happy Birthday” sentiment from the Sprinkles of Life stamp set above the leftmost penguin’s head.
  8. Use your Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker (yes, again!) to draw a tiny line between the penguin’s head and the sentiment.
  9. Dry fit your balloons above the penguins. Use your Basic Black marker to draw a loop under the neck of the balloon and a line down to the penguin’s hand. You could also try using the balloon string stamp from Balloon Celebrations, if you find that easier than drawing.
  10. Attach the balloons at the top of the string using dimensionals.
  11. Add the white panel to a standard sized card in Real Red (pictured), Daffodil Delight, or Pacific Point.

Ta da!

This homemade card by Natalie Lapakko showcases primary colors and penguins!

More Snow Place Penguins

The penguin stamp from Snow Place is one of my favorite stamps of all time. Here are a couple other cards you might enjoy that use this lovely stamp:

A homemade card by Natalie Lapakko that shows a penguin dressed for a party.

A homemade card by Natalie Lapakko that shows a penguin dressed for vacation.

A homemade card by Natalie Lapakko that features penquins, hot pink, and stars.

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

Primary Color Combo: Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point


Cardstock: Real Red, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Stamps: Sprinkles of Life, Snow Place, Balloon Celebration (c) Stampin’ Up!

Punch: Balloon Bouquet Punch (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: dimensionals

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