These two cards are in response to two challenges. The first challenge is from The Paper Players.
I went with a “wild” penguin card for the Paper Players’ challenge.
This penguin from the Snow Place stamp set by Stampin’ Up! are far too much fun to use only in the winter. I thought that a wild animal challenge would be the perfect time for this little guy to take a break from the arctic, don a wild Hawaiian shirt, and visit the tropics!
Tip: Make a simple Hawaiian shirt using the bottom of the cupcake from Stampin’ Up!’s Cupcake Builder Punch. Just turn if upside down, trim off the scallops, cut it in half, and fold down the corners for the collar.
He makes me with I was going on vacation, too!
The second challenge came from TGIF Challenges. They selected me as their challenge winner last week, for which I am SO honored. Thanks again! Here is the current challenge:
I made a tropical d.i.y. designer paper to use for my four panels in this card.
I used a masking technique to create this colorful floral pattern with Botanical Blooms stamps from Stampin’ Up! First, I stamped the flowers in Crushed Curry. I stamped additional flowers on a couple of post-it notes. I cut out the post-it note flowers and used them to cover up the one on my paper. Then, I could stamp leaves and background flowers in the background without getting the ink on my foreground flowers.
Tips: Cut through a couple of post-it notes at once to speed up the process of making several masks at once!
I also used the masking technique to give the penguin his sunglasses.
Bonus Tip: Stampin’ Write Markers are a great way to do touch ups or fill any white gaps that might have been left behind by your post-it mask.
This card reminded me of some advice from some very wise people. The first is my mom who warns on any construction or craft project, “Measure twice, cut once.” I did not remember this in time… which brings me to Tim Gunn of Project Runway who says, “Make it work!” After trimming one of my four panels too short, I trimmed the one on the opposite side to match. I actually like the asymmetrical look better than when all they were all the same size.
Tip: Turn your mistakes into opportunities to try something different!
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Cardstock: Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry (c) Stampin’ Up!
Ink: Memento’s Tuxedo Black, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay (c) Stampin’ Up!
Stamps: Calling All Heroes, Snow Place, Perfect Pairings, Botanical Blooms (c) Stampin’ Up!
Punches: Decorative Label Punch (c) Stampin’ Up!
Other: Post-It Notes, Dimensionals, Stampin’ Write Markers in Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay, Basic Black, Basic Grey (c) Stampin’ Up!