Hello! It’s time for another challenge over at Creative Fingers Challenge Blog. This fortnight, I’m working with Bugaboo Digital Images’ Tree Decorating Penguins.

I thought it would look cute for a waddle of penguins to be decorating trees all over my scene. And yes, a group of penguins on land is called a waddle, in the water the group is called raft. I admit, I had to Google that!

I decided to start this card in my photo editing software. I loaded in my background paper, one of the Snowflake Winter Frozen Christmas digital papers from Phenixgraphics, as the bottom layer. I then added a couple of white shapes over the paper, to create the snow at the bottom of the image. I finally added three of the Tree Decorating Penguins images, in png format. I resized each image and flipped one horizontally as I went. I also added a greeting to the bottom of the scene, in the color of the snowflake paper I had chosen to use as a matting layer.

I saved the digital panel as a jpeg and added it and the matting snowflake paper to my free Avery Design and Print Software and printed them onto Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock. I colored the penguin images with various brands of alcohol markers and drew in some snow banks with my two lightest blue markers.

I die cut the feature and the printed background panel, using Sue Wilson’s pierced rectangles die set. I also cut a third, larger panel from plan white cardstock. This panel was cut as a third matting layer that I wanted to color myself. I used Cornflower Blue Nuvo Embellishment Mousse, applying it with a makeup sponge, on the edges of this white panel. This gave me a plain piece of card to use as a base that had a beautiful metallic shimmer.

I layered all three panels, using acid free PVA glue to get a really strong bond. I then decided that I would mount all three panels onto craft foam to give some dimension. Sometimes just lifting the whole piece off the card base adds a whole new look to the work, and in this case, really improved the card’s look. I still wasn’t totally satisfied, so I added strips of white border peel off sticker down the centre of the darker snowflake panel. This helped to break up the darkest border that looked just a little too thick.

While finishing off, I punched and die cut some snowflakes to add to the top corners of the feature panel that still looked a little bare. I added extra snow, with some tiny drops of Wedding Dress Pico Embellisher liquid, onto the snowflake background paper and added some drops of Clear Shimmer Pico Embellisher to the tree baubles and stars. To get the whole of the stars covered, I dragged the still wet Embellisher liquid with the tip of a craft knife out to the tips of each star. I then added another drop to the centre of the star and the liquid naturally flowed out to each tip.

I hope this inspires you to join in over at the Creative Fingers Challenge. I loved working with this Bugaboo Penguin image and love that it’s half price at the moment, as it’s just been added from the old store to the new. It’s a great time to grab your copy!

Thanks so much for spending time with me today. I look forward to next time…😊


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