I still have some uninked stamps from like six months ago, which is a real shame, so I decided to put some mileage on them even though they are Christmas-themed. It's never too early to get started on Christmas production anyway, right?
I went all out and did some extensive paper piecing for this one. I wanted color and texture and in order for the design to look right, you have to paper piece the penguins and add them on top of the other paper even though they are cut out of the same color of cardstock because if you just cut around the chimney, the perspective doesn't look right. This means more work (especially hand cutting and gluing those tiny small feet!) but the result looks much better.
I added a bunch of details, which is why I added a close-up pic so you can see better. I paper pieced the three stockings out of patterned papers and added white velvet flocking to the cuff so that they are fluffy. I also used some Platinum Liquid Pearls for the nails. The top of the chimney was paper pieced out of the wooden sheet (doesn't it look great?) and I created a brick wall texture using a dark red marker on Riding Hood Red cardstock and used it to paper piece the rest of the chimney. It was easier to create the brick pattern first and then stamp the image rather than try to line bricks up on the handcut piece. I used a piece of Chocolate Chip cardstock for the inside of the chimney and even though I was planning on paper piecing the penguin hanging upside down inside with white cardstock, I liked how he looked on Chocolate Chip cardstock, like he is in the shade, so I just colored his hat with a dark red marker directly on the brown cardstock.
The sentiment comes from the Contempo Christmas set and it was inked with Baja Breeze and Old Olive markers. The papers are from the retired Holiday Treasure paper pack, which I got this Spring from the Clearance Rack. (I was psyched to see those papers there, because I had always regretted not getting them when they came out.) I added a sparkly metal frame and tied it around the card using Riding Hood Red taffeta ribbon (which is back in the cattie - yeah!). Two shimmer brads finish the card up.
Come join the fun! Here is the LINK to our challenge blog, where you can share a link to your creation, and links to the other DT members' creations:
Stamps: Around the Chimney (TCP), Noël contemporain (SU!)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Designer papers: Holiday Treasure
Inks: Basic Black
Big Shot: Circle die
Accessories: Markers, sponge, shimmer brads, glittered frame,
Riding Hood Red taffeta ribbon, Velvet flock, Liquid Pearls, Wooden sheets