Clear Penguin Birthday Card
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Hi everyone! I am so happy to be here today with a fun and easy tutorial. It is summer and I wanted to make a bright and happy card today. I have always liked transparent cards. A transparent card base really makes a card stand out and is also fun when it comes to layering.
My sons like to read an old book of mine about a penguin that doesn’t like the cold and is searching for warmer shores and it inspired this card. It’s called ‘The Penguin That Hated the Cold”. Flimsy transparencies don’t work well for the background. It is better to use a heavier acetate. My favorite is Wendy Vecchi’s Clearly For Art Modeling Film. You can use a transparent background for lots of different types of cards, and they look great for layouts too.
- Start by stamping the background with the Circle Doodle Background stamp and Cotton White Stazon ink, then fold the Modeling Film to create a card. I stamped the entire sheet, but you can also fold it first, and only stamp the front.
- Dry embossed vellum looks great on a transparent background since it lets the stamping in the background show through slightly. Emboss a piece of vellum in Tim Holtz’s Tiny Dots folder and tear the lower edge.
- Simon Says Stamp Birthday Wishes Frame die is very versatile. If you cut off the sentiment, it works great as a general frame for just about anything. Die cut from Heavy stock paper.
- Ink with Mermaid Lagoon and Twisted Citron.
- When I want a stronger, more vibrant shade on a part of a paper inked with Distress Ink, I use Distress Crayons. They coordinate perfectly and work great for adding a darker shade of the same color, for instance along the edges.
- For some shine, mist with Wendy Vecchi Pearl Mica Spray.
- Stamp the frame in just a few places with the SSS Good Reading Background stamp. The technique used on the frame would work just as well for an entire card background.
- Die cut the Picture Book Hugging Penguin from white and black wool felt. The beak and feet were die cut from white paper and inked with Spiced Marmalade. Press the die into a piece of cardstock to make an impression and roughly cut out, inside the lines. This step makes it easy to assemble the Picture Book dies.
- Glue the penguin pieces on top of the backing piece. Don’t glue the ‘hands’ down yet.
- I wanted the penguin to stand in a field of flowers and inked Tim Holtz Bouquet flowers with Distress Inks. Mist with water to make the ink blend into the paper.
- I inked a piece of paper with Mermaid Lagoon and die cut SSS Clipping Heart from it. The penguin is holding one of the hearts.
- Three hearts were also glued to the vellum. I stitched the frame in place with my sewing machine.
- Die cut a sentiment from white paper with Tim Holtz’s Celebration Words Script set, and add the rest of the sentiment with Label Letter stickers.
- Here you can see the effect of the Pearl Mica Spray.
I hope this tutorial inspired you to make some projects with clear backgrounds. It is really a lot of fun.
Thank you so much for looking!
Thanks so much for stopping by, and thanks to Anna-Karin for being our guest!
What a cool card! (No pun intended.) Thank you for all the process shots; it really helped me to see all the details come together. I also love the story behind the card. Cards based on an event/book/inside joke are my favorite kind to make, because they feel like something that could only come from me. Thanks for sharing all these lovely techniques!
What a gorgeously cute card – love the way the penguin is holding the pretty heart!
What a cute fun card
Your design is super creative!! I love the use of the acetate; it really makes the card even more eye-catching! And who doesn’t like a penguin? They are so darling that I think everyone enjoys these funny little critters. :)
Wow. I love this design. Especially the swirls on the acetate!
What a fabulous card!
Oh how adorable! I love the little penguin and design!
Wow! This is super cute! :)
Penguins are my jam!