The Paper Players are hosting a theme challenge for us this week. The theme is “Wildlife.” Stampin’ Up! has a lot of great sets that feature wildlife – Wetlands, Horse Frontier, Walk on the Wild Side. I don’t own any of them – I guess I don’t really have a huge stash of nature-themed stamp sets. But I DO have Zoo Review. Here’s my card:
Tips, Tricks and Reminders
- Outside the box. I know the challenge is “wildlife,” and I know that probably means I should create a beautiful, true-to-form naturescape. That’s not really in my wheelhouse, so I decided to go pop-art on these penguins. These colors (Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Coastal Cabana and Pumpkin Pie) are “out of season” this time of year, but these penguins are the coolest birds on the block (of ice). This card stands out in the flood of Christmas and Thanksgiving cards this time of year.
- Inspiration. This abstract arrangement of penguins was inspired (obviously) by pop-art artist Andy Warhol. Remember his paintings of Marilyn Monroe? In Andy Warhol fashion, I chose bright colors and cool patterns to showcase the friendly ice birds.
- Paper Piecing. As you can see from the card above, I stamped the penguin on Designer Series Paper Stack pages and then again on coordinating card stock and snipped away at all the little pieces. I originally set out to crop pieces from the patterned paper, but that was WAY TOO busy. Cropping the stamped images on card stock worked well. I only used four colors of paper and switched out the colors for each square. NOTE: each of the four colors is showcased on each of the three shapes AND the body of the penguin coordinates with the base of each. Here’s my scratch paper sketch where I tried to decide which colors to use.
Stamp Sets: Zoo Review, Happy Day Papers: Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Designer Series Paper Stacks Inks: Basic Black Accessories: Stampin’ Dimensionals
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