Hello friends! Do you have the ambition to send out handmade Christmas cards every year? Whether you only send out a few to those really special people in your life, or mass produce them, we all know that making a bunch of cards in a short period of time is A LOT of work.
In order to help your productivity throughout the year, MFT has now started a brand new monthly Christmas challenge! The goal is to motivate you to create Christmas cards throughout the year in order to get ahead of the craziness of the holiday season as well as to be able to use your Christmas/winter stamp collections all year round. Plus, every card that you enter into the challenge has the potential to be the randomly chosen winner of a $50 MFT Gift Voucher! It’s a win-win, right?
I made a fun one-layered card featuring a sweet little penguin from the It’s Penguining to Look a Lot Like Christmas Stamp Set. I started my stamping my image onto a 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of Neenah Solar White 110lb Card Stock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I then masked my image with an identical stamped and handcut piece of masking paper. Once covered, I then masked an area for my snowy ground (I fussy cut this piece as well with some rounded edges to look like snow drifts), and then blended my background with some Salvaged Patina Distress Oxide Ink. When dry, I coved my card stock with the Snowfall Stencil and used some white modeling paste to add some large snow flurry pieces. Next, I also added a few spatters of diluted opaque white ink to give it more of a heavy snowfall look as well as add more visual interest.
I allowed all of this to dry before trimming my piece down to 4″ x 5.25″. I like to do this so that I can get rid of any harsh ink spots on the sides of my card stock. Next, I used Copic Markers to color my image and a white gel pen to add more “snow” over my penguin image after I was done coloring it.
Copic Colors Used:
- Teals: G000, G00, G02, BG11, BG23, BG18
- Penguin: W00, W1, W3, W5, W7
- Oranges: YR04, YR18
- White: 0, C00, C1, C3
To finish my card, I stamped my sentiment onto the top left corner of my card and then adhered it to a top-folding A2 white card base.
I encourage you to come play along! You can get more challenge inspiration HERE.
I hope you enjoyed my card today! Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by! If you liked this card and want some more crafty inspiration, please feel free to check out my INSTAGRAM feed! Wishing you all a lovely day!