Wednesday, 12 May 2021

First slimline card for ages!

I've been seeing so many tall and slim, or wide and slim, cards lately, and finally set to the other day - when inspiration was out for a jog. It should be skinny as a rake with all the 'going out for a jog' it's doing these days!

Am really badly behind on Christmas card making so I decided to try out a new scenic paper pack from Whimsy Stamps - and this was the resulting card:

I used:

- UK size white DL card stock - 8.25" x 4" - tent style

- a sheet of paper from the Whimsy Stamps Slimline 'Frozen' scenic \9including igloo to keep the penguins warm!) designer paper pack. The really lovely background papers aren't matched to UK sizes, they're 8.5" x 3.5" - but a bit of pale blue pearlescent card as a 'frame', as well as carefully chopping off a bit from one side of the background Whimsy paper,cured that slightly 'unexpected and a bit disappointing' hiccup

- cut a piece of blue pearlescent card to 8" x 3.75" and then cut the background Whimsy paper to 7.75" wide and left the height at 3.5" so that it was even all round. BTW, the shade.colour of the card I used for framing the image panel will work with loads of the other image panels. Some of them do have mauve and pink tones so it might be that I'll resort to silver mirri or similar, if I can't find a good match

- had already chosen the stamps to use and they're from the Lawn Fawn 'Here we go A-Waddlin' set of stamps - love this set!

- stamped the three carolling penguins onto white card using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink pad

- coloured them using Faber-Castell Polychromos - mostly as right now I can't reach up to my Pro Markers without asking for help and Len was busy installing a new printer in his own 'den'

- then die cut the 'penguin choir' using the co-ordinating set of Lawn Fawn dies

- at that point I knew how the scene would fit together, so I was very brave/reckless and stamped the sentiment directly onto the background, using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink - admittedly having first checked for 'smudge-ability' on a small piece I'd trimmed from the background Whimsy panel

- then I got even braver and re-positioned the 'still not stuck down' penguin trio and worked out where some 'notes' would go - thank goodness for the Misti!

- stamped the notes using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' again

- then glued the pearlescent baby blue panel on to the card blank

- followed that with the Whimsy back ground panel

- finally, added the die cut penguin trio, using a glue pen!

It made sense to make two cards the same whilst everything was on my desk, particularly as the background images come in twos.

As the paper pack is having its first outing, I'm linking this into Darnell's NBUS Challenge #26 HERE. It's ages since I played along, despite blithely using unused goodies as much as possible these days. Slaps own wrist.

I finally bit the bullet and switched over to using my new Canon camera that Santa brought - shame on me for taking so long! I hate change yet it's so similar, albeit much upgraded, that I kicked myself for taking so long to do the switchover. Basically I tend to use things until they're not working right and only then will I consider a change/upgrade. Err, although craft goodies are always an exception of course!

I also tried (following in the footsteps of others, as always) using some SU 'In Good Taste' wood effect background paper when I took the photo, with the card placed deliberately 'on the wonk'. A lovely friend sent me some to try out and then I plumped for buying a whole pack of varied effect patterns. My 'in-house critic' very much approved, so I may even advance to adding in an envelope behind the card, which possibly is more balanced as I've subsequently noticed a few of you doing this. And who knows - in time - perhaps the odd prop or two ☺ 



28 comments:

Liz said...

Great Christmas card Di, I love the little scene you’ve created. Those little penguins are just adorable. Wouldn’t it be easier for us crafters if UK and US sizes were the same. xx

Kath said...

A lovely cute card Di - the papers are perfect for creating winter scenes. I like the background paper you've used - I use a scrap of wallpaper behind my photos!
Kath x

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Oh, this slimline is just ADORABLE!! Love so much how you used the beautiful paper and the sentiment!! A perfect scene!! And a perfect photo too!! :D I have to try to put my cards 'on the wonk', thanks for the idea!
Hugs and cuddles to Dudley!

ellyscard creatief said...

Adorable card. The animals are so cute.

Aquarius said...

Wow, this is brilliant and great to read your detailed description of how it was achieved along with hints about possible pitfalls. I have three colours of DL cards which I've had for ages and they are all slightly different in size - these things are sent to try us 🙄

Jackie T said...

Hi Di your card is gorgeous. I love DL cards. Have a good day. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Sandra H said...

So pretty Di l do like to see slim line cards love your scene and images x

kiwimeskreations said...

What a sweetie this is Di - beautifully made!!
Stay safe
Blessings
Maxine

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

I love this gorgeous card Di, such a cute little scene you've made.

Sue xx

Helen said...

Slimline cards are a real favourite with me and yours is stunning! I just lvoe this fun little penguin scene!! So eye-catching!! Thanks so much for the great inspiration. Stay safe! :)

NanaConnie said...

Fabulous card, Di, and I love your photographing technique! That wood grain paper is a great idea. I'm going to have to dig through my stash and try that myself.

Donna said...

Gorgeous card, it could not be any cuter! I always wondered what that background was, thank!

Em Louise Fairley said...

It's so cute, Di xoxo

Jeanne H said...

Well done, Di. I haven't bit the slim line cards bullet. Yet.

Susan said...

Adorable little penguins on such a great scenic background! I like your photo set on the "wood" background!

Sarah said...

What a fabulous Christmas scene Di and I am definitely going to check out those Whimsy papers x

Bunny said...

Cute Christmas card. I had to re-read the last paragraph. Then it finally dawned on me what you were talking about.

Also, I despise change too. Unless someone shows me how to do something. Otherwise, I'm not into the manuals. They don't like me and I don't like them. [Bunny]

Pat said...

A great background for your three cute little penquin carol singers Di and love the slimline shape which the backgrounds are made to be used with, and also the woodgrain works well as a background. I have tried other ways of taking my photos but I always seem to gravitate back to the card square on laying on a piece of black card. x

Karenladd said...

Oh Di, this is such an adorable card and that background paper couldn't be more perfect for the little penguin trio. I've never seen paper like this, but now may need to scour the internet to see if they have it available in the US. Congrats on making the ever-popular slimline design, and then going even further by using your new camera with props no less! I have to say that I actually noticed that beautiful wood patterned background right away as it sets off your sweet scene to perfection.

Lia said...

Slimline cards are somuch fun to make. I made several after discovered this shape and many more will follow. You made a gorgeous card with the 3 adorable penguins!!
Lia xx

TK said...

Adorable! This is a terrific scene, and oh so cheery, a perfect addition to the Christmas card stash!

Daffodil Cards said...

LOVE your card and background, taken with your new camera, how exciting, although I know change is hard, very hard. Then you wonder why it's taken so long, hahaha.
Faith x

Fikreta said...

It's wonderful card!

Linby said...

A lovely card - it's a great scene. Well done on the staging too, looks fab.

Greta said...

What an adorable card, Di! That printed paper does make a good background for the photo!

Mrs A. said...

Wow, this has worked perfectly using that background paper. Hugs Me.

Marjeta said...

What a great card Di! Beautiful image and super background.

Darnell said...

Way to be on trend with your slim card, Di, and I love how you created an adorable scene by stamping right on that cool pp! Well done ~ and I love the photograph! Thank you for sharing with everyone at NBUS! Hugs, Darnell