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From Our Home To Yours - Funny Shaped Christmas Card

Posted by Kristina Song on

This card features the versatility of the Docrafts Brickwork Background Stamp. These three Katzelkraft Penguins with their disgruntled faces totally crack me up so I thought it would be fun to play with them and the Docrafts Brickwork Background Stamp to create a shaped card that would harken to an igloo home for them.

I started out with Strathmore Bristol Paper for the card front and stamped out the penguins using VersaFine Onyx Black Ink (which is water-safe for watercoloring). Then I used Winsor & Newton Art Masking Fluid and covered them up with an old synthetic paint brush that I had first coated with a little bar soap (this helps prevent the masking fluid from permanently sticking to the bristles and makes clean up easier). I waited until the fluid was dry to the touch (about 5 minutes) before moving on to the next step.

To stamp out the Docrafts Brickwork Background Stamp, I decided to use a blue ink so that the bricks would look more like ice blocks and less like bricks. Then I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers in Cobalt Blue (031) and Peacock Blue (038) to watercolor in the blocks. For an even more icy look, I used a Uni-ball Signo White Gel Pen to add highlights on all the blocks.

I then used the soft part of my finger to rub off the dried masking fluid. I was careful not to scrape with my fingernail or press too hard because I didn't want the masking fluid to take off any of the paper, and luckily it came off really easily.

Then it was a matter of just adding some colorful details to the penguins. I used Yellow (050) and Orange (070) to add some brightness to their eyebrows, beaks, feet and bellies. Then for the shadowed lower and sides of their bellies, I used a Light Gray (091), which I think added a more rounded, dimensional look to the penguins.

To made the background look even more like an igloo, I decided to make this into a shaped card. I used a large circle die and cut the top half of the circle from the card front top. Then I took a piece of white cardstock, scored and folded one side about 1/4" down and put that folded side just under the circle die and ran that through my die cutting machine half way down too; this forms the card base back. For both the card front and the card base back, I trimmed the sides straight down from where the half circles left off. This created an arched, or igloo, shape. I glued the two sides together at the tab that was created by doing the 1/4" fold with Art Glitter Glue. I know reading these instructions can be a little unclear, so if you want to see all of this, the video below walks you through the whole process in detail.

Lastly, for the sentiment, I simply used a Uni-ball Signo White Gel Pen to hand write a little sentiment that reads, "MERRY CHRISTMAS from our home to yours." I love the juxtaposition of the grumpy faces of the penguins with this super cheery sentiment. LOL


The following is a start to finish video of creating this card:

Thanks for joining me today for this funny Christmas card!

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  • What a great Idea! I look at a brick wall and I see a brick wall. I hoping that it never gets cold here in San Antonio, Tx. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Thanks for the idea and the video. Melody R.

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