Today I sat down to create with a particular stamp set. I had an idea percolating away and had even stamped out a rough design. It was then that I made a fatal mistake – I turned on the computer to watch some YouTube while I created and it seemed like everyone was using the same set (a slight exaggeration, Kylie!). Instead of being inspired, I confess I became a little intimidated. It really is a silly attitude but I guess we all fall victim to comparisons from time to time. I decided to put the stamp set away and grab another one. The idea will still be there another day. It was a great move! And if you are in the same boat, I’d recommend doing exactly the same. Grab another stamp/stamp set and just create! Stop with the comparison. Don’t put that stamp away and never use it again!
Okay, so I’ve been crushing on all the new Lawn Fawn stamp sets which have recently been released. I had a little splurge and picked out a few of my favourites, including Critters in the Arctic and Winter Penguin. I *love* their critters and you know I *love* creating scenes. It’s a win win. As soon as I saw the two sets I knew I wanted to combine them and create a little winter scene so that’s what I did. (I can tell I am going to use that little iceberg a lot!) I did have a bit of drama with the embossing (reminder: make sure inked background is completely dry before applying embossing powder. lol). I thought long and hard about re-doing it but I decided that I actually liked the rough, splotchy look. To me it looked more realistic. I have to say I *love* how this card turned out. Go me! lol
Here’s the card…..
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Well you should be chuffed with this fabulous card, Kylie – it’s a winter wonderland of delight! The penguin, the ice floes, the snowflake sky and snowy hills…and that signature wee heart….heart-warming and heart-melting! Your ‘comparison’ observation that opened your post…yep! I’m caught up in that often, to the point where I’m beginning to question what I’m doing. Card-making is supposed to be fun, but the more I see of others’ skills/talents/products, the more discouraged I become. I LOVE making cards, so I won’t quite that, however, the ‘competition’ is a bit daunting, at times. Decisions, decisions…perhaps I should just do what I do – as per your sensible advice – and not care about what others think….
This is just so sweet….I love your adorable little penguin skating!
Thanks very much, Kim! It was such a fun card to create. 🙂
What Copic colors did you use?
I used C5,C7 and C9 for the penguin. I think it was R27 and R29 for the scarf. Around the little ice sheet and across the top of the snow banks I used B000 as a little highlight. The shadow under the penguin was C0 and C1. Hope this helps! 😀
OMG, how cute is this! Totally love your card. Wonderful background with the snowflakes. So much details, I really enjoy your cards. You are soooo creative!!
Monique, you are too kind! Thank you soooo much! So glad you liked it. 🙂
This is so completely and utterly gorgeous! I just adore the little details, from the stitched hills to the water drops on the distress ink. Beautiful! I especially love the pops of red. They draw the eye in, but not too much. And, of course, your scenery is masterful.
And I’m totally with you. I think the slightly splotchy and imperfect look works just fine for snow. I had the same thing happen to me with distress ink last year, and I ended up with one of those happy accident pieces. The embossing powder stuck in more places than just the stamped snowflakes and it looked like that fine powdery snow that floats around in the air when it’s windy. It was awesome! 😀
Thank you soooo much, Elle! I was quietly (or not so quietly! lol) chuffed when I finished it. The only thing missing, but it couldn’t be helped, was the “movement”” stamp…still, I think it works without it. I’ve just been stamping out more of those ice sheets. The stamp set is FUN!
I am *so* glad you ‘get it’ when I talked about the embossing powder issue! Thought I might have been on my own. Sometimes “imperfect” is PERFECT! 🙂 hugs!!
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