Monday, 17 November 2014

P...P...Penguins!! ... with Papermill

Hello, welcome to another week and news of a +papermilldirect special offer.  
 This week it is a 120gsm Snow White Pearlised paper at a bargain price of just £16-22 for an A4 small box (approx. 160 sheets that should keep you going for a while!!)

Let's talk Penguins!!  Penguins are cute and seem to be everywhere at the moment, so I thought I'd theme some Christmas cards around this popular cute character.

It was my birthday recently, and one of my B'day pressies was the new Cricut Explore, although I was a bit naughty and tested it early (well I needed to know it worked okay ;) )  One of the features I was wanting to test out was the 'writing pens' and the 'cut & write' at same time, so these cards feature my first attempt at that.

I started out by cutting the Penguin with candy lollipop using the Cricut Explore and the ‘Winter Frolic’ image set. I used the white hammered card for the body of the penguin as I felt the texture would add interest and a hint of fur to the penguin's tummy.  I was really surprised how well the cricut cut the teeny tiny cane / stick for the lollipop, I was using the papermill buff card for this and it cuts so smoothly and cleanly even with that tiny sliver.

 The wording ‘Sweet Winter Wishes’ has been created using the ‘Cricut Alphabet’ font using the ‘write’ option and a ‘Midnight’ black cricut pen. The wording panel has been cut and written at the same time in the cricut (first time I’ve tried this) using papermill's ‘Plain White’ card, the writing was even and sat neatly on the papermill 'plain white' card surface.

A touch of detail Glitter has been added to the Santa Hat and some ‘Glitter Jewels’ by Cosmic Shimmer provide the snow for the penguin to stand on. The Penguin has been attached to the card front with 3D foam pads to give a little depth to the design. I made 2 cards with a ‘Post Box Red’ card base and 2 using the ‘Sky Blue’ card. Each card measures approx. 5.5” square.  I think it's nice to use bright colours for card bases, you can add a white insert and it really makes the designs more eyecatching, Papermill Direct has a whole rainbow of coloured card to choose from.

Materials List:
Plain White Card - Essentials Range - Papermill Direct
White Hammered card - Essentials Range - Papermill Direct
Post Box Red, Sky Blue, Black, Daffodil Yellow and Buff card - Colours Range - Papermill Direct
'White Shimmer' Detail Sparkle - Imagination Crafts
Cosmic Shimmer 'Glitter Jewels' - Creative Expressions
Cricut Explore (using Winter Frolic, and Cricut Alphabet)

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