Tuesday, December 10, 2013

"Try It Different" Tuesday: Snowball Penguin

"So, what can I say about these guys except that they just make me laugh," shares Nancy McClelland, who is our Inky Guest Designer during December.

She's referring to 11195MC Snowball Penguin HoneyPOP Clear Set (drawn by artist Tammy DeYoung), and I couldn't agree more with her feelings about these cute little penguins:

"I love the Inky HoneyPOP stamps," Nancy continues. "They work with or without the honeycomb [paper shape]."

Her very first HoneyPOP card was made using 11051MC Halloween Frog HoneyPOP Clear Set. The first HoneyPOP card that she taught was created with 11045MC Sundae Birdy HoneyPOP Clear Set. "This little bird works on so many type cards and occasions," explains Nancy. And she uses 11044MC Turtle HoneyPOP Clear Set to teach techniques and shading in her beginning-level Copic Classes.

I haven't seen her other HoneyPOP projects, but I'd have to imagine this one is the pièce de résistance...it's amazing! Check out the wonderful details on the front of her penguin card:

All the images (on the outside and inside) were colored with Copic markers (Y15, Y17, Y19, BG000, BG53, BG57, T4, T5, and T7), and then Nancy fussy cut them out.

She used Heidi Swapp Color Magic resist paper and made her own custom colored paper by spraying it with Heidi Swapp Tropicana Teal, as you can see in the hexagon-shaped borders of the background pattern, which is beneath the penguin (popped up with foam tape and adorned with glitter and fuzzy pom poms):

"I always enjoy using HoneyPop images and putting together the cards," says Nancy. "I like to challenge myself to use them in a non-traditional way, but this card screamed center fold and the snowball in the middle."

To me, this card screams "wildly creative." Take a peek at the inside for even more fabulous details:

If you look closely at the snow on both the front and inside, you'll see that Nancy did some recycling by using packing foam. "I adhered the lightweight foam to a piece of silver paper, and embossed it with a snowflake design [using a Tim Holtz Alterations Embossing Folder in Snow Flakes. Then] I cut the paper to make the snow drifts. The finishing touches are a few snowflakes and bling."

Even one of the snowflakes that was die cut from Spellbinders Create-A-Flake 4 utilizes the same packing foam:

Another card with tons of marvelous elements is Michelle Pearson's card, using the same set:

There is so much eye candy here, it's hard to pick a favorite part. But one piece that just steals my heart is this little birdy poking from behind the sentiment, which is so darn adorable:

The single snowflake stamps line the edges in vertical borders, set off with layered circles and rhinestones:

And a couple layers of washi tape make a fun, colorful "ground" for the snowball:

If you're looking for more of a "clean and simple" appearance, you'll appreciate Michelle's other card, which is featured as this week's project on the main Inky website.

Thanks to Nancy and Michelle for their inspiration, and to you for visiting with us today! 


stamping sue said...

Fabulous! but I'm a fan of honeycomb cards. they are fun to make and receive.
stamping sue

Anonymous said...

Wow! I'm gonna have to start decorating the inside of my cards too. These are great!

Sue D said...

Very fun wintry cards. Love the insides.