I'm ready to take it to the next level in my craft blogging. I'm going to enter a design challenge. I found one I thought I could handle at Digital Tuesday Challenge.
The challenge is to make a Christmas card using white, kraft, and blue. The card has to incorporate something digital, whether it be digi paper, a digital image, text or whatever. My mind immediately went to penguins. I love penguins in Christmas decor-even though they don't exist anywhere near the north pole. ;)
So here's what I came up with:
Isn't he just the cutest thing?!? I did a google search in images for "Christmas penguin," and this is one of the adorable images that came up. Then I retrieved it in eCAL as an image and as a trace. Then I shadowed the trace (kept the shadow but deleted the trace). I had to tweak the points on his right foot in the shadow, because it wanted to cut a huge chunk out of it (OUCH!), but that wasn't too hard to do zoomed way in.
The paper was a little trickier. I chose the Whisper White and Brilliant Blue from my Stampin' Up! supply right away and found a piece of Kraft that I got in a Walmart stack a long time ago. Then what do to. I had stickled the scarf and eyes of my cute little guy and he just stood out too much from the plain paper. I decided to tear the white and stickle the edges to look like snow, but that looked odd against the plain blue on the plain kraft. I tore the blue. Now I was getting somewhere. It looked like an iceberg against pretty blue water. I finally decided to use my Simply Scored diagonal plate to emboss the kraft, and it all came together. I really love it! I do think that I'll use Inkscape next time to separate the colors on the penguin and cut them out as layers and piece them together to give him a little more dimension. I'll try to work on that this week and post him so we can compare the two. :)
Here's a closeup: