Saturday, December 15, 2018

Penny Black - Holly Jolly Critters


Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing a fun, clean and simple design featuring holly jolly critters.
I absolutely adore this stamp.  I smiled the whole time I was making my card. :)

I stamped the critters on mixed media paper with Versafine (permanent) black ink.  I heat set the image and then watercoloured using a mix of SU! and Distress inks.

I placed my finished piece in my grill to warm it and sprinkled chunky white frantage on top to add some falling snow.  The frantage melts quickly on the grill.  I stamped the sentiment in red ink, added crystal glaze to the lantern, and sparkle to the white cuffs and pompoms of the Santa hat, using clear wink of stella.

If you get a chance, pop over to the Simplicity at it's best blog to see some new designs from my Simplicity Sisters.

Penny Black Products:
#40-657 holly jolly critters

Adding this to the Penny Black Saturday Challenge where they are looking for Winter or Christmas cards.







Stamps:  Holly Jolly Critters (Penny Black - stamp set includes sentiment)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb. 400 Series)
Ink:  Versafine Black (permanent); Real Red (SU!); Distress Inks:  Brushed Corduroy, Rusty Hinge, Mowed Lawn, Forest Moss, Salty Ocean, Mustard Seed (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  water brush, red chalk (for adding cheeks), Crystal Glaze (Nuvo), Chunky White Frantage (Stampendous), heat tool

Challenges:
Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Winter or Christmas

35 comments:

Marcia HIll said...

This is SO SO CUTE Loll, and I can see why you were smiling the whole time you worked on this card!! Those critters are just too adorable and you've colored them BEAUTIFULLY!! Love the chunky falling snow too. Cute, CUTE card my friend!! :0)

Bunny said...

I love these Holly Jolly Critters. Beautifully colored card. [Bunny]`

Viv's Visuals said...

Can see why this stamp makes you smile Loll! great card. x

Nancy Stislow said...

This is so expertly painted! Great shading on the hedgies, Loll! Love the rich colors you chose. Thanks for naming the colors of ink you used too. This is so perfectly done and what a fun image!

Susan said...

That image makes me feel so happy! Just love the little critters. You coloured them beautifully. And great idea to use the grill for the chunky frantage - easier than heating underneath with the heat gun!

Barb Ghig said...

Your watercoloring has really brought these adorable critters to life! Love this darling card, Loll...I can see why you smiled so much while working on it :)

nancy littrell said...

OMG, Loll...I just love your Holly Jolly beautifully colored hedgies. What a great idea to place your finished card on your grill to melt the Frantage snow. TFS your adorable critter card and the link to the cute stamp set. Merry Christmas, my friend. Hugs..Nancy

Charlene said...

very cute card!

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Stunning and yes smiley image Loll makes a grand card.
Your grill is heat from under or heat from above? I'm guessing heat coming from underneath?
In Oz stove grills commonly heat source from above and I would reckon incinerating my creation would result!
Hugs Shaz in Oz.x

My Paper Epiphany said...

Delightful! I love these festive critters! I hope you have a Holly Jolly Christmas Loll:) . Thanks for sharing at the PBSC.

Julie B said...

Such a cute card Loll. Love your tip about the frantage, mine usually blows all over when I use a heat gun! :)

Mac Mable said...

No wonder you love this cute stamp Loll.....it sure brought a smile to my face too X love the attention to detail with the gloss and white frantage on your adorable card X

Aileen said...

Fabulous card Loll, these little critters are so cute, I never tire of seeing the critters from Penny Black, whether its the cats, dogs or hedgehogs, they always make such a wonderful scene. Perfect colouring

Jeanne said...

Oh gosh, this is adorable! Wonderful coloring brings these happy critters to life. Such talent! Thanks so much for sharing, Loll.

Brenda in IN said...

Hedgies are so adorable and having a parade of them for Christmas is so sweet. The coloring and shading is great and I love the bright red sentiment. Loll, can you just sprinkle frantage on card stock and put it on the grill to melt it without embossing powder? I love that technique with the frantage.

Patti said...

Awww this is delightful!! I really love your perfectly colored critters! and the addition of the snow was brilliant! I will have to go and Google "Frantage" as I have never heard of it before!

Thank you so much for the beautiful card you sent to me! I am proud to own a Loll original! : ) Yours from me should arrive any minute now : )

Merry Christmas, friend!

Patti

Linda said...

This is just sooooo adorable .... I love those festive little critters xx

Papercraft Boutique said...

These critters are SO adorable, Loll, especially with your beautiful coloring! They make me smile. :-)
And I love the way you added the chunky white frantage to the card, and all the shiny & sparkly detail work!
Hideko xx

Trina P. said...

Eeeeekkkkk! Absolutely ADORABLE and fun and festive, Loll! Beautiful watercolouring as always. Love, love, love! xx

Bonnie said...

This makes me smile, Loll! What a fun image to play with and it makes a fantastic, fun Christmas card!

Christine Alexander said...

this little group is so adorable Loll, great colouring and love the sprinkle of frantage :)

Robyn Oliver said...

The cutest little parade of Christmas critters, fun happy card Loll and beautifully coloured

Linda said...

Loll, your critter card is so adorable and water colored so beautifully.
Awesome card my friend. Have a Merry Christmas!

Maxine D said...

Oh Loll what a sweet card and so exquisitely made.
Blessings
Maxine

Gibmiss said...

Hi Loll
Fabulous fun card... love the tip on the Frantage going on the grill...
Thanks for joining us At Penny Plack Challenge
Hugs Sylvie xx

Ina G said...

Fabulous fun colourful card Loll. Just adorable! Merry Christmas.

Karen D. said...

love this delightful, happy card Loll...you are so talented.
xx Karen

nwilliams6 said...

Too cute! Love those critters. Great coloring too. Hugz

BożenA said...

Oh Loll! I am deeply impressed by your skills in coloring this image. I love this amused festive crowd of animals. I love this card, it's very mine :-)
BożenA xx

Susanne Vargas said...

That stamp is super adorable and you colored it beautifully! Love the texture of the frantage!

Pat said...

These PB critters are so cute Loll and beautifully coloured, and would never have thought of melting chunky frantage powder under the grill. I love the added sparkle and shine too. x

Anita in France said...

I'm smiling too, Loll, at this wonderfully detailed and beautifully coloured parade of cute critters ... they're adorable! Hugs, Anita :)

scrappymo! said...

Fabulous card. Loving this image and your design details.

Having a wee catch up on your posts!

lynda said...

I smiled when I saw this card in the challenge gallery. I can see why you were smiling when you made it. Your coloring is exquisite! Thanks so much for joining us at Penny Black Saturday Challenge! Hope you'll join us again soon. Hugs, Lynda Joy

Jo Manna said...

These guys are adorable. I feel the celebration :D
What a great way to add snow! The intensity of your watercolouring is truly exceptional, I love this card xx