Silly Penguins Watercoloured with Distress Inks by Jeni

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Hi, Jeni here sneaking in with another Winter themed card. I love these fun penguins from the Brring On The Joy stamp set by Avery Elle.  I decided to try and make some silly scenes with a bunch of presents. I haven’t used Distress Inks for a while so decided to do some watercoloring with them.  All the products I used are listed and linked to the shop at the bottom of this post.


Stamping & Colouring

I stamped the three  different penguins with an archival based Midnight ink onto Bristol smooth card, a bunch of presents and two ice floats.  I picked a few Distress inks and smooshed them onto my palette (a piece of bright white Neenah card inside an Avery Elle Storage Pocket).  The last time I used my little pot of water (a Tim Holtz Storage Jar) was with some shimmery watercolours and I didn’t clean out my water so all my colouring today is a little sparkly.


Colouring The Penguins

I used Black Soot for the penguin bodies – with different amounts of water to get some grey penguins. The scarves are Candied Apple and Lucky Clover.  The presents also used Candied Apple, Lucky Clover and Spiced Marmalade for some ‘gold’ looking ribbon. I used Tumbled Glass for the icy water.  I fussy cut out all the stamped images, diecut a cross-stitched rectangle from Bristol card, and started playing around with the arrangement.



Once I was happy I stamped the sentiment going across the two ice floats and used a no. 8 watercolour brush and Tumbled Glass distress ink to add some icy water. I didn’t make sure this was too neat and left hard edges.  I adhered the ice floats so the sentiment was correct and added the penguins and presents. Two are ice skating in the background and the one of the ice float has slipped and is dropping his presents.  I will add this to a A2 sized card base and it’s ready to be sent out for Christmas.



One Layer Card

I think I was channeling Sandy Allnock with this one layer masked card.  I stamped the present a couple times onto some masking paper.  I placed the penguin on the card and stamped the present in his flippers first.  This is what I wanted to be at the front and to look like it is slipping out of his flippers.  I placed a mask on the present and stamped the penguin.  Then I stamped the rest of the presents – making them at different angles – masking where I needed to.  I stamped one present to look like it is falling down and added the sentiment in the ‘curve’ of the presents.


I used the same Distress Ink colours (apart from Lucky Clover) making sure each part was dry before I painted a part next to it.  I haven’t added this to a card base yet as I’m not sure if it should be trimmed thinner, with a strip of red card… what do you think? Let me know in the comments below.


Thanks for popping in for this sneaky extra post.  I’d love to see your Christmas Cards in the Facebook Group – The Little Paper Tree Tribe.



Avery Elle
Brring On The Joy Stamp Set

Lawn Fawn
Cross Stitched Large Rectangle

Catherine Pooler Designs
Midnight Ink

Tim Holtz

Distress Ink Black Soot

Distress Ink Candied Apple

Distress Ink Lucky Clover

Distress Ink Spiced Marmalade

Storage Jar (as a waterpot)

Mini Storage Tin

Mini Snips Scissors

Aqua Flow Waterbrush

Masking Paper

Xtreme Tape Runner

Lawn Fawn
Acrylic Blocks

A4 Paper Trimmer

Diecutting Machine




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