Sunday, February 4, 2018

For the Love of Penguins

Playing along with Muse this Week.  I had so much fun with my creation this week.  I wanted to
Muse Challenge #251
try marbling with alcohol inks. I used Tim Holtz alcohol inks and stayed mono chromatic.  I also used Stampin Up! Colored pencils and Aqua painters to get the water color affect. I took inspiration from The layout and from the cute animals.

What I did for this Muse:
Stamps and Products:
Cardstock: Whisper White (SU!) 11 x 8 1/2- scored at 5 1/2, Whisper White ( SU!) 5 1/4 x 4, small piece to stamp Penguins
2 x 5 1/2 Glitter strip
Stitched Thinly set
Thin Dimensionals to give a little lift to the the circle
Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks: Mermaid & Indigo
Marvy Snow Marker
Colored pencils(SU!)
Aqua painters)SU!)
Heat Tool
Nuvo Crystal Drops- Clear
Wink of Stella (SU!)
Here is this week's Muse by Vicki Dutcher:

I began with the main panel. I followed the instructions for marbling that Jennifer McGuire has created a great tutorial.

 I filled a small rectangular glass tub an inch with water.  I dropped about 6 drops of Alcohol ink (5 Mermaid, 1 Indigo) I lightly swirled. I did this with about 5 different pieces of paper.  I wanted to have options and use a piece from another panel for the background for the sentiment.
Here are my others panels.  I am planning on saving them for later projects:

 While the paper dried, I cut out 2 stitched circles and lightly colored 1 with a variety of blue and green watercolor pencils.  I used the Aqua Painter to wet the paper and blend the colors.  I cut the bottom of the other circle to make a snowy mound for the penguins to stand on.  I colored the snow hill in with the Snow Marker and heat set so it puffs up like snow.
Here's a close up of the snowy mound:

     Next, I stamped the Penguins, used Colored pencils and the aqua painter to color them in.  After everything dried, I sandwiched the papers between copy paper and ran through my Big Shot to flatten. I cut the sparkle paper to fit along the side and used Tear tape to adhere it to the panel.  I put together my snowy penguins on top of the snow hill and attached the circle using dimensionals.  I used a scrap of the Marble paper to stamp the sentiment on. The last step I added some clear sparkly Nuvo dots and  "painted" the snow with Wink of Stella.

Watercolor pencils
Aqua Painters

Stitched Framlits
Simply Scored
Tear & Tape


  1. Fantastic cards with this fun technique! Thanks so much for joining us at Muse this week!

  2. These penguins are such fun, and your marbling looks gorgeous.
    (I've only tried this with nail polish before).

  3. These penguins are so very adorable--perfect love card. Fantastic background you created. I've never tried that marbling technique.