Hello, Everyone! I am so excited to be sharing my first card as part of the Penguin Palace design team. Today is Day 1 of the Spring 2021 Release Reveal. There are so many great products in this release, and it is now available for pre-order in the Penguin Palace online shop! Any orders of $80CAD+ (≈ 65USD+) will be eligible for a free gift, and there is also an awesome giveaway – check out the Penguin Palace blog for details.

Greetings from Egypt

The stamps in this release have an “Around the World” theme, which is so fun! Today, I am sharing a card that I made with the Mysterious Egypt stamp set. In addition to iconic images, the set also contains some super cute characters. 

Egyptian Glam

As soon as I saw this stamp set, I immediately thought of gold and jewels. It has been awhile since I’ve played with my alcohol inks, and I knew this was the perfect opportunity. I mixed Ranger Glacier and Turquoise alcohol inks, along with some gold mixative, on yupo paper. I played around with the mix for a bit until I was happy with the results. Before it was completely dry, I took some gold foil and pressed it into the areas that were still “sticky.” It added  just that extra touch of gold shine that I wanted.

Partial Die Cutting

I thought it would be fun to frame the alcohol ink background with angled panels. I also wanted to highlight the more iconic images from the set, so I decided to do some partial die cutting. I took the dies for the Sphinx and the pyramids, placed them on a white sheet of card stock at an angle, and then placed the paper on the platform of my die cutting machine. I placed the top cutting plate along the same angle ONLY over the part of the images that I wanted cut out. Anything outside of the cutting plate did not get cut. See picture below, but ignore the well-loved cutting plate which has since been retired – ha!

Once the top parts of the dies were cut, it was just a matter of cutting the rest of the paper along that angled line. I did this with my paper trimmer. This could also have been done with scissors or a craft knife – just not a guillotine trimmer.  Once my angled panel was complete, I stamped the corresponding images with Versamark ink and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.

How Cute Is This Camel

I’m looking forward to giving this camel a lot of color in a future card, but for now I stuck with my theme. I took a piece of satin gold card stock, stamped the camel with Versamark ink, and then heat embossed with white embossing powder. I then added some turquoise gemstones because even camels deserve a bit of glam.

To finish up the card, I cut the top panel out of white card stock to match the same angle as the lower panel. I stamped the sentiment with Versamark ink and heat embossed with gold embossing powder. I popped both panels up with foam tape, and I stacked the camel up on two white die cuts. The overall size of the card is standard A2 – 4.25″x5.5″.

I love how this card turned out, and I hope it has inspired you. Be sure to check out the entire Spring Release in the Penguin Palace store, as well as the rest of the design team’s creations. I’ll be back tomorrow sharing another fun stamp set from the collection.

Wishing you all a crafty day!


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