Hello, Everyone! I am so excited to share this slimline card with you today featuring products from Penguin Palace.

Summer Sweets
Summer is officially in full swing, and I am here for it! When I think of summer, I think of ice cream. Who am I kidding – I think of ice cream even when it’s 20 degrees outside! But seriously, when I think of my childhood summers, I remember spending my days at the pool and getting treats at the snack bar. I don’t know what it was about that snack bar, but it always seemed like such a “win” when we were able to run in there with some money from Mom.

When I first saw the new Sidewalk Scene Builder die from Penguin Palace, I knew that I wanted to pair it with images from the Rabbit Cafe stamp set. This stamp set is beyond adorable, isn’t it? I also ended up pulling some images from the Summer Sunshine stamp set. That cat eating the ice cream? He’s living his best life!

Making the Card
I started out by cutting a piece of off-white card stock with the Sidewalk die. This die makes all of the impressions (or indentations) of a sidewalk, cracks and all. I wanted to really emphasize the cracks in order to make the sidewalk more realistic. I used a brownish-gray colored pencil to go over all of the lines/cracks. I then added some shading with several gray and brown pencils. To finish my sidewalk, I splattered it with some watered down Distress Oxide inks in Vintage Photo, Antique Linen, and Hickory Smoke.

Next, I took a piece of Bristol Smooth card stock and blended three shades of pink Distress Oxide ink – Picked Raspberry, Kitsch Flamingo, and Spun Sugar. I splattered it with watered down Picked Raspberry ink and white acrylic paint. Sky doesn’t always have to be blue, you know!
For the grass, I blended some Mowed Lawn and Twisted Citron Distress Oxide inks and then cut it with a die from my stash. This particular grass die is from Honey Bee Stamps. I glued my sidewalk, grass and sky onto a thick piece of white card stock cut to 8.5″ x 3.5″, and then I glued that to a 9″ x 4″ white card base. 

I stamped all of my images with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored them with my Copic Markers. Now, let’s talk for a moment about the hair, shall we? I have watched a countless amount of people color hair with Copic Markers – I really have! I’m not going to tell you who I’ve watched because I wouldn’t want you to think badly of them. My hair coloring is a mess! I think it requires a level of patience that escapes me after living through a pandemic with kids. So, we’re just going to ignore the hair and focus on the treats – right?! 

After cutting out the images, I adhered them to my background. These stamp sets do have matching dies, but I do not have them. Sometimes fussy cutting can be fun, right? Some people say that it’s relaxing. Me? I think a pedicure is relaxing. To each her own. Back to the card – I used thin foam tape to add dimension to some of the elements. I took a sentiment from each of the two stamp sets and white heat embossed them onto black card stock. I then added a few final touches, including some shimmer pen and white gel pen details, a few clear sparkling sequins, and a dot of red Nuvo Crystal Drops for the cherry on top of the ice cream. Personally, I take my ice cream without whipped cream and cherries. I’m a purist. 

This card was super fun to make, and I hope it put a smile on your face today.  Be sure to check out all of the adorable products in the Penguin Palace online shop. And comment below to tell me what your favorite summer treat is!

Wishing you all a crafty day!


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