Artic Antics by Penny Black

Saturday was our first snowfall of the season. Not really much accumulation, but enough to remind me that winter is here. Despite a major kitchen renovation a couple of years ago, we still have issues with freezing pipes. So dipping temperatures means pulling out the space heater and letting the kitchen faucet drip to prevent any catastrophes. Although the snow is lovely, we’re also on high alert to make sure that our pipes stay intact.

We’ve started decorating the house for the holidays- lights in the flower box, candles in the windows, and a big, beautiful wreath on the door – but unlike many of our neighbors, we have yet to put up the tree. Our living room is small, but somehow we’ll fit a fully decorated tree and fourteen people in here for Christmas Eve dinner. However, some decluttering needs to happen before the tree comes up from the basement and I have to finish up coloring projects for that to happen.

In the meantime, I’ve been coloring snow and polar bears for holiday cards – part of getting into the Christmas spirit. You may have noticed that I’m teaching a class next week that features the Polar Bear Pals stamp set by My Favorite Things. Polar bears are quick and easy to color and can be done with a limited number of markers. Obviously, there’s no white Copic marker, so you “color” white by coloring the shadows, emphasizing contours and depth. I start with the lightest warm gray to map out the shadows and then add layers of the darker grays to create the contours. I completed the shadows with a light wash of E30 to make the grays even warmer. Throw in some miscellaneous colors for the packages and you have another holiday card ready to cheer someone’s day.

What’s on your craft table today?


Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer for free or at a discount. All other items were personally purchased. Read more.

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Holiday 6×6 paper pad by American Crafts; Scarlett Red Dot by Authentique (I used scraps of the solid red side of the paper).
Stamps: Artic Antics (*) by Penny Black; Boxed Greetings (*) by Paper Smooches; Believe by Penny Black (inside sentiment, not shown)
Inks: Memento in Tuxedo Black by Tsukineko; Versafine in Onyx Black by Tsukineko
Dies: Stitched Rectangles by Simon Says Stamp
Copics: W0, W1, W3, E30, 0 (bear); C0, C1, C3, R35, R46, R56, R59 (scarf); YG03, YG05, YG09, Y02, Y15, Y19, B24, B28, R35, R46, R56 (gifts); BV000, BG0000, BG10, B000 (snow/shadow)

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