Wednesday, October 22, 2014

of penguins and carolers {mama elephant stamp highlights}

This is my second post of the day. If you're looking for lawn fawn gingerbread tags, scroll down or click *here.*

It's time for Mama Elephant stamp highlights! We're showing off 2 sets today, arctic penguins and jolly & merry. The sets were meant to work together, with images in the one and sentiments in the other.

I made 2 cards for you today. First off, a sweet little lonely penguin.


The ice blocks in the set are really small, and I wanted to have a huge one that would fill the entire card width. Some selective inking and voila!

Here's an idea of what I did, although I didn't end up using this for my final card:

If you stamp the penguin first, and then build the bigger ice-block around him it works so much better. You don't need the lines to join up over the masked penguin.

I hope the picture makes sense to you! It's really easy to customize almost any stamp this way.

penguins & carolers {mama elephant stamp highlights}

Once I had him on his larger ice block, I used the partial die-cutting technique to cut them out together, and set him adrift on the ocean. Two different copic markers are all it took to make a sea and sky, and I used a white gel pen to doodle in some waves.


The sentiment is from jolly & merry, and so cute!

Speaking of jolly & merry, I just love the larger script words found in that set:


I created a giant tag shaped card, and used the starburst cover as a backdrop to my scene.  The alpine carolers are holding a string of Christmas lights.


Aren't they cute? A lot of masking and inking to get the entire tag covered in a night sky color, with a yellow glow for the sparkling lights.

I heat-embossed "merry" and let it spill up onto the images. It's nice and thin, so it doesn't overwhelm the carolers.

I hope you like both projects! There's more to see on the Mama Elephant blog today!



  1. Totally, ADORABLE!!!

  2. Wow...awesome ideas here! I love that you made a larger ice Block for the penguin. And that Tag is just adorable

  3. Both cards are amazing! Thank you for sharing how you made a larger ice block, that's super clever! :)

  4. Stunned!!! Amazing cards! That large iceberg in the first one rocks!!!! And those penguins...they skated away with my heart!! Love them so much!! And your carolors on the large tag card are so sweet! That sky is breathtaking!

  5. These are so totally awesome! I can't wait to try the masking with my penguin set and I love your background for the carolers!

  6. So cute, loving the
    penguins and the
    other is sweet!
    Carla from Utah

  7. I find the larger iceberg is ingenious. Love the way it turned out. The carolers were just as cute as can be also.

  8. These are soo cute! Great idea to make the iceberg larger!

  9. Wonderful projects! I adore your creative ideas! Thank you for the inspiration.

  10. You are AMAZING, Elena!!!! So many fun and fabulous details on all of your projects!!! Love your work!