Tuesday 18 May 2021

When are polka dots not polka dots?

The answer of course is when it's snow! Well it is in this example for the latest challenge at Cardz4Guyz where our theme is:-

Make Your Own Background

I do like to make my own backgrounds, even when I have loads of DP that needs using up!
For this example I took inspiration from a couple of challenges that sparked the idea.

The Paper Players are all about polka dots and there's a sketch over at Less is More, so I combined both to create my card.
I used a Background Block from Uniko called Scattered Polka Dots, they make great falling snow, which I stamped with Versamark on a scrap of card and heat embossed with white EP, before inking with Salty Ocean DI to create the sky. It may be May but here in the UK we've had some freakish weather, 4 season's all in one day, including hailstones and snow, so it was fresh in my mind!
I'm still on my use it up crusade, so I found this little penguin left over from a sheet of LOTV digis I printed off over Christmas and coloured him with Copics before fussy cutting him.
Rather than use a simple greeting banner, I cut another scrap of white card to represent a snowy landscape and glued my penguin to that, adding the sentiment to one side.
I trimmed the inked panel down to size, added the penguin and then the finished panel to an A6 top fold white note card, following the sketch at Less is More.

So what will you do, we'd love to see your ideas in the Cardz4Guyz gallery. If you want more inspiration, check out the rest of the team here.

I'm joining in over at:-


  1. Jules your polka dot snow is perfect for our challenge this week - and how ever cute is that little penguin, all wrapped up to make his festive delivery?! Love it. Thanks so much for playing along with us over at The Paper Players this week!

  2. Julie, love love love this adorable take on our "create your own background" challenge over at Cardz 4 Guyz!! What great inspiration you are offering for those that decide to play along with us!! What I love about your card is that you just used a portion of your card...not covering your whole card with the back ground you created...very creative!!

  3. A super card, with great use of things you had waiting for a cracking make. And our weather is definitely crazy at the moment! Thanks for playing along with our sketch challenge at Less is More.


  4. What a great idea, polka dots as snow. Love that cute little penguin too, a great take on the sketch x

  5. WOW! I am so impressed you started on your holiday cards! Your snowflakes are perfect polka dots and that little penguin is adorable all decked out! So happy you joined us at The Paper Players this week!

  6. That little penguin is super cute! Love the "snowy" detail, too. Thank you so much for playing along with my CAS polka dot challenge this week over at The Paper Players!

  7. This is a wonderful take on our sketch, Julie. Love your snowy dotted sky and that little penguin is the cutest! Thanks for playing with us at Less Is More.


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