Anything Goes at Cute Card Thursday + Whimsy Stamps November Release

Hello friends and welcome to November!!  It’s hard to believe that we are closing in on the end of another year!  Time has went by so fast especially since I’ve started back up on my new blog here! 🙂  So glad you are here with me!  Thank you for that!

Today starts a brand new challenge over at Cute Card Thursday!  For this week, it’s an easy “Anything Goes” challenge!  And since our sponsor this week is Whimsy Stamps, I thought this would also be a great time to introduce to you an image from the brand new Digital Release that has just came out TODAY!!  Check it out:


This cute seal critter is presenting his underwater gift for the Holidays!  This new digital image from Whimsy Stamps is called Seal in Water by Crissy Armstrong.  I had fun coloring him up with my Copic markers.  I decided to use the markers in a “pointilism” fashion to give him a spotted seal look. (I’ve also added some light dots with a white gel pen.) Copics used:  for seal – Blender 0, W7, W5, W3, W1, R00 for hat/bow – R39, R37, R35, R32 for package – BG99, BG96, BG93 for trimming/bubbles – C3, C1, C0, BG000

For the background I used a stencil to blend some blue colors to make them appear as if he’s underwater as he has bubbles around him.  I cut him out with a stitched oval die and cut out a piece of gold foil cardstock with a larger stitched oval for matting behind the image.

If you take a look at those fun festive papers on my card, this is also part of the new Whimsy Stamps November Digital release as well!  The papers are from the Christmas Traditions Collection.  I’m sure I’ll be using more from this collection on an upcoming card soon!  I have took the corner chomper and rounded the two bottom corners and then took a gold ink pad to rub along the edges with it.  You can also see that I’ve used one of the Whimsy Stamps Penguin Christmas Sentiments 1 digital set and cut a banner with it to place on the bottom of my card.  I’ve die cut a border in red cardstock going across the middle and added some white silk ribbon with a bow.  I mounted the oval image panel on the card front with foam tape and then cut off the edge.  I mounted everything over an A2 sized red top folding card base.

I’ve finished off my card with some Christmas sequins filled with Tinsel Stickles and I’ve also covered the bubbles with some Nuvo White Blizzard Crystal Drops.


Here’s a closer look at the coloring details of my spotted Holiday seal along with the sequins, glitter and bubbles!  Gotta love that popped out belly!! 🙂

Be sure to check out not only the new Whimsy Stamps release on the Inspirations Blog, but please be sure to check out the Cute Card Thursday challenge to see the inspiration from the rest of the design team and play along this week!  We love to see what you’ve created!

Thanks for stopping in!  Please stay tuned in for more posts today!


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  3. Make My Monday – Stencil Stories (Used a wave stencil for behind the seal)

21 thoughts on “Anything Goes at Cute Card Thursday + Whimsy Stamps November Release

  1. Remarkable coloring on this sweet, gift-bearing seal in his Santa hat!! I love this sensational holiday card, Vicki!!


  2. Your coloring is perfection on this cute little critter! Love the bubbles and great dsp and it all combines for one fun Christmas card! Love this!


  3. Awww this is sooo cute Vicki! I love that adorable seal and your coloring is absolutely gorgeous, awesome spots and details, stunning card!
    Hugs, Tammy


  4. WOW! What a beautifully colored seal on this awesome card, Vicki! Gosh, I love the outstanding job you did of coloring him and his beautiful gift! The background paper is gorgeous and the card design is great! Anyone should love receiving this awesome card! Wonderful artwork, Vicki!


  5. He is so adorable Vicki and coloured perfectly..I love his speckled fur, fabulous technique, and love that sweet sweet face..gorgeous card.

    Luv CHRISSYxx


  6. I love how you composed this card. Sweet picture framed in a golden wound and such a fantastic Christmas background. Amazing card !!’BożenA xx


  7. Love the technique on how you’ve coloured in that fun and fabulous image. The digi image is adorable. Great background too and loving the bling x


  8. I just love your beautiful coloring! Also, your card layout- and the BG DP you used is so pretty!!! Wonderful : )


  9. This is absolutely stunning Vicki! I love your coloring of this cute seal and the fabulous watery background. Also love how you used the digital paper, that works beautifully! Gorgeous! hugs Debx


  10. I’m playing catch-up again today! OMG, girl – this is so sweet! I just love the belly, but the expression on this little guys face is priceless! Great coloring, as always!!! You really NEED to move to Farmington so we can all create together! Hugs…


  11. Trying to get all caught up this pm. I just don’t budget my time wisely! This little seal is adorns and love the coloring using the pointillism technique total makes this little guy. I like how you cut off the edge on the right side. I just went and saw the digi papers you used and I think I NEED them!


    1. Thank you! I haven’t normally used digital papers before, but I have to say that the papers WS has come out with have been so pretty!! you will love them!


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