Whimsy Stamps Partner’s with Make a Wish Canada

Hello friends!  It’s my pleasure today to post information about this special image that Whimsy Stamps has just released today in honor of our beloved illustrator Crissy Armstrong’s brother, Ray Gauvreau, who is currently battling cancer.

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As you can see, this special little image designed by Crissy herself (You can see it imposed over the shirt in the photo that Ray is wearing), is available for purchase as a digital stamp called Penguin Ray.  I think it is so very sweet and what’s great is that ALL of the proceeds from the sale of this image will be donated directly to the Make a Wish Foundation of Canada!!  (This is where Ray is from)

I have made a special card just for him that is being sent out his way:

Vicki-WS-Penguin Ray

I started out by coloring up this image with my Copic markers in the following:

  • Penguin body, IV wheels/post – C8, C5, C3, C1
  • penguin feet/beak, tongue, cheeks – YR24, YR21, Y23, R20, R11, R00, R000
  • Bandage, IV bag – E33, E31, Y11, R00
  • ground/shadow – C1, E0000

For the background of my card, I took some xyron printed paper and foiled the background which I think looks great for a masculine theme design and that is what I was trying to go for with this card.  After foiling it, I took and sponged some yellow distress ink to blend around the edges of it for a bit of color, along with the image panel.

I had an old stamp set from my stash and thought it would be a great fit for this card, so I stamped the vertical “fight” sentiment next to the IV bag and then I took the other sentiment and heat embossed it with white EP and cut it in a strip to attach over the image.  Lastly, I’ve added some white enamel dots to each corner of the design.

Vicki-WS-Penguin Ray-close

Here’s a close look at the image and how I’ve colored it in.  It’s hard to tell in the photo of course, but I’ve also covered the IV bag with a clear glitter brush pen.  I think this image is a really great one to add to a crafter’s collection for “get well” cards and encouragment too like this one.  After cutting out the colored image panel and sponging the color around the edges, I’ve also layered this along with the foil panel with some black cardstock before attaching it onto a white top folding A2 sized card base.

Vicki-WS-Penguin Ray-flat

In this photo that I’ve laid flat, you can better see the shine from the foiled background that I’ve done.

Thank you so much for stopping in today and for your kind support too!

I will see you tomorrow for a special blog hop, so I hope you can join me!


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16 thoughts on “Whimsy Stamps Partner’s with Make a Wish Canada

  1. Gorgeous card with a great cause. Your coloring and background are brilliant!
    xxx Margreet


  2. Oh, Vicki, how very sad about Crissy’s brother! Cancer is so evil! The penguin image is so perfect for a get well card, and you colored it beautifully! The pole holding the chemo bag is lovely, but not in real life! I love the foil background and fantastic sentiment! Great card for a great cause, Vicki! Love it! BTW, that chemo bag brings back bad memories. I had what is called the “red devil juice” (Adriamycin) chemo. It is red and a devil on the body. Hugs, sweet lady!


  3. Awww that penguin is so cute and sweet Vicki! Gorgeous coloring and I love the sentiment! Such a great cause, he will love his card for sure!
    Hugs, Tammy


  4. I know this card is about beating cancer, but this is so adorable. I love the image, and your background is SO pretty.


  5. Such a thoughtful and personal card and such a great cause. Fabulous masculine card, wonderful image and one eye catching and heart felt card x.


  6. A brillant make for this very special card. Our prayers and wishes are with Crissy and her brother! Thank you for sharing with us at QKR Stampede!
    CaroleAnn DT


  7. What an adorable image and beautiful card. Love the sentiment and the background too. Ray wears that T-Shirt well. Bless this family and Rayas he goes through treatments.



  8. When I saw this I thought oh I have to get this for sure. Seems like I know so many friends battling cancer right now. This is perfect for anyone getting chemo. Your coloring is amazing.


  9. It is so sad that Ray is ill. But I hope everything will end well. Ray looks like a winner. I love your penguin. It looks so nice and it is definitely a great support card for someone during treatment.


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