Sunday, November 18, 2018

Stampendous Holiday Challenge: Ugly Sweater Contest

Laura, at Stampendous, challenged us to create an ugly sweater project using the Cool Penguin  Clear Stamp and Die Set. The resulting creations will be gathered in a Pinterest file and you'll be able to vote for your favorite. Random voters and the winner will win prizes. We all like prizes, right?

Here's my card, with the ever-so-cool penguin, wearing a glittery candy-cane bedecked sweater and a hat with a matching glittery pom-pom, while standing in a field of glittery snow.  He thinks he's stylish. He's wrong.

Stampendous Supplies Used:
Merry Words Perfectly Clear™ Stamp Set -- I used the tiny snowflake.

Other Products Used:
Copic Markers: 
   Penguin: C00, C0, C6, C7, C8, B60,
   Hat and Sweater: BG11, BG23, YG03, YG05, YG67
Tis The Season 6x6 Pad by My Mind's Eye (Christmas Tree Paper)
Festive 6x6 Pad by Authentique (Candy Cane Striped Paper)
Solar White Classic Crest® Cardstock by Neenah Paper
Red Cardstock by Bazzill Basics
White Glaze™ 3D Glossy Gel Pen by Sakura of America

  1. Make an A2 card from red cardstock.
  2. Using Memento ink, stamp penguin, sweater, and hat onto Neenah cardstock.
  3. *Die-cut the penguin, hat, and sweater, unless you're me, in which case you've lost your dies that you probably put "somewhere safe". In that case fussy-cut them and declare this out loud, "Self, you're an idiot."
  4. Color the penguin die-cut, edge him with dark marker, and set him aside. He's easily amused, so he'll have fun watching you make his outfit.
  5. Color the sweater and hat, then die-cut them using the corresponding dies. If you're like me, see step 3.
  6. Using VersaMark ink, stamp the candy cane onto the sweater. Add Red Tinsel embossing powder, dump off the excess, and heat set. 
  7. Taking a lesson from me, wait until cool enough to touch. Use White Glaze gel pen to add the white stripes to the candy cane on his stylish sweater.
  8. Repeat step 6 to add the snowflakes to the sweater.
  9. Use the VersaMarker and color the hat's pompom. Dip the hat into Red Tinsel embossing powder, shake off the excess, and heat set.
  10. Cut the striped patterned paper to 4" x 5.25".
  11. Cut the Christmas Tree patterned paper to 3.5" x 5.25" 
  12. Edge the Christmas Tree patterned paper with VersaMark ink, add the Winter Wonderland embossing powder, dump off the excess, and heat set.
  13. Adhere the Christmas Tree paper over the striped paper as shown.
  14. Cut a 4" wide hill from white cardstock, smoosh onto the VersaMark pad, add Crystal embossing powder, dump off the excess, and heat set. Repeat so that you have a really glittery sparkly snowy-looking hill.
  15. Adhere the glittery sparkly snowy-looking hill to the base of the layered patterned papers, edge the enter card front with VersaMark ink, add Winter Wonderland embossing powder, dump the excess, heat set, then adhere to the red A2 card.
  16. Adhere the penguin and dress him. Ta-dah! Done!
I hope you can see all the glittery bits! Thanks for visiting today!


  1. So cute, he thinks his sweater is gorgeous!!

  2. This is so sweet... you're a challenge contender for sure!! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I don't think that he sweater is ugly, it is adorable, like your penguin. The background is perfect for him, too.

  4. I think this little penguin is so cute that he would look good in anything! Super fun card, papers and design, Kathi.


  5. Oh my goodness.. So sweet. 💗 💗 💗

  6. If anyone can pull off a green sweater with a candy cane on it, it's that sweet little penguin!

  7. I love this! Great background and cute little candy cane on the sweater! I know it's suppose to be ugly but it's darling

  8. That penguin is so cute that anything looks good on her!

  9. That penguin is so adorable and I love his sweater!
    Thanks for sharing...

  10. Cute candy cane sweater and hat and I like the tree background.
    Sue in Ohio

  11. this is super sweet and cute Kathi

    gr karin

  12. What a ADORABLE card, love how you decorated your sweater and your background paper. I think you might be climbing to the top of the list, Good Luck!!!