Brutus Monroe, Christmas, Cool Penguin, Distress Oxides, Glitter Stock, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Merry Words, Stampendous, Tim Holtz

Stampendous Ugly Sweater Challenge!

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It’s Ugly Sweater season again!  And just in time Stampendous offers this adorable Cool Penguin Clear Stamps & Cutting Dies setIn fact, Stampendous will give away 3 Cool Penguin sets randomly drawn from the comments on all blog posts featuring this set from November 25th-December 8th!   Check out the Stampendous blog HERE.  Now, onto my card!  I like a little bling as much as the next penguin, but this little chick is rockin’ her sequin-loaded ugly sweater!!  To create my card, I began by stamping the penguin, sweater and hat onto a piece of Bristol Smooth card stock and colored them in with Zig markers.  I forgot that the dies came with the set and fussy-cut out the images.  GAH!!  Don’t do that!
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I have a stash of plain old craft sequins so dug through and found the red, yellow and green ones to bling out the sweater and hat, gluing them over the colored images.  I added a dot of glitter glue to each one as well and a bigger blob to the pompom on the hat!  I then glued the sweater and hat onto the penguin.
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Setting that aside, I started on my background!  On another piece of Bristol Smooth I stamped and embossed the snowflakes with white powder, then sponged Lemonade and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide inks over it.  Using my border dies, I cut the snowy landscape from Brutus Monroe’s Fallen Snow Glitterstock, and adhered them to the pretty background, then added a little line of glitter glue beneath my penguin.  I heat-embossed the sentiment onto a scrap of green card stock, cut it down and attached that as well.
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Let’s take one last look at this Ugly Sweater before moving on to my next card!
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I confess that I don’t LIKE ugly sweaters so had to make a beautiful one too!  Again, I stamped my images onto Bristol Smooth card stock and colored with Zig markers.  Again, I forgot to use my dies and fussy-cut the pieces and then pressed each one onto my Versamark pad to coat with clear ink, then used clear embossing powder to create a glossy glaze!  I glued them onto the penguin and set it aside.
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I decided to make a beautiful night sky behind my little girl, so on another piece of Bristol Smooth card stock, I sponged Wilted Violet, Fossilized Amber and Broken China Distress Oxide inks randomly over the paper, then sponged a layer of Blueprint Sketch to cover the colors and finally a layer of Black Soot, letting some of the colors show through.  A spattering of water created “stars” and a spattering of white paint added more!
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I cut the snowy landscape from Brutus Monroe’s Fallen Snow Glitterstock, and attached it to the sponged panel.  Using a sentiment from Stampendous’ Merry Words, I heat embossed Believe in white directly onto my background layer, then the smaller sentiment onto a strip of black card stock which I adhered with adhesive.  A base card of white completed my card.  I actually love both cards and will bring them to my upcoming craft show to sell!  Thanks for visiting!!

25 thoughts on “Stampendous Ugly Sweater Challenge!”

  1. OMG, all those sequins! You’ll see him coming a mile away. lol So fun! Gorgeous background and love the color. And I love the 2nd one … very pretty!!


  2. Adorable cards. I love the penguins and their sweaters. The first one really shines!
    Thanks for sharing…


  3. Love the sequin covered sweater, the light bouncing off the sequins makes it look like they light up! And your sweet little purple sweater penguin is lucky to have the sweater and hat for the frosty and snowy night you have created! Both cards are OH so pretty.



  4. Your backgrounds are wonderful. So pretty. And the sweaters really are hideous…in a good way 🙂


  5. This is adorable, Sharon!! And the pretty, purple girl is so sweet as well. We’ve shared and pinned both of them!! Thank you so much for sharing with our Cool Penguin!


  6. Lol, I am just overwhelmed by that sequined sweater and matching hat…so hilarious! I’m imagining a real person wearing that outfit , and it’s not really too much of a stretch. Your penguin girl in her purple sweater is so cute and I wouldn’t mind having that sweater myself.


  7. Hi, Your 2 cards are super ADORABLE, you can not call those Ugly sweaters, they are so AWESOME, I love how you made them, so pretty!! I also love that Glitterstock from Brutus Monroe, I have never seen this product, it looks really amazing on your cards, I have got to get some of that, thanks, I am excited to try it. Have a great day!!!


  8. Aww…I’m so glad you like them, Tracey! They were really fun to make! And DO check out the Glitterstock from Brutus Monroe! It cuts like butter and is so beautiful! I have the sampler pack with lots of colors! Thanks for your visit and comment! 🙂🙂


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