2021 Aug-Dec Mini

Penguin Place First Look

The new Stampin’ Up August-December Mini Catalog is LIVE! If you’re like me, you just simply call it the holiday catalog because it almost always is VERY focused on all things Fall/Winter holidays. My wishlist was HUGE when I first went through it, but my budget was SMALL. Ever been there? So my pre-order of products was very small. But the one thing I KNEW for absolute sure was that those cute little penguins were coming home to Ohio! And I was absolutely NOT disappointed. I also got the new masks aka stencils. I love finding tools that can be used universally, and masks are high up there!

So, to build my card, I first started with diy-ing my snowflake background strip. I mixed some of the Shimmery White Embossing paste with ONE drop of Polished Pink Ink refill (seriously, just one. I wanted it pale.) Then I laid the snowflake mask/stencil over a piece of Basic White cardstock, and brushed the embossing paste over with a palette knife. Note: When using embossing paste, it’s super important to rinse your tools RIGHT AWAY. I often keep my studio sink full of water and toss everything in there, then fully wash later. You don’t want this stuff to dry to your stencils/mat/tools because it gets hard as a rock. Anyway, I set that piece aside to dry and set while I worked on the rest of my card.

For the penguin, I decided to just use the punch to build my penguin from cardstock rather than stamp the body. So I punched the large body from Basic Black, and the inside from Basic White. Then I stamped the cute little bowtie in Coastal Cabana, nose in Crushed Curry, and eyes in Memento Black. The feet were punched from a scrap piece of Crushed Curry. I used Liquid Multipurpose glue to hold everything together.

I used my Layering Circles Dies to cut a scalloped circle from the STUNNING Rainbow Glimmer paper – from the section that had the greens blending into blue. It seemed to match my color combo so wonderfully! I was still in the mood of alternative holiday color schemes so I was really happy with how this turned out. I stamped my sentiment onto a piece of Blushing Bride and then trimmed to be just barely wider and longer than the sentiment.

For my basic layers:

  • Card base of Blushing Bride: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Coastal Cabana DSP from the Brights pack, cut to 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • Blushing Bride middle strip cut to 4″ x 2″
  • Basic White/Snowflake masked layer cut to 4″ x 1 3/4″

I glued everything directly down except for the circle, penguin, and sentiment. I popped up the circle and sentiment using regular Dimensionals, but then used our awesome Black dimensionals under the penguin. It really helped to blend in with my little guy. To finish everything off, I added some of the blue sequins from the Artistry Blooms Adhesive-Backed sequins pack. When they sit on top of paper, they seem to pick up some of the color so I felt like these blended wonderfully with the scheme and with the rainbow glimmer paper.


Isn’t it cute?! I really do love this penguin set, and am super excited to work with it more. ESPECIALLY because right now we have a limited time MATCHING PAPER SET that you can earn for FREE! It’s part of our SECOND round of Sale-A-Bration, and you earn it totally free with your purchase of $50 or more through the website. Sale-A-Bration runs through September 30th, but these items are available ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST, so don’t be too slow! You can find a list of all the supplies I used today down below for shopping. Thank you for stopping by!

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