Sometimes you just have to be cool. And the Playful Penguin stamp set is all about being cool. I think teenagers love to be told they are cool. So this card is heading out the door to a cool teenager. Sue Seipel, one of my cool friends, designed this card and gave me some tips on layering with the Stitched Nested Labels. Here is the card. Super cool, right?

MEASUREMENTS (Supplies and Links are at the end)

  • Basic Black card base: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored and folded at 4-1/4″
  • Whisper White: 4″ x 5-1/4″
  • Basic Black and Whisper White: 3″ x 5″ to be used to cut frames
  • Scraps of Whisper White for sentiment


The most challenging part of this card is adjusting the size of the Stitched Nested Label dies for your layers. 

  1. Stamp your penguin choice in black ink (I used Memento Tuxedo Black). You can choose to die-cut the Stitched Nested Label and then stamp or stamp then die-cut. There is no right or wrong way!
  2. Using the Stitched Nested Labels (I used the 2nd and 3rd largest), die-cut the larger label from Basic Black and the Whisper White (with your stamped penguin) from the other die.Layering with Stitched Nested Label Dies
  3. Now for adjusting the size of the larger label. Sue brilliantly demonstrated this to our group and I love it. Take the larger label die and line it up so that the top of your Basic Black label is touching the inside of the die. Nestle the cardstock into the stitched holes along the edge (as shown). Run the die back through your die cutting machine with the and stop before you get to the corner.Adjusting Stitched Nested Label Size Adjusting Stitched Label Nesting Die
  4. Emboss the Whisper White card front with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder. This is a retired embossing folder. An alternate idea would be stamping your background with the snowflakes from Free Skate or add a background layer of snowflakes from the Christmas Layers Dies.
  5. Mount the label layers onto the embossed background with Black Dimensionals.
    Black Dimensionals are a NEW product from Stampin’ Up! Each package contains both regular and mini sizes. I think they disappear behind the cardstock giving it a more polished look. The eye does wondrous things – this is similar to the black fence that does not block the view.
  6. Stamp the ‘You’re so cool’ on Whisper White cardstock and fussy cut. I mounted the sentiment at the base of the penguin with white Dimensionals. I think it grounds the image.
  7. Did you notice the bow tie? We freehand cut it from a piece of black felt and used a Glue Dot in the center to attach. Awesome!
  8. Adhere the panel to the Basic Black Card Base.
GEEK MOMENT: What About Black and White? Our eyes can see millions of colors, but it’s a little bit different when it comes to black and white. Black is the absence of light when it comes to what our eyes can see. An object is black when it absorbs all wavelengths of light and reflects nothing back. This doesn’t mean that there’s an “absence of light”—that would be darkness, which is a completely different thing. Black objects still use light, but none of that light is reflected off the object. So, our eyes see it as if there was no light at all. Most people understand white to be the absence of color. That’s actually the opposite of the truth! Our eyes perceive white when an object reflects all wavelengths of light. This means that an object is reflecting most or all color wavelengths to the peak of what our eyes can handle. Because our eyes see all the colors reflected off of the object, we essentially see an absence of color.

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Here is a list of the supplies used in this project along with my suggestions for changing it up a bit.