Good afternoon. I am sharing some instructions for some of my TV show samples today. This one is using the Penguin die from the Christmas Cuties range.
A special Christmas Cuties Multibuy bundle is still available on the Create & Craft website.
- Christmas Cuties Penguin die
- 13cm plain circle die from TODO – alternatively use the no.16 or 17 die from the Essential Circles set (12.7 or 13.5cm)
- Pin Dot Decorative Circles die no.10 (12.4cm)
- Torn Edge Nested Circles die no 11 (10.7cm)
- Floral Layers Lily dies – largest and smallest size
- Floral Layers All About The Middle dies
- Decorative Centre Stepper – for the little branch die
- Blue and white card
- Sentiment stamp from my stash (HOTP)
- Dye based inkpad (blue), white gel pen, Stickles glitter glue (Diamond)
How to make it:
The procedure is a little complex to explain in words but hopefully it will become clear as you try it. If you are unsure then try it out using some cheaper card or paper first.
- Cut the largest plain circle in heavy white card. Score down the centre and fold in half to create the rocker card.
- Place the bottom part of the Penguin onto the folded card aligning the small protruding edges just above the fold. Cut through both layers to remove this section. You may need scissors or a craft knife to completely remove the section if your card is very thick and it doesn’t cut completely through the front and back layers. This is done so that the base card will not show through the lacy tummy of the penguin on the finished card.
- Cut the decorative circle in blue card and cut in half. As above, cut away the Penguin base from the top edge of the semi circle. Align the blue half circle onto the card front to help you align the die to cut away the corresponding section. Use the white pen to draw faux stitching along the edge.
- Cut the Penguin in white and blue card and snip the penguin free. Snip away the tummy, eyes and beak sections from the blue card and glue onto the white Penguin.
- Cut the Penguin again in white card. Using a ruler extend the small edge cuts made by the die, and cut away the background from the top half. I used a steel rule and craft knife. Alternatively mark the line with a pencil and cut with scissors.
- Use the torn edge circle die to cut the bottom half into a semi circle, leaving the Penguin intact on the top edge. Tip: Lay the blue half circle onto the die cut Penguin aligning the bottom of the Penguin and top straight edge. Now lay the torn edge circle die on top to align it into the desired position. Carefully ease the blue card away and tape down the die. Ensure that the top half of the Penguin is sitting over the die, and not under the cutting edge. You will end up with an embossed edge from the die across the Penguin but this will be covered up.
- Glue the semi circles onto the card front. Glue the separate blue and white Penguin onto the white edger Penguin. The Penguin will be nice and strong ready for repeated ‘rocking’.
- Cut the twigs, flower centre and petals in blue and white card. The small poinsettia is made up from 2 sets of the smallest petals. The large poinsettia is made by cutting the largest twin petals 3 times in blue and white. One petal is snipped away to create the 5 petalled flower. Shape the flowers to add dimension. I used a ball tool and embossing mat.
- Stamp the sentiment with blue ink. Glue on the flowers. Finish with sparkly glitter glue.
I hope that I haven’t given you a headache with the instructions – it really is easier than it sounds.
Happy crafting, Anne x