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Posted by on Jul 10, 2012 in Cardmaking 101, Stars and Stamps, Tutorial | 13 comments

Tutorial: Expressive Owls

Tutorial: Expressive Owls

Happy Tuesday Everyone! This weeks’ tutorial is inspired by a back issue of a really fun paper-crafting magazine – Papercraft Inspirations, which is published in the UK. (Available on tablets and e-readers for a subscription.) I fell in love with these owls and came up with a quick and easy similar tutorial so that we can make them here at Stars & Stamps!

Everybody loves to make punch critters, right? These are super easy, you only need a few supplies.

I chose to work with some autumn colors but these owls could be made for any season. Here I have pre-cut some card bases in some pretty fall colors, mats of kraft cardstock measuring 4 x 5.25″, mats of autumn patterned paper measuring 3.75 x 5″ some 5″ trees cut from kraft paper, and some odd scraps of patterned paper and brown cardstock. If you don’t have a tree die, you could pretty easily free-hand it, stamp one, or just cut a branch.  Mine is cut from Cricut – Paper Doll Dress Up.

Adhere the patterned paper to the kraft paper and add your tree, cutting off any over-hanging branches. Next, the owls are made from punched circles. My circle punch is 1 1/4″ but you could use any size circle or oval punch to make your owls. If you don’t have a punch, a die would work, or you could cut out circles using an electronic cutter. . . the rest will be easily done by hand.

Here, I am holding the punch so that the bottom is facing up. I want to be able to see what I am doing when I punch another little notch into the punched circles. This will make the owls’ ears.

Four little owls, ready for duty!

Punch some more same-sized circles out of your scraps of autumn colored paper. Then, using the same technique as above, punch as shown above to make some wings.

Add the wings to the bodies, add eyes and beaks and add a sentiment or whatever else you like to your card. Fast and easy! I didn’t have any owl sentiments, so I opened up a word document and printed these using a 16pt “Howdy” font onto some cream-colored cardstock.

You can add little googley-eyes to your owls if you like. Googley eyes are fun… but I did my owls’ eyes by using hole punches from a standard sized hole punch. I punched lots of eyes out of the same cream-colored paper that I printed my sentiments on. The fun part about doodling your own eyes is giving each owl a little bit of expression. For this, all you need is a marker (for the lid color) and a fine point black pen and maybe a white gel pen if you want to add some sparkles or cover up your goofs. (They happen!) Here is a little guide that I scanned of some different eye expressions that I doodled. You can always make up more if you like. You can learn to do different eye expressions easily from books or websites about drawing cartoons or by studying the facial expressions of your favorite cartoonists. Don’t be afraid to practice making eyes, they don’t have to be perfect. Sometimes the little imperfections are what gives them a lot more character!

How many owl sentiments can you think of? How about occasions… owls can be great for birthdays (Older and Wiser), great for love you/miss you cards, fun for kids’ cards or lots of other occasions. Be sure to share owl of your creations here. . . (hee hee) . . . Ready? Go!


  1. Adorable, thanks for sharing!

  2. Cute! How about “Owl be seeing you soon!”

  3. This is so great, Nancy! I heart owls and only have one on the Cricut but this guy is better. Thanks for the eye sketches too, they’re going in my Folder of Important Papers.

    Owl sentiment? How’s “Owl be home soon”?

  4. This is adorable, nancy!! Thanks for the doodle pics – I forsee some owls in my future today. 🙂

  5. Thanks so much, Nancy, for putting this together……… am sure we’ll be seeing lots of these in the future as it’s a great idea and easy for anyone to do.

  6. Super cute! Nice too for anyone who has only some basic punches.

  7. How cute can you get?! These guys are just adorable. And love the eye expressions chart! Thanks for a great Tuesday Tutorial!

  8. Owl See You In The Morning Ms. Nancy! These are adorable! Good Job. YES…we do need to give one to D. H. Great Idea!!!!! Love Ya

  9. Your owls are SO cute, Nancy! We need them for owl occasions!! Your eye options are adorable, too. Thanks for sharing these guys with us–we may want to make them owl the time!

  10. What a cute and fun tutorial to make these adorable owls! I can just visualize the smiles your card will bring the recipient 🙂

  11. Thanks for this tutorial!
    These are the owl sentiments from my notebook:
    What’s the word, bird
    Owl always love you, be grateful for you, remember…,
    Thanks for owl you do!
    Whooooo loves you?
    Happy Birthday! Hope it’s a hoot!
    Owl I want for Christmas is you
    Owl always have you in my heart

  12. Thank you. I’m sharing this with some children I know.


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