Tutorial(ish): Paper Punch Penguins!
Hello and Merry Christmas Eve! It’s Sandy here, and I had a little time on my hands (thanks to our volunteer partygoers helping me finishing up ALL the triage!) on Saturday night after the Christmas party. So I got busy working on some penguin ideas for you! Since our regular tutorials are on vacation (rest up Nancy! Awesome job this year!!), I thought I’d sneak in here on the blog and share the “pennies” as my buddy Ty calls them. Plus, some of you on the survey have said already that you only look at the blog, so you may have missed the announcement in the video….so I’m including the info on the mission here too.
First – why penguins? Well if you missed the mission (which is becoming known in my head as Operation Penguin)….one of our Brigadier Generals wants penguin cards for his team. While we want to meet his request, we need to take a few things into consideration:
- First, we do NOT need a gajillion penguin cards. We can share some extra penguins with our regular contacts, but if everyone goes nuts on penguins, we risk getting a reputation as a one-trick penguin here at OWH. LOL! So we want enough to send them a box or three.
- We need all different themes except holiday or seasonal. Birthday, love, miss you, thanks, thinking of you. No holidays. Just the regular themes so we can get a nice mixed box. These could be sent in summer, so please don’t use snowflake papers or embellishments.
- We want them to all look totally different. Our reputation goes before us – high quality cards, and every one in the box is unique. So…we don’t want lots of multiples, and we’d love for everyone to create their most unique penguin card. A nice one, of course!
- Penguin cards are due January 15th, 2014. If sending your penguins with a regular box, please put it in a baggie or mark it clearly as a card for the general or for Operation Penguin. If sending it solo, no receipt will be sent – that’s a lot of work for one card, so we hope you’re ok with that!
I’ve also heard lots of you say you have no penguin stamps. However – I’ve also heard some folks having an “aha!” when they think back to an old stamp set. One even said her husband remembered it before she did! So let your brain cook and think about all your stamps and see what you can come up with.
If you truly have no stamps, though, pengiun paper will work – or, scroll down to see some paper punch ideas. And then share your penguin card in the InLinkz at the end of the post. And go see what others are creating! This is such a specific assignment, but I find things like this really get the mojo working overtime….often with great results!
Paper Punch Penguins
Stampin Up Owl Punch Penguin: Snip off the owl’s ears, and guess what – this is a penguin! I made him look down by putting the pupils of his eyes at the bottom toward the sentiment. The twine is threaded through holes punched through all the card layers before adding it to the card base, so it’s on the card very snugly.
Circle punch penguin: If you have a selection of circle punches, this is an easy penguin. I used a 1-3/4″ circle for the body, a 1-1/2″ for the tummy, then put the tummy circle into the larger punch and snipped it….so it then fits perfectly along the bottom. The wings are made with the 1-1/2″ circle, just cutting off slices to the size that looked right. I added stitching to create some detail, and used hearts for his beak and feet; pearl pen for eyes.
Big body penguin: This guy uses the 1-3/4″ punch for the black body, but an oval for the tummy, and I did the same thing as above—putting the oval through the circle punch so it fits perfectly along the bottom of the circle. The wings this time are punched using the Stampin Up bird punch wings. Wiggly eyes, a little heart, and some feet – cute, eh? I think this will be my AnyHero card for the penguin mission!
Penguin head: This one is along the lines of some other face-only paper punch tutorials we’ve done here, like the Elmo post. He probably looks the least penguin-like, though…I like the card but he might not be penguiny enough? (leave a comment with your opinion!) The punches needed here are circles for the eyes, and a corner rounder to use on the top of the head. The card front is cut about an inch short, and the strip of patterned paper is on the inside of the card, peeking out. The card is “hot dog” folded – ie along the top edge of the card, rather than down the side – so it tucks ALL the way into the envelope. (Watch Penny’s video for more info!) I added a cloud punch with a little heart in it, since the penguin needed something to ponder!
Peeking penguin: This one is absolutely my favorite! The big circles are self-explanatory (you’ll need dies, I don’t know anyone making punches this big!)….but the heart shaped face was a little challenging. I first cut PART of a heart with my Big Shot – I only ran the top humps of the heart through, and stopped before getting to the sides. Then I lined up a circle die so it just about met the sides of the heart….and ran that part through. I did have to snip a little with my scissors to get them to meet, but it was pretty easy. Especially since the right side was the side I goofed – if you goof on the left, you can make him peek in from that side! His eyes are looking up at the hearts, giving him a playful, wistful look. Cute, eh?
Which penguin is your favorite? Will you be trying one? While we don’t want everyone making identical cards, you’re welcome to make one or more of these for your OWH box – they’re so fun for any of our boxes, not only the general. But since everyone’s got penguins on the brain, just don’t go overboard., ‘k?