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Penguins and Presents Christmas Cards

Hi crafters! Today I am sharing some Penguins and Presents Christmas Cards that I put together for Papercraft Essentials magazine last year. It was the first time I had done such a big magazine project using my own ranges and I was so thrilled to be featured!

The brief was very open so I could do any style of cards I wanted. I did a mix of different styles and folds, and also included some heat embossing because I wanted to show off the new penguin stamps! Here’s how to make each of these projects.

DL kraft card

StickerKitten Penguins and Presents Christmas Cards - cute penguin tall DL card with wooden embellishments

You’ll need
DL kraft card blank
StickerKitten Penguins and Presents paper pack
StickerKitten Penguins and Presents wooden embellishments
StickerKitten Penguins and Presents stamp set
Stampin’ Up archival basic black ink pad

Step by step
1 Cut a strip of 15x5cm tree paper and adhere to the left of the card blank.
2 Cut a 9.5×5.5cm piece of red snowflake paper and snip a triangle from the bottom to make a banner. Attach to the card and add a 12cm long strip of polka dot paper on top cut at an angle.
3 Attach a wooden penguin and two presents with 3D foam pads.
4 Stamp the Merry Christmas sentiment on to the back of one of the papers (to get the matching shade of white as the background paper), cut out, and attach to the card with foam pads.

Time: 15 minutes

‘Let it snow’ star aperture card

StickerKitten Penguins and Presents Christmas Cards - cute penguin heat embossed gold and black card with star die cut aperture and wooden snowflakes

You’ll need
5×5” white square card blank
Kraft cardstock
Black cardstock
StickerKitten Penguins and Presents wooden embellishments
StickerKitten Penguins and Presents stamp set
Dovecraft black pigment ink pad
Docrafts Papermania clear embossing powder
Docrafts Papermania gold embossing powder
Docrafts Papermania heat tool
Xcut star nesting dies
Manual die cutting machine

Step by step
1 Trim an 11.5cm square panel of black cardstock and stamp all over with the Penguins and Presents star background stamp in black pigment ink. Sprinkle over clear embossing powder, heat emboss, and adhere the panel to the card.
2 Die cut a star aperture in a 10.8cm square panel of kraft cardstock and adhere to the card with 3D foam pads.
3 Heat emboss a penguin, hat, scarf and sentiment in gold. Cut out and assemble the pieces and glue to the card. Finish with three wooden snowflake embellishments.

Time: 35 minutes

Z-fold card

StickerKitten Penguins and Presents cute penguin z fold card with polka dot ribbon

You’ll need
A4 white cardstock
Black cardstock
StickerKitten Penguins and Presents paper pack
StickerKitten Penguins and Presents stamp set
Stampin’ Up archival basic black ink pad
Dovecraft black pigment ink pad
Docrafts Papermania clear embossing powder
Docrafts Papermania heat tool
Hobbycraft red polka dot ribbon

Step by step
1 Create a Z fold card blank by setting your white cardstock landscape and cutting off the top at angle (start about 5cm down the left hand side and cut to the top right corner). Trim 3cm off across the bottom to make a shorter card then fold in three.
2 Cover the inside two panels with chalkboard paper matted on to black cardstock. In the back panel, add a white square of card to write on and cut out some presents to add.
3 Stamp polka dot paper with the star background stamp in black ink, trim down the panel to fit and glue to the card. Heat emboss a snowflake stamped panel with clear embossing powder and add to the card with foam pads.
4 Cut out three penguins from the papers and attach with foam pads. Wrap a red polka dot ribbon round the front and tie in a bow.

Time: 45 minutes

‘Merry Christmas’ star card

StickerKitten Penguins and Presents cute penguin gold heat embossed kraft card with stamped penguins and merry christmas sentiment

You’ll need
5×5” white square card blank
Kraft cardstock
Black cardstock
StickerKitten Penguins and Presents stamp set
Stampin’ Up archival basic black ink pad
Dovecraft black pigment ink pad
Docrafts Papermania gold embossing powder
Docrafts Papermania heat tool
Xcut star nesting dies
Manual die cutting machine

Step by step
1 Trim a panel of kraft card just smaller than your card blank. Stamp all over with the starry background stamp and heat emboss in gold. Adhere to the card blank with foam tape.
2 Die cut a star from kraft card and affix to the card. Stamp two penguins on kraft card in black ink, cut out, and adhere to the card with 3D foam pads.
3 Stamp the Merry Christmas sentiment on to black cardstock and heat emboss in gold. Fix to the card with 3D foam pads.

Time: 35 minutes

‘Let it snow’ heart card

StickerKitten Penguins and Presents cute penguin red stamped snowflake card

You’ll need
A6 white card blank
Black cardstock
White cardstock
StickerKitten Penguins and Presents stamp set
StickerKitten Penguins and Presents paper pack
Stampin’ Up Cherry Cobbler ink pad
Stampin’ Up Night of Navy ink pad
Dovecraft black pigment ink pad
Docrafts Papermania gold embossing powder
Docrafts Papermania heat tool
Xcut star nesting dies
Xcut homespun heart nesting dies

Step by step
1 Stamp a snowflake pattern in red ink across the whole card blank.
2 Cut a 3.5x14cm strip of black cardstock and cut a triangle in the end to make a banner. Glue to the card and add a 2x11cm strip of tree paper on top, cut at an angle on the end.
3 Die cut a heart from red snowflake paper and a star from white cardstock and layer on to the card with 3D foam pads.
4 Stamp a penguin and scarf in navy ink, cut out and assemble on the card.
5 Stamp the Let it Snow sentiment on black cardstock, heat emboss in gold and attach to the card.

Time: 30 minutes

Gatefold card

StickerKitten Penguins and Presents cute penguin gatefold card with wooden penguin and wooden snowflakes

You’ll need
Dovecraft tri fold card blank
StickerKitten Penguins and Presents paper pack
StickerKitten Penguins and Presents stamp set
StickerKitten Penguins and Presents wooden embellishments
Docrafts Artiste Metallic Titanium Gold acrylic paint
Stampin’ Up archival basic black ink pad

Step by step
1 Cover the inside of the card blank with a 13.7cm square piece of pale bokeh patterned paper and stamp the Merry Christmas sentiment and snowflakes in black ink.
2 Cut two 6.7×13.7cm panels of presents paper and glue to the front flaps of the card.
3 Cover the wooden penguin with a light sweeping of gold paint and glue one side of him to the left hand front panel so he overlaps the right panel. Add three wooden snowflakes to finish.

Time: 15 minutes

Silver snowflakes card

StickerKitten Penguins and Presents Christmas cards - cute wooden gift and silver heat embossed snowflake card

You’ll need
5×5” white square card blank
White cardstock
Kraft cardstock
StickerKitten Penguins and Presents paper pack
StickerKitten Penguins and Presents stamp set
StickerKitten Penguins and Presents wooden embellishments
Dovecraft black pigment ink pad
Docrafts Papermania silver embossing powder
Docrafts Papermania heat tool
Stampin’ Up Night of Navy ink pad
Stampin’ Up 2” circle punch

Step by step
1 Cover the card blank with a square of red snowflake paper trimmed just smaller than the card.
2 Cut an 11.3cm square of white cardstock and stamp a diagonal scattering of snowflakes in black pigment ink then heat emboss in silver.
3 Cut a 9x4cm strip of polka dot paper and snip and triangle out of the end to make a pennant shape. Glue to the card and add a punched kraft circle on top with 3D foam pads.
4 Stamp the Merry Christmas sentiment in navy ink on white cardstock and adhere to the card with 3D foam pads.
5 Glue a little wooden present to the top of the circle to make it look like a bauble.

Time: 25 minutes

What else is in the range?

I hope you enjoyed these Penguins and Presents Christmas cards and that they have given you some inspiration for your own Christmas cardmaking! Since I made these we have added a few more items to the Penguins and Presents range – die-cut ephemera, stickers and sequins.

Happy crafting! And if you make anything with our ranges please do post them on our Facebook page – I love to see what you have been making!

Sarah x

Unicorn Fairground multicolour stamping

Hi crafters, hope you are all well! So, the heatwave continues here in the UK! Or as they probably quite rightly said on the radio last week ‘can we stop calling it a heatwave, and call it what it is – summer!’ Compared to previous summers I think this one definitely deserves to be called a heatwave. Anyway, it hasn’t stopped me from crafting – I have been in the craft room with the window wide open letting in a summer breeze (when there is one!) and I have been doing some Unicorn Fairground multicolour stamping.

There’s nothing particularly technical to this. I just layered up pretty much the whole pack of Unicorn Fairground stamps on a large acrylic block and inked different sections in different colours before stamping on my background paper. I am using very small US size notecards (5″ x 3.5″) so I trimmed the background papers just smaller than this and lined up the stamps so they would stamp off the edge.

Here’s the whole thing in a short 60-second super speed video!:

You’ll see that after the first round of background stamping, I choose two smaller stamps from the Bird Garden set and fill in the gaps in a lighter colour. The inks I used are Stampin’ Up ones, in Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay, Peekaboo Peach and Soft Sky. The only downside to this technique was that some of the ink I’d already put on the stamps transferred to the second (or third) ink pad when I inked the other areas, as there was inevitably some crossover, but I didn’t mind too much. It was only on a small corner of the ink pad and I’m not too precious about it as it’ll come off with repeated use. If you wanted to avoid this though you could line up your stamps on separate blocks and just stamp one colour at a time, layering up the images more carefully instead of doing it all in one go.

Once my backgrounds were done I made three different little notecards.

Unicorn Fairground multicoloured stamped cards

For the first card I mounted the panel to the notecard with foam tape and then wrapped round some pretty pink Stampin’ Up stitched ribbon.

Unicorn Fairground multicolour stamped background card - with Stampin' Up melon mambo ribbon

I die cut nested hearts from the second panel using my Xcut Homespun Heart die and glued the background piece to the notecard. I added the smallest heart in the centre with foam squares and glued a wooden unicorn on top.

Unicorn Fairground multicolour stamped background card - die cut heart and wooden unicorn

For the third card I just added the die cut larger heart to the front with little foam squares, lining up the pattern so it matched underneath. I stamped the ‘have a super fun day!’ sentiment and adhered it on the right and glued on two little wooden stars from the carousel embellishments pack.

Unicorn Fairground multicolour stamped background card - die cut heart and stars

I loved making these fun background and am definitely going to give it a go with my other SK stamp sets!