How to Make an Intricut Penguin Snowflake Card

We are head over heels with this adorable Intricut penguin, perfect for adorning your festive greetings with his dapper bow tie and rosy red cheeks.

This little chap has been paper-pieced, which is a technique that uses both the negative and positive sections of a die-cut to create a complete design; to do this simply select the coloured cardstock you want each of the body parts to be cut from, run each piece of card through your die cutting machine with the die. Once all of the pieces have been cut, fussy cut the sections you require and then start to piece the design together. Paper-piecing can be done with pretty much all dies, and you can paper-piece as much or as little of the design as you like – it’s up to you!  

You Will Need Craft Essentials How to Make

1. Trim down a 5 x 7 inch white card blank to measure 10.5 x 15.5 cm.

2. Die cut several snowflakes with all the dies from the Intricate Snowflake set, together with the one included in the Penguin set. Cut them from a variety of paper including white card, off-white hammered paper, glitter card and vellum. Create the background design of the card with the snowflakes cutting some in half to place on the card edge. Fix some with glue from a glue stick, and some using 3D foam pads for dimension.


3. Trim a narrow curved piece of glitter card for the foreground, cut this slightly longer than the width of the card and create a gluing tab at each end. Glue the tabs and fix onto the bottom of the card allowing it to bow outwards. Trim another deeper piece of glitter card to sit behind the foreground section. Cut this very slightly wider with no tabs. Glue the out edges only and fix behind the front section covering the tabs, again allowing this to bow, but not as much.

4. Craft the penguin by die cutting it and paper piecing back in the loose bits to create a colourful design. To do this, die cut the penguin first using a sheet of dark grey textured cardstock. Use this outline piece to fussy cut a backing piece in white card, no need to bother about the legs and feet. Die cut again in buff coloured card, and snip off the legs and feet incorporating a little part of the body to use as a gluing tab. Glue the body tab and fix onto the white backing piece.

5. Cover the front surface of the backing paper with glue from a glue stick and place the grey outline piece on top. Now die cut the penguin again using a light grey sheet of textured cardstock trying to keep the loose bits within the die. Turn the die upside down over the penguin and poke out all the swirly bits over his tummy. Also use the thin face outline pieces, and the beak. Cut again in deep red to add the cheeks. Cut again in black to add the eyes.

6. Die cut the penguin again using white textured cardstock and fussy cut the face area out. Glue this straight on top of the grey face. Add another beak in the buff colour.

7. Die cut the tiny bow tie in the same deep red colour and back onto red card. Die cut again in dark green to paper piece the decorative pattern. Fix this into place on the penguin using 3D foam pads.

8. The penguin can now be added to the card design using 3D foam pads. Build up a block of pads three deep to support the penguin behind the head.

9. Add a few more snowflakes to the second foreground section.

10. Write a simple hand lettered sentiment using a fine black pen onto smooth white card. Trim to form a banner and attach to the card using more 3D foam squares. 

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