You’ll need a few punches for this little cat, but he’s easy to put together.
- 1-3/8″ Circle
- 1″ Circle
- 1/2″ Circle
- 5-Petal Flower
- Owl Builder
1. From Soft Suede card, punch:
- 1 x 1-3/8″ Circle (cat’s body)
- 1 x 1/2″ Circle and cut it in two (cat’s paws)
- 1 x 5-Petal Flower, trim off and retain two of the petals (cat’s outer ears)
2. Reinsert the card used to punch the 1-3/8″ Circle back into the same punch and punch out a crescent sliver of card for the cat’s tail.
3. From Very Vanilla card, punch:
- 1 x 1″ Circle (cat’s tummy)
- 1 x 1/2″ Circle (cat’s face)
4. From Pink Pirouette card, punch:
- 1 x Owl’s heart (cat’s nose)
- 1 x 5-Petal Flower, trim off and retain two of the petals (cat’s inner ears)
5. From Whisper White card, punch:
- 2 x Owl’s middle size eyes (cat’s eyes)
From Basic Black card, punch:
- 2 x Owl’s smallest size eyes (cat’s eyes)
- the inner ears to the outer ears
- the nose to the face
- the tummy to the body
- the smallest eyes to the middle eyes
- the tail behind the base of the body
- the ears behind the top of the body
- the face to the top of the tummy
- the paws to the base of the tummy
- the eyes above the tummy
8. Use an Early Espresso marker to draw :
- claws on the paws
- a mouth below the nose
This paper bauble is simple to put together and no mess – so it’s a perfect project for the kids, if you need to keep them occupied (it also works pretty well at keeping the adults quiet – I gave this one to DH to do ).
1. Punch 18 ornaments from DSP and score each one down the centre from top to bottom.
2. Apply glue dots at points A and B on each bauble and close in half.
3. Apply glue dots at point C on each bauble and stack them together, one on top of the other, ensuring that the top-most bauble also has one.
4. Apply Sticky Strip along the spine of the folded baubles. Tie a knot in the ribbon and adhere the “tails” of it to the Sticky Strip. Fold the baubles round to meet each other and adhere the final glue dot in place.
And here’s the finished bauble.
I shared the recipe for the decorated box here and now here’s the tutorial showing how to create a flat-bottomed box from the petal cone die.
1. Die cut two of the petal cone pieces from your chosen card using the Big Shot and the Crease Pad.
2. Fold each die cut piece in half, line up the score line at the base of the semi-circle with the 3″ mark on the paper cutter and trim off the point of the cone using the orange cutting blade.
3. Line up the score line at the base of the semi-circle with the 2″ mark on the paper cutter and score using the black scoring blade.
4. Open out each cut and scored piece. Cut along the vertical centre scoreline from the base as far as the intersecting horizontal scoreline. Trim off the tabbed fold at the base (as on the right hand side in this picture). Repeat with the other piece. Decorate as preferred.
5. Using Sticky Strip or Multipurpose Liquid Glue, adhere the tab of one piece to the main side of the other piece. Fold the two outer sides into the centre (right side out) to adhere the box together fully.
6. Using your preferred adhesive, apply it to the outside outer edge of one of the base flaps, fold in to the centre and press the opposite flap down on top of it (this ensures that no adhesive is exposed on the inside of your box base). Apply adhesive to the inside outer edges of the two remaining base flaps and fold them into the centre. Fold the petals of the box lid together, overlapping them to secure. Finish decorating your box as preferred.
To turn your owl into Dracula (or a plain old bat) for Halloween you’ll need the 1-3/4″ Circle and Scallop Circle punches (or similar).
1. Punch owl body and large eyes from Basic Black card. Punch bib (this is optional – leave off for more of a bat look) and medium eyes from Whisper White card. Adhere the layers direct and draw highlights on the eyes with the White Signo Gel pen.
2. Punch a little over a half a Scallop Circle from Basic Black card, leaving space all around it.
3. Insert the punched card into the 1-3/4″ Circle punch to form a crescent shape and punch again.
4. Repeat to create another bat wing.
5. Adhere the wings behind the owl.
6. Optional – trim off the feet to create more of a feel of flight.
Yesterday I shared a Halloween jubbly. Today I’m back with the tutorial to show how to make it.
1. Start with a rectangle of paper (here I’ve used 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″).
2. Working on the back (wrong side of the paper), apply Sticky Strip (leaving the backing on at this stage) to one of the short edges (A) and from one of the ends to half way across the long edge (B). Apply a piece of Sticky Strip the same length as (B) to the centre of the opposite long edge (C).
3. Remove the Sticky Strip backing from A only at this stage. Roll the paper over and adhere the short ends together along A to form a tube.
4. Remove the Sticky Strip backing from B and press the ends together so that the Sticky Strip lines up against plain DSP (rather than more Sticky Strip).
5. Insert the sealed end of the jubbly into the Crimper and turn the handle (just a short way in, say 2-3 lines).
6. Add your treat, taking care not to overfill (there needs to be room to seal the package). Reach in and remove the Sticky Strip backing at C. Press together along C, again ensuring that the Sticky Strip lines up against plain DSP (rather than more Sticky Strip), this should be at right angles to the original crimped seal. Crimp this end as before (just a short way in or it squashes the contents).
If you’ve got the Stampin’ Up! owl punch then with just a pair of scissors you can easily transform your owl into a penguin to use on your Christmas projects.
1. Punch your owl from Basic Black cardstock and trim off the feet and ears. (Tip: when trimming off the ears I work from the top of the head, down the side to get a smoother line).
2. Punch the “waistcoat” from Whisper White card and adhere to the body. Punch the feet and heart from Pumpkin Pie card. (Tip: just punch from a small strip of Pumpkin Pie to save on card – you don’t need the whole body).
3. Adhere the feet behind the body. Adhere the heart onto the notch at the top of the waistcoat.
4. Punch the large eyes from Whisper White card, the medium eyes from Basic Black and adhere, lined up with the curves on top of the waistcoat. Add the smallest eyes from Whisper White card or draw on highlights with a White Gel pen.
When I shared this card a few days ago I promised that I’d provide a tutorial on making the flower and so here it is. This is another project that’s great for using up scraps of card and DSP and can be used with any flower/scallop circle style punch. Bear in mind though that these flowers really are 3d and are best presented boxed or in a bagalope or similar as a normal envelope would squish the flower.
1. Punch out a selection of flowers. I recommend 9 or 10 in total. If using all card then you can use a few less, if using all DSP then you may need a few more to get the flowers to “bunch” to the right depth. These flowers were double punched following my tip here, giving a more crinkly edge to the flowers and making them more carnation like. I used (left to right) Springtime Vintage DSP, Very Vanilla, Pink Pirouette and then for the base petals, Rose Red. The darker colour on the bottom helps give definition and “pop” to the flower.
2. Crumple all the flower layers by scrunching them up in your hand and then unfolding them again. I usually spritz them with water to make the crumpling easier. (For the birthday card I spritzed with a mixture of rubbing alcohol and Champagne Gold shimmer paint to give a subtle sheen to all the flower layers).
3. Pile all the flower layers together, alternating the colours, pierce a hole through the centre (with Paper Piercing Tool or Crop-a-dile) and secure with a brad. The colour of the brad isn’t important as it will be covered by all the scrunched layers.
4. Working from the top, down through the layers, scrunch up each flower into the centre and scrunch the next layer tightly around it. Carry on working down until the bottom darker layer is scrunched around the whole.
The flower can now be added to your project using a strong glue (eg. several glue dots or Tombow/Crystal Effcets, applied and left to dry).
For a more glam flower, run a wet glue around the edges of the petals, dip into Dazzling Diamonds and leave to dry.
Have fun creating your 3d flowers. Please send me a pic of your finished flower, I’d love to see how yours turns out.