I love penguins, and when I saw how well the Favor Bag Accessory penguin matched the envelope from the Snail Mail die set, I knew I had to make a card with them!
I turned into this adorable shaker card, which could also be a great project for valentine’s day!
I started with my penguin, which I cut from different colored cardstocks – primarily black and white. Then I highlighted the eyes and the beak with a bit of white gel pen.
I then stuck the body together using a bit of tape on the back, added the eyes, beak and flippers. When I placed the flippers, I made sure the envelope would be overlapped a bit, so it would look like he was holding it. To make sure I could fit in my envelope later, I only added glue to one end of each flipper, essentially making them small flaps.
Then I cut the two envelope pieces from the Snail Mail set in white cardstock and colored the little heart with a copic marker.
To make the envelope able to open, I glued the “back” piece with the heart to the bigger flap on the main piece. Then I glued the heart to the other flap, making sure it lined up with the cut out.
If you’d like, you could add a piece of folded paper inside the envelope, however, I simply stamped my sentiment from Mini Merry Messages directly in the envelope. On the outside of the envelope, I used a light ink to stamp “Open Me” on the envelope, also from Mini Merry Messages. Then I added a little bit of repositionable adhesive on the heart flap, making sure it would stay closed until the recipient opens it. Then I placed it between the flippers, making sure the flippers ended up on top.
While I had my envelope die out, I cut five of the back pieces, coloring the hearts with the same copic marker. Then I cut a bunch of cardstock pieces so they would fit behind the envelope. These I used to stack up behind the back envelope die cut, making my own little chipboard pieces.
This is so the envelopes won’t end up on top of each other, and shake around a bit better. The amount of layers you need depends on how thick your foam tape is.
To make my shaker window, I cut two of the postage stamps from Snail Mail. For the first I cut out the middle, leaving an equal border, glued a piece of acetate to the middle and added foam tape behind the frame. For the second piece, I did a bit of ink blending with a matching color and a heart stencil for a very subtle effect. Then I added in my envelopes and stuck the two pieces together.
To complete my card, I stuck the penguin to the shaker window, and then added it to a card base with mint striped patterned paper.
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