I admit to stalking craft products.
When Hero Arts announced its Decorate It! line for Target, a little penguin caught my eye. The stamp is part of a tag-decorating set, but I had a card idea for it. When the products debuted Oct. 21, I headed to my town’s Target. No penguin. I returned to the store a couple of times during several days, checking for the set while shopping for other things, until I saw them Oct. 29.
I was happy to have my penguin and put the little guy to work. I created a clean, simple design to allow the small image to stand out.
Here’s how to make it:
Make a card from a 5-by-10-inch piece of white cardstock. Cut a 1 1/2-inch square in the center of the card’s front, which will leave a 1 3/4-inch margin around all sides.
Keeping the card folded, stamp a small image of a penguin (I used the penguin from the Sending Cheer Decorate It! collection by Hero Arts for Target) in black ink (such as Versafine in onyx black) centered within the “window,” onto the inside of the card.
Using pencil, lightly trace the upper-right corner of the window onto the inside of the card. Open the card and stamp the sentiment “snow much joy” in a talk bubble (also from the Hero Arts set) in black ink onto the inside of the card, making sure it does not pass the pencil lines by the penguin.
Erase the pencil lines. Cut a piece of white textured cardstock to 4 inches square. Cut a 2-inch square in the center of this piece, which will leave a 1-inch margin. Apply glue (I used Aleene’s Jewel-It) to the edges of the windows and to the outer edges of the 4-inch piece. Cover the glue with fine, white glitter (mine’s from Treehouse Studios) and allow it to dry.
Using dimensional adhesive, adhere the textured piece, centered, over the card’s front. Color the penguin’s hearts with red marker (such as Marvy LePlume II No. 65 in cherry).