How to make a pop-up penguin card

Make this adorable pop-up penguin card using our free Northern lights printable paper collection!

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Are you looking for an idea of what to do with your free northern lights paper collection? How about making this pop-up penguin Christmas card? In this step-by-step tutorial, we show you how to construct a pop-up card using the Lawn Fawn stitched hillside pop-up die. You will also need a die-cutting machine. If you’re thinking about buying a die-cutting machine, but are undecided as to which one you would like, take a look at our guide to the best die-cutting machines of the year. All tried and tested by our dedicated team of crafters to give you the best possible advice.

Download your free northern lights paper collection to get started.

If you like these, check out our other free patterned papers, there are lots to choose from and you’re sure to find something for every occasion. We love these delightful free Christmas penguin patterned papers for card making!

Don’t forget to share your cards on Facebook or post them on Instagram, we love to see what you make!

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You Will Need

  • White card
  • Glitter card, silver
  • Die, stitched hillside pop-up by Lawn Fawn
  • Die-cutting machine
  • Adhesive
  • Scissors

Step 1

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Cut a 21 x 14.5cm piece of white card, and fold in half to create your card base. Cover both inside faces with silver card. If you want to be thrifty, you can gut your mats (cut out the middle as it won’t be seen) and save for another project!

Step 2

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Cut out the Northern Lights scene from your free northern lights paper collection. Attach to the back panel on the inside of your card base using double-sided tape, leaving a small border of glitter card around the edge.

Step 3

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Using the Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside pop-up die, cut two sets of hills from white card. Keep one as it is, then trim the small hill and top-left tab from the other, as shown in the picture. Discard the small hill and tabs.

Step 4

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Fold your die-cut hills along the score lines. Position the single hill in the centre of your card and attach with double-sided tape, so the bottom part lies flat on your card base.

Step 5

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Using the first hill as a guide, fold and position the second set of hills in front. Attach to the base of the card with double-sided tape, and tuck the back tabs down behind the first hill.

Step 6

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Choose a penguin from your free northern lights paper collection, and cut out. Use découpage scissors to cut around finer details. Also cut out a cabin, fence, lamp post, tree, star and a smaller different penguin.

Step 7

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Cut a 1 x 10cm strip of white card. Fold into a triangle to create a wedge behind the main penguin to allow him to stand up but also fold down for postage. Finally, position the other elements in your scene (sticking onto the pop-up hills in the background) to build up your winter wonderland!