Penelope Penguin

As soon as Dreaming Tree released their Winter Holiday Gift Boxes Bundle I knew I had to make the penguin. I decided on a winter theme with a few alterations from original file. If you like the changes I've made, please read below before purchasing supplies listed on Dreaming Tree's website and watching tutorial.

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Additional Supplies:

  • Small silk flowers (I used flowers from Prima Marketing Got Flowers? I've had for ages)
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops (Sweet Lilac was used in project)
  • Ranger Distress Oxide Ink Pads (I used Pickled Raspberry, Wilted Violet, and Broken China)
  • (1) 8-1/2" x 11" white cardstock
  • (2 extra) 12" x 12" black cardstock

Since I always use Scor-Tape when assembling 3D projects, I glue extra panels on the inside to cover excess adhesive. Plus, it creates a sturdier product. Further alterations included designing a layered look on the scarf and creating a pattern. I also chose not to use glitter cardstock and opted for the the Bazzill Glass Slipper cardstock which has a nice sheen to it.

The first thing I did was create a pattern on white cardstock using Ranger Distress Oxide Ink Pads.  Basically, I just rubbed the three colors on my white cardstock until I got the look I wanted. While they are water-reactive, I decided to use them dry for this project. You'll want to check them out by watching Tim Holtz's videos if you haven't used them before. They are a great way to create unique patterns and backgrounds quickly.

Next step included separating out the extra body panel pieces from MAIN_4_BLACK.SVG  and then creating (8) extra panels using the copy/paste feature in Cricut Design Space.  Because I wanted a layered look to my scarf, I designed a pattern layer. To complete this, all I did was copy/paste ELEMENTS_PINK_PATTERN.SVG and then resized duplicate file. I would recommend bringing the duplicated file on top of original as you resize to get the right look. The new scarf layer, along with PANELS_GREEN_PATTERN.SVG, were cut using my pattern made from distress inks. I did not cut out holly berries or leaf pieces.

Following Dreaming Tree's assembly video, I glued each tab section together using Scor-Tape and then placed an extra body (or hat) panel on the inside.  The last panel slides in and positions itself easily even after last tabs are placed.

The only other alterations I made on Penelope's body were adding the pattern layer before assembling scarf and adding Nuvo Crystal Drops on tassels.  I will say that Nuvo Drops should only be placed when you have time to let them dry.


The hat was a little tricky for me and I have no logical reason why (LOL). To create distraction from areas I didn't care for, I cut (8) pieces of 1/2" x 1" strips of cardstock, scored them in half, and then adhered to the corner pieces. I cut up a few Pom Poms and hot glued the pieces around the entire top rim of hat to give it some character. Who am I kidding? I needed a little more distraction! Lastly, I strategically added the flowers and used Nuvo Drops as the centers. Lastly, I used Scor-Tape to attach hat to body bringing it from a box to a cute decor piece.

...And Penelope is finished!

I hope you enjoyed this blog and I've encouraged you to try your own Penelope. Remember to have fun and don't forget to share your finished project either in the comments below or my Facebook page.  In the meantime, Happy Crafting!

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One thought on “Penelope Penguin

  1. Mary

    February 6, 2019 at 9:05pm

    Thanks for great instructions regarding your alterations