DIY penguin Christmas cards: 6 step-by-step tutorials


Learn how to create six penguin-themed Christmas cards using stamps featuring our cute little friend Pablo the penguin.

No one can resist a sweet penguin at Christmas... especially Pablo the penguin, the cutest creature you’ll find this festive season!

These cute penguin Christmas card tutorials use our Pablo stamp set, but if you want to try different designs you could easily mix it up with Winter Friends Stamps, Nick the Gnome Stamps and more, which can be found on our online shop.

Colour with your favourite pens to bring Pablo to life, personalising the vivacious and versatile stand-out sentiments across all your card creations this Christmas (and many more to come!).

Pablo the penguin stamp set

Get your Pablo the Penguin Stamp Set

Top tip! You can use the products used in this tutorial as inspiration, but feel free to adapt and use your own papers and decorations to create your own style!

Handmade penguin Christmas cards

Pablo and tree

Christmas night

Snowflake

Merry Christmas Pablo

Let it snow

Warm wishes

Plus... Follow our colouring guide using Copic markers

Pablo and tree

You will need 

Method 

  1. Create a top-folding white card blank measuring 10.5x14cm. Trim backing paper to 7x13cm and adhere to the right-hand side of the card front, leaving a narrow border around the top, bottom and right-side edges.
  2. Cut out a Christmas tree topper and 10.5x14cm to the left-hand side of the card front.
  3. Stamp a penguin onto a piece of white card in brown ink and colour with a selection of Copic markers.
  4. Add glitter to the beak when dry and fussy cut out. Fix Pablo to the lower half of the card front as shown using foam pads. Finish the card with a variety of sequins and enamel dots.

Christmas night

You will need 

Method 

  1. Create a 9x10.5cm white card blank with the fold at the top. Trim backing paper to 8.5cm square and fix to the centre of the card front, leaving a narrow border around the bottom and side edges. 
  2. Fussy cut a ‘Merry Christmas’ topper out and use foam pads to attach to the top of the card front.
  3. Stamp the penguins on a piece of white card in brown ink, colour with Copic markers and fussy cut around the edge.
  4. Add glitter both the penguin’s beaks and fix them to the card front using foam pads. Adhere some sequins and dots to the card front to finish. 

Snowflake

You will need 

Method 

  1. Create a top-folding blank from Kraft card measuring 10.5cm square. Trim backing paper to 9.5cm square and fix to the card front.
  2. Trim a different piece of backing paper to 10x4.5cm and mount on a panel of Kraft card measuring 10x3.5cm, side edges flush. Fix horizontally two-thirds of the way down the card front.
  3. Trim white card to 8x6cm and mount on slightly larger Kraft card. Stamp a sentiment to the left of the panel and fix horizontally to the centre of the card front.
  4. Stamp the penguin on a piece of white card in brown ink, colour with Copic markers and trim around the edge, add glitter to the beak and fussy cut out. Use foam pads to fix Pablo to the right of the sentiment.
  5. Finish with a die-cut snowflake adhered to the top left corner of the topper.

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Merry Christmas Pablo 

You will need 

Method 

  1. Create a top-folding blank from Kraft card measuring 10.5cm square. Trim backing paper to 9.5cm square and fix to the card front.
  2. Trim a different piece of backing paper to 10x4.5cm and mount on a panel of Kraft card measuring 10x3.5cm, side edges flush. Fix horizontally two-thirds of the way down the card front.
  3. Trim white card to 8x6cm and mount on slightly larger Kraft card. Stamp a sentiment to the left of the panel and fix horizontally to the centre of the card front.
  4. Stamp the penguin on a piece of white card in brown ink, colour with Copic markers and trim around the edge, add glitter to the beak and fussy cut out. Use foam pads to fix Pablo to the right of the sentiment.
  5. Finish with a die-cut snowflake adhered to the top left corner of the topper.

Let it snow 

You will need 

Method 

  1. Use the second-largest die from the set to create a white circle card blank. Use the same die to cut out a circle of backing paper and distress the edges.
  2. Stamp a sentiment in brown ink to the bottom left of the card front.
  3. Stamp the penguin on a piece of white card in brown ink, colour with Copic markers and fussy cut out. Add glitter to the beak and fix Pablo to the right of the sentiment on the card front as shown using pads.
  4. Finish with a die-cut snowflake fixed to the top left of the card front.

Warm wishes

You will need 

Method 

  1. Create a top-folding white card blank measuring 12cm square. Trim backing paper to 11cm square and distress the edges. Adhere to the card front.
  2. Use the largest circle die to die-cut a circle from backing paper and distress the edges. Fix to the centre of the card front. 
  3. Die-cut a small circle from white card and stamp a sentiment in brown ink to the centre of it. Distress the edges of the circle and attach to the card front as shown.
  4. Stamp the penguin on a piece of white card using brown ink, and colour with Copic markers.
  5. Fussy cut out and add glitter to the beak. Fix Pablo slightly to the right of the card front using foam pads. Use foam pads to fix the die-cut snowflake to the top left of the card front to finish.

Guide to using Copic marker pens

  • Blue: B37 (Sketch), B39 (Ciao), C9 (Sketch). 
  • White: B0000 (Sketch), C0 (Ciao), C1 (Ciao), C3 (Ciao). 
  • Yellow: Y11 (Ciao), Y04 (Sketch), Y13 (Sketch). 
  • Orange: YR12 (Sketch), YR16 (Ciao). 
  • Green: YG61 (Sketch), G21 (Ciao), G24 (Sketch). 
  • Red: R43 (Sketch), R35 (Ciao), R37 (Ciao). 

Continue the animal theme with this selection of DIY cards for him, complete with free digi papers to download! Or get stuck into our 'colour the creature' series, starting with this adorable dog digi stamp download.