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Adorable Duck Cutout Card Embellishment!

Cute and wacky embellishments can make the receiver of your card giggle in joy! If you're looking to create a quick and easy but quirky card, this tip is for you!
 

Let's mix up various papers and make an adorable duck cutout embellishment!

Watch the Video Tutorial:

The materials that you'll need are the following: cute duck photo reference, white paper, old map, various colors of card stock, paper trimmer, and tape runner.
 
Let's begin!

Read the Step-by-Step Guide Below:

Step 1

Find a photo of a duck design that you love. Play around and try to recreate it by drawing.

If you are not very confident with your drawing skills, you can actually just trace the image from your phone or tablet. Just place a plain white paper on top of your screen in a dark room and trace the intricate shapes of the duck.

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Step 2

What we actually want to do is segment the various details or parts of the duck. So once you got your full duck drawing, draw each part individually such as the torso, the wings, beak, and in my case, the cute boots it is wearing.
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Step 3

Next, carefully cut each individual shape that makes up the duck with a scissor. These will be our shape templates.

Step 4

What would make our duck visually interesting is, instead of using the same type of paper for each individual part, we're using various textures and colors.
 

I'm using an old map for the main body, a pink card stock for the boots, and green card stock for the beak and wings.

Using the shapes you cut earlier from the white paper as stencils, cut the duck parts on your choice of paper.

Just think of these cutouts like paper dolls that you'll piece together later on.

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Step 5

Once each individual part is complete, you can start adhering it into a card stock. One by one, build up the duck from the body to the boots... to the wings and beak.

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Step 6

Now we can see the duck shape fully! But it still needs more details. Using a black pen, add an outline to give it more dimension. I also added the legs to connect the boots and the body, as well as the eyes.
After adding our lines, it just all came together beautifully!

Step 7

Now that our duck image is completely assembled, let's trim down the whole card stock where we placed it on. I already made a card earlier and I just need to adhere this duck embellishment to finish it off.
 

I measured the width of my card so my duck embellishment can fit on it, and proceeded to trim it down.

Step 8

Using my tape runner, I adhered my duck to my card. And we're done!
Isn't this such a quirky card? The colors and texture variations of the duck parts really made it stand out!
 

Happy cardmaking!

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