Turkey

Create this colorful turkey using a few punches and one stamp!

Michele Force, Stampin' Up!®  Demonstrator, Evergreen CO

This tutorial will teach you how to make the turkey that is on this box.  Once you create him, you can put him on anything you'd like!  Following are the supplies you will need:

  • Squares (2  1/2" x 2  1/2") of cardstock in the following colors: Rose Red, More Mustard, Old Olive, and Not Quite Navy
  • Scraps of cardstock in the following colors: Rose Red, More Mustard, and Close to Cocoa
  • Classic Ink Pads in the following colors (not pictured): Rose Red, More Mustard, Old Olive, and Not Quite Navy
  • Crop-o-dile
  • Polka-dot petal stamp from the Pick a Petal stamp set
  • Black Stampin' Write marker
  • Mini glue dots
  • 2-Way glue (not pictured)
  • 5-Petal Flower punch
  • Spring Flower Bouquet punch
  • Large Oval punch
  • 1 3/8" Circle punch
  • 1/4" Square punch
  • (also shown is the Tag punch, but it is not needed for the turkey himself)

We'll start by punching out all the pieces you'll need.  Use the 1 3/8" Circle punch and the Large Oval punch on the scrap of Close to Cocoa cardstock.   

Using the 1/4" Square punch, notch a triangle out of each side of the oval.  This will become the turkey's neck.

Then use the Crop-o-dile to punch a hole around where a nose would be.  This will be the spot for his beak.  Your oval should now look like this:

Then use the Spring Flower Bouquet punch to make one Rose Red flower as shown below (to be used for his... what's that thing called?!... the red wobbly thing hanging from his neck!), and two small More Mustard flowers as shown (to be used for his feet).  Then make one More Mustard flower using the 5-Petal Flower punch - it's okay if you don't get a full punch of this one because you're only going to use one petal.

Now let's make the feathers.  Use the inks on the same color square pieces of cardstock and stamp two petals on each square.  Cut them out as shown.  When you are finished, you will have 8 feathers... 2 each of 4 different colors.

Stack the feathers up in the order shown below.  From top to bottom: Rose, Navy, Olive, Mustard, Mustard, Olive, Navy, Rose.

Get them lined up so the points are all even, and then use the Crop-o-dile to punch a hole through all 8 feathers as shown below.

Use a store-bought brass paper fastener to hold the turkey's head and all 8 feathers together.   We'll spread his feathers later, so don't worry about that just now.

Attach the 1 3/8" Close-to-Cocoa circle to the head using a glue dot.  Then cut the small Rose Red flower in half and glue it to the top of the circle using the 2-Way glue pen.  The two small Mustard flowers become his feet - use the glue pen on two of the petals and stick them to the back of the circle as shown below.

Cut one of the petals off of the large Mustard flower and attach it to the paper fastener with a glue dot.  I like to use my finger and push it down real well causing the edges to curve downward... gives him character!  Then use the black marker to give him some eyes.

Now you're ready to spread his tail feathers!  To get them to look just right, start with the top one (Rose) and pull the next one (Navy) just to the left.  Then take the next one (Olive) to the right.  The next one (Mustard) goes back to the left.  The next one (the other Mustard) goes to the right... etc.  Keep going back and forth until his feathers look like this:

 And there you have it!  An adorable turkey to adorn a card or box, or whatever you want!  I have found that it works best to attach his lower body with a dimensional and then use a glue dot on each of his tail feathers.

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial!