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Penny Black Christmas Window

Making some extra large cookies this weekend for @pennyblackgla!

You may remember I designed a logo and signage last year for Penny Black, a post office, gift shop and cafe in Glasgow run by friends of mine. They asked me to do their Christmas window decorations this year and obviously I said yes!

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My idea was to make giant paper cuts of my cookie characters and this was my first quick mockup. Things changed quite a lot though, mostly because I couldn’t get the right card at A2 size so had to make them smaller. I also ended up having to do it all over a weekend.

Oops! Making all these cookies is hungry work ?

Each character was made from pieces of card glued together, some cut by hand and others with my beloved paper cutting machine.

Is it too early for Christmas pudding?

I made a Christmas pudding to go in the cafe window and it turned out so cute! I might have to make some normal sized ones to sell next year.

Paper cut letters for Penny Black

For the Post Office I made envelopes. Royal Mail’s official address for Santa is a bit unbelievable. Reindeerland?

Paper cut stamps for Penny Black

I even made the stamps because I am crazy. They were my favourite bit though.

Paper cut Gift Bag for Penny Black

I had planned to make happy presents but it somehow turned into a gift bag, which I find hilarious for some reason. Making the gift tags was almost a step too far late on Sunday night but I knew it would be the perfect finishing touch. You can make some yourself with my Mini Cards free printable.

Sorry for the lack of updates - we had some issues. Here's the view from behind the Charing Cross window for now.

After all that, I then had to install them, which didn’t go quite to plan but I did manage to do the smaller Charing Cross branch myself.

Decorations ready for hanging

The main branch took three of us after closing time.

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It’s tricky to get photos but they look pretty cute! If you’re in Glasgow before Christmas, pop by Penny Black and have a look.


Hello! I’m Marceline Smith, the designer and owner of Asking For Trouble. I create illustrated stationery, accessories and gifts using my cute characters inspired by Japanese kawaii. This is my business and personal blog where I write about my creative doings, inspirations, travels, Japan trips and daily life. Read more »

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