Hi everyone, here we are ready for part two of the Advent calender for Artfull Crafts.
Time to decorate the whole project. I started by thinking about my Christmas tree and what I put on to it, as I decorate it ready for the festive season. As with the rest of the project I only used Kaisercraft Turtle-Dove paper
I started with making some presents.
The presents I made needed to be very little. I cut six little squares of cardboard about 1.5cm x 1.5cm, and taped them as above, on the reverse side of the paper I wanted. I made sure I left an extra piece of paper on the sides as shown in black above, so I could tape the boxes together. (The picture was crooked so i couldn't make them look square, sorry). You fold them up into a box shape. Once they were together, I put a piece of paper strip, as if it were ribbon around them. A bow on the top, and a a couple of red Mini-Paper-Blooms and some leaves for colour.
Next I decorated some reindeer. I wanted them to be bounding up the sides of the tree, like they were running up the steps. This is last years reindeer.
I covered the Reindeer with paper, and inked around the edge of him. I then distress stained his antlers and legs. But I still wasn't happy, so i distress embossed his antlers to give a furry look. I used ranger distress embossing powder vintage photo embossing powder. I then heat set it. I made a small chain for around his neck, but the bells were all to big that I had, so I left them off. I made two of these reindeer, facing opposite ways.
In the photo above you should be able to see the red circle and cream rose by his tail. I cut strips of paper and then quilled a loose circle. I glued this on to every point on the tree, as I felt the edges were just to hard for the look of what I was trying to achieve.
I also added the white paper on the sides of the tree as above as well.
It is a little hard to see, but I also put lime tulle behind the presents and I ran a string of hand knotted acrylic crystal like beads down the side.
Then lastly I added some mini pine cones that i added some Kindy glitz and stickles to, and then I carefully made holes in all the boxes and added brads onto every one. I was careful as some numbers are quite big and I had to make sure the numbers would fit - so some brads are not centred. I used different sized and different coloured brads on the different coloured boxes. I then added the numbers from the Turtle Dove Numbers stickers sheet, a few wooden flourishes from Kaisercraft, and then for the star, I put paper on the back, and then bling stips to brighten the front.
Then it was finished. It got to sit on my bench for a few days, and then I packed it up so very carefully and couriered to Timaru, where it is sitting in Kasiercraft section of Artfull Crafts.