Saturday, 7 September 2013

Sneak Peek 2 - Verso Holly Wreath & Christmas Sentiments Die Sets

Deck The Halls! - which is exactly what I've done with this decorative Christmas door hanger? It features the new Verso Christmas Holly Wreath and Christmas Sentiments Die Sets, along with a fair bit of fussy folding (more on that later)!
Project Recipe:
Tools: Tonic Studios Holly Wreath Die Set, Tonic Studios Christmas Sentiments Die Set 1,  Grand Calibur, Corner Rounder, Kushgrip Art Knife, Tonic Craft Tacky Glue
Mediums: Double-sided adhesive sheets, Versmark Inkpad, Shabby Blue Frantage
Paper & Card: DCWV
Embellishments: glitter, metal snowflake charms

I made this door hanger using a piece of thin cardboard (either from a cereal packet or, as in my case, the bit if cardboard that you get in clothes for posting when they are bought online). First of all, I cut it to size (25cm x 10.5cm) using my Tonic Supper Timmer and created the tag shape by cutting off the corners at the top (3.5cm down and 2 cm in on each side) and using my 10mm tonic corner rounder at the bottom.  I then spread Craft Tacky glue thinly over the tag and adhered a patterned paper to one side, retrimmed the resptective corners, then repeated for the other side.  I "hid" the cardboard sandwich by then going around the raw edges with a promarker pen.  Finally, I cut the hole to create the door hanger using the smallest circle in the Holly Wreath Die Set - it was the perfect size!

Now, I'm not going to lie, the next step was fiddly!  If you like playing with paper, have a go, if not, you could create dimension by just layering up several of the wreaths.

To make the wreath decoration, you will need to cut 2 medium wreaths, 2 small wreaths and a small circle from cardstock (about 250gsm, and the wreaths need their centres whole). Fold and score each wreath to create 8 even segments.  Make a small hole in the centre and then cut up one of the score lines to the centre on each wreath.  Now score and fold in the centre of alternating segments (these will create your peak folds).  On the smaller wreath, you will now be cursing me, as this is very fiddly - but the effect is lovely!  All you need to ensure is that for each pair of same sized wreaths, that you start this extra scoring clockwise on one and anti-clockwise on the other (so the folded segments are not in the same place).  Pinch up your peaks and apply a small amount of tacky glue to hold in place.  Adhere the two halves of the medium wreath to the small circle.  For the smaller wreath, apply a small amount of tacky glue to the back and then carefully arrange over the medium wreath. I used a pair of tweezers to help me manipulate the folded wreaths into place. Decorate the centre with a brad, gem, or (in my case) a bling-y button!  Accent the decoration with flitters of glitter.

Choose a sentiment of your choice from the fabulous Christmas Sentiments die sets and cut from cardboard.  Decorate with glitter or embossing powder - I used Shabby Blue Frantage as it provides a lovely textured and dimensional finish.  I also frantaged some metal snowflake charms and attached them with glue.  Finally, I used a sheet of double-sided adhesive on an off-cut of white cardstock to cut out a small holly wreath (with the centre cut out too).  Some dies are tricky to used with double-sided adhesive sheets but not Tonic Dies.  One pass for a clean, crisp cut!  I then covered the cut-out in iridescent glitter and adhered it to the hanger hole. 

You can see many more projects using Tonic Studios products on my own blog DipsDesigns and don't forget to watch out for Tonic Studios Four Day Deal featuring these dies launching on Create and Craft at 8am on Monday 9th September.

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