Hi everyone! Anna-Karin here with a Christmas tutorial. At this time of the year, we often need gift holders and I made two different ones, using Tim Holtz Pillow Box w/Labels die and Eileen Hull's Candy Jars die. They have a special surprise: an ornament that can be removed from the packaging and used; a star to hang in a tree and a dimensional Poinsettia magnet.
These work great for last minute gifts, filled with chocolates, small candy canes, or with small gifts such as jewellery. If you don't need the gift holders, you can just make the Poinsettia or the star ornaments.
die cutting, I stamped a large Santa on one side and a sentiment and branch on the other, leaving space for the star. The rest of the surface was covered with a script stamp, holding it in my hand instead of mounting it on an acrylic block, for more random impressions. Remember to stamp the text in the right direction on the long strip, so that it isn't upside down.
Die cut two small stars with the Star Bright 3-D die from patterned paper and stamp with a music stamp.
Coat the star with a thin layer of Glossy Accents and cover with dry Rock Candy glitter. Let dry and then do the other side. I pierced a hole at the top and put a jump ring through and tied with a piece of string.
Now to the pillow box. Here's the finished pillow box with the Poinsettia magnet ornament.
Cardinal bird from red Kraft-Core cardstock, sanded and inked it.
Halloween Shadows die, trimmed it and used it as a branch. I tested a bunch of my metal embellishments to see if magnets would stick to them, and the word sticks from Tim Holtz worked great. Attach it with a brad, before assembling the box. Use a strong adhesive to assemble the box (I used Wonder Tape again).
Poinsettia flowers as you need. I turned the top one around, so you can see the white modeling film at the back. Modeling film comes in clear and black too, so you can experiment and pick what you like the best.
The adhesive must be completely dry before this step, or else it will seep up through the canvas. The Textured Poinsettia Pattern embossing folder coordinates with the Tattered Poinsettia die, I just love that. Move the flowers around until you get the right fit in the folder and emboss. Now you have lovely textured flowers.
I wanted to tone down the white modeling film a bit and inked it with Latte alcohol ink. It is better to do this before shaping the flowers. You can see the alcohol ink on the flower that is turned upside down. Heat one flower at a time with a heat gun and shape the petals. Be careful not to burn yourself. On the bigger flowers it is easiest to do one side at a time since the modeling film cools down quickly. Once cool, it keeps the shape perfectly. If you are not happy with a flower, just reheat and reshape. The embossed texture does disappear to some extent on the film when you heat it, but it remained on the canvas, and even it if wouldn't, you would still have the texture created by the inking.
I smeared just a little bit of Rock Candy Distress Stickles here and there. Don't use too much, unless you want your ink colours to blend.
Thank you for looking at my tutorial! I hope you will have a very merry Christmas and a wonderful year 2013!
Surfaces: Ranger Claudine Hellmuth natural sticky-back canvas; Wendy Vecchi Stamper's Anonymous Whiteout Clearly for Art modeling film; Tim Holtz Idea-ology Holidays Past Seasonal paper stash; Tim Holtz Core'dinations kraft core cardstock; Bazzill kraft cardstock; acetate
Stamps: Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz: Letter to Santa, Holiday Wishes, Mini Holidays, Mini Holidays 4, Classics #9, Classics #10
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink- Jet Black; Tim Holtz Distress Ink- Peeled Paint, Antique Linen, Barn Door, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany, Gathered Twigs
Alcohol ink: Ranger Adirondack- Latte
Paint: Ranger Adirondack Paint Dabber- Silver
Glitter: Tim Holtz Distress Stickles- Rock Candy; Distress Stickles Dry Glitter- Rock Candy
Embossing powder: Ranger- Seafoam White
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Word Sticks, Jump Rings, Brads
Adhesive: Ranger Glossy Accents, Wonder Tape, Claudine Hellmuth matte multi medium; hot glue gun
Other: twine; magnet
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