Monday, 17 December 2012

Christmas Light DT Project #1 By Astrid Featuring Carta Bella Christmas Day Collection and Hero Arts Believe Stamps

Hello everyone and a warm welcome to the Snazzys blog. 
Most of you I'm sure will have seen the fantastic projects posted earlier this month already, if not, don't forget to scroll down! For those of you who are still looking for some last minute Christmas inspiration, I will share one project with you today and another one later on in the week. And, don't forget, you can win the awesome collection we are working with just by leaving a comment HERE
I decided to use the wonderful papers and elements in the collection to make a Christmas lantern:

The quality of these paper is so good that it is easy to make something like this as the thickness of the papers makes it very sturdy
I want to apologize in advance that the quality of the photos is pretty awful, the light has just been so bad, but I hope you get a bit of an idea.
I started by cutting 2 pieces of Kraft card to 5 1/2 by 81/2 inches and scored them along the 81/2" side at 4 and 8 ". You are then left with a 1/2" piece at the end which is the glue strip. I then glued both pieces together, this leaves you with one long bit as shown in the photo:

Cover each of the panels with a bit of your chosen  paper, cut to 3 3/4 by 5 1/4. Next cut apertures in each of them so that light can shine through. I cut mine with a Gothic Arch Window die from my stash, but you could obviously use any suitable die you may have or even cut an aperture by hand. I then covered each of the apertures with a bit of parchment paper, large enough to cover the aperture from the inside. Now all you need to do is glue the remaining glue strip to the end panel and you have made your basic lantern. I embellished mine with some of the lovely elements on the papers which I fussy cut and glued around my windows. Here are some pictures still of the different sides:

This was an easy and fun project to put together and could just make a little last minute gift for someone special.
Hope you are all a lot more organised with your Christmas preparations than I am, and if you have a minute, pop by again on Thursday when I'll show you another project still. Until then stay happy, warm and crafty!