The Artisan Design Team is feeling very festive as we present some Christmas in July ideas. This week our focus is on the new This Christmas suite in the Annual Catalogue featuring the Peace This Christmas stamp set, This Christmas Specialty DSP and coordinating cardstock.
This Christmas Specialty DSP has gorgeous traditional colours and designs and is a lighter weight than regular DSP making it perfect for making Christmas crackers. They are hands down my favourite thing to make for Christmas decor. I love that you can coordinate them to your own Christmas theme plus personalise the goodies inside to your family and friends.
I’ve used the Envelope Punch Board to make my crackers which is a cinch to do. I start with a 6″x 6″ piece of DSP , meaning that you can get a whopping 96 crackers from this pack of DSP. Now that’s a lot of family around your table! I think though that crackers also make a fabulous handmade gift. They’re both beautiful and practical and everyone needs them! Why not create some and gift them in a sweet gift box?
My box is super simple and made from Garden Green cardstock which I’ve stamped with VersaMark to create a subtle pattern. The acetate lid enables the gorgeous crackers to be seen from the top. I created a wreath with berries and embossed a gold sentiment using stamps from the Peace This Christmas stamp set.
To make your crackers, start with a piece of 6″x 6″ DSP and score at 1 1/8″, 2 1/4″, 3 3/8″, 4 1/2″ and 5 5/8″. Rotate 90 degrees and score at 1″, 1 1/2″, 2″, 4″, 4 1/2″ and 5″. Your scored paper should look like this.
Fold along all score lines. Next use your Envelope Punch Board to punch holes in your sheet. This will allow the ends to be bunched in. Starting with your sheet in the position above, insert onto the punch board and butt the edge against the top edge of the punch board. Line up with the 1 1/2″ marking and punch. Remove paper and mountain fold at the 1 1/4″ line you scored earlier. Insert fold into punch board and again butt up against the top edge and punch at the 1 1/2″ mark. You’ll be punching through two layers of paper so you might need some oomph. Repeat this folding and punching process. Then flip your page and punch the other side in the same way. Your finished paper should now look like this.
Now all you need to do is place some adhesive on the bottom tab and secure into a cracker shape. Next gently press in the ends. The diamond punches should allow the ends to fold in. Secure with twine or ribbon of your choosing. You should end up with something that looks like this.
Now simply decorate to your taste. I used a fun sentiment from the Oh, What Fun stamp set and punched with the Decorative Label punch. I fussy cut a couple of sprigs from the DSP and adhered.
For more fun and festivity, visit the wonderful Jessica Winter next as you travel around the world for inspiration.