Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Advent Calendar

Christmas is coming, and my boys are writing their lists, I would to if I thought anyone would read it!

So today I am going to share with you a project I made on a workshop at The Stamp Pad in Greenfield. This was a whole day workshop, and even then I still had to put the final touches on at home. I think the longest time was spent painting the advent's wooden carcass. I didn't realise just how long it would take to get inside every recess and the front and back of the doors, at one point I did think that maybe I should have left the wood au natural :) Whilst the paint dried we took a break for some lunch, then onto the fabby job of decorating.

We used SEI Silver Valley papers on the advent. When the papers had been trimmed to size we then had to make a small hole for the door knobs to go through. I thought this would be an easy task, measure and cut one then use it as a template for all the others, NOPE. Because of the make up of the piece, every handle was in a slightly different place or angle. This meant that it did take some time, but ultimately was worth it. Then it came to putting the numbers on, these were die cut so we had a choice of whether to put them straight or on an angle. I went for angled as I can't do straight very well. Each door was then decorated. For this I used rub-ons, stickers, die cuts, wooden embellishments anything to hand with a Christmas theme.
 This is a close up of the top right hand corner.
 This is a close up of the top left hand corner
 Bottom left
And finally the bottom right hand corner of the finished piece. Now I just have to fins something to go into all the boxes, without resorting to chocolates!