Friday, October 10, 2014

The Magic of Christmas Advent Wreath Tutorial...

Hi folks...time to get yourselves a cuppa and comfy seat while I share the step-by-step tutorial to create the Christmas Advent Wreath using the "Magic Of Christmas" Paper Pad from Craftwork Cards
first of all you need to create yourselves a template from cardstock...
and cut a 4" circle from chipboard or cardstock to use as the base. Using the template trace the shape on to the back side of the papers and cut out 24 petal shapes...you will need 8 of each from 3 different patterned papers.
 fix the first 2 shapes onto the chipboard circle and the next 2 going the other way as shown below...
fix the 4 remaining shapes in place to create an 8-sided star...it doesn't matter if you use parts of the papers with designs on them...it will be covered up by the next layer...
with the remaining 16 petals...create 8 petals by glueing alternate papers back to back...in other words you are making double sided paper petals.
I used a Mini Mister to curl the petals into shape but any smooth rounded tool would do.  I rolled the petals so that I had 4 with the Bell images inside and 4 with them on the outside as shown below then I pinched the bottom edge to flatten it and stapled. 
I prefer to use a hot glue gun to fix the petals as the bond is instant and I'm a little bit impatient but a strong quick drying adhesive would also be suitable. Arrange the petals so that they lie between the base petals. Fix down the first 4 petals...I like to press down the stapled end of each petal to flatten it slightly so that the area in the centre doesn't become too bulky which makes it easier to fix the second layer of 4 petals. OK it looks a bit of a dog's dinner at this stage but all this will be covered up by the topper.
I covered a piece of cardstock with the Robin patterned paper...die cut a 3" circle and fixed it to the centre of the wreath...again using the hot glue gun. I fussy cut the Robin and layered it up with 3D foam pads to create dimension adding the bell image seam binding and twine bows.  I coloured the seam binding with Aged Mahogany Distress Ink which as luck would have it was an exact match for the red paper.
I decorated each shape with the advent calendar dates cut out from another of the papers and Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a dusting of Frantage Embossing Powder to create snow.
 and edged the red petals with the sparkliest glitter ever...Stickles Dry Fine Platinum Glitter from Ranger...
I hope you have lots of fun making your own Christmas Advent Wreath...please e-mail me with a link if you do...I would love to pop over and have a look. Sadly after many years of fun working with fabulous products...tight deadlines and last minute runs to the Post Office with samples...I've decided to hang up my Craftwork Cards Hat and step down from the design team.
Hugs Kath xxx
A little tip...the Frantage Embossing Powder is sprinkled on and heat set from underneath so you might find it easier to decorate the petals with the cut out dates and Frantage before you fix the petals down.

28 comments:

Fabiana Strehlow said...

Olá, Kath!
Eu estava ansiosa por este tutorial.
Amei!
É lindo!

Muito obrigada,
Fabiana.

Nicole Wright said...

How lovely!

Jennifer said...

I absolutely love the wreath, Kath!!! Thank you for the great tutorial...I can't wait to have a try.

Hugs,
Jennifer. x

ursula Uphof said...

Thanks for this great tutorial Kath. love it. hugs Ursula

Hazel said...

Oh Kath, I am so pleased I have 2weeks off work as I am going to give this wreath a go. It's fab. Thank you for taking the time to show us this step by step guide. Hazel xx

Ribbon Girl said...

Kath - thank you so much for including the tutorial - Jackie and I will be making one of these tonight :-) and I'm sorry to see your note about stepping down from the Craftwork Cards team - they are going to miss you and your fabulous ideas so much! I hope the furry bundle's shoulder is improving, Mary xx

Jane said...

O wow Kath this is just fab and thanks for the step by step. I woluld love to give this a go. Your creativity is just endless...gorgeous work x

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Thank so much for this tutorial, this wreath is fabulous. I would love to have a go when I have time. You will be sorely missed at Craftwork Cards, your work for them has been wonderful, I shall miss it but things change and you can't stay designing for somebody for ever x

carol edwards said...

Thanks Kath for clear instructions, the wreath is just gorgeous. I am sure you have lots of memories of the fab projects made with Craft work cards x

misteejay said...

This wreath is fabulous - TFS the "How to".
I will miss seeing your wonderful creations on Create & Craft but fully appreciate how time consuming all that work can be.
Toni xx

Sammy said...

This is fabulous Kath, thank you so much! x

Crafting Queen said...

Stunning. Hope Buddy is doing ok.

Marg said...

Hiya Kath, WOW!!!! Its stunning and so gorgeous that I would love to create one of these myself. Im sorry also that you are leaving Craftwork Cards DT, you will be missed as will your fabulous skills & talent.
{{{Happy Crafting Hugs}}}
Marg ;0 x

Sandie Gough said...

Kath its stunning! the papers you have used really work with your design xx one of the best of these I've ever seen xx
hugs
Sandie xx

Artyjen said...

Thanks for the tute....it's a gorgeous make for sure. I don't watch Create and Craft but always peek at your fabulous makes here ;) even if I don't comment often!!! LOL
xoxo Sioux

Jan Moss said...

Morning Kath. A very sunny one here.

This wreath is stunning, have got to have ago! Thanks for sharing. Strokes for The Gorgeous one. Hugs. Jan.xx

nnalorac said...

Wow Kath, gorgeous wreath with these yummy papers. Thanks for the tutorial, will be giving this one a go. I'm sure craftwork cards are going to miss you, you have been truly inspirational with their products. Carolxx

Shoshi said...

So pretty, Kath!

Shoshi

Oliva Ohlson said...

Thank you so much!!! This is a beautiful wreath!

Bobbi Smith said...

Kath, this is beautiful!!! Thank so much for sharing!!!

Redanne said...

Thank you so much Kath for sharing this tutorial with us, the result is fabulous. This would be a great way to use up some of my HUGE stash of paper.... Hugs, Anne xx

Jan Sharp said...

Fabulous project and your clear instructions and photos will make it easier to have a go! I think my aged parents will love one!
Sorry to hear that you're leaving Craftwork Cards. You've made some beautiful projects with their products, but you do work so hard with all your makes and workshops, it must be a relief to have made the decision. Take care, Jan

Sandra H said...

"WOW" Kath l'm so impressed but then you are so creative and this is absolutely beautiful thank you for the tutorial and the link to the paper pad which is stunning xx

Sarah Hamzah said...

Thank you for sharing this tutorial, I will certainly be trying this later in the year after my exams are over. I am sorry to hear that you are stepping down from the design team but I hope you will still be happy to use their products and show your beautiful work. At least that way there will be no deadlines and stress.

Karen said...

Thanks for the tutorial, loved the wreath the first time I saw it so will definitely be making it. I am sure you will be greatly missed by Craftwork Cards. Kx

Sandra said...

Lovely, thanks Kath

Lee said...

WOW,fandabidosi,this is Super Stunning.Doubt I'll have time or energy to make it but I love it.Thanks for sharing.Yours is Beautiful as always.Big Huggles xx Cuddle for Buddy xx

Angela Hoynes said...

Great tutorial thank you

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