Posted by TheDocraftsTeam, 25 Apr, 2017
There's always a reason to celebrate - any time of year! If there's any left in your stash, the Christmas Wish collection has some great patterned papers that set the scene perfectly, simply add jazzy lights.
1. Create a landscape card blank by trimming an 8 x 8" one down to 8 x 6". A metal ruler and craft knife or paper trimmer will ensure that you get a crisp, straight edge. Cut a piece of starry patterned paper from A Christmas Wish down to 19.5 x 14.2cm and mat onto a 19.4 x 14.6cm panel of yellow cardstock. Stick to the card front with double-sided tape.
2. Photocopy or print the light bulb template onto kraft cardstock and transfer onto a variety of different coloured papers with a pencil. Use a small, sharp pair of scissors to cut each one. To ensure a smooth, rounded edge when cutting by hand, keep the scissors still and move the paper to create a curve.
3. Trim your template to just the top section and cut nine from black cardstock. Apply a sparing amount of tacky glue to the reverse and secure in place, using the image as a guide. Leave to dry.
4. Coat each shape with a layer of Anita’s 3D Clear Gloss to give them a shiny ﬁnish. Leave to dry for approximately four hours.
5. Cut 0.5cm wide strips of gold metal sheet and attach to the back of each light with double-sided tape. Gently fold the strip in half to create a hanging loop. Thread the light shapes onto two lengths of jute and stick to the starry night paper with 3D foam pads, leaving enough room for a sentiment. Secure the loose ends of the jute to the back of the yellow cardstock with strips of tape.
6. Trim a strip of the starry night paper to 16 x 3.5cm and mat onto orange cardstock. Attach to the bottom of the card front with 3D foam pads. Use the headliner alphabet die to cut ‘Celebrate’ from the same shades of cardstock as the lights. Secure each letter to the starry paper strip with a thin layer of tacky glue.
Project and how-to instructions by Amy Wilks. Project originally published in the December issue (77) of docrafts Creativity magazine.