Wednesday, November 30, 2011

3D Hershey's Kisses Christmas Tree

I had a flash of inspiration while buying Hershey’s kisses for a small get together this week. I envisioned Hershey’s kisses stacked up to make a Christmas tree and while my first idea failed miserably, I kept working at it and came up with this even better design. The scallop edges on the circles keep the kisses from sliding off. If you want to give this as a gift, you will want to adhere the kisses to the tree. However, they would make really cute edible party decorations if you don’t adhere them on. My friends loved the idea so much they made me promise that I would post a quick tutorial on my blog. So here you go….
Step 1

1. Cut TWO of each of the following Scallop Circles in Garden Green:

  • 4-3/8” Scallop Circle Die
  • 3-3/8” Scallop Circle #2 Die
  • 2-3/4” Scallop Circle from Perfect Pennants Die
  • 2-3/8” Scallop Circle Punch
  • 1-3/4” Scallop Circle Punch

Step 2
2. Glue each pair of scallop circles together. I used a double layer of scallop circles to increase the sturdiness of the tree.
Step 3
3. Bend up the scallop circles on each of the 5 scallop circle bases.
Step 4
4. Your bases should like this now. Set aside.
Step 5
5. Cut and score the following pieces:
  • Trunk Base (will be hexagon shaped)
    Cut a piece of 3-3/8” x 7-1/8” in Early Espresso.
    On the short side, score at 1-½” and 3”.
    On the long side, score at 1-1/8”, 2-¼”, 3-3/8”, 4-½”, 5-5/8” and 6-¾”.
    Cut away the end square and the skinny rectangle next to it as shown.
  • 1st Pedestal (will be hexagon shaped)
    Cut a piece of 1-¾” x 7-1/8” in Garden Green.
    On the short side, score at 3/8” and 1-3/8”.
    On the long side, score at 1-1/8”, 2-¼”, 3-3/8”, 4-½”, 5-5/8” and 6-¾”.
    Cut away the two end squares as shown.
  • 2nd Pedestal: (will be pentagon shaped)
    Cut a piece of 1-¾” x 4-1/8” in Garden Green.
    On the short side, score at 3/8” and 1-3/8”.
    On the long side, score at ¾”, 1-½”, 2-¼”, 3” and 3-¾”.
    Cut away the two end squares as shown.
  • 3rd Pedestal: (will be square shaped)
    Cut a piece of 1-¾” x 2-3/8” in Garden Green.
    On the short side, score at 3/8” and 1-3/8”.
    On the long side, score at ½”, 1”, 1-½” and 2”.
    Cut away the two end squares as shown.
  • 4th Pedestal: (will be square shaped)
    Cut a piece of 1-¾”” x 1–¼”” in Garden Green.
    On the long side (1-¾”), score at 3/8” and 1-3/8”.
    On the short side (1-¼”), score at ¼”, ½”, ¾” and 1”.
    Cut away the two end squares as shown.

Step 6
6. Place a strong double-sided adhesive on all the pieces as shown. On the long edges with adhesive on them, cut along the score lines 3/8” in to create tabs.
Step 7
7. For the trunk piece, remove the adhesive liner from the far right tab and the two middle pieces (leave the six edge liners alone). Fold the trunk piece in half lengthwise and then bring the strip together to form an open-ended hexagon. Note: on my picture you may notice a slight bulging of the card stock inside the trunk. This will be hidden when the tree is put together. Bend the tab pieces to the outside.

For all the pedestal pieces, remove the adhesive liner from the far right tab and bring the strips together to form open-ended shapes. Bend the tab pieces to the outside.


Step 8
8. Working with the green pedestal pieces only (put the brown trunk piece aside) and the scallop circles, start adhering the largest pedestal to the center of the largest scallop circle. Try to get the pedestal as close to the center as possible. Do this for all four pedestals. You will have one small scallop circle leftover (this is the top piece).
Step 9
9. Working from largest to smallest, remove the remaining adhesive liner off each of the pedestals and adhere the layers together to form the tree.
Step 10
10. Remove the adhesive liner from the trunk piece and adhere it to the underside of the tree. You can also make this tree without a trunk OR you can put the tree on top of a candlestick (without a candle in it of course).
Step 11
11. Here is the tree put together without kisses on it. It looks pretty strange like this, but once the kisses are on it, it looks fabulous!!
Step 12
12. I changed the top of the tree a little before adding the kisses. I cut in about ¼” on each scallop valley and pushed up the scallops to make the top a little smaller and more decorative.

Supplies: Stamp Set: Four the Holidays; Card Stock: Early Espresso, Garden Green; Punches: 1-3/4” Scallop Circle, 2-3/8” Scallop Circle Punch; Real Red Satin Ribbon; Simply Scored; Big Shot; Dies: Scallop Circle, Scallop Circle #2, Perfect Pennants.

Other Supplies: Hershey Kisses

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Large Christmas Tag Wallet Tutorial

I am honored to be part of Splitcoaststamper's Holiday Tutorial Blitz again this year. Thanks Beate for asking me back. For my contribution this year, I'm featuring a larger version of last year's Christmas Tag Wallet. Both a video and complete step-by-step photo tutorial, can be found here: Large Christmas Tag Wallet Tutorial.

The Christmas Tag Wallet would make a great handmade Christmas gift. The wallet has six pockets and holds approximately two tags per pocket (depending on the thickness of the tag). You could also slip a gift card into one of the pockets, if you would like to give a little something extra.


Supplies:
Stamp Sets: Jolly Bingo Bits (#121187), Fabulous Phrases (#120501), Warmest of Wishes (hostess); Cardstock: Early Espresso (#119686), Real Red (#102482), Old Olive (100702), Marina Mist (#119682); Designer Paper: Letters to Santa (#122349); Ink: Early Espresso (#119670), Real Red (#103133), Old Olive (#102277), Marina Mist (#119668), Crumb Cake (#121030); Ribbon: Real Red (#109034), Old Olive (#111368) & Marina Mist (#120929) 1/4" Grosgrain, Victoria Crochet Trim (#118481); Punches: Decorative Label (#120907), 1-3/4” Circle (#119850), Ticket Corner (#119867); Other: Simply Scored (#122334), Scor-Tape, Rhinestone Jewels (#119246), Big Shot (#113439), Perfect Pennants Die (#123126), Sponge Dauber (#102892)

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