A Birthday Spellbinder Advent Calender

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Everyday Advent Calender Workshop


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Grand Calibur Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

Nestabilities – Labels Twenty-Two WIZS4-346

Grand Nestabilities – Grand Labels One WIZLF-161

Tim Holtz Vintage Shabby Paper Stash : TH92824

Cosmic Shimmer Glue : CSGLUE

Tim Holtz Distress Inks : Vintage PhotoDPVINTAGEPHO

Creative Expressions Non Stick Craft Sheet –  300mm x 400mm : CRAFTSHEET

Idea ology Design Ruler : TH92481

Cut `n` Dry Foam : FOAMCUT

Ribbon Sheer Wrinkled Edge Dusty Pink : NK19

Vintage Seam Ribbon Sun Rose : VRSUN

Craft Knife, Wage Packet Envelopes & Wooden Pegs


Step by Step Instructions

1 Select a variety of papers for the project. Depending on the amount of days needed try and use groups of papers, here 6 lots of 4 papers have been used.


2 Use small wage packet envelopes for the base of the project & use the Spellbinders labels 22 die for the front panels.


3 Cut 4 shapes in 3 different papers in the pink paper and repeat the same amount in the beige paper.


4 Distress the edges of the label by placing the label onto a non stick mat & inking the vintage photo ink onto some cut`n`dry foam. Start inking from the mat and swirling the foam onto the label & back onto the mat to create a soft feel to the edge.


5 Complete the distressing on all of the label panels. Take some wooden pegs and either paint the pegs to match the theme or move to the next step.


6 Take the cut`n`dry foam & distress the pegs using the vintage photo ink pad.


7 Print off a list of numbers depending on the amount of days needed or alternatively stamp each number onto a piece of card. Place the small labels 22 die over the number.


8 And secure the die in place with some low tack tape.


9 Place the prepared piece through the die cutting machine & repeat the previous step until all the numbers are cut out. After each row is cut out trim away the left over holes so just the top numbers are left. Just pass the end of the plates through the machine.


10 Place the die back over the number & distress the card using the vintage photo ink. This will leave a white border to the shape.


11 Lay 6 piles of 4 wage envelopes and attach one of each of the different colour panels to the envelope. Stick numbers 1 to 6 on the panels using foam tape for added dimension.


12 Remove the top envelopes to reveal another layer & add the same colour panels then repeat the process until all the numbers are used. This will give a uniform look to the piece.


13  Here all the envelopes have been completed.


14 Cut a panel out of thick card using the largest labels one die. Use the smaller die to make a coordinating panel before adding a sentiment panel to finish the piece. Attach a loop & bow to the top of the piece to hang the calendar.


15 Add a long length of the wrinkled ribbon to the bottom of the sentiment panel so the envelopes can be pegged to the ribbon.

15  16 Attach each envelope to the ribbon by adding 1 envelope on the diagonal & then swop by adding 2nd envelope underneath & peg on the other angle. Repeat until all envelopes are added to the ribbon.


17  Add different gift ideas relevant to the person the calendar is to be given to. Here an image of the lily of the valley has been used as it`s Mays birth flower. Score lines around the image ready to make a seed packet.


18 Cut a small box below the lily image to allow the contents to be seen.


19 Attach a small piece of acetate to the reverse side of the packet & cut away the 4 corner sections. Curve the 2 remaining panels to make shaped flaps to the envelopes.


20 Secure the bottom flap down to seal the envelope shut.


21 Distress the packet using some peeled paint ink. Fill the packet with the lily seeds. Also leave a note inside an envelope saying where a bigger present could be found.


22 Select old photos, pretty flower images, small candles, newspaper cuttings & also make up gifts to add like ‘this entitles the holder to a ……` This means you can add as little or as much as you wish. Just kind thoughts are also well received.


23 Here a bigger gift of a pamper day has been added to the last day of the calendar & all the rest of the envelopes have been added with cuttings, photos or little gifts. The options are endless. If the person has a birthday on the early dates of the month the start the calendar mid way through the past month say the 15th.


24 Here is the finished project which would be hung with the envelopes hanging down. The idea could also be used to make a gift idea for a person just getting over an operation, opening something daily gives the person something lovely to look forward & would surely help in their recovery.



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