This workshop shows how to make a calendar using some plain print out calendar blanks or alternatively a cheap calendar from a £1 shop could be used. The garden lattice embossing folder adds texture and provides a great backing for the project.
Here is a close up of the various flowers made using torn card, lace & vintage ribbon.
Click Below for a Printable A4 Worksheet
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Grand Calibur Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL
Spellbinders Labels 22 Die : WIZS4-346
M-Bossibilities Garden Lattice Embossing Folder : WIZEG-003
Spellbinders Raspberry Spacer Mat :WIZGC-003
Umount Design Elements A5 Stamp Plate : UMDESIGN
Guipure Lace : LACEDUCHCREAM
Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSPEAWHGLU
Cosmic Shimmer PVA Black Glue : CSPEABLKGLU
Cut `n` Dry Foam : FOAMCUT
Black Card : 40323
Ink Blending Mat : INKBLENDMATA3
Grime Boss : GB30
Tim Holtz Distress Inks Pumice Stone : DPPUMICE
Wonder Tape WH2, WH4, WH8 or WH10 are available
Step by Step Instructions
1 Take the garden lattice A4 embossing folder & swipe the pumice stone ink pad over the inner debossed side of the folder. This is the smooth side. The raised pattern side is not the side needed.
2 Place a sheet of A4 coconut card into the folder making sure it is done in one motion so the ink isn`t transferred onto the card before it is passed through the Grand Calibur machine.
3 Close the folder shut. MAKE SURE the embossing folder is not poking out of the sides of the plates in the next step as the folder can break if crushed into the sides of the GC machine.
4 Place the folder onto the Grand Calibur base plate & place the raspberry adapter plate over the folder and emboss through the GC machine.
6 Now print some A5 landscape blank monthly calendar pages or buy a cheap calendar and use the panels to decorative with the design stamps.
7 Trim around the calendar edges to give a neat finish to the panel.
8 Now cut a slightly larger sheet of white card to attach the calendar blanks onto. Make sure there is more card above the month so holes can be added in this area.
9 Select colours fir the feather design to suit the project. Here the pumice stone ink has been stamped or why not use the distress markers for a 2 tone effect.
10 Stamp a solid layer of the pumice stone ink all over the stamp & then pick out areas with the stormy sky & black soot distress markers.
11 Or alternatively stick to solid colours & stamp at random over the white underneath card of the calendar.
12 Once completed distress the edges using the pumice stone ink on some cut`n`dry foam.
13 Take the calendar blank and ink up the feather stamp with the pumice stone ink & stamp it onto a scrap piece of paper and then stamp onto the card for a lighter effect. Repeat over the piece.
14 Attach the calendar to the worked card base once it`s dry & repeat on the other months.
15 Gather all the calendar pages & place them onto the lower section of the letterpress garden lattice panel. Make 2 holes either side of the month using a screw punch.
16 Tread the black vintage ribbon through the holes & making the loose ends fall on the reverse of the calendar.
17 Tie the ribbon into a bow. Using this technique will allow the pages to be removed from the calendar as the months pass & the bow can be tightened to ensure the pages lay nicely.
18 Swipe the pumice stone ink pad directly over the garden lattice to highlight the embossed are. This should only ever be done with the ink pad laying flat so it catches the embossed areas only.
19 Wrap 2 rounds of the vintage seam ribbon leaving the ends long & tie a knot to create a double bow. Stick this to just the centre of the black ribbon holding the calendar pages together.
20 Emboss a 2nd sheet of card using the letterpress technique to make some shabby flowers. Just tear some small circles with the ripped edge facing upwards for a white edged circle.
21 Distress the edges with the pumice stone ink pad. Apply some double sided tape to the reverse of the circle and pleat the guipure lace around the circle so the pointy areas create a flower petal feel.
22 Here is the finished flower which will make a nice centre piece to the calendar panel.
23 Continue and make some more torn circle in different sizes. These will be layered in 2 or 3`s to make stand alone flowers.
24 Attach some wonder tape to the bottom edge of some canvas ribbon & begin to pleat and ruffle up the ribbon to make a flower. Please see other Creative Expression workshops for more instructions on how to make it.
25 Mat a panel of the garden lattice onto some antique gold card & place the lace flower onto the piece or alternatively add a black Spellbinder labels 22 panels (or other dies shape) underneath to bring out the flower designs.
26 Add some faux pearl black PVA dots to the corner of the panel & to the centres of the paper flowers. Arrange the ribbon ruffle flowers to build the design up. Here a length of the lace ribbon has been added to the end of the panel to add detail to the piece.
27 Add a hole in the centre top of the calendar and place a hoop of canvas ribbon through the hole.
Here is the completed project which can be custom made to suit the room it will be going in or why not make them up for a craft stand or crafty gift.