This workshop shows how to make this intricate snowflake Christmas cracker using the new Sue Wilson festive collection mini striplet die and some snow fibre paper.
Micro beads have been used behind the snowflake pattern. The design is perfect for giving some small crafty goodies in as a gift.
The gold ribbon makes a STUNNING finish as well as the mica flakes to lift the colour in the project.
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Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZGC-200
Snow Fibre Paper : FIBRE SNOW
Cosmic Shimmer Persian Dawn Gilding Flakes : CSGFPERSIAN
Spellbinders All-in-One Tool : WIZTOOL
Self Adhesive Sticky Sheet : ADHA4
Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE & Silicone Glue
Creative Expressions Micro Beads : MICROBEAD
Ranger Metallic Gold Dabber : DABGOLD
Creative Expressions Self Adhesive 3mm Pearls : SAP3WHITE
& 5mm Pearls : SAP5WHITE
Step by Step Instructions
Step 1. This workshop will show you how make an up to date Christmas cracker using products that weren`t even thought of when the template was designed. The new snow fibre paper is a lovely weight and a perfect texture to work with. So the main ingredients for the project are ~ the Creative Expressions Christmas / celebration cracker template, the Sue Wilson festive collection snowflake mini striplet die, a sheet of the snow fibre paper & a pot of the Cosmic Shimmer Persian dawn gilding flakes .
Step 2. Take an A4 piece of the snow fibre paper in a landscape position & fold it in half. Place a small crease mark in the top of the central point and make sure you don`t crease the paper all the way down the centre of the piece.
Step 3. Line the centre notch on the cracker template level with the just made crease in the snow fibre paper.
Step 4. Alternatively use the waste outer acetate template that the main cracker template is removed from when it`s new and place the centre notch on the fold of the paper.
Step 5. Use a pencil to trace around the inside of the template. The only reason this part of the template is used is because the point of the design falls inwards and makes it easier to draw around.
Step 6. Lay the outer pencil edge of the design on a score board and run an embossed line down this area. Repeat this on the other cracker edge.
Step 7. Fold the paper over on this just embossed line so it covers the pencil marks up. If you find it to hard to see then have the pencil marks on the outside but be warned you can`t really rub out the pencil marks on this paper as it ruffles the fibres up to much. All you need to do is once the piece is cut fold the crease line back over the other way.
Step 8. Trim away the excess side straight edge waste on the snow fibre paper.
Step 9. Take a pair of sharp scissors and trim along the pencil lines to remove the `V` notches on the paper.
Step 10. Fold the paper back to reveal the basic shape to the end of the cracker. Repeat this on the other edge of the cracker.
Step 11. Take the Sue Wilson festive collection snowflake mini striplet die and place it up to the corner of one of the ends of the cracker. Leave a small edge around the side and bottom edge of the paper.
Step 12. Secure in place with some low take tape before running the piece through the Grand Calibur machine. You will be able to fold the unused other end of the cracker back on itself so you can fit the die and snow paper on it`s side to fit it through the Grand Calibur.
Step 13. Run the die back and forth once each way and the snow fibre will be cut if it`s on the side edge of the cutting plates. All the pieces are cut, they just need easing out because of the fibre in the paper. Use some wax paper between the fibre paper and the die to help ease the fibre paper out of the die easily.
Step 14. Use the pokey end of the Spellbinder all in one tool for this.
Step 15. Then move the die across and tape it in position before cutting this part out.
Step 16. Mirror the die cutting the other end to achieve an intricate design either end of the cracker.
Step 17 . Place a strip of self adhesive sheet so it just covers over the cut area leaving the back carrier sheet still in place.
Step 18. Use the Spellbinders all in one tool to poke down any poking up pieces of the snowflake design back onto the sticky sheet.
Step 19. With the piece in a craft box lid, tip over the Creative Expressions micro beads onto the sticky sheet.
Step 20. Press the micro beads into the sticky sheet to ensure the whole area is covered.
Step 21. Place the other end of the cracker sticky end into the micro beads which are already in the box.
Step 22. Cut another snowflake strip out in the snow fibre paper so it`s the same width and also so the joined die end faces in the same direction. Leave a wider edge to the paper so some gilding flakes can be added in the next steps.
Step 23. Place a line of wonder / red line tape along the edge of snowflake panel. Alternatively cut a thin strip from the double sided adhesive sheet and apply it to the snowflake edge.
Step 24. Place the panel in a lid of a craft box and remove the backing from the tape & tip the Comic Shimmer Persian dawn gilding flakes over the sticky edge. Press the flakes into the sticky edging and flick off / rub off any excess flakes.
Step 25. Once the flakes are rubbed down, remove the backing from the snowflake panel.
Step 26. Then place the just made panel onto the centre of the cracker. You may wish to add an additional line of Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue under the edge of the gilding flakes to secure the edges of the panel down firmly.
Step 27. Now place a thin line of the red line tape on the solid edge of the cracker.
Step 28. Place a rolling pin or even the empty middle of a kitchen roll (or 2 empty toilet rolls) in the inside of the cracker and start to curve the piece up.
Step 29. Line the 2 gilding flaked lines up.
Step 30. Then stick the ends where the notches are, make sure the pattern continues around the design. The template has been worked out so a diamond shape is created once the cracker is joined.
Step 31. Tie a thin piece of burlap cord / string around the end of the cracker to gather the design up and this will help when the ribbon is added. Repeat this on the other end once the cracker has been filled.
Step 32. Use some Adirondack gold dabber to colour the edges of the cracker and to tie in the gold tones in the project.
Step 33. Creative Expressions / Cosmic Shimmer products are perfect for small gifts for a crafters cracker. Just wrap them in tissue paper to cover the gifts up nicely. Tie a gold ribbon around each end of the cracker before adding some small flat back pearls to the centre of the snowflakes.
Step 34. Here is the finished cracker design with the intricate detail throughout.
Step 35. The mica flakes, the micro beads and the pearls just add detail to the simple design.
Step 36. The red string can be cut from under the ribbon to allow the bow to be pulled and the contents to be removed easily.
These crackers would look lovely for a christening or even at a wedding ~ check out the full cracker template section on the Creative Expressions weekly workshop site for lots of items and boxes too.
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