This workshop shows how to make this embossed snowflake panel MDF Sleigh.
The sleigh is wonderful as a piece for your Christmas décor or why not fill it with gifts for a friend.
Here is a close up of the covered gifts.
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Creative Expressions MDF Christmas Sleigh : CEMDFSLEIGH
Snow Fibre Paper : FIBRE SNOW
Creative Expressions MDF Christmas Words Set : CEMDFXMASWORD
Creative Expressions Christmas Mega Grab Bag : CEMDFXMASGRAB
Cosmic Shimmer Gesso Primer : CSGESWHI
Cosmic Shimmer Aurora Sparkle Texture Paste : CSPASTSPAUR
Craft Consortium Blue Snowflake Decoupage Papers: CCXDECP004
Clear & Resist Ink Pad : CRPAD
Creative Expressions Silver Tulle : CETULLESIV
Tim Holtz Picket Fence Distress Crackle Paint or use
Distress Crackle Paint Rock Candy : DCPROCK
Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE,
Cosmic Shimmer Pearl PVA White Glue : CSPEAWHGLU & Silicone Glue
Cosmic Shimmer Iced Crystal Glitter Jewels : CSGJICCRY
Glossy Accents : ACCENTGLOS
Creative Expressions Dazzler Blue Collection 18mm : DAZMIXBLUE18
Creative Expressions Self Adhesive 3mm Pearls : SAP3WHITE
& 5mm Pearls : SAP5WHITE
Step by Step Instructions
Step 1. This workshop will show you how to make a snow fibre covered MDF sleigh. For this project you`ll need the Creative Expressions MDF Christmas sleigh and to decorate the sleigh I’ve used the Cosmic Shimmer gesso primer, some snow fibre paper embossed using the Creative Expressions snowflake lattice embossing folder. Also the Creative Expressions feathery snowflake stamp and the Creative Expressions MDF Christmas words set & mega grab bag to embellish the sleigh. Craft Consortium blue snowflake decoupage papers are used to cover some craft presents.
Step 2. Take the Creative Expressions snowflake lattice embossing folder and place the snow fibre paper inside. Use the base plate below the embossing folder and then use the Spellbinders raspberry plate over the top before running it through the Grand Calibur machine. Now emboss a 2nd sheet of the snow fibre paper.
Step 3. Once the paper has been embossed lay the embossed snow fibre paper just below the solid base of the sleigh body making sure the embossed side faces outwards, leaving the intricate blades of the sleigh uncovered.
Step 4. Use some low tack tape to secure the paper onto the MDF.
Step 5. Turn the MDF sleigh over so the debossed area is shown and then draw around the edge of the MDF sleigh. You`ll just have to mark in intervals along the base as this can then be used as a guide when cutting. Now cut out the snow fibre paper working just inside the pencil edge.
Step 6. Lay the just cut piece over the MDF front to check for size.
Step 7. Depending on the angle you hold the pencil will determine the cutting edge. So to make sure the panel fits nicely on the MDF just press down around the edge as this will mark the exact edge on the paper. Then go ahead and trim any excess off.
Step 8. Now repeat the process with the other MDF sleigh panel. This time make sure the right side ends up getting covered as it will need to be on the outside edge of the MDF sleigh.
Step 9. Also another tip is to look which side the embossed snowflakes are on the snow fibre paper before cutting the panel.
Step 10. Using the off cuts of the embossed paper place one of the rectangles so the solid edge lays on the corner of the paper and the tab overhangs the paper as you don`t want to cover the tabs. Draw a line around the 2 remaining sides of the MDF. Cut 2 pieces this size and 2 pieces on the other tabbed rectangle MDF panel.
Step 11. So now you will have the 2 snow fibre panels for the MDF sleigh sides, 2 panels for both of the MDF rectangle panels. This will all come out of 2 sheets of the snow fibre paper. It`s up to you if you want to use some more paper to cover the base of the sleigh or if not why not follow the next steps to use Cosmic Shimmer gesso on the base panel.
Step 12. Take the Cosmic Shimmer gesso primer and paint over the base panel of the MDF sleigh piece. Now set it aside to dry whilst you cover the sleigh. It is optional if you want to add a gesso layer under the snow fibre panels but I haven`t done so.
Step 13. Now the side of the sleigh has a delicate snowflake added over the snow fibre paper so for this you`ll need to ink up the Creative expressions feathery snowflake small stamp using a clear & resist ink pad or Perfect Medium.
Step 14. Stamp at random over the paper and making sure you do stamp off the page as this adds to the effect. Now cover the ink with the Cosmic Shimmer aurora crystal sparkle embossing powder & heat set the image using a heat tool.
Step 15. Add some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue around the edges of the MDF sleigh body and do a few wiggles of glue across the middle of the piece.
Step 16. Use your finger to spread the glue around and to move it right up to the edge of the MDF. I tried the Cosmic Shimmer matt glue, seal & glaze and found it soaks into the MDF to much and it then didn`t hold the snow fibre paper. It will work perfectly if using the fine decoupage papers as it really seals the paper down so well. Place the worked snow paper down onto the sleigh. Repeat the process on the other sleigh side piece.
Step 17. Add some Tim Holtz brushed pewter distress stain or paint on the blade base of the sleigh. Dabbing the stain as you go to add to the look. Alternatively paint some silver Cosmic Shimmer paint over the MDF for a shimmer look as well as great coverage. Also do the other sleigh panel.
Step 18. Take some Cosmic Shimmer aurora sparkle texture paste and place a small amount on a non stick craft mat.
Step 19. Use a thin strip of cut`n`dry foam to dab small amounts of the texture paste on all the edges of the sleigh. Make sure you cover the brown depth / thickness of the MDF panels. The paste will give a lovely green shimmer to the piece.
Step 20. Once the texture paste has dried or place the MDF panel on a pot underneath so it just touches the snow paper section then you are free to give the inside of the sleigh a coat of the gesso primer. Also do this on the other sleigh panel.
Step 21. Take the small MDF rectangle panels and repeat the gluing process before adding the prepared embossed snow paper to each side of each rectangle MDF piece.
Step 22. Once the gesso primer is dry on the inside of the MDF sleigh, position the base piece into the base slot on the inside of the sleigh side panels.
Step 23. Now slot the top and bottom covered panels into base and side of the sleigh. Make sure the larger rectangle goes in the back of the sleigh. Now add the other side panel onto these tabs. You may wish to add a small amount of Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue on the tabs but I haven`t felt the need as they sit firmly in place with the covered MDF panels.
Step 24. There will be a raw edge of uncovered MDF which is from the base of the sleigh. Just go ahead and add some more of the Cosmic Shimmer aurora sparkle texture paste over the edge.
Step 25. Now if you want an extra touch to the sleigh why not try these next couple of steps as they add a wonderful feel to the project. Add some picket fence distress crackle paint over the covered dark edge areas which have been covered in the texture paste. You could use the rock candy crackle paint instead for a clearer look.
Step 26. Working quickly go ahead and tip and press some Cosmic Shimmer iced crystal glitter jewels into the paint as this will capture the flakes when the paint dries but it will also crackle to reveal some of the aurora sparkle texture underneath. There is a photo of this later on.
Step 27. Place the sleigh on a couple of embossing powder pots so it`s raised up and flat. Then add drops of Cosmic Shimmer pearl white PVA glue to make faux pearls on the centre of every snowflake on the embossed snow fibre paper. Be patient and wait for the pearls to dry before doing the other side. Even then move the embossing pots the blades of the sleigh so you don`t press into any of the not quite solid pearls. It`s worth the wait and you can be getting all the gifts ready to fill the sleigh up with.
Step 28. One parcel people struggle with wrapping is something round so here i’ll show you a neat way to wrap this ideal shaped gift for the sleigh. Take a pot of the Cosmic Shimmer cloud blending ink (or any other round gift you would like to give), a small tissue and some of the craft consortium blue snowflake decoupage paper.
Step 29. Measure and wrap a piece of tissue around just the body of the blending ink pot. This will cover the writing and means you can use less of the decoupage paper. Secure the back of the tissue with a piece of cellotape.
Step 30. Place a piece of double sided tape half on the edge of some decoupage paper and attach the other half onto the tissue. Wrap the paper around and secure in place on the overlapped piece of double sided tape.
Step 31. When pleating an base of a circle cut each end of the paper so it is just over the centre point of the gift. Press the first piece of paper inwards and start moving around the circle so the pleats form as you go.
Step 32. Once you get to the end of the circle secure the middle of the decoupage paper with a small tab of double sided tape.
Step 33. Remove the carrier backing off the double sided tape & then stick the centre of a long piece of Creative Expressions silver thin ribbon onto the tape. Wrap each end down the circle and round the bottom before overlapping the ribbon & coming back up to the top of the parcel in a different position. Repeat this a few times before tying the ribbon in a bow.
Step 34. Add some of the brushed pewter distress stain onto a MDF dove from the Creative Expressions mega grab bag shapes.
Step 35. Repeat the process and colour in 2 of the flower / snowflake MDF shapes in the stain and then add a layer of the glossy accents over the top. Set them aside to dry and then add a small flat back pearl from the Creative Expressions finishing touches range.
Step 36. Add the embellishment to each side of the sleigh to give a simple yet effective look to the sleigh.
Step 37. Add some of the Tim Holtz brushed pewter distress stain over the Happy Christmas sentiment from the Creative Expressions Christmas words set.
Step 38. Again apply some glossy accents over the letters making sure you clear out any glossy accents that may fall down into the M and the A etc. Just use a pokey tool to remove any excess. Once the glossy accents is dry then add the sentiment to the front of the sleigh.
Step 39. Use some of the Creative Expressions silver tulle to add a nice base to the inside of the sleigh and then add the decoupage covered present to the corner of the sleigh.
Step 40. Now cover a selection of presents in the decoupage paper and some using the snow fibre paper. The snow fibre paper is harder to stick with cellotape but if you add some ribbon as well it helps secure it in place. A small tube of cylinder glue has been cover and the ends have a ribbon gathering at the end so it looks like a mini cracker. Add some Creative Expressions blue dazzlers on the centres of the ribbon to embellish the presents nicely.
Step 41. Here is a close up of the side of the sleigh with the embossed snowflake and faux pearls.
Step 42. Here you`ll see the glitter flakes on the silver blades of the sleigh.
Step 43. The sleigh is a perfect crafting project to have to decorate your room at Christmas time as you can bring the sleigh out year after year. Just make sure you use false gifts inside !!!
Step 44. Just a top view of the sleigh with the wrapped gifts inside.
Step 45. Here is the crackle effect paint showing the aurora sparkle texture paste underneath. It just adds a bit of ageing to the piece.
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