Friday, December 6, 2013

Santa Projects to make

Santa has always been close to my heart for ornaments and decorations. The second project is Santa candle.  I use a lot of candles on my mantle during the Christmas holiday.  It also makes the house smell great. (Our new lease bands candles; so, I do not know what I will be able to do this year.)  If you are a scrape booker, the last one would be lots of fun for you and you might even have all the supplies.  However, the Santa Key Chain Card does require a lot of supplies and one may not have them on hand; however, it is a real cute project to make and you might want to make a lot.

Country Wooden Santa

Materials:  triangular block of wood, sandpaper, acrylic paint in black and pink, muslin material, enough to cover entire piece of wood, holiday material scrap for hat, gold accent holiday ribbon, gold button, white curly doll hair, small holly & berry leaves, blush & blush brush (make up), white craft glue, textured snow paint, and small paintbrushes

FYI:  Wonder if you could use corrugated cardboard or balsam wood for the triangle

Begin by sanding all rough edges around the wood to eliminate the possibility of painful splinters while working. Cover the entire piece of wood with muslin material, gluing as you go and keeping seems in the back (and to a minimum).
Use the holiday material and wrap it around Santa’s “head” to fashion his cap. Use craft glue to tack down as you work your way around, keeping seams in the back. Use ribbon to create the cap rim, again, keeping seams in the back, gluing as you go.
Use blush brush to gently add blush to Santa’s cheeks. Dot on eyes with small paintbrush and black paint, dot on nose with pink paint.
Glue the holly leaves & berries in the bottom corner before adding the beard hair. Glue the doll hair in place to crate the beard, working small sections at a time to ensure full coverage. Fill in empty sections where necessary.
To finish, glue gold button to the top of the cap and add a few flecks of textured snow paint to the holly berries and leaves.

Glittery Santa's Belly Jar

Materials:  mason jar(s), masking tape, Mod Podge or white craft glue, paintbrush, and Martha’s glitter (black, red, gold, white)
Note: In addition to making cute gifts individuals like candle down the driveway; so, you could make a lot of these.

Wrap the center of the jar with a strip of masking tape. Be sure to press all the edges down, particularly around the raised letters on the jar, if there are any.
Use the paintbrush to apply Mod Podge or glue to the bottom section of the jar, overlapping the masking tape a little to be sure you get adequate coverage. Place hand inside jar and hold over a paper plate, sprinkling glitter onto glued area, turning with your hand and wrist. Continue until all glue is covered. Repeat this with the top section of the jar, but not the rim. Gently tap off the excess glitter onto the plate. Let this dry for at least an hour.
Carefully remove the tape from the center of the jar. Paint the center of the jar with Mod Podge or glue and sprinkle with black glitter. Gently tap off excess glitter. Let dry for about 30 minutes.
To add the buckle, pipe glue onto the black glitter, carefully spreading to the width you want using a paintbrush. Sprinkle with gold glitter and tap off excess.
Use a paintbrush to add glue or Mod Podge to the rim of the jar. Sprinkle with white glitter and tap off excess.

Santa's Belly Treat Cups

Materials:  Foam or paper cups, Red acrylic paint, Red glitter paint, Black electrical tape, Scissors, Small paintbrush,  Medium paintbrush, Mod Podge or white craft glue, Gold glitter, Paper plate, and Snow texture paint
Note:  Snow texture is very hard to get now. You may have to go with snow writer pain instead.  Joann’s on-line was the only place to get it this year.
Paint cups with red paint and let dry. There is no need to paint the rim as you will be covering that with snow texture paint. When red paint is dry, add a coat of red glitter paint. If you want it glitterier, add another coat after the first dries. Let dry.
Wrap electrical tape around the center of the cup to create the belt.
Use small paintbrush and Mod Podge and paint on a buckle.
Using a paper plate underneath to catch the extra, sprinkle gold glitter over the glue buckle. Allow to sit for about 5 minutes then tap off the excess.
Apply snow texture paint to the rims of the cups. Set aside to dry.
If you need to add weight you can glue pennies to the bottom of the cup or glue a few flat marbles inside the bottom of the cup.

Santa's Key Ornament Card

Materials:  Stamps:  Delightful Decorations # 116517; Classic Ink:  Real Red #103113; Paper: Holly Berry Bouquet Specialty DSP* #124004, Red Glimmer paper* #121790, Vellum Paper, Real Red Card Stock, Very Vanilla Card Stock and Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine and Accessories:  etite Pocket Bigz XL Die #123131, Extended Premium Crease Pad #117630, Extended Cutting Pads #113478, 3” Circle Originals Die #122125, 3” Circle Originals Die #121811, Standard Premium Crease Pad #114614, Standard Cutting Plates #113475, Other Accessories:  Simply Scored Scoring Tool* #125625, Early Espresso 3/8” Quilted Satin Ribbon* #124105, Early Espresso 1/8” Taffeta Ribbon #119959, Gold Brads (200/pkg.) #104337, Trinket Keys (4/pkg.) #121892, Mat Pack #105826, Paper Piercing Tool #116631, 1/2” Circle Punch #119869, Round Tab Punch #119864, Multi-Purpose Adhesive #110755, Craft Scissors #108360, Mini Glue Dots (300) #103683, Crop-A-Dile Tool #108362, Bone Folder #102300, Paper Cutter #104152, Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine #123125


Very Vanilla Card Stock:  4” x 8” scored at 4”, scrap to stamp and punch ornament, 1-7/8” x 2” for envelope card, and 8-1/2” x 11” sheet to print Santa’s Magic Key Poem
Holly Berry Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP):   4” X 4” in two coordinating patterns
Red Glimmer Paper:  4” square, 3/8” x 2” and scraps to punch two 1/2” circles
Real Red Card Stock:  Punch one Round Tab Punch
Vellum Paper:  5-1/2” x 2-3/4”
Early Espresso 3/8” Quilted Satin Ribbon:  Two 4” lengths and two single loop bows for front and back of ornament card
Early Espresso 1/8” Taffeta – 6-1/2” to attach key
Step-By Step Santa’s Magic Key Ornament Card:
Fold 4” x 8” Very Vanilla Card Stock along creased line and align on 3-1/2” Circle Originals Die so that 1-3/4” along the fold are just below the cutting blade of the die.  To help illustrate this, the photo below shows the cutting area of the 3-1/2” die in whisper white.  When cut, a round tab punch will line up precisely with the fold of the 3-1/2” circle die cut.
Cut ONE 3-1/2” Circle Die Cut using the Red Glimmer Paper, and TWO 3-1/2” Circle Die Cuts from two Holly Berry Bouquet Specialty DSP.
Use the Simply Scored Board to score the Real Red Round Tab Punch at 1/2” from each curved end.  If you are scoring multiple projects, the Simply Scored markers will remind you where to score, isn’t that cool?  Photo 3 (below) shows a white round tab punch for visibility purposes only.
Align ONE Holly Berry Bouquet 3-1/2” die cut circle with the Red Glimmer Paper 3-1/2” circle die cut.  Use your Paper Trimmer to cut the two circles in 1/2.  These will be the top and bottom of your ornament front and back. Note:  If your cut is not exactly center, just mix and match the layers i.e. one DSP top half with the other Glimmer Paper bottom half.
Align DSP top on Very Vanilla Die Cut Ornament card, allowing the DSP to extend beyond the fold. Glue in place BUT do not put glue on the portion that extends beyond the fold.  Repeat for ornament side two using the other half of the DSP.  It helps to position Round Tab punch with fold so that you can ensure DSP is positioned correctly.
Now you can glue the scored Round Tab Punch in place.
Attach 4” length of Early Espresso Satin Quilted Ribbon to Red Glimmer Paper half, aligning with the horizontal cut.  You can use your standard adhesive or Mini Glue Dots for this step, whichever you are more comfortable with.
Attach ribbon enhanced glimmer paper to the front and back of the Ornament Card.
Open up Ornament Card, and position the remaining DSP circle die cut inside the card.  Use Stylus from Simply Scored to score the DSP along the top (flat) edge of the card, trim away scored area and then glue DSP in place. 
Back to the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine!  Align Vellum Paper 1/2” above the bottom score blade of the Petite Pockets Die. Make a sandwich using the Extended Cutting Plate on the bottom of the die, and Extended Crease Pad on the top of the die.             
Note:  Depending upon your machine, you may also need one or two shims beneath the die to ensure creasing of the paper. 
Place the die cut vellum paper pocket on your Simply Scored board, and score a line 2” from the bottom edge of the pocket (not the curved edge).  Use a bone folder to crease along all scored lines.  
Punch two 1/2” circles from Red Glimmer Paper.  Use mat pack and paper piercing tool to pierce the centers of both 1/2” circles, and add one gold brad to each.
Use Multipurpose Adhesive to attach 1/2” Red Glimmer Paper strip and two 1/2” circles to Vellum Paper Petite Pocket.  
Note:  The photo does not have the brads attached yet, yours will, of course!
Add a gold brad roughly center on Early Espresso 1/8” Taffeta Ribbon, and then add one Trinket Key next to it.
Use Mat Pack and Paper Piercing tool to pierce a hole along the right edge of the Vellum Paper Petite Pocket FLAP.  Insert brad with ribbon and key attached, and open the legs… don’t worry about them showing through the vellum, it won’t show when we are done. 
Now, just tie a nice bow around the key!
Glue the Embellished Vellum Paper Petite Pocket to the inside and center of your Ornament Card.
Print out the Santa’s Magic Key Poem (see below) onto Very Vanilla Card Stock, and glue to the inside, top of your Santa’s Magic Key Ornament Card.  TIP:  Don’t forget to change your printers’ paper selection to HEAVY Weight Paper!  Here’s the Poem:
    Santa's Magic Key
    This key is very special, you see.
    It will not work for you or me...
    Hang is just outside your door.
    And go to sleep, worry no more...
    Close your eyes and close them tight.
    'Cause Santa Claus comes tonight!
Stamp to/from ornament from Delightful Decorations Stamp Set with Real Red Classic Ink, and punch using an ornament punch.
Stamp Merry Christmas on one side of the small insert card, and glue the ornament punch to the other side, slip inside vellum paper petite pocket. Wrap Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine around brads to close and seal the vellum pocket.  The vellum pocket can also be used to store the key safely.
Use Crop-A-Dile Tool to punch a small hole in the top/center of the tab at the top of your ornament card, and set the eyelet.
Thread additional ribbon or bakers twine through the eyelet, tie in a knot… and your Santa’s Magic Key Ornament Card is ready to hang!

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