Monday, 17 December 2012

Christmas Light DT Project #1 By Astrid Featuring Carta Bella Christmas Day Collection and Hero Arts Believe Stamps

Hello everyone and a warm welcome to the Snazzys blog. 
Most of you I'm sure will have seen the fantastic projects posted earlier this month already, if not, don't forget to scroll down! For those of you who are still looking for some last minute Christmas inspiration, I will share one project with you today and another one later on in the week. And, don't forget, you can win the awesome collection we are working with just by leaving a comment HERE
I decided to use the wonderful papers and elements in the collection to make a Christmas lantern:

The quality of these paper is so good that it is easy to make something like this as the thickness of the papers makes it very sturdy
I want to apologize in advance that the quality of the photos is pretty awful, the light has just been so bad, but I hope you get a bit of an idea.
I started by cutting 2 pieces of Kraft card to 5 1/2 by 81/2 inches and scored them along the 81/2" side at 4 and 8 ". You are then left with a 1/2" piece at the end which is the glue strip. I then glued both pieces together, this leaves you with one long bit as shown in the photo:


Cover each of the panels with a bit of your chosen  paper, cut to 3 3/4 by 5 1/4. Next cut apertures in each of them so that light can shine through. I cut mine with a Gothic Arch Window die from my stash, but you could obviously use any suitable die you may have or even cut an aperture by hand. I then covered each of the apertures with a bit of parchment paper, large enough to cover the aperture from the inside. Now all you need to do is glue the remaining glue strip to the end panel and you have made your basic lantern. I embellished mine with some of the lovely elements on the papers which I fussy cut and glued around my windows. Here are some pictures still of the different sides:





This was an easy and fun project to put together and could just make a little last minute gift for someone special.
Hope you are all a lot more organised with your Christmas preparations than I am, and if you have a minute, pop by again on Thursday when I'll show you another project still. Until then stay happy, warm and crafty!

17 comments:

Lesley said...

What a simple but beautiful gift idea or adornment for any holiday Astrid. Thank you for sharing this.
Merry Christmas to you.
Lesley

butterfly said...

Your lantern looks so beautiful glowing with light - what a wonderful Gothic window! Thank you for sharing your how-to details too...
Alison x

Sarah said...

Your lantern gives off such a warm, welcoming glow. It is beautiful with its impressive Gothic window.

Maryann said...

This is so gorgeous Astrid. As always you´ve made such a wonderful project, that looks like a million

Rita said...

Wow, Astrid, you always make your projects so easy to follow. I will certainly give this one I try. Thank-You again for all that you do. Hugs Rita xx

Redanne said...

A truly beautiful lantern Astrid. The Gothic windows are perfect and it looks lovely with the light shining through. Thank you for the step by step too. A x

snazzyoriginal said...

Just beautiful adding a warm, welcoming glow to Christmas xx

Heather said...

That is such a pretty Christmas Lantern Astrid it is gorgeous I would so love to make it! Perhaps for next year now! LOL

Thanks for sharing with us you talented lady!
Happy Crafting
Heather xx

Margie said...

These are lovely Astrid! I made something similar as my Christmas card last year and posted them out flat with instructions on how to put them together. They were a great hit with my friends. I did suggest for safety that they used the flameless LED candles rather than the real thing - you can even get the flickering ones now.

Bärbel said...

Die Laterne ist sehr schön, sie erinnert mich an ein schönes altes Kirchenfenster. Ganz wunderbar, Astrid, und tolle Stempel!

Elena C said...

What a wonderful, beautiful lantern. Your art is amazing!!!
BTW, I downloaded your Christmas tags and used them to make gift tags of my own. I posted a link to your blog and told them how wonderful your freebies are...

thank you for sharing your art.

Netty said...

Loving your beautiful lantern and a great tutorial Astrid, xx

Craftychris said...

What a gorgeous gift idea! Thank you for showing us how! xx

Dorthe said...

A so beautiful lantern, dear Astrid,
I love the die you used for the window,and the great idea, of using parchment behind the cut outs...
Wonderful decoration.
xo,Dorthe

craftimamma said...

Hi Teamie, sorry I'm so behind visiting ..... this darned head cold is playing havoc with my computer time,lol!

This is a wonderful project Astrid and with an artificial candle inside (obviously) my little granddaughters would love one of these by their beds. Love those gorgeous gothic arched windows and what a great way to use those elements.

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Minxy said...

Snap Lesley, i'm behind too.
Absolutely stunning project Astrid, I love how the sticker accents really make the piece x

Gillian .... said...

Astrid this is such a fab project, love the warm cosy effect from the lantern.

Organised ... what's that lol, I'm afraid I'm with you on the last minute panic. x