A Little Christmas in July with Eileen Hull and Authentique Paper
Hello, Friends! I know it’s the 4th, but I just had to share a little Christmas in July with you today. I have two of the cutest little Christmas projects, both made with Eileen Hull’s newly released Sizzix dies and Authentique papers.
These versatile steel rule dies can be used to create a dimensional box, or as mixed media elements. Cute as a button, they are perfect for holiday gifting and card making.
Warm Hearts Easel Card
This 7″ x 8 1/4″ easel card features elements from the Snowman Box. Here’s how I prepared the die cut pieces to build this wintry vignette.
- First, die cut the pieces from mat board. You will only need one box side to serve as the picket fence.
- Mist the fence lightly with water and run it through your die cutting machine to add the wood grain texture.
- Next, apply Gathered Twigs Distress ink to the front of the fence. Cut an extra “v” on the box side to keep the pickets looking all the same.
- Now apply Black Soot Distress Ink Directly to the surface of a wood grain embossing folder and run it through the machine a second time.
- Apply Dries White Glitter Glue and Frosted Crystals to the pickets and base of the fence, then set aside to dry.
- “Paint” the snowman bodies with Nuvo Toasted Almond Mousse. to add texture and shine.
- Trace the snowman hats and scarves onto designer paper, cut out and apply to the snowman bodies.
- Accessorize with burlap string, mini jingle bells and flowers.
A Peek Inside
Add a pocket inside the card to serve as the stopper for the easel mechanism. Then prepare a little treat wallet to tuck inside. I’ve decorated this card with Authentique Paper’s Snowfall Collection. Wouldn’t this be a great gift to send in the mail? And you can leave snowman décor up long after the holiday has passed. They are just so cheery!
On the Nice List: Mitten Treat Box
I have a soft spot in my heart for mittens. My mom used to knit ours every winter. She always added extra long cuffs so the snow would not creep up our sleeves and freeze us. So this mitten box speaks to my memories, and I just love it. The box is very easy to assemble. Just die cut mat board or chipboard , then die cut your designer papers and adhere. The die comes with the mitten shape, the rickrack trim and some cute little hearts.
Make a bunch of these to use as place cards for your holiday celebrations. They also make wonderful gifts for friends, neighbors and co-workers. Authentique Paper’s new “A Magical Christmas” collection is absolutely stunning. I’ve used the 6×6 pad to decorate my mittens and wrap the presents that are tucked inside. Once the treats are consumed, display candy canes, peppermints, or wrapped candy in the mitten box. Or, use it as a pen holder on your desk.
Create a little tag insert with Eileen’s Gift Card Folder and Label Die. It fits neatly inside the mitten box. The dimensional envelope makes a great treat wallet, too.
I used to think Christmas in July was crazy, but now I realize that it takes time to create handmade gifts. Starting in July makes me feel less rushed during the holiday season, too. When do you start creating your Christmas crafts?
You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.
Thanks for stopping by.
- Eileen Hull Dies
- Sizzix Skeleton Leaves Thinlets
- Authentique Paper
- Little Birdie Flowers
- Ribbons and Fibers
- Mixed Media Supplies