Saturday, 28 September 2013

Quick & Easy Christmas Decorations - Paper Rosettes

Christmas is fast-approaching and having made several cards now I thought I would turn my hand to some decorations.  Even though I love crafting I so often just use what I already have, or buy the occasional new decoration.  
I love the look of paper rosettes and with ready-to-make kits these are even easier to make. 
For this decoration I have used Papermania A4 Foiled Rosette Pack (Christmas Tidings - Carols) and Noel Glitter Die-Cut toppers, plus gold card and twine. 

To make this without the kit you will need two sets of the following in different patterned card: three 19.5cmx5cm strips of card with one scalloped edge on each, a 6cm card disc and a 4cm card disc. You will also need four card strips 28cmx0.5cm.

To start, score the three strips at each scallop then concertina fold.  Glue them all together to form a cylinder shape, then flatten this with the scalloped edges outermost and glue the underside to the largest disc. You can then glue the smallest disc on top and embellish this however you wish. Do this for both sets to create two rosettes. To further embellish one rosette, take the four thin strips and glue to the back to form a star shape, folding over to create loops. 
Mat two toppers onto gold card and trim. I have used a sentiment and a tag-shaped picture which I have punched a hole in. 
To create the hanging string, plait three coloured twines together to form a long string. Make a loop and fix to one rosette with masking tape or glue, then lay on a table and arrange the toppers and the other rosette where you want them before attaching.  I have alternated each and threaded the twine through the tag, knotting in front to hold. Cut any excess twine off and hang your decoration. 
I would like to enter this decoration into the DoCrafts Anything Goes challenge.




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I am always trying to learn new techniques and improve my cardmaking and colouring skills, so your feedback and comments are greatly appreciated.
Many thanks, Nicola x

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