hi guys sorry I’ve been MIA, life happened and technical difficulties also happened (badly may I add) but if your reading this blog post all is well in the world of Collins & Co.
So this weeks project is a stocking using the ‘Trim your stocking thinlets dies’ . There such a versatile set of dies, which are not just for Christmas. It does also co-ordinate with the Tags & Trimmings stamp set (both are available in the Autumn/ Winter catalogue). It includes everything to make said stockings but also much more, it includes a mini gift tag; which can be used all year round along with the chain of love hearts – that’s what I’m calling it. I’ve already imagined using this set for a baby shower, maybe as a gender reveal or just simple baby sock party favours, cute I know right?
This project however is very simple as all the hard work is done for you with the thinlets, the stockings could be as extravagant of as simple as you like – just depends on how much time and effort your willing to put in. Anyway enough about the thinlets, lets tell you how to make one.
- Card stock ( I used Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green)
- Bone Folder
- Multi Purpose Glue
- Trim your stockings thinlet dies
- Big Shot Machine
- Embellishments or anything extra you would like to decorate your project
Begin by die cutting all the shapes you require for your design, obviously you need the stocking and the pillow box dies and then I choice the three stitched elements, along with the pom pom streamers (again what I’m calling it) and the two holly leaves and cherry (small circle).
Next I used some multi purpose glue to stick all of the decorations on the stocking shape, making sure the stitched shapes had the stitching on the inside of the stocking and gluing all the individual ‘pom poms’ to the stocking, so they do not rip. don’t forget the holly either.
Now we can assemble the front and back of the stocking together, start by folding and burnishing the left and right score lines on the pillow box (back). then place some multi purpose glue along those edges. stick one glued edge to the now decorated stocking making sure the ‘tab’ on the pillow box is at the bottom of the stocking. Align both edges up and hold in place to allow glue to dry. (repeat for other side).
We are nearly there now just the last tab to glue and close the top. Before gluing the tab make sure you crease/fold all of the remaining score lines. the rounded score lines are tricky but take your time, making sure to crease the corners really well. Once you have done this place some more multi purpose glue on the tab and fold it inside the pillow box sticking it to the stocking, which should create a curve. place a bone folder inside the pillow box and press against the tab to secure it.
That is it your done, all that’s left to do it put your goodies inside. This project can hold a gift card or there is plenty of room for some sweet treats. Once you’ve placed your surprise inside, simply close the top of the box; making sure to fold over the back tab, which has the cut out first and then the front one. To allow for easy opening and closing.
If your more like me (A visual person) then here is a link to a YouTube tutorial!
Trim your stocking tutorial
Until next time…