Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

A Winter Scene Triangle Ornament (With Template)

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2015 Blog Event – see a list of all the posts HERE)

Here’s another Christmas Ornament to freshen up your festive decorations – a Winter Scene Triangle Ornament:

A Winter Scene Triangle Ornament (With Template) at Jennifer Grace Creates

I want to make lots of these and fill them all with different scenes!

I have a PDF A4 Template which you can download HERE if you’d like to make your own (you will be prompted to download it, it doesn’t start automatically).

A Winter Scene Triangle Ornament (With Template) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Here’s how to make your ornament. You may notice that the step-by-step photos show me using some woodgrain patterned paper as the ornament. That was my plan, until I made a mistake when it was nearly finished and ripped it – arrgghh! I will talk about that when I get to it. It turns out I actually prefer the blue card I ended up using, so it was okay!

Step 1: Print off your template and find some card or stiff patterned paper to use:

A Winter Scene Triangle Ornament (With Template) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Cut out the template and then the card just along the outer edges:

A Winter Scene Triangle Ornament (With Template) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Score along the fold lines – I just laid the template on top of the card and scored both sheets together, but you could draw the lines onto the card before scoring if you prefer:

A Winter Scene Triangle Ornament (With Template) at Jennifer Grace Creates

You don’t need to put the template on top to score the tabs, just follow the edge:

A Winter Scene Triangle Ornament (With Template) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Use a sharp craft knife to cut out the window, again I just cut through both layers at once (using a metal ruler to keep my lines straight):

A Winter Scene Triangle Ornament (With Template) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Pierce holes for your twine or thread to go through using a paper piercer or darning needle:

A Winter Scene Triangle Ornament (With Template) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: If you don’t like the pattern on the back of your patterned paper you can cut triangles from another pattern to stick inside – but don’t stick them both down yet:

A Winter Scene Triangle Ornament (With Template) at Jennifer Grace Creates

You need to adhere one of the flaps together first:

A Winter Scene Triangle Ornament (With Template) at Jennifer Grace Creates

And then stick the patterned triangle on top to hide the tab:

A Winter Scene Triangle Ornament (With Template) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: Cut the ‘snow’ from white card and fold the edges in at an angle. Now here’s where things started to go wrong. I used tape to stick my ‘snow’ into the ornament, but I should have used hot glue:

A Winter Scene Triangle Ornament (With Template) at Jennifer Grace Creates

The next steps are to stick on a tiny tree or any other images or stickers which you want in your scene, then close the ornament by taping down the other tabs (tape worked fine – a bit too well – for my tabs on the woodgrain paper, but not so well on the blue card – I ended up using glue on one tab as well as tape).

I did those steps, but then my snow fell out. I tried to stick the snow back in by pushing it back through the window, and then I ripped the edges of the window. Then I tried to undo the tape and ripped it some more… disaster! I gave up and swapped to some blue card, following all the steps above, but sticking the snow in with hot glue!

I did also cut a larger window, as I decided you couldn’t see enough of the scene. The template has been adjusted accordingly, so you will have the larger window on your ornament:

A Winter Scene Triangle Ornament (With Template) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: Back to scheduled programming – stick your snow in using hot glue or another really strong glue at the sides:

A Winter Scene Triangle Ornament (With Template) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 9: Stick a bit of cotton wool at the bottom to hide the gap and give more depth to the scene:

A Winter Scene Triangle Ornament (With Template) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 10: Add your tree and a character sticker or chipboard piece by hot gluing them to the front of the card snow:

A Winter Scene Triangle Ornament (With Template) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 11: Tape or glue the other tabs down so the ornament is closed, then use a darning needle to add some thread or twine to the top for hanging the ornament:

A Winter Scene Triangle Ornament (With Template) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 12: Glue any additions you want on the outside of the ornament. This is also when I added a bit of glue to the bottom tab as the tape kept coming undone:

A Winter Scene Triangle Ornament (With Template) at Jennifer Grace Creates

That’s it! Now you can hang your ornament. I’m thinking these would also look cool with a child’s drawing of a Christmas character inside instead of a sticker. I shall get Little Miss to design some!

Be Inspired:

Make a triangular Christmas ornament

Add some cotton wool snow to a project

Create a winter scene on a layout or card with snowy hills and tiny trees

What Christmas or winter character would you add to your snowy scene?

Remember that commenting on this post, and any post that goes live during November 2015, will count as another entry into the Grand Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!

I’ll see you again tomorrow!

Jennifer x

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

Exploring Brush Lettering – and some Free Christmas Printables!

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2015 Blog Event – see a list of all the posts HERE)

Today I want to show you some experimenting I’ve been doing with brush lettering, plus I have some free Christmas printables for you!

Exploring Brush Lettering and Some Free Christmas Printables at Jennifer Grace Creates

I’ve been wanting to have a proper go at brush lettering for a while. If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen THIS PHOTO which I took a couple of months ago, trying to be a beta tester for a Molly Jacques Workshop on calligraphy and lettering. I wasn’t lucky enough to get chosen – no wonder as there was stiff competition! But that didn’t curb my interest. I have been devouring You Tube videos on brush lettering, like THIS ONE by Amy Tangerine, and THIS ONE by Kristina Werner, and I’ve been dreaming about taking THIS CLASS with Jen Schow, which I’m sure I will once I have more time!

In the meantime I searched around for some recommendations on pens / brushes for beginners to use, and that were not too expensive! I ended up buying Tombow Fudenosuke Pens in Hard and Soft, a Tombow Art Brush Pen in Sea Green, a Pentel Touch Brush Sign Pen, and a KUM Memory Point Paintbrush in Size 1:

Exploring Brush Lettering and Some Free Christmas Printables at Jennifer Grace Creates

My first trial was to write my blog name with each pen / brush. First I wrote it with my everyday non-joined up handwriting, then I attempted a more brush script style underneath:

Exploring Brush Lettering and Some Free Christmas Printables at Jennifer Grace Creates

I know from watching the videos mentioned above that one of the things to remember is to press down on the down-strokes, and lift up for a lighter line on the up-strokes, so I did that as best as I could. I’m sure that’s something I’ll get better at with lots more practice!

My next idea was to create a phrase, with a mix of writing styles – some of it being bold and straight, some being twirly and script-like. I wrote ‘Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle’ several times, each time improving my technique slightly – thinking about how close together the words were, and how to accentuate the two different writing styles:

Exploring Brush Lettering and Some Free Christmas Printables at Jennifer Grace Creates

It was fun to see how much my writing changed just by doing the same phrase several times!

Next I used the thin paintbrush to paint a merry poster which says ‘May your days be merry and bright, full of good cheer and all that is right’:

Exploring Brush Lettering and Some Free Christmas Printables at Jennifer Grace Creates

I was pretty happy with it as a first attempt, though I did realise afterwards that the large ampersand was in the wrong place – I should have practiced the layout on a spare piece of paper first. After I took the above photo I ended up going back and adding a smaller ampersand between the words merry and bright – I’m pretending the large one is decorative only!

I tried out a couple more phrases on the spare pieces of card which I had:

Exploring Brush Lettering and Some Free Christmas Printables at Jennifer Grace Creates

For all of these I was just writing on cheap white card which I buy from Poundland – I think you get 30 sheets for £1 and it’s pretty good quality.

That’s all the experimenting I’ve done so far, but I can’t wait to practice a bit more and hone my style.

I scanned in all the items I ended up with, so that you can use them as printables if you wish (personal use / gifts for friends only please!). Click HERE to download the PDF poster (you will be prompted to download, it doesn’t happen automatically).

May Your Days Be Merry Free Christmas Printable at Jennifer Grace Creates

And the smaller phrases are below – I played around with re-colouring a couple of them in Photoshop, which is another thing I need to practice more! Click HERE to download the PDF for these!

A6 Christmas Phrase Cards Printable at Jennifer Grace Creates

The white-on-red ‘tinsel in a tangle’ is my favourite!

Be Inspired:

Do some hand-lettering on your next project

Print out one of the free printables and use them on a scrapbook layout or card

Mix up some letter stickers in different styles to create a long title or message

Do you like the printables? What would you use them for?

Remember that commenting on this post, and any post that goes live during November 2015, will count as another entry into the Grand Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!

I’ll see you again tomorrow!

Jennifer x

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter, Scrapbook Layouts

Sweet Xmas Layout – With a Christmas Star Template

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2015 Blog Event – see a list of all the posts HERE)

Hello! Today I’ve another scrapbook page to share with you – this Sweet Xmas layout with a Christmas Star Template you can download to help you cut the stars on the background…

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

Every Christmas day I try to get a photo of my husband, the kids, and me. I want to make a special layout with each one, so I’ll know towards the end of each album (I file my layouts chronologically by year) I will find a Christmas page of us. So even though this photo isn’t the best quality – it was taken as the light was fading so it’s a bit blurry, and I don’t like myself in the picture as I was a bit overweight at the time – I still wanted to do it justice with a lovely page.

I definitely wanted to use the My Mind’s Eye Christmas On Market Street collection, as it’s my favourite collection this year. But all the background 12×12″ pieces that I had were very busy, and at first I couldn’t work out how I could use them:

        Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

So I sat and thought about what big image I could cut from one of the papers. I didn’t want to cut a Christmas tree as I’d done that last year (On my Giant Aperture Christmas Layout). In the end I realised a star would look nice and magical:

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

I only did one star to start with, cutting it out from the template, then drawing around it on the back of the paper before cutting it out:

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

But one star looked a little lonely by itself on the background cardstock that I’d chosen:

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

So I re-designed the template and cut out a couple more stars – another from the same 12×12″ sheet, and one from a piece of 6×6″ paper:

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

There’s a few different sizes of star on the template for you to play with. If you’d like to download the Christmas Star Template PDF file just click HERE and you’ll be prompted to download it!

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

Once the stars were done I decided I liked them so much I’d add some more stars! I used the Happy Scatter ‘Stars Of Wonder’ 6×6″ stencil and some Metallic Gold Texture Paste by Heidi Swapp to decorate the background cardstock:

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

It gives a nice bit of shiny dimension:

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I stamped some more stars on too:

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

I chose some ephemera pieces to use:

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

And then I realised I had more space at the right and bottom than I did at the left and top, so I cut off the larger areas of space, and matted the page onto the Christmas On Market Street ‘Merry & Bright Foiled’ paper (after gutting the middle of it to be used at a later date of course!):

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I just needed to add the title, and some glitter puffy stickers and enamel dots (both also from the Christmas On Market Street Collection) to finish off the page:

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

I didn’t write my journaling before photographing it because I want to write names on it, but it’s going to go on the banner at the bottom right.

Be Inspired:

Download the template and use it to make embellishments or a decoration

Put lots and lots of stars on your next project

Place items in a diagonal (eg top left to bottom right) cluster

Do you think I’ve manage to do the blurry but special photo justice?!

Remember that commenting on this post, and any post that goes live during November 2015, will count as another entry into the Grand Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!

I’ll be back tomorrow morning at 8am GMT with the next sponsored giveaway!

Jennifer x