I have been sent some lovely Craft Consortium Christmas decoupage papers to get crafting with this week. There are some lovely designs including a beautiful blue nordic style, soft snowflakes, a jolly red ‘merry christmas’ design, birds in snowy branches, swirly trees and little thrushes in knitted hats! I picked out the thrushes for my first project.
I found a wooden tag blank among my stash of wooden shapes and decided to decoupage that first as tags are always handy at Christmas. You can add wooden tags to presents for a really special, luxurious extra touch and then the recipient can have it as a little keepsake.
To preserve the pretty design I decided to use my usual method of decoupage where you put the paper on all in one go and then sand down the edges so it looks as though the paper has become part of the wood. You can see my tutorial on how to do this technique in my YouTube video below. Use scissors to cut out though rather than a craft knife when working with thin decoupage paper.
I used wooden letters from Things to Alter to add ‘xmas’ to the tag, but you could spell out the name of your recipient.
The extra touches I added include lace from Craft Consortium’s Always & Forever wedding range, some berries from docrafts’ Create Christmas range, a bit of twine (I do like a nice rustic feel to my makes) and a pretty pearl and diamante embellishment again from Craft Consortium’s Always & Forever wedding range.
After I finished the tag I decided to do a matching card. I like using decoupage paper on cards – it’s a little bit like using tissue paper – you get a soft, translucent background and it can be easily torn round the edges to create a rustic feel to the card.
I then added a strip of gold card across the front, some beautiful pink satin ribbon (again from Craft Consortium’s wedding range) and a little strip of bluey paper. For the embellishment, I used two silver berries attached with a foam square, with some paper leaves to the side (from Hobbycraft) and then a Craft Consortium pearl and rhinestone embellishment on top.
I stamped ‘Happy Wonderful Christmas’ from my Stampin’ Up ‘Wondrous Wreath’ set on to coloured card, cut it out and attached it in the centre (ish) to finish.