Heather created an absolutely stunning Altered Advent Calendar with the Craft Consortium Christmas decoupage papers and we want one of our own so much!
So just how did she do it?
"I wanted to create something eclectic, using the Craft Consortium Decoupage Papers as a starting point, attempting to make each ‘door’ as individual as possible. The first step was to paint the insides of the blank and I used brightly coloured acrylics for this."
"I used a variety of colours and spaced them apart so it didn’t look repetitive."
"Once the inserts were painted, I begs were an on the insides of each drawer"
"Then the fun of decoupaging each drawer and embellishing each drawer could begin! It was actually a lot more difficult than I first thought to ensure they all had a different look but it was a challenge I enjoyed. I used a mixture of stamps, rub-ons, printed cut-outs and die cuts to create the individual numbers and the embellishments came out of my much under-used Christmas crafting boxes which generally sit there idle."
"The back and sides were given a coat of white acrylic paint before decoupaging as I wanted the crisp colours to show through."
"The papers were matted using one sheet so it wouldn’t detract from the pattern. The sides were decoupaged with the utterly gorgeous ‘Christmas Thrush’ paper and the edges given a bit of sparkle with a gold washi tapes that I ripped into lengths to get a distressed look."
"I’ve layered a clear washi tape with gold stars on with a gold polka dot tape."
"To give the decoupaged elements extra protection, I’ve given each one a couple of thin coats of Liquitex “Gloss Varnish’. This dries really quickly and is super easy to use and the papers go back to being super smooth once dried."
"The decoupage papers are extremely high quality and not once did they rip or go soggy as I’ve experienced with other makes. Even when the varnish was applied, the colour stayed true and didn’t come away.
It was them a matter of adding all the elements and slotting each drawer into place… ta-dah!
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