It's already December and we have a new challenge over at the Country View Challenges. And I think you will love the theme, which is Christmas - Anything Goes. It's super, isn't it?
For this challenge, I finished an advent calendar.
I started to make this advent calendar two years ago but I imagined a completely other design for it. I wanted to place the Christmas carollers inside but they were too tiny for this huge wooden calendar. But when Jolly St. Nicks was launched and when this year the Toyland die was released too, I knew exactly how this calendar would turn out.
About the advent calendar... It was first painted brown, then I added wax to the edges and some parts. For this, I just used a candle. With this technique you can achieve a distress look because the cover paint won't adhere to the waxed area.
The numbers were cut out with Sizzix Thinlits, 3/4"Alphanumeric dies and I painted them red with Festive Berries Distress paint.
For St. Nicks's suit and for the other red elements, I also used the Festive Berries paint.
What I used:
Sizzix Thinlits die, Jolly St. Nicks by Tim Holtz - for Santa
Sizzix Thinlits die, Toyland by Tim Holtz - for the bag
Sizzix Thinlits die, Santa's Helper by Tim Holtz - for one of the present
Sizzix Thinlits die, Mini Christmas Things - for one of the present
Sizzix Thinlits die, Retro Merry Christmas - for the text
Sizzix Thinlits die, Alphanumeric 3/4" by Tim Holtz - for the numbers
Sizzix Thinlits die, Alpine by Tim Holtz - for the pine trees
Sizzix Movers&Shapers die, Mini Cardinal&Poinsettia - for the cardinal
Ranger Distress paints (Festive Berries, Bundled Sage, Picket Fence, Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio)
Ranger Archival Distress inks (Vintage Photo, Ground Espresso, Faded Jeans, Hickory Smoke) - for the edges of the painted elements
Ranger Distress inks (Antique Linen, Pumice Stone, Vintage Photo) - for the white cardstock pieces
Idea-Ology, Metallic Paper Stash - for the gold glasses and the belt buckle
And don't forget, today Susan starts an Advent calendar which means that every day a new door, a new offer reveals. The daily offers only available for one day! So hurry up! Don't miss these sales at the Country View Crafts!