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Merry Christmas Wishes

December 20, 2020
Hello and Happy Holidays, it’s Sandy Diller here with a fun project that lights up to add some cheer. I used the Create A Wreath die set to add a festive feel to this canvas. I got this preprinted canvas at my favorite big box craft store and I’ve had it in my stash for quite some time – it measures 8″ square and is 2″ wide.
The first thing I did was to add some gold embossing powder to the edges. I did this by placing VersaMark ink around the edges in a random pattern. I then added gold embossing power to the ink, knocked off the excess and then heat set the power with a heat gun.

I cut a circle using two dies from the fitted circles to make a pattern. I knew I could never make a perfect circle without a guide. I glued the guide to the center of the canvas and then began making some small holes for the lights to poke through. I used the Tim Holtz Tiny Lights and there are 20 lights on the string that is battery operated.

The next step was to cut all the branches and leaves. I cut 18 of each from the set. On the branches I added some craft drops that I made previously. I love using the craft dots but hate waiting for them to dry. I save the release paper from my ECD Double Sided Adhesive and then use it to make my drops ahead of time. Once the drops are dry they come right off the paper and then can be glued onto the project. By doing it this way, everything is where you want it with no boo boos.

I poked the lights into the holes and then used a small amount of hot glue to hold them in place. I first tried tape but it didn’t stick to the canvas. It’s not pretty but it gets the job done.

I layered the leaves on the guide, placed a Merry Christmas in the center that was first cut from fun foam to give it dimension and then added a Merry Christmas that was cut from hand made glitter paper – created using the Silk Microfine Glitter and double sided adhesive. I finished it off with a festive bow.

Have a Joyous Holiday Season,

Sandy

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