Friday, 18 September 2015

Advent Calendar - Dawn Heald

Morning all,

Welcome to day two of this weeks posts.
As you know this week we are featuring 
Advent Calendars

Yesterday we kicked off with a fabulous project
from Neil, today Dawn is here!

This is what Dawn says...

I really liked the idea of using an oven 
cupcake tray to make an Advent Calendar.
 To make this one different to ones I've
 seen whilst having a look on the Internet,
 I backed it with a large board and painted 
the tray itself. Another big plus was the 
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paint Colours 
matched the Bo Bunny Altitude Papers perfectly.
 Hope you like this and have a go yourself.

To make this project here are the
 steps taken.....

Cut a piece of cardboard to size required 
and cover with layers of copy paper and glue.
 This made the board stronger.

Next using PaperArtsy Paints and sponges, I
painted the backing board, building up layers.
 It looks a bit scruffy to start with but as layers
 are added with smaller amounts of painted
 areas each time it does come together.
Fussy cut images and areas from the 
Bo Bunny papers and glued to board.

Stencil the snowflakes with blue Stazon
 ink. Use silver gilding flakes sparingly to
 snowflakes. Spritz lightly all over with
 Media white spray. Edge paper images 
with Distress markers. Add faux stitching 
with white gel pen. Dab glue in areas
 and sprinkle with Silver glass glitter.

The cupcake tray was sponged with white
 Gesso and sprayed with silver acrylic 
paint and cosmic shimmer silver spray.

Make the advent number toppers by painting
 Tando Creative Advent calendar numbers
 with black paint, applying a thick layer of
 Glossy Accents, let dry and add clear

Then using Bo Bunny papers, punching
 ovals and trimming edges off. Punch circles
 and edge all with Distress Ink and Midnight 
Blue Stazon Ink. 

Glue numbers
 to front and magnets to the back.
Decorate the board and tray with gems. 
Attach tray to board with hot glue.

Note. I used glossy accents throughout
 as I wanted the tray to last a few Christmas

 The magnets - you can use the roll
 or sheets cut up or the mini ones 

Tip -The best way to glue the tray to board
 using hot glue is to apply hot glue to middle
 sections of tray, turn over and attach to
 backing board. Then go in the sides of the
 tray applying hot glue around the edge sections.
 I tried doing it all at once and by time reach
 bottom the top is cold and dry. Another 
way is work quickly then when stuck tray to
 board use heat gun from behind to reactivate
 any dry and not attached glue and press down.

Oh my goodness, I love this!!!!
Especially the colours, beautiful!
Thank you Dawn.

If you'd like to make one, this is what 
Dawn used -

Various blues, teal, Stone, Little Black Dress,
Woodware Punches -  Scallop Oval, Circle

From own stash - 
cardboard, cupcake tray, sponges

We'd love to hear if you decide to have
a go...with pictures please!!

I'll see you tomorrow with another treat!!

Jane x


  1. WOW!!!!!!! this is fantastic!!!!! x

  2. I would NOT be popular if I transformed our cupcake tray... however beautiful it becomes! But it's a brilliant idea for a DIY advent calendar Dawn!

  3. I love this project - here's a link to a very suitably christmassy tray, it's silicone not metal though.


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