Tuesday, 19 December 2017

The Christmas Table

The Christmas Table

Hi there!

Expect you've been too busy
to notice that the final item in
The Christmas Table wasn't
there on Saturday.......mea culpa
so, here it is today and well
worth waiting for I can assure

So over to Louise Thomson to
show us how to finish our table:

"It's nearly Christmas!!! 
My favourite time of crafting :)

Today I'm sharing a technique that 
you can use for a Christmas table
 centrepiece, or to make lovely gifts.

I started by cutting lots of shapes from
Bazill card using Sizzix tiny tattered 
florals and winter greens dies.

On the flowers I tapped my clear
 embossing ink pad, then
 sprinkled with gold embossing 
powder and heated to give them
 a varied texture and colour.

I fixed the flowers together in groups
 of two or three using gold brads.

Next I spritzed some of the greenery 
with colour bloom shimmer spray.

To the holly I added a good coating of
 glossy accents and left them to dry 
draped over various things on my desk
 so they would have a bit of shape.

Finally I added dots of liquid pearl
 to the branches with berries.

With all the greenery prepared and set aside,
 I cut further die cuts from a gorgeous
 Impression Obsession die. 
laid  the die cut over a large church candle 
and wrapped this in a piece of 
greaseproof paper.

I needed three hands to photograph the
 next bit, so you'll have to take my word for it! 
I used my heart gun to gently heat the surface
 of the candle (through the greaseproof) until 
I started to see the colour on the die cut 
change. It does a similar thing to embossing
 powder, you'll see a corner start to change
 and darken then it sort of spreads across
 the whole image.
 Once the whole image was a solid colour 
again it was done. 

I learnt the hard way... 
count to ten slowly giving the wax
 time to set a little, then remove it.
 You should find the die cut has
 embedded itself beautifully on to
 the candle.

I repeated this in the other side
 of the candle too.

I ran a couple of strips of double sided 
tape along the bottom of the candle 
and started to adhere the greenery.

With all the greens stuck down, 
I added the flowers back in.

Here's a close up of the
base of the candle:"


Thank you Louise, this would
look lovely on anyone's table

Our Christmas Table is now
complete - leave you to cook
the turkey/goose/nut roast
or whatever else is the tradition
in your house - but don't
forget the sprouts!  

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx


  1. How beautiful!!
    Thank you for this great tutorial Louise. I would not have thought to use die-cut in this way, great idea the final decoration is wonderful. x

    1. Thank you for your kind comment coco, I'm so glad you liked it :) Lou x


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