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Sunday, 26 October 2014

Stix2 Create your own cracker and blooper - part3

We are now at my final Blog post with the Christmas crackers from Stix2. In the pack you receive 6 crackers to make and decorate. Now i have make 6 but the 6th one was a disaster, and i mean disaster. i have decided to include as a blooper because as awful as it is, it gives you the idea of what i was trying to aim for - it just didn't work out the way i wanted. Have a look, have a laugh and who knows, it will maybe give you some inspiration haha.
As well as using your tools and stash, try and incorporate your Christmas toppers and papers. They can work just as well  If you have those bits of papers and odd toppers lying in your collection that you don't know what to do with then use them with your crackers.


Stix2 products used:
Gold crackers - S57246.
Hot glue gun - S57234.
Hot glue sticks - S57235.
PVA glue with metal tip - S56890.
Layer perfect Metric - S57321.
5mmx5mmx3mm foam pads - S57083.
Craft sheet - S57132.

Additional products used;
Victorian Christmas topper and background papers - DoCrafts.
16mm gold textured fabric ribbon - Own stash.
Bow maker - Embellishment attic. 


When adding your strips of paper to your cracker, ensure you don't stick your paper over the insert where the tab slots into (Right hand side of photo). I know it sounds simple but we always forget these things from time to time.

By ensuring you don't stick your paper over the tab slot, once your cracker is rolled up, it will meet quite nicely together. As this is the bottom of your cracker it wont be seen when your cracker it on the Dinner table or the Christmas tree. As in my first post, because the ends of the cracker has extra layers of paper you will need an extra bit of patience when rolling the cracker, but use an object such as a rolling pin or anything round to help. 



Well this is the cracker that didn't quite go to plan. "Quite" is putting it mildly. I had lots of excitement as to how this would turn out - and it didn't  It just went wrong wrong wrong. You can see where i was going with the concept. using Stix2 snowflake die cuts i covered them in Versamark and coated them in Gold embossing powder and using my heat gut, i melted the embossing powder. If you are attempting to do this, unlike me, please ensure you do both side. it doesn't quite work the same when its white on the back. adding some die cut snowflakes using my dies, Card Candi and ribbon does not help the look of the cracker. This is a style where i will have to go right back to the drawing board and re-think this style. Should you wish to know what i used, the products are below;

Stix2 products used;
Gold crackers - S57246.
Hot glue gun - S57234.
Hot glue sticks - S57235.
Round snowflakes - S57275.
Snowflakes - S57275.
Pick up pencil - S57265.
Craft sheet - s57132.

Additional products used;
Gold Embossing powder - WOW.
Versamark pad - Tsukineko.
Card cardi - Craftwork Cards.
Snowflake die - Tattered Lace.
Matt Gold textured card - Create and Craft.
15mm Red satin ribbon - American crafts.


Craig x

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