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December 12, 2013

The Twelve Days of Gift Tutorials: Day 12


Hello G45ers,

We're counting down the days until Christmas with gorgeous ideas for handmade gifts! Welcome to the final day of the Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Gift Tutorials! We've got more festive holiday inspiration that's sure to brighten your day! We'll be sharing another magnificent card by Gloria Stengel. Then Nichola Battilana is going to share a fun tutorial for creating a beautiful Christmas cracker, complete with a decorative holiday crown! You're going to fall in love with today's amazing crafts! Lets get inspired to make this the best holiday ever with Graphic 45!

Just a reminder, G45ers, today is the last day to enter to win this breathtaking prize pack! Just leave us a blog or Facebook comment for your chance to win this fabulous grand prize that includes our 12 Days of Christmas collection as well as fabulous products from Core'dinations, Xyron, Petallo and Scor-Pal! This amazing prize is worth over $135 and its got everything you need to craft a perfect holiday season! Be sure to leave a comment for your chance to win! A random winner will be announced on our blog tomorrow! Stay tuned to see if you've won!


The twelfth day of Christmas celebrates the twelve drummers drumming. This fabulous image comes to life in Gloria's dazzling holiday card featuring our 12 Days of Christmas collection. The holidays are such an enchanting time for getting creative. The magnificent papers and embellishments from 12 Days of Christmas offer endless possibilities for perfect handmade cards and gifts! Let Gloria's wonderfully festive card inspire you to let your imagination run wild! Here are some of Gloria's helpful tips for how she created this vibrant holiday treasure. Take it away, Gloria!

Graphic 45 12 Days of Christmas card tutorial Gloria Stengel holiday gift

This was the hardest card of the entire set to complete. Perhaps because it was the last one or maybe because I was unsure which image to chose. I am happy with the outcome and love the small details such as the glitter flower centers and my "real wood" drum sticks!


I am happy to have purchased a set of Christmas trinkets and that I hoarded them for just this set of projects. They added just the right vintage touch to the cards! I love the vintage metal paired with the sparkle on the flowers.


I cut the flowers with a poinsettia die and then chalked the veins with white chalk ink to give the flowers more dimension. The drum sticks are actually toothpicks cut to size and "stained" with an alcohol marker!


I decorated the inside of the card a sticker and a strip of paper.


Graphic 45 The Twelve Days of Christmas papers:

Joyeux Noel

Drummers Drumming

The Twelve Days of Christmas

Graphic 45 The Twelve Days of Christmas Cardstock Stickers

Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Original ColorMates Light Totally Tan, Deep Berry Red, Light Berry Red, Elan Metallics Antique Gold, Smooth Deep Spring Green

Trinket: Tim Holtz Idea-ology

Die cut template: Spellbinders Layered Poinsettia

Gems stones: Couture Creations

Ribbon: Stampin' Up!

Toothpicks: grocery store

Brad: unknown

Ink: Clearsnap Colorbox Chalk Alabaster; Copic Markers

Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Scotch 3M ATG tape runner; Beacon Fabri-trac; Aleene's Tacky Glue


Next we have a beautiful gift tutorial by Nichola that also features our 12 Days of Christmas collection! This is her amazing Christmas cracker! This is such a fun holiday tradition! Have a great time creating these sweet gifts for your holiday dinner guests, friends and family! It's the perfect way to bring even more festive cheer to your Christmas celebration! Take it away, Nichola!

We have a combined Christmas in my household, celebrating both my husbands Italian roots and my British background. One of the Brit traditions we always include is the Christmas Cracker. Just before dinner, guests grasp the ends and pull apart these little treats, a small snap inside ‘CRACKS!’ as it breaks open. Inside is a paper crown to be worn during the feast, a joke or motto, and a small treat, gift or trinket.


Graphic45_ 12 Days of Christmas_Cracker_Crown_Nichola Battilana_gift, tutorial, holiday,







12 Days of Christmas:

12 Days of Christmas

Joyeux Noel

12 Days of Christmas Banners

12 Days of Christmas Chipboard Die-cuts 2

12 Days of Christmas Stickers

12 Days of Christmas 6x6 Patterns & Solids Pad

Cracker snap (I purchased mine from Michaels’s 12 for under $3)

Tissue Paper

Double Sided Tape

Various May Arts Ribbon

Petaloo Flowers

• Botanica Minis in Cranberry/Amber/Orange

• Velvet Hydrangea leaves

Trinkets and treats for inside the cracker.


Here is how to create your very own Traditional English Christmas Cracker.




Begin by creating the paper crown. The crown should be quite simple and not heavily embellished as it will be rolled up. Create your own version or use THIS .template

  Download Graphic45_12DaysofChristmas_Cracker_Crown_template

I’ve cut the two pieces from the template from 12 Days of Christmas. **NOTE the template only measures 11” across. Clip or incorporate the extra 1” however you see fit.


Use some double sided tape to adhere the layers together. Take a 28” length of coordinating ribbon and affix it with double sided tape to the crown, adhere the middle of the ribbon with the middle front of the crown. The extra length at the sides will be used to tie the paper crown to your head.




I lightly embellish with some dots from the 12 Days of Christmas Banners and a festive 12 Days of Christmas Sticker. DO NOT over embellish.


Now we move on to creating the actual cracker. Begin by cutting two pieces of coordinating paper into 5” x 6” rectangles.




I’m going to use the piece from the 12 Days of Christmas 6x6 Patterns & Solids Pad for my inner tube. I place a double width of 2 sided tape down the length of the short edge of the paper. I want this inside tube to be slightly smaller than the outsider one.




With the inner tube now created, I roll my paper crown tight enough to fit inside. I can also place any other treats, jokes or small items inside at this point. (Psst! If you have trouble keeping them from falling out, you can sneak them in later!)




Using a small piece of tape (or hot glue, or any other adhesive) tack a snap into place. This will help to keep it in place when it is pulled apart. Do not affix it in the centre, where the snappy bit is.




By bending the strip like the photo below, you further help the snap to stay in place.





I fold a standard piece of tissue paper in half and tightly roll it around my tube. Don’t worry about the excess width, we’ll need it. Tack in place with a tiny bit of hot glue or double sided tape.





 Try to avoid squishing the ends as you wrap the second piece of 5” x 6” paper around the outside. Align this outer roll with the inside one.




You should have something that looks like this...




At this point I usually trim about 1” from either end of the tissue. Making sure the the ends are neat and tidy.


To create clean, crisp rolls at the end I make an extra tube that is slightly smaller than my cracker. This doesn’t have to be pretty as it is going to be my rolling tool.





Insert the roll tool inside the end of the cracker. You’ll want to leave about 1-2” of space between the end of the tool and the edge of the crackers tube.





Firmly twist until you have a nice tight seal and a neatly rolled end. Peek inside and you should see the end of the snap poking out of the centre of the twist.





To ensure the twist does not unfurl, tie a small piece of ribbon to hold everything in place.





If you were having trouble keeping your treats inside the cracker, you can now sneak them inside by pushing them in the open end before repeating the same twisting technique to seal the opposite side.


The final step is to embellish the exterior. Use coordinating ribbons, and tags, Fussy cut flowers and lords-a-leapin’. I’ve added a decorative brad and some beautiful flowers and leaves from Petaloo.




When you’re setting your Christmas table, place one cracker on each plate and have guests pull them apart before the feasting begins. And make certain that everyone wears their silly paper hats… they make Christmas merry and jolly indeed!


Wasn't that fun?! We've got one more special treat for you G45ers! Here is another gorgeous series of cards that Gloria created with our 12 Days of Christmas collection. You can download the project sheet for these amazing cards as well as a decorative card storage box! Click on the links below to download the project sheet tutorials. Have a wonderful time creating the perfect cards for friends and family! Happy holidays from all of us at Graphic 45!



Graphic 45 Gloria Stengel Twelve Days of Christmas cards, holiday, project sheet, tutorial, download

Click the link below to download Gloria's card tutorials!

Download Tutorial 12Days-12CardClass


Click the link below to download Gloria's decorative card box tutorial!

Download Tutorial for 12Days-Box

That's all for today's very special blog, G45ers. We had so much fun getting to share this incredible holiday event with you! Be sure to stop by our blog tomorrow when we announce a winner for our amazing grand prize! We will also have a fantastic featured artist and some incredible crafts to inspire your weekend! We can't wait to share the inspiration! Big thanks to Gloria and Nichola for their stunning work today. We also want to thank all of you G45ers for joining us! Have a fantastic day!

Happy Holiday Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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I wish I had unlimited time and unlimited supplies to create all day long.

Awesome giveaway!! Would love to win! Merry Christmas!

What fabulous projects and can we talk about that prize package? Whoa Nellie! I would love to win this! Good luck and Merry Christmas everyone!

I grew up with Christmas crackers in Australia. Love this!! Thanks

Love all of this post!! Great projects! I am going to try the treat holder project! thank you for the chance to win some goodies!

So many beautiful things!!

Very nice projects. Love them. Thanks for the chance.

I thank you for adding so much to our Christmas. The cards, the tags, mini albums, and all the others. To all of you - Happy HOLIDAYS!

the cards are so beautiful and the Christmas Box is absolutely gorgeous!!! What an amazing series! Thank you Graphic45!

i don't think i could give the collection of cards and box away. you would have to be 'pretty special'....i would just have to buy 2 collections and make myself a set too. this is outragiously beautiful!

I LOVE thay way you made your christmas star flower so adoreble :D

I love the posts

Toothpicks stained for drum sticks...just darling. What wonderful tutorials - thanks for sharing.

its been an amazing 12 days of creativity, thank you for sharing!

This is the most beautiful Christmas set I have ever seen. I love it. And all the stuff with it is fantastic. I would so like to have this.

Wow. Love all of the projects. Really gorgeous. Can't wait to try some of them.

Amazing projects. I have never win at G45 blog, will see if this time luck comes to me :)

Wow- this and a email tut??? Lucky day! Wish I had some of these goodies too help me now. :)

Having just had surgery, I can't do much crafting right now, but I look at your blog every day for inspiration when I do get back into paper crafting. The ideas you send us every day are just spectacular! Thanks so much for sharing them

Awesome awesome card & cracker!!!
Thanks for sharing!

Awesome projects they all are truly amazing. Thanks so much for sharing. G45 is the bomb.

Sweet giveaway!

I love the cards and card box. Such a great idea. Thanks for all of the tutorials, the projects are so inspiring. G45 products are the best! I hope everyone has a Happy Holiday Season.

Wow fantastic as always............

From France I hope sooooooooo much for my christmas !! thanks Isabelle.

I love that card....I never know what to do with the inside ....love the way you embellished it. Love the cracker as well. Great projects! Thanks!

I love to see the elegant paper, and the project they do are so inspiring, Look forward to me time, in my sancuary- craft room.
walz creates

Beautiful cards and projects. Thank you so much for sharing. Would love to win the prize package. I love most anything from Graphic 45. They are awesome!!

Beautiful stuff, Hope I can win.

I comment but I never win. I am not that lucky. Oh well I guess you have to keep trying. I simply love Graphic 45. Once I get the papers I hate covering them up with pictures and such so I buy 2. One to use one to save!

FeStIvE crackers! Lovely poinsettia! All so merry and bright!... bidding you farewell and a goodnight!

I love every one of the 12 Days of Christmas gifts I have seen so far. If I was asked to choose just one I would not be able to. I wish a local store had this paper so I could work with it now instead of ordering it online.

Just beautiful!!! But then again everything you guys make is AWSOME!!!!

Each card is a beautiful work of art on its own. When seen together, I'm speechless for words. They are just stunning as a set! I've so enjoyed all the project ideas and inspiration and have looked forward to each days posts. Thank you so much G45 for sharing you amazing creativity and talents of all your designers. You guys ROCK!!

Like this tutorial!

Wow, these are all fabulous creations.

I've never been really creative this way, however, this seems to look pretty simple. I would love to try these cute project.

Great gifty idea. Fabulous giveaway. Hope I win would love to have G45 Christmas papers and those flowers and the tape... Love crafty goodness! Great inspiration this past week!

Wow! Gloria's cards are wonderful & the how fun the Xmas crackers will be! Thank you, Graphic 45!

Love these papers, and the tutorials, please don't stop either.

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