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December 05, 2013

The Twelve Days of Gift Tutorials: Day 5


Hello G45ers,

Are you looking for the most beautiful ideas for handmade gifts and cards this holiday season? Then you've come to the right place! Today we're going to share yet another breathtaking card by Gloria Stengel featuring our 12 Days of Christmas collection. Then we've got a magnificent gift tutorial by Clare Charvill in which she's going to show you how to make a gorgeous candle gift box! Welcome to day 5 of the Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Gift Tutorials! You'll find the most enchanting gift tutorials that are inexpensive and fun to create! Let the holiday bliss begin!

We wanted to remind all of you G45ers about the incredible contest that we're having in honor of this splendid holiday blog event! 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 create a dazzling handmade holiday! Be sure to leave a comment for your chance to win! A random winner will be announced on our blog on Friday, December 13th! Stay tuned to see if you've won!


The 5th day of Christmas celebrates the 5 golden rings. Here is Gloria's gorgeous card that captures all the festive beauty of this special day. Of course the Golden Rings paper from 12 Days of Christmas is just perfect for this amazing card. A few pretty paper layers, lovely ribbon and Graphic 45 Metal Key Holes help make this card a true vintage-inspired treasure! Follow along with Gloria's helpful tips and create your own handmade holiday card for someone you love with 12 Days of Christmas!

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

Christmas projects are the perfect time to mix you metals! The sparkle and shine of the holiday season is perfect for glitter gold and silver, but also the more vintage metals as I have shown here.


I created visual interest by fussing cutting the large ring and ribbon image from the Golden Rings paper. Then I created a loopy bow out of real ribbon and glued it onto the paper bow.


I paired one of the Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Keyhole Staples with a fancy brad and a Christmas charm to add vintage sparkle to the card.


I decorated the inside of the card with a postage image sticker and a strip from the Joyeux Noel paper. I added a bit of pop by fussing cutting another ring from the Golden Rings paper and attaching it to the inside of the card with a foam square.



Graphic 45 The Twelve Days of Christmas papers:

The Twelve Days of Christmas

Joyeux Noel

Pear Tree

Golden Rings

Graphic 45 The Twelve Days of Christmas Cardstock Stickers

Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Keyhole Staples

Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Original ColorMates Light Totally Tan, Elan Metallics Antique Gold, ColorMates Caramel

Ribbon: May Arts

Lace: Really Reasonable Ribbon

Brad: K and Company

Trinket and brad: Tim Holtz Idea-ology

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

And now it's time for another magical tutorial to help you create the perfect handmade holiday gift! Here we have Clare's marvelous candle gift box! Candles make amazing holiday gifts. They're especially wonderful for the long nights of winter. But you can add so much personality and charm to any candle by creating a beautiful handmade gift box to accompany it! Get inspired by Clare's wonderful video tutorial! Have fun creating this gorgeous gift for friends and family this holiday season with our 12 Days of Christmas collection. Take it away, Clare!

"My gift today is an exploding candle gift box .  I used two sheets of the 12 x 12 Golden Rings paper for this 5th Day of Christmas gift idea and co ordinated it with the plaid side of Swans a Swimming to get the finished effect. The theme is carried onto the candle with five golden rings too. The box is made from chipboard, sections, joined together, painted and then decorated in yellows and greens.  I used the festive flower sprays from the corners of the Golden rings paper and some gorgeous green ribbon to give the gift a truly festive feel. Follow along with the video tutorial if you’d like to make one yourself.   Have a wonderful Christmas everyone." -Clare

Video Tutorial:




5th Day of Christmas Candle in a box gift Clare Charvill Graphic 45 video tutorial

5th Day of Christmas Candle in a box gift Clare Charvill Dec 13 Pic 2

5th Day of Christmas Candle in a box gift Clare Charvill Dec 13 Pic 4

5th Day of Christmas Candle in a box gift Clare Charvill Dec 13 Pic 5

5th Day of Christmas Candle in a box gift Clare Charvill Dec 13 Pic 6 



2mm chipboard

Paper Artsy Holly Chalk Acrylic paint

Masking tape

12 x 12 Golden Rings x 2

12 x 12 Swans a Swimming x 1

May Arts Ribbon

Walnut Stain Distress Ink

Tacky Glue, Score Tape & Red Line tape

Candle from the Pound Shop

Indigoblu Mega Flakes – Copper Kettle

Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die - Snowflake Rosette

We've got one more special holiday treat for you all today!  Our friends at PaperHaus Magazine are also hosting a magnificent holiday event called the Winter Frolic 12 Days Of Christmas Blog Hop! They are celebrating the release of the Winter Issue of PaperHaus Magazine but also inspiring you each day with wonderful holiday projects, giveaways and inspiration! The PaperHaus Winter Frolic 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop will run from December 1st to December 12th! Be sure to stop each day and leave a comment each day to win some fabulous prizes by their lovely sponsors! Don't forget to check out the Winter Issue for additional inspiration, holiday cheer and some amazing projects from the PaperHaus contributing team! Here is a list of today's wonderful companies who are participating in this festive event!



PaperHaus Cover Winter

We had so much fun bringing you today's amazing crafts! There's more festive fun and inspiration in store for you on tomorrow's blog! We hope you'll visit us and join in the holiday cheer! Big thanks to Gloria and Clare for their amazing work today. Don't forget to leave us a blog or Facebook comment for your chance to win that amazing prize pack! We'll see you again tomorrow for another day of inspiration with the Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Gift Tutorials! Enjoy your day, G45ers!

With Love and Pretty Paper,

Your Friends at Graphic 45




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great paper and so colorful - love the 5 golden rings - beautiful projects.

Beautiful card and gorgeous box. Love the paper collection. Thanks, Layla

Such a beautiful card and the box is so cool! Thanks for the tutorial!

Gloria- the 5 days of Christmas card is perfect. The golden ring that is cut out and tied with the ribbon is perfect. What a wonderful card.
Clare- Your candle box is beautiful. The 7 swans a swimming paper that you added with the 5 golden rings paper is absolutely perfect. I love how all of the G45 papers coordinate with each other. It makes it so easy to do projects and it looks like you took hours picking out the papers to go together.

Once again you have some wonderful inspiration. I just love the candle box which makes a wonderful gift which I will have to try making *smile* Thank you.

What delightful projects. So much inspiration. The really fun thing is that we can use the "12 Days of Christmas" all year long.

The first card is something I would make. Easy enough to do several


WAUW another gorgeous tut here today.absolutely stunning work. I love that candlebox here and it just came on the very best day possible, as I just finished 4 of these candles here the other night, so now I know exactly how they´re going to be wrapped up, so thanks soo much for that, you just made my day here.

Just love getting all your emails to see what wonderful projects your doing!
I missed out on the 12 days of Christmas papers in my local store! I want to make quite a few of these wonderful projects! thank you Graphic45 for all your wonderful free tutorials!! they keep us all inspired!

This paper is awesome I would love to win it.Have a great day

It makes my day to come on G45 blog and see such inspiring projects. Love them. Love G45 papers!!

Love love the candle box

Such a lovely card with vintage feel ,I loved the box too ! Thanks for the give away !

Stunning,, Stunning projects, as always from Graphic 45 designers, great inspiration for us all to drool over xx

Beautiful projects again. I love the candle box - a really unique way of packaging one for a gift. Looking forward to more ideas.

All the projects are fantastic. Thanks for the chance to win.

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Such festive fun seeing all the stunning projects with The Twelve Days Of Christmas collection! I can't wait to win this fanastic prize! I can dream, can't I ?

Gorgeous projects! Love your papers!

Wow, I just made a candle and this gorgeous candle box would be perfect!!

Wow! Really love all the inspirational projects & gift box!! Love Graphic 45!

Thank you!

Gorgeous collection! Can't stop enjoying it!!

Thank you so much for these fantastics Christmas tutorials. They are lovely.

And also for the chance of wining such fabolous price!!

Wonderful, will have to try.

Can I say that when using the red line tape, I have found that if I cut it longer that what I want to stick and cut at an angle. I find the red piece easier to pull off and I tuck the glue part back on itself.

I already made candles-this gift box for them is the PERFECT idea!!

Clare's candle gift box is devine! Thanks for the inspiration again today.

Such a wonderful prize It would be an honor to win

Beautiful! I love these!

love it!!! I bookmarked it to try it, thanks for inspiring

This exploding box with a candle is AMAZING!!! LOVE it!!


What a great gift box! Can't wait to try it!

Świetny kurs i fantastyczne inspiracje!

wooooooooowwwww!!! It's a great Project!!! Thank you!!! ^_^

You KNOW I want to call in sick today so I can stay home and make this! Thanks! Sue

OMGosh....I just bought these candles and can't wait to view the video and make them. Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

i am truly enjoying all the projects from the twelve days of christmas collection. looking forward to the rest of them. todays projects are out of this world.!!

Oh, what exquisite projects ... all created with the best products out there. Thank you for sharing.

wonderful projects today! Love the papers and with the cold nasty weather today I think I will spend it crafting! Thanks for sharing.

What fun to have all those goodies to work with!!

Gorgeous!! amazing

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