Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. Yes, it is. But in the last decades the spirit of the holiday has disappeared behind the crazy shopping for food and presents. Do you really think your children need so many toys? I think they need more of the “old fashioned” emotional time with their parents and their relatives, preparing Christmas decorations. When My Grandmother was already almost 90, one of the things she remembered best from her childhood was exactly this – how she and her mother were making the Christmas decorations for the table and for their Christmas tree.
How to make these Capsule inspired Capsule Christmas embellishments… It is funny, but these were actually inspired by my last Christmas cookies. You might find a different inspiration.
I call them Capsule, because they are along the lines of my idea of the Capsule Craft Collection in which the crafter prepares almost all the materials themselves. So, you need white watercolour paper (250 g), markers (alcohol based and non-alcohol based), water and gold of glitter cardboard.
Cut some elements. Here I am using my Sizzix Big shot machine and Sizzix Christmas ornament and Sizzix snowflake dies.
You also can use the whole form of some of the dies to create more shapes, as shown:
… which you can cut with scissors later.
When all the elements are ready, organise them together. This will give you an idea of how many embellishments you will have at the end. And also, which colours to use and where.
For the colouring I am using only markers and water.
I am drawing some lines around the different shapes with the markers…
And, with the water container brush, spreading the colours around whole the element. Especially on the brown ones I combine two colours – one ginger and one dark brown to create this look of something baked.
For these, which I want to be with very bright, strong colours, I am using the alcohol based markers.
After organizing the elements by colour I then decide how many glitter or gold embellishments will be needed.
The best part
The best part, of course, is putting all the elements together! To make them look more like cookies and to give them more volume, I am using little cardboard or foam pieces.
In this process, some elements are changing their places, some I decide not to use… But in the end the embellishments are ready. Imagine what a wonderful celebration it will be when you make these with your kids. Or why not the whole family? The cold (or not warm) weekend afternoons in December are better to be spent like this than running around shopping. You can also use these embellishments to decorate your gift packs with Christmas ginger breads. I am sure all your relatives and friends will be excited and thankful – deeply appreciating the time you spent to make their Christmas beautiful. So, less money and much less effort than all that shopping and you know, very often, the best way to show our love is through the time we spend on and with each other.
Capsule Craft collection idea is a minimalist idea about your craft space. If you are curious about, you can read my article about or my book. Have fun, save money and time!
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