Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Victorian Advent Shadowbox

Are you ready for some wassailing and figgy pudding? If so, Alpha Stamps is gearing up for the holiday season with a sleighful of new products, like an Advent Calendar Shadowbox and A Victorian Christmas paper set. I used a handful of the recently added items along with the Advent Calendar Add-On Kit to create a delightfully simple project. 

Almost a good picture. It's a Christmas miracle.

The shadowbox itself is easy enough to assemble, but if you like visual instructions Caroline over at Glitter Tart Designs has an excellent video showing the assembly.

The Advent Calendar Add-On Kit includes a set of pre-cut drawers which eliminates the need to cut out 25 little boxes, thus saving lots of time. The quick assembly of the shadowbox and the pre-cut drawers means you can get right down to decorating this thing! (I chose to cut out all of my drawers since the Victorian Christmas paper is quite lovely. Plus, the kit has a drawer template just for that reason.)

I decided to complement the Victorian themed paper with traditional looking period decorations, including a paper medallion glitter Santa (isn't that what they're called?) and a cut-out image of a little girl that was given a crepe paper dress. There is glitter on that ornament, too, I promise. Gotta have some glitter! The other ornament is exactly what it looks like: a wired pine bough bent into a star, then finished off with a large reindeer pendant and a snippet of ribbon from the Advent Calendar Tags Ribbon Set. The ribbons decorated the numbered boxes nicely, and I still have quite a lot left for another project. 

Go visit Kristin at junk&stuff for a spectacular paper medallion tutorial, then pop back over here to see the feather tree I made using Handcraftedtradition's youtube video!

Here is the feather tree, decorated with images from various Christmas collage sheets, and a single spun cotton ornament. Eventually, I'll make more, as I stuff bourbon balls two at a time into my mouth and wash them down with an Irish coffee!