Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Part Four - "Brown Bag Table Setting"

Let’s Decorate the Tree and Finish it Up!


To make individual tree lights, punch out six 7/8” flowers (2 each of teal, red and green). Use the Double Rectangle Punch to punch out the copper rectangles for the base of the light. The rectangles need to be a little smaller. So, place the edge of the cardstock ¾ of the way into the window of the punch as shown.

Each flower will make five lights. Glue five bases to the flower as shown in the "Assembling Lights" photo. Cut apart the flowers and trim off excess cardstock even with the bottom of the copper base. Place the lights on your tree as desired. I added tiny pearl embellishments to the tree for interest.

Shoes & Socks

For shoes, use the word window punch and punch two oblong shapes. These shapes are too long for shoes and will need to be shortened as shown in the “Punching Shoes” photo. For the socks, use the Pinking Hearts edge punch and make a strip about two inches long. Cut two sections for each sock and layer over the shoes.

To complete this adorable little Christmas Tree Girl, add a copper star to her hat, and a bow to her collar. Attach the completed doll to the front Design panel with Pop Dots.

Menu Insert

For the menu insert, cut one Teal Cardstock Panel 4 ¾” X 7 ¼”. Print out a menu to fit the panel. Attach the printed menu to the top of the Panel where the ornament and bow will be placed. Leave the bottom of the printed menu unattached. Align both polka dot ornaments at the top, sandwiching the menu panel in between the ornaments. Leave the top part of the ornament extending above the panel about ¼”. Punch two holes through all layers at the top of the ornament and make a Martha Stewart bow with ribbon to hold all the pieces together. Slide the completed menu into the main bag section.

Finishing Touches

Cut rickrack with the CottageCutz rickrack die and use the Dotted Swiss embossing folder to emboss dots. Place rickrack along the top edge of the pocket section. Cut out your guests name and attach to the lower part of the pocket/flap section on the back of the completed Easel back. Insert plastic table service into the small pocket on the back and set at your holiday table.

Tip: It is important to use cardstock for the layers and not thin paper. The cardstock gives the easel section stability to stand. The easel will not support anything heavier than the plastic table service. Do not add a lot of weight to the upper back portion of the easel.

Stamp set for this project is from Peachy Keen Stamps, punches from Stampin’ Up, die cuts from Nestabilities, Sizzix, CottageCutz and Cricut. Color was added using Copic Sketch Markers.

This completes the tutorial on the “Brown Bag Table Setting”. I hope you have enjoyed this project and have been inspired. This project has so many possibilities. I hope you will give it a try and let me know what you did with it. “Happy Holidays” – Jane, the Polka Dot Gypsy

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