If you follow my Papercraft With Me Facebook page you’ll know that a few days ago I received the new Rustic Christmas Countdown Kit. I was so excited I simply had to open it right away and even did a quick video of all the parts and pieces in the box. I love that everything comes ready prepared. All I had to do was put it together following the included instructions (well almost). I’m glad I bought extra kits because now I want to use the pieces on other projects.
The first thing I spotted were the 25 ready-assembled 3″ x 4″ envelopes; 12 of one design and 13 of the other. There’s sheets printed with the numbers 1 to 25, some on a wood-effect paper and some on shiny gold foil. Then there are printed leaves, berries, wreaths and poinsettias all ready to be popped out and used.
The colourful instructions are easy to follow and I started, as you might expect, with envelope number 1. Having assembled the wreath per the instructions I decided I didn’t want to attach it to the cute little peg. Instead I flipped the envelope over so the flap was at the back and glued the wreath to the other side. Simply because I could.
Envelope number 2 was decorated with holly leaves and berries. The large gold banner with the printed number has a curved top designed to line up perfectly with the envelope (under the flap). So I made that envelope with no ‘adjustments’.
The third design in the kit was another on the canvas patterned envelope. This time, like the wreath design, I layered everything on the back. The bow was easy to tie using the gorgeous 1/8″ Cherry Cobbler braided linen ribbon included in the kit.
Finally I turned to the fourth design decorated with a poinsettia and the number on a smaller gold foil piece.
Having made up one of each design ir was easy to repeat the process until all 25 envelopes were complete. Obviously it’s too early for Christmas decorations so I packed the assembled envelopes back in the box. When it’s time I’ll wrap the included cord around the tree (or along the mantle) and attach the envelopes using the pegs.
Now all I have to do is decide what to put inside each one.
As well as the envelope, ribbon and other paper pieces the kit also includes adhesives. There’s enough glue dots and Stampin’ Dimensionals to assemble all 25 envelopes. However I simply prefer to use liquid glue when papercrafting so that’s what I did. I’ll save the unused glue dots for another time. I also chose to use my Bone Folder to curve the leaves, petals and bows. This is entirely optional.