“The 10 ideas with gingerbread are all so fun – my favourite has to be the ‘baking tray’ card”
1 Paper clips
1 Die-cut three mini gingerbread men from Kraft card and ink the edges in white. 2 Die-cut a hat, bow tie and candy cane from coloured card and attach to each gingerbread man. 3 Add small pearls for buttons. Glue gingerbread men to large paper clips to finish.
2 Pop up card
1 Create a 160x150mm tent-fold Kraft base card and round the corners. Cover the inside with patterned paper. 2 Cut a 150x220mm piece of spotty paper, fold in half and round the corners. Measure 40mm from each side and make two 80mm slits (40mm either side of the central fold). Score between the top and bottom of each slit, then push out the central panel. Attach inside the base. Add strips of checked paper and ricrac. 3 Die-cut a gingerbread house and attach to the pop out panel. Die-cut a gingerbread man and attach to the door. Add a sentiment, die-cut candy canes and buttons to finish.
3 Ho Ho Ho!
1 Round the corners of a 180x125mm Kraft base card. Layer 170x115mm snowflake paper onto checked paper, round corners and attach. 2 Die-cut a baking tray from silver mirror card and attach with sticky fixers. Cut an oven glove from checked paper, add ricrac and attach under the baking tray with sticky fixers. 3 Die-cut six mini gingerbread men from Kraft card. Ink the edges in brown and attach. Add a stamped and embossed sentiment in the top right corner.
4 Large gingerbread man
1 Using the template on page 86, cut out two gingerbread men from Kraft card. Attach on either side of a 50x150mm Kraft base card. 2 Draw stitches around the edge of the front gingerbread man with an embossing pen and heat emboss in white. Punch out small black circles for eyes and use black pearls for the mouth. 3 Attach ricrac to the arms and legs. Add a stamped sentiment, small bow and buttons.
5 Season’s greetings jar
1 Layer a 135mm square of spotty paper onto patterned paper. Add to a 145mm square white base card. Draw a jar shape on the spotty paper and cut through front panel with a craft knife. Glue acetate to back of the aperture. 2 Run sticky fixers around the back of the aperture. Add die-cut mini gingerbread men and sweets, and back with a 125mm square of sentiment paper. 3 Create a jar lid from silver mirror card, wrap with baker’s twine and attach with sticky fixers. Add a die-cut bow and a stamped and embossed sentiment to finish.
6 Treat bag
1 Die-cut two houses from Kraft card and glue one house to the back of the clear treat bag. Draw stitching around the other house with an embossing pen, and heat emboss in white. 2 Attach the embossed house to the front of the clear bag and open the door. Die-cut a sweet in red and white card then attach to the front house with sticky fixers. 3 Die-cut a gingerbread man from Kraft card and add red die-cut buttons. Punch a hole in the top and thread baker’s twine through the hole to create a tag.
1 Create a basic cracker from tree paper using a template or a die. Wrap a strip of contrasting paper and ricrac around the centre and glue in place. 2 Die-cut a gingerbread man from Kraft card and add die-cut heart buttons and ricrac. Add small black pearls for eyes and draw a mouth with a black pen. 3 Attach the gingerbread man in the centre with glue, then roll up the cracker and tie each end with twine.
8 ’Tis the season
1 Layer a 95x140mm piece of tree paper onto checked paper and attach to a 105x150mm white base card. Die-cut an 80mm square aperture from the front panel and add contrasting paper inside the base. 2 Die-cut two gingerbread men from Kraft card. Add ricrac, bow ties and candy canes. Add black pearls for buttons and eyes and draw on a mouth with a black pen. 3 Attach a length of clear thread down the back of one of the gingerbread men and glue the other on top. Attach the thread behind the aperture. Add a sentiment and buttons.
1 Layer 125mm square of checkered paper onto snowflake paper; add to a 135mm square Kraft base card. Die-cut a 100mm circle from the front panel. Add snowflake paper inside the base. 2 Die-cut five mini gingerbread men from Kraft card and attach together. Add hats, bow ties and black pearls for buttons. 3 Attach across the top of the aperture. Add a sentiment and baker’s twine bow to the bottom.
10 No peeking gift box
1 Die-cut two gingerbread houses from Kraft card and patterned paper. Die-cut a roof from Kraft card and patterned paper and glue them together. Fold the roof in half. 2 Cut a 90x230mm piece of patterned paper and score 10mm down each long side. Measure and score along at 70mm and 160mm, then fold to create the body of the box. 3 Attach the houses to both sides of the body of the box. Glue the roof at the top along one side and leave the other side open. Add a stamped sentiment and baker’s twine bow to finish.