Sil­ver blends in per­fectly with the tra­di­tional colours of the sea­son: green, red and gold.

Country Style - - CHRISTMAS -

FRAMES

Add tin punch frames to ready-made plain pic­ture frames, or sim­ply glue the frame to a pho­to­graph’s bor­der. 1 Make a tem­plate by trac­ing the frame or pho­to­graph. Add a crest to the top of the smaller frame (fac­ing page, bot­tom). 2 Lay a soft cloth or a cut­ting mat un­der­neath the foil and trace the tem­plate onto the foil, then cut it out. Cut four discs for the cor­ners of the larger frame (fac­ing page, top). 3 Work­ing from the back, use an em­boss­ing tool or a ball­point pen to add de­signs to the frame. Make dot­ted lines with a trac­ing wheel if you have one, or use a ruler and the tip of the ball­point pen. Em­boss the flow­ers as in step 4 of the wreath (see be­low). 4 Glue the em­bossed frame onto the frame or pic­ture. Glue the discs onto the cor­ners of the larger frame. 5 Add string or rib­bon to hang the frames, if de­sired.

WREATH

A sim­ple sil­ver wreath will add sparkle to your dec­o­ra­tions. 1 Make a tem­plate by trac­ing around a bowl or a din­ner plate. Draw an­other line about 1cm in­side the traced cir­cle and draw the leaves around the cir­cle, in­side and out­side, as shown on page 110. Cut out the tem­plate. 2 Lay a soft cloth or cut­ting mat un­der­neath a piece of foil and trace the tem­plate onto the foil us­ing an em­boss­ing tool or a ball­point pen. 3 Cut out the wreath and cut some small discs for the flow­ers (you can use a 20 cent coin as a tem­plate). 4 Work­ing from the back of the foil, em­boss pat­terns onto the wreath and flow­ers. Add dots to the cir­cle with a trac­ing wheel, or use a ball­point pen to press them into the foil; use the ball­point pen to draw veins onto the leaves and add some short scratches to the edges. Em­boss the flow­ers by press­ing firmly in the mid­dle with the tip of the ball­point pen with the nib re­tracted (just be care­ful not to push through the foil) and draw lines to the outer edge of ev­ery flower. 5 Turn the wreath over and slightly bend the leaves up to give them more di­men­sion. 6 Care­fully glue the f low­ers at ran­dom places around the wreath. To com­plete the look, slightly fold the flow­ers up to make shal­low cup shapes.

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