On Tuesday a lovely group of ladies gathered at my house to make a stunning illuminated picture using the gorgeous Hometown Greetings Edgelit dies which have thankfully carried over and are still available to purchase in my online store.
The ladies began by taking apart the Ikea picture frame, removing the plastic film from the Perspex panel, placing the cardstock picture mount directly onto the Perspex panel and adding the MDF frame on top. They used some Tear & Tape to adhere the cardstock picture mount to the MDF frame but did not remove the backing from the tape.
Next the ladies glued a 6” by 6” piece of the Merry Little Christmas dsp (retired) to the centre of the piece of white paper which came inside the frame.
Taking 2 pieces of Whisper White cardstock 6” by 5” and 1 piece of Whisper White cardstock 6” by 3” the ladies die cut the 3 rows of houses using the Big Shot. Each Whisper White panel was place landscape style – with the 6” wide edge at the top, onto the Big Shot cutting platform. The dies were then placed so that the roofs of the houses/church were right at the top of each panel and roughly in the centre from side to side. The dies will not cut right to the edge of the Whisper White panels. When the rows of houses were die cut they were then trimmed free of the cardstock using Scissors.
The ladies then laid the tallest panel with the smallest houses on top of the dsp panel to work out a rough positioning. When they were happy they punched a hole in the white paper panel using the 1/4″ Hand Held Circle Punch on the left hand side and just below the level of the Whisper White cardstock.
Next they removed the clear protective strip from the LED lights and switched them on to check that they worked. The string of lights was then fed through the punched hole until they reached the thicker piece close to the battery pack. The battery pack was then brought round to the back of the MDF panel where the corner had already been removed. The thick piece of cable was then adhered to the other side of the MDF panel with Tear & Tape; again the backing was left on. The battery pack was then secured to the outside with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
The white piece of paper with the attached dsp was then glued to the MDF panel hiding the thicker end of the wiring. The tallest layer of die cut Whisper White was then laid on top whilst the ladies worked out the positioning of the lights behind each house and secured the lights in position with Mini Glue Dots. It is easier to do this with the lights switched on and to use all the lights up they needed to place 2 or 3 lights under the church and some of the houses in all the layers. When they were happy with the positioning of the lights the second panel was laid on top to work out the positioning and a hole was then punched below the top of the second panel so that the string of lights would not be seen. The tallest layer was then added over the top of the dsp using Stampin’ Dimensionals. The lights were then placed behind the houses and the church and attached to the first layer with Mini Glue Dots. At the end of this row the smallest layer was laid on top and a hole punched below the top line to allow the remaining lights to be fed through. The second layer was then added with Mini Glue Dots. After the remaining lights were positioned the smallest layer was added on Dimensionals.
The whole panel was then added to the base frame and the tabs pressed down to secure it in position. The ladies were delighted with their pictures which all looked amazing. Thank you to my lovely upline Mikaela Titheridge for the inspiration.
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Details of the products I used for this project can be found below. Please visit my blog again soon.
Hometown Greetings Edgelit dies
Merry Little Christmas (retired)
Big Shot, Standard Cutting Platform or Precision Base Plate, ¼” handheld Circle Punch (retired), Paper Trimmer, Stampin Scrub and Stampin Mist, Paper Piercer and Scissors
Tombow Liquid Adhesive, Mini Glue Dots & Stampin’ Dimensionals
Ribba 9” by 9” (23cm by 23cm) Shadow box picture frame from Ikea, LED Starry String Lights – 20 lights from https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B073CHL32X/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s02?ie=UTF8&psc=1