For the CCEE Stampers’ final challenge of 2021, I would like for our stampers to select a country or culture other than their own and feature a unique element in that country or culture’s Christmas celebrations to feature on their cards.
Germany seems to be responsible for many of the Christmas traditions that have been adopted in various countries over the years. Three that come to mind are Christmas Trees, Advent Calendars and Nutcrackers. For my project today I decided to combine the Advent Calendar & Nutcracker.
For the Advent Calendar portion of my card, I used Scrappy Tails Craft's Advent Calendar Add-On and Slimline Bird House Pop Up Card die sets. For the roof I used the Christmas House Roof Add-On die set which allowed me to add the snow and Christmas lights to the roof.
The Advent Calendar Add-on die set, also includes the number dies which I die cut from gold cardstock and adhered to the front of each of the doors of the calendar.
When you open the doors each day from the 1st December it reveals a Christmas related image or sentiment. I used small stamps from various stamp sets in my collection, including some from past Hero Arts monthly kits.
I wanted to make this special, so I decided to add a Nutcracker to each side of the Advent Calendar. The Nutcracker is also from Scrappy Tails Crafts from their Slimline Nutcracker Spinner Add On die set.
There is an additional die set which includes a panel to join the back and front of the Advent calendar together, however I didn't buy that set. So I used the joiner from the Slimline Snow Globe Pop up Card die set.