Advent House Project – Advent Card
The October Member’s project is an Advent Calendar style project which you can use to create card projects and more.
I have chosen to make it as a card, with 12 openings on each side.
- Christmas themed dies and/or cut files
- Brick stencil
- October Member Kit
- Electronic Cutter
- Affinity Designer
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Getting Started: Preparing your cut files
Firstly you need to choose your elements, I have decided on basic window frames (23), the door (1), the roof (2), the house (2) the photo mat (2) and the base (2). I have also added a small tab to one of the bases to make a card blank. For more on this, see Tracy’s video post showing you how to navigate the file in Affinity Designer.
You will need to add the supplied cut lines to each of your windows and door on the house piece(s) in order to allow them to open.
You may also want to cut two white house shapes to stamp images for the inside of each window, but I used cut elements so didn’t need these pieces.
Preparing your pieces
1. I have cut all my elements for one side of my card; I will be doing both sides of the card to achieve 24 apertures, but will be showing just one side for this blog.
The Advent Card base
2. Start by connecting together your two base layers. There are two ways you can do this: here I am using a glue tab in order to do this. If your base card is big enough, you could also do this using weld in your machine or on CanvasWorkspace.
Creating the icons
3. I created my inside elements using built-in designs on the ScanNCut; they were all suitably sized and drawn using the on-board designs. Then, I coloured and cut them with an offset.
5. My Advent House inked up ready for assembly. Note: you only need to stencil the area that will be viewed in the finished project; this is important if you are using pigment or hybrid inks. Here’s a brick stencil if you don’t already have one in your stash.
Windows and Doors
6. Then, adhere all the frames and the door to the ‘glass’ pieces. You could also use acetate for the glass panes if you wish.
7. All the frames and the doors were adhered to the house and roof pieces using the cut lines as a guide.
Decorating the inside of the Advent House
8. Adhere the inside elements to the base card using the photo frame piece as a guide. I didn’t adhere the photo frame at this point, but you can. If you are going to stamp your images you can also use the included photo mat as a guide.
9. Using a scoreboard, score the connected side of the windows and door. At this point do not fold these score lines, I did in order for you to see the process, but leaving them unfolded means they will stay closed until to day they are opened.
10. Score the window panels on the roof piece in the same way as the main panel.
11. Here is the front and roof scored but, once again, don’t fold the windows and door.
Adhering the photo mat
12. If you have chosen to use the photo mat, now adhere it to the back of the house if you haven’t already adhered it to your base piece.
Finishing the Advent House
13 Adhere your roof to the front of your house.
14. Adhere your house to the base card; your images should line up correctly if you used the photo mat as a guide. This means you don’t have to open the windows to check your alignment. I have opened mine in order for you to see inside.
15. You can decorate your house as you like; I have adhered my additional elements to the windows to ensure they still open.
I hope you enjoy making your Advent House kit.