Thursday, December 01, 2016

{Spotlight Project} Cornelia Makes an Advent Calendar

Hi, Cornelia here today. I made an Advent calendar for my daughter and thought I share it with you.

Now to warn you - this was a fair amount of work. It took me all afternoon. but I had fun and I like how it turned out. I saw a calendar like this by Julie Ebersole last year and always wanted to make one. She has a video on YouTube that you can watch, too. 

Julie made a template to position the dies evenly on your card stock. I printed it out (here is her link) and taped it onto my card stock. Since I only have a regular Big Shot I cut my card stock panel with the template attached into quarters.

I die cut my windows. 

That is the backside - I used Kraft.

I printed the template a second time onto white card stock

and made myself a mask for staying inside my windows using a punch that is slightly larger than the window, as you always lose some of your stamp next to the mask.

Stamped my images and some sentiments inside the little squares until every square was filled.

Colored them in 

and added Stickles to some of the images.

While the Stickles were drying I started to work on the Kraft panel. Cut off little corners from the windows to make them easier to open. I also marked where I would stamp the numbers with a fine pencil line.

Stamped the numbers and some images on the front panel and heat embossed in white. Lastly I glued everything together and matted the calendar onto a piece of red card stock. The reason was, that I colored my images with Copics and the color bleed through and  it simply looks ugly from the back.

I also added a twine, reinforced the hole with a white circle.

Do you like Advent calendars? I sure do and my children always get one. It's an old German tradition.
 Enjoy the time before the holidays!

My STAMPlorations supplies:

preview-SketchyAlphabet stmp1075.jpeg

preview-SheryRuss_GonePostal copy preview-BigGrins-ReindeerGames

preview-TBK-ChristmasReindeer  stmp1073.jpeg


If you try out any of the techniques from our Spotlight posts, don't forget to hook your project up at our Spotlight Project Showcase.


  1. oh Cornelia wie herrlich das du alte Deutsche-Tradition beibehälst und weiter führst in USA *umärmel
    ein total schöner Kalender ist dir da vom Tisch gehüpft !!!
    Deine Tochter wird ihn lieben
    LG hellerlittle

  2. I love all your fun stamped squares! Fabulous project! That does look like a lot of work, but it will be extra special!

  3. I love advent calendars and this is gorgeous!
    Love the white on kraft - so pretty!

  4. I love this. I always give an Advent calendar to my niece and her family so I might have to make one for next year.


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