The This & That Christmas kit is here!

As I said, I think I was in touch with my inner Dr. Seuss. Got some quirky things going on. :) I did try to refrain from “snow” references on this one for those who don’t have a “white christmas” (hey, that makes me in the mood to watch that movie ) . . . but the window did sneak its way in.
It’s not too obvious though.
Here’s a few close up shots:

Here’s a few tips on putting this together:
  1. Stack of Presents. All the backing pieces are identified in the cut file. Start adhering them at the top of the present stack and work your way down. Once the presents are together, adhere the “Do Not Open” tag to the top right corner and tie a white string around the ensemble. Then, adhere to the background
  2. Santa Clothes. Adhere (on the backside) a white string along the top of the background–making the left side slightly lower than the right side. Use your own black cardstock to cut tiny strips in various quirky sizes to use as clothespins. This is meant to be uneven so let go of your OCD.
  3. Gingerbread House. Use a button or rhinestone for the door knob.
  4. Present. (bottom-ish-left). Use ribbon to tie around the cardstock to make it look like a present. The ribbon style that tickled my fancy is from American Crafts, however, it was not conducive to making an easy tight-knotted bow. The trick? Glue Dots!
  5. Ornament. Used an actual ornament hook. I think y’all might have a few of those around right now, eh? ;) And while you can use the ornament without backing it (the red background shows through), if you’d rather add a different color, simply Ungroup and move the inside shapes of the ornament out of the way and you’ve got a backing piece.
  6. Dear Santa. Use a 1/16″ hole punch to add holes to the top of the notebook paper. Use scissors to slice from edge to hole. Rip and bend the top to make it look like you ripped it out of a notebook. Print postmark on a transparency.
  7. As usual, I always recommend double-cutting your images using Copy and Paste, especially when working with the more delicate or small images.
You can use this with Cricut, Silhouette, or any digital craft cutter that can use SVG/DXF  files. Don’t have a digital cutter? No worries, you can also create it digitally. For information on how to do that, refer to this post HERE.

It’s pretty close to the same as the other two kits as far as how it comes. I will do the usual break down along with all the tips in my next post.