Today I am sharing a project I created for the Tim Holtz booth at CHA during the summer. I have waited to share this one until closer to Christmas and finally here we are! I based it off of a project I created last year for CHA (Welcome Santa). I love how this version has a more vintage feel. One big change to this version is that it is open along the top to create a pocket that is perfect for holding cards or treats in.
I do sell a download with step-by-step instructions for creating the Welcome Santa version of the pocket. The instructions are easily adaptable to create today’s pocket. The download is $3 and can be downloaded at: http://www.e-junkie.com/shop/product/482825.php#Welcome+Banner.
The pocket is constructed with kraft cardstock and pattern papers layered with soft cotton batting. The edges of the kraft cardstock are inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and brushed with Brushed Pewter Distress Stain. The pattern paper layers feature torn edges that were inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. All of the layers were assembled first with SuperStik glue stick and then sewn with a sewing machine.
The edges of the pattern paper layers have tears and curls which help show off the pattern on the back side of the paper.
The top layer of pattern paper features a vintage ornament package design. I wanted a bit more color to the design so I used a water brush to apply Distress Marker ink. I scribbled the ink onto my craft sheet and used the water brush to pick of the color and apply it to the pattern paper.
To create a pocket, the top seams of both sides of the pocket were sewed separately before the front and back were sewed together.
The batting lines the inside of the pocket making it both soft and durable.
The top two corners each have a gromet to create a reinforced hole for the hanging wire. Gromets are sold in the sewing notion section of fabric and craft stores. Several strands of metal wire are twisted together and through the gromets to create a handle to hang the pocket from. The ends of the wires end in fun twisted wire curlicues.
The wire on the handle is both twisted together in sections and features sections with corkscrew curls. Using multiple strands of wire makes the handle stronger and less likely to bend.
The left side of the pocket is embellished with a bow made up of a combination of Crinkle Ribbon (colored with Evergreen Bough and Vintage Photo Distress Inks), white Paper String, and Seasonal Trimmings ribbon. The ends of the Paper String were wound around a pencil to shape them into curls.
A snowflake Adornment was added as a dangle from a piece of wire. To make the snowflake sparkle, it was inked with Distress Embossing Ink and sprinkled with a pinch of fine glitter, and then coated with clear embossing powder. After heating the piece with a heat tool to melt the powder, a hole was punched in it using a Tim Holtz Drill Punch.
The front of the pocket was embellished with a Tim Holtz Woodlands bottle brush tree. To color the tree, I inked up an ink blending tool with Evergreen Bough Distress Ink and brushed it onto the tree. I wanted to keep the color mostly white so I focused on applying color to the outer edges of the tree. After drying the ink with a heat tool, I applied Brushed Pewter Distress Stain to the tips of the branches. It is a very subtle effect that shows more or less depending on the angle you look at the tree.
To adhere the tree to the pocket, I used scissors to cut away the branches on one side of the tree until it was flat on the back. I used a knife to cut away part of the wooden base so that it was also flat on the back. I applied Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the wooden base to give it a finished look. I used Helmar 450QD to adhere the tree to the pocket.
Finally, I adhered a Chit Chat sticker with the word “peace” onto the tree base. I love the addition of the word to the tree. I think it is a perfect little sentiment for the season.
These pockets are so easy to make and make not only great decorations but also good gifts. I hope that it gives you a bit of holiday crafting inspiration!