A Wintry Advent Calendar

When these new Shadow Box Drawers were released by Kaisercraft, I was determined to make one up as an Advent Calendar. I love the little central section and decided I wanted to make a little wintry scene in it and wanted to make the whole calendar feel more wintry than Christmas themed, if that makes sense.

Shadow Box Drawers

Most of the Kaisercraft Christmas Collections are feature the traditional colours of Red & Green so I picked papers from two of the collections to give me the colour scheme and effect I was after. I chose papers from the Just Believe Collection and the Turtle Dove Collection.

I started by painting the MDF parts with Kaisercolour Soft Moss. You don’t need to paint any bits that will be covered with paper, so on some of the sections you only need to paint the edges (this saves time and paint). I also painted the inside of the little boxes to match.

Shadow Box Drawers - detail 2

I love all the very traditional images on the ‘Maids’ paper from the Turtle Dove Collection. I picked the images that matched my colour scheme, so just used the little squares that were mainly blue in colour. I did have to use three sheets because of this though, but that was my choice. I also used on every other box the ‘Starlight’ paper reverse from the ‘Just Believe’ Collection.

Please see our previous Advent Calendar post for details of how we assembled the little square boxes.

Shadow Box Drawers - detail 1

I consciously arranged what papers went where on the boxes, I don’t do random lol. For the central section of the Calendar I used part of the ‘Drummers’ paper from the ‘Turtle Dove’ Collection, there is a little image on the reverse that was perfect for my wintry scheme. I also used the larger tree from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Woodlands set and the Kaisercraft Wood flourish ‘Iron Fence’. For my snow I used Cotton wool covered in Clear Rock Candy Distress Stickles, this gave a great frosty feel to it. I also covered the tree in Kaisercraft ‘Ice Blue’ Rhinestones and added some to the front of some of the boxes. To finish off the edges of the little drawers and the advent Calendar I used the Ranger ‘Pearl’ Dabber. The last thing I did was to add tiny numbers to each of the boxes – for this I used a little section from the ‘Wish List’ paper from the Just Believe collection.

I am really pleased with my Advent Calendar and the wintry feel to it – I hope you like it too. Now I just to fill the little drawers with chocolates 😀

All your comments are very much appreciated.

Chrissy xXx

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