Sarah says, “I adore snowflake imagery and my handmade Christmas cards always feature them, so I have a good collection of snowflake stamps. When I saw the phrase ‘more wonder, more twinkle, more joy’ on this stamp set I knew I ‘needed’ it to edge my crackers!”



Stamps Sarah used...

  • Woodware: Huge Snowflake 

Other materials...

  • HobbyCraft Decorate Your Own Crackers
  • PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic paint: Turquoise; Mermaid; Snowflake
  • Ranger Distress Oxide Re-Inkers: Faded Jeans; Peacock Feathers
  • VersaFine Clair ink pads: Twilight; Warm Breeze
  • Brusho Acrylic Shimmer Spray: Shimmer Silver
  • The Works metal die: Snowflake
  • Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic paint: Night
  • Stampendous Embossing Powder: Fine Silver
  • PaperArtsy Smoothy White Card: Regular


Step-by-step... Christmas Cracker

1 Trim two pieces of A4 card to measure 8.5cm x 18cm, and one piece to measure 9.7cm x 18cm.   2 Paint the widest piece of card in Turquoise, and the other two pieces with Mermaid chalk paint.
3 Apply Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide to one edge of both narrow cards, and Faded Jeans to the other side and the widest piece of card.   Use a brush to spread the Distress Oxide ink over the painted surfaces.
5 Spritz the Distress Oxide ink covered surfaces with water.   6 Holding the heat gun in one hand, and the water spray in the other, spritz and heat until you have a speckled effect.
7 Lightly spritz the inked area with Brusho Silver Shimmer Spray. Heat dry.   8 Stamp the huge snowflake image with Twilight ink, and the smaller snowflakes with Warm Breeze. Heat set.
9 Create a topper by painting torn corrugated card with Night acrylic paint. Add Snowflake paint to the edges, and emboss with silver embossing powder.    

To finish the project: Complete the topper by adding Snowflake paint to the raised surface. Once dry, sponge Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide ink, spritz with Brusho Silver Shimmer spray, and attach a die cut snowflake. Glue the inked cards around the cracker, adding painted book paper before adding the topper to the centre.


This project was first published in the January 2018 issue of Craft Stamper.