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VikingArtyParty Christmas Crafty Fun!

VikingArtyParty Christmas Crafty Fun!

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Christmas is right around the corner (well, nearly…) and with that in mind we decided to get crafty with some of our blogger friends. In our third instalment of the #VikingArtyParty, we and 34 UK bloggers set about making some creative Christmassy crafts in Leeds’ beautiful Lamberts Yard event space.
On what turned out to be one of the warmest Saturdays in October (Ho! Ho! Ho!), we collaborated with three craft experts to run workshops bringing a whole afternoon of cutting, sticking, stamping and pen swishing. We split our guests into three groups – one for each activity – and set them loose (with a glass of mulled wine in hand)!

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On one table we had Joyce from ArtsyNibs teaching calligraphy, brush lettering and pen skills. What a beautiful way of adding personality and flair to handwritten cards, envelopes and all sorts of other written goodies!

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Each group began by covering basic hand movements and letter shapes and then put these into practice in words of their own using a mixture of brush pens, specialist Japanese lettering pens and gold and silver metallic pens.

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Next it was on to block printing with Maddie from Tea and Crafting, a delightful workshop that teaches you how to decorate a plain magazine file with whatever design takes your fancy.

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Using foam pads, our bloggers cut a design to make the ‘block’ or stamp. They then dipped these into acrylic paints and stamped away. Some went for simple designs, others went for intricate ones with a mixture of colours, but each one was as fabulous and unique as the next.

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Last but by no means least, we had Jane with Tea and Crafting, teaching our guests how to create fantastically festive Christmas cracker advent calendars!
Using glittery paper, cardboard tubing, ribbons and other decorative bits and bobs, our bloggers set about creating 24 Christmas crackers, ready to be filled with whatever goodies they so desired.

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The crackers start life as a simple sheet of cardboard (similar to cereal box card in thickness and texture) that’s covered in glittery paper and bent in six places, as in the image below. A series of triangles are cut into the folds to help form the ‘cuff’ of the cracker.

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Once this has been completed, the entire sheet is rolled around a cardboard tube form and glued into place. To finish off the cracker, you tie ribbons around the cuff, curl their ends and you’re done!

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In between all this crafty merriment, we paused for a tasty lunch of tasty hot sandwiches with lashings of gravy and a glass or two of mulled wine or a cup of tea.

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We can’t get enough of Christmas here at Viking, and we find it really brings the craftiness out in us. Thanks to all the wonderful bloggers who attended – we loved having you and hope to see you again soon!
Do you have a favourite craft project for Christmas? Or maybe you’ve got a clever way of using a household item for something creative? We’d love to hear about it over on Twitter @viking_chat.

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