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Christmas Tree Guarding Reindeer Blockade – LOL | CraftyPaws

My little pup, Bandito, has taken to drinking from the Christmas tree water well so I decided to make this accordion “reindeer blockade”  using the Sizzix Album, Accordion Flip 3D die (sorry this has been discontinued by Sizzix but I found it still available HERE as of today’s date), a slew of dies from Diemond Dies, and the adorable dancing reindeer from the Mama Elephant Reindeer Games stamp set.

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Reindeer Backs Drawn to Match Mama Elephant Reindeer Games Fronts

First off, I needed to draw the backs of each of the Mama Elephant reindeer. I know a lot of folks have made spinners using the mirrored stamps, but I just didn’t want the deer to have 2 heads. LOL Anyway, I drew the backs on my computer, Copic colored all the reindeer, and fussy cut each of them out.  That’s a LOT of fussy cutting, inking the backs and edges, and gluing, but they are soooo stinkin cute, they were worth every minute.


Left Side of Accordion: View of 4+ of the 8 Panels

Copic colors used: Bodies and hooves: E55, 57, and 59; Muzzles: E53, E55 and R20; Antlers: E43 and E87 with white Sakura Gelly Roll pen highlights and topped with Glossy Accents for shine; Collars: B05 with Clear Star Sakura Gelly Roll pen for the tags; and Rudolph’s Nose: R29 covered with Cranberry Stickles for sparkle.


Right Side of Accordion: View of 3+ of 8 Panels

I next cut out each of the panels of the accordion using the Recollections Winter Frost collection paper pad. Then I chose some fun shapes to die cut windows in which each of the reindeer could spin (and keep an eye out in every direction). I chose the Diemond Dies Christmas Ornament Die, the third smallest heart from the Diemond Dies Nesting Heart Die Set, the third smallest of the Diemond Dies Labels 2 Top Note Nesting Die Set, and the third smallest star from the Lawn Fawn Puffy Star Stackables die set. Then it was a matter of figuring out how to assemble each of the panels I cut out  and insert the spinning reindeer. The following video includes a tutorial on the assembly (hopefully this will save you from all the mistakes I made and had to re-do):

Lastly I added left over glitter foam snowflake stickers from the Dollar Tree, dusting the backs with baby powder after adhering them to the project so the exposed parts wouldn’t stay sticky.  I also punched out snowflakes using the Martha Stewart Glacial Snowflake Punch and Martha Stewart Alpine Snowflake Punch and die cut the Diemond Dies Winter Snowflake Die Set and the Diemond Dies Snowflake #1 Die, gluing 2 of each snowflake together to give them added sturdiness. I want to be able to use this accordion project as table-top home decor to celebrate the winter in the new year even after the Christmas tree is taken down. Cuz, really, rather than reindeer guards, don’t they look like they are dancing reindeer celebrating the new year?! 🙂

My readers can get 10% off and free worldwide shipping on all orders of $35 or more at Diemond Dies by using the coupon code “thankskristina” at checkout.

This accordion folder is being entered into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Winter Wonderland Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Party! Challenge
Through the Craft Room Door Anything Goes Challenge
Raisin Boat Christmas and New Year’s Challenge – WINNER
613 Avenue Create Anything Goes Challenge – WINNER
The Shabby Tea Room Winter Wonderland Challenge

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Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you and yours have a safe and wonderful 2016!


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