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Ensure your Christmas table is well presented this year with Keren Baker's finishing touches

What you need...
  • Card, red, blue, white
    Dies, X-Cut: Nesting Circles; Christmas Decorations; Christmas Medley
    Papers: Studio Calico, Winter Wonderland, Ice Cap; HeyDay, woodgrain; Crate Paper, Sleigh Ride, Happy Holidays; Echo Park, Dear Santa, Joy
    Stamps, Papermania, Christmas in the Country, tags
    Ink-pad, Memento, Tuxedo Black
    Gems, adhesive
  1. Chocolate Holder - 1 Die-cut two circles from red card and a further pair from blue patterned paper. Cut a snowflake from the middle of each blue disc using a Christmas Medley die. Back the blue rounds with the red, then add a small red button to the centre of one of the snowflakes.

    2 Score and fold blue card, 4cm x 11cm, at 3.5cm and 7.5cm. Fix the circles to the folded card rectangle so they stand behind one another.

    3 Trim around the base to line align the curves of the discs. Trim two small rectangles from woodgrain printed paper, then cut small circles from the same design and punch smaller discs from the middles. Fix the rectangles and discs to the tops of the baubles.

    4 Thread ribbon through both of the holes and tie with red twine to secure. Trim the ribbon ends at an angle to prevent them from fraying. Add a chocolate to complete.

  2. Place Name - 1 Fold blue card, 5cm x 6cm, in half and adhere a strip of blue patterned paper 2cm x 5cm, to the centre. Die-cut a candy cane from red patterned paper and secure it to the place card at an angle, so it protrudes above the fold.

    2 Stick a strip of white card over the candy cane (ours is 1cm x 3cm but you may need to adjust the length if you have a long name). Finish by tying a twine bow around the top of the candy cane.

  3. Coaster - 1 Die-cut two large circles from blue card and a smaller one from chevron printed paper. From red die-cut seven candy canes, then cut the same amount from printed card.

    2 Stick the candy canes to the back of one blue disc at the bases, ensuring they're an equal distance from one another. Fix the chevron disc to the front and the second blue circle to the back, to conceal the join of the candy canes.

  4. Serviette Cuff - 1 Score and fold red card, 7cm x 17.5cm, at 2.5cm, 7.5cm, 10cm and 15cm. Secure the ends together to produce a hollow rectangular cuff. To the front panel, stick teal card, 1cm x 7cm, justifying it to the right.

    2 Die-cut three paper baubles so there are three different sizes and shapes. Stick the largest to the right of the cuff, so it overlaps slightly at the top and right. Layer the remaining two on top using 3-D foam pads, then add twine to one and a gem to the other.

    3 Fold both ends of a white card banner, 1cm x 7cm, at 1cm and 1.5cm, working them in different directions to create a 3-D banner. Trim a V-shape into each end, then stamp with a sentiment and add a slither of teal to the left. Finish with the addition of adhesive gems.

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