Sunday, December 23, 2012

A Scor-Pal and Fancy Pants Designs Cracker

It's time for another Scor-Pal project.  With Christmas right around the corner, we have a holiday theme for you.  Our friends at Fancy Pants Designs have supplied us with some fabulous product and are hopping along with us!  Be sure to check out all of the amazing projects on the Scor-Pal blog and the Fancy Pants blog.  For your viewing pleasure today, I have constructed a Christmas Cracker*.  In my experience, the cracker is traditionally filled with a paper crown, a joke and a small gift.  However, you could fill it with whatever you like.
For this project, you will need:
  • Card stock or patterned paper measuring 6 3/4" x 9"
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Embellishments
Begin with your 9" side of the paper again the top fence of your Scor-Pal.  I used patterned paper from the Fancy Pants Designs Hopscotch line called Strolling.  Make sure the pattern that you want to show on the outside is face up.  Score at 1", 2 3/4", 6 1/4" and 8".
Turn your paper 90 degrees.  Now your 6 3/4" side will align with the top fence.  Score at 3/4", 1 1/2", 2 1/4", 3", 3 3/4", 4 1/2", 5 1/4" and 6". 
Rotate back 90 degrees to the original paper placement and flip over.  Now the pattern you want on the outside will be face down.  Score at 1 7/8" and 7 1/8".  Don't sweat the fact that you don't have those grooves marked on your Scor-Pal.  Diana has put together a video to help you score at any 1/8" mark you need.  Check it out. 
With a ruler and a pencil, make marks on the 1 7/8" and 7 1/8" score lines at each 1/4" interval between the vertical score lines.  I have made black dots to illustrate this in the next picture.  I highlighted a couple of score lines to clearly show the 1/4" intervals.  After you complete this, burnish all your score lines.
With one score line folded at a time, trim out a triangle shape.  The triangle will go from the 2 3/4" score line to the marked 1/4" interval and back out to the 1" score line. 
Repeat this trimming until all the score lines have two trimmed out triangles on them.  When you lay the paper flat, they look like diamonds.  Next, you will have to trim two of the same triangle shapes on each end.  I traced the triangle pattern in black for illustration purposes.
Flip your patterned paper over and line one end with Scor-Tape
Remove the backing from the adhesive and adhere the two end segments together. 
You will want to tie one end of the cracker closed with ribbon.  Fill the center with treats and close off the other end with ribbon.  For my cracker, I tied off each end with a thin wired silver ribbon.  Then I threaded some silver cording through a couple of the Fancy Pants Designs Hopscotch Mingled Buttons.  I added a couple of mini jingle bells, tied a small silver cording bow and then glued my button/bell/bow embellishment down to the ribbon.  To personalize my cracker a bit more, I created a tag.  I cut a piece of Fancy Pants Designs Hopscotch paper named Jump Rope to size.  I rounded two corners, trimmed the others, punched a hole and used the Fancy Pants Designs Hopscotch Fundamental Stickers to spell out my name!  I tied my tag on with some more silver cording.
I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial for today.
Now I have to get busy and make crackers for the rest of the family (wink, wink).
* I adapted my cracker from a tutorial for a triangle box. 
Details - Paper: Fancy Pants Designs Hopscotch (Strolling & Jump Rope); Accessories: Scor-Pal, Scor-Tape, Fancy Pants Designs Hopscotch Mingled Buttons, Fancy Pants Designs Hopscotch Fundamental Stickers, mini jingle bells, ruler, paper snips, silver wired ribbon, silver cording, corner chomper, hole punch, glue dots.


Marisa said...

Wonderfully done and a great tutorial - thanks :)

Janine said...

Great tutorial but I found it too late for this year!