Only 58 days 'til Christmas!! Today's project is a fun countdown calendar I created for my son. What little one wouldn't love rearranging the numbers on the cubes everyday as the excitement of the season builds? Of course, this project could also be used as a daily desktop calendar. Simply substitute the months below the number cubes.
For this project, you will need cardstock, a scoring tool and your favourite embellishments.
Let's start with the cubes. One 12x12 sheet of cardstock makes both cubes.
Cut along your score lines as shown.
Fold along remaining score lines. If you wish to stamp on your cube, do so now.
Using your favourite adhesive, begin assembling your cubes.
Embellish the finished cube as desired. This cube is sized perfectly for use with Spellbinders Captivating Squares die.
Now to create the frame. You will need four pieces of cardstock, sized 6 x 9.5 inches (bottom), 6 x 7.75 inches (top) and two sized 5.5 x 8.5 inches (sides).
Similarly, score the top piece at 0.75, 2.75, 3.5, and 5.5 inches. Turn 90 degrees and score at 0.75 and 5.25 up to the 2.75 inch score line (crossing only the 0.75 inch score line).
For both the top and bottom pieces, cut away the two small rectangles you created with the last two score lines as shown above.
Fold along score lines and adhere as shown. The first photo is the base (larger piece), and the second photo is the top (smaller piece). Set these aside.
Using the side pieces, score both at 0.75, 2.75, 3.5 and 5.5 inches. Turn 90 degrees and score at 0.5 and 5 inches. This next part is a little tricky; you are creating mirror images. Starting with one side piece, turn it so that the largest area is at the top of your score board. Create two score lines that are 2.5 inches long at the 1.25 and 3.5 inch lines. Turn 90 degrees and create a score line from each outer edge of the paper up to these two new score lines. Repeat with the second side, only this time score at the 2 and 4.25 inch lines. When complete, the sides should look like the photo above.
Fold along score lines and adhere so both pieces will look like this (but mirror images of each other).
You are now ready to assemble the frame. The pieces line up as shown above. Use your favourite adhesive and slide them together so they will look like the photo below.
Decorate as desired using your favourite papers and embellishments.
Enjoy! Thanks for stopping by & happy crafting!
Tim Holtz Typeset die (or your favourite letter and number dies or stickers)
Tim Holtz Tattered Banners die
Distress inks (black soot, fired brick, antique linen, frayed burlap, walnut stain, vintage photo, peeled paint, forest moss, gathered twigs, tattered rose)