I was actually surprised but absolutely delighted by the response to my Christmas Angels (in my previous posting). Thank you all so very much.
A few of you have asked me how I created them--really, they're easy to make! So, in response to your requests, here's a tutorial on how to make your own Christmas angels.
Coloured images--for this tutorial I am using Starlight Tilda from the Merry Little Christmas Collection 2010
Doilies - the size is complete up to you, depending on the size of your images and how long you want the gowns/dresses to be
Coffee filters, if making your own doilies
Here are samples of doilies of different designs and sizes:
Make the pleated gown first. Create scorelines by folding in half (matching the paper edges each time) and unfolding at half points, quarter point, one-eight points and so on. I usually use the upper tips of the scalloped edges as my guide--shown by the arrow points. Once you've gone around the circle, you will have folded 8 times.
I'm not sure I'm explaining that right...tee hee, but it should look like after all the foldings.
Turn the doily upside down and redo Step 1 except this time fold in between the previously-made scorelines--use the dips in the scalloped edge this time--shown by the arrow points.
...and this is the result.
Form pleats for your gown--like a fan--by sharpening the valley and mountain folds along the scorelines.
Make a paper cone for underneath the gown to make the angel sturdier. Out of your cardstock, cut out a circle that is a little bit smaller than your doilies. If you don't have a die for it, you can use a compass (from your school days?) and scissor. You need only a third of the circle to make one paper cone.
Apply glue as shown and glue the edges together (overlapping about 1/2" or 1cm) to form the cone.
Place a blop of glue a the tip of your paper cone.
Insert your paper cone into the underside of your gown to glue in place.
Cut a 3/8" or 1cm strip of cardstock, approximately 6" or 15cm long.
Curl the paper strip, apply glue as shown and wind it around something cylindrical to form a paper ring--mine's around 5/8" or 1.5cm in diameter.
Apply glue as shown--along the inside edge.
Glue the paper ring at the top of your pleated gown as shown.
Attach your coloured image to the ring. And voila!
If you feel industrious, you can do another image for the back, then you have a nice front and back.
For a Bridal Tilda
For a wedding dress similar to this Doo Bee Pops Bride Tilda (in my previous posting also), here I'm using all three of the different sizes of doilies shown in the sample picture above. Glue the doilies together one by one on top of the paper cone--largest one at the bottom, smallest one at the top.
Sorry but I don't have the bride image all coloured up for this one...yet, tee hee.
Okay that's it! Let me know if the instructions aren't too clear somewhere. Have fun with this!