Friday, October 2, 2015

Holiday crackers with the Envelope Punch Board

Party crackers are a British tradition dating back to Victorian times. The confectioners started selling sugared almonds with a love note wrapped in a twisted paper package.
One day a jet of resin from the confectioner's log fire burst into flame with a loud 'crack'. Using this idea it was decided to make a log shaped package that would produce a surprise bang and inside would be an almond and a note. Please do not look for a bang with our cute crackers but they definitely can make a beautiful addition to the table or can even serve as a party favor.

Crackers are typically pulled by two people at the Christmas dinner table or at parties, often with arms crossed and the cracker usually splits unevenly. Whoever gets the largest part keeps the goodies from the inside. Typically the contents are a colored paper hat, a small toy or a trinket.

So, that's that with the history lesson. Let's get started on today's project. Just as the title indicates, I am using Envelope Punch Board today (which is still on sale at 25% thru Monday)  and a 5 1/2 by 6 sheet of cardstock. Designer Series Paper works a little bit better here rather than regular cardstock as it's not as thick and that is actually an advantage. Well, let me show you how it'd done!

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