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Feed Him Walnuts and He Will Crack Open a Tale

The Christmas season has begun! It’s cold and rainy, a perfect day to decorate for the holidays! I’ll put on my favorite Christmas movies and light my Christmas Cookie Yankee Candle (it’s almost gone, sniff, sniff!) and scurry around like an elf spreading Christmas magic! I have to psych myself up for this, though I enjoy it so much when I’m finished. I LOVE a little Christmas tree with my coffee in the mornings!

I really wanted to start the season off by going to see the Nutcracker ballet. Things didn’t work out, so my reverie while crafting will have to do. Look how cute!


JFFRS Stamptangle Nutcracker image stamped in Black Soot Distress Ink and embossed with Ranger Ink Superfine Clear Embossing Powder. Image colored with Sharpie markers and a little sparkle was added with Diamond and Yellow Stickles. Eyes and teeth were colored with a Signo White Gel Pen. Card stock from the Club Scrap Literature collection. Tassel made from embroidery thread.

I found a great tutorial for tassels on youtube and made mine out of embroidery thread.

I wanted some sheet music in the background of my photo, so I googled Nutcracker sheet music and found the Nutcracker Suite! I printed on copy paper and spritzed it with water to dampen it. I rubbed Vintage Photo Distress ink on my craft mat and spritzed with water to make lots of ink puddles. I laid the damp paper on top and patted it to spread the ink. While it was still wet, I gently tore some of the edges and then “creatively” crumpled the paper. I dried it with and heat tool and it looks like aged sheet music!

I may have to make a few more of these to give as little Christmas gifts or to add as tags on presents. So perfect for Christmas reading with a cup of cocoa!


“The nutcracker sits under the holiday tree, a guardian of childhood stories. Feed him walnuts and he will crack open a tale…” Vera Nazarian

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7 thoughts on “Feed Him Walnuts and He Will Crack Open a Tale

  1. Nutcrackers always scared me for some reason (sort of like Christmas Clowns I suppose) … but yours looks quite regal … and the tassel is such a great touch.

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    1. (I’m laughing!) They are kind of scary! But, they are traditionally given as keepsakes to bring good luck to your family and protect your home. They bare their teeth to scare off evil spirits. They do look fierce!


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