| Paper Inspiration #418 – Shimmering Bauhaus Advent Calendar

Growing up in Germany the yearly advent
calendar was a must. And while ours had a lot of glitter, I can assure you none of
them was as stylish as this Bauhaus inspired one. Hi everybody I’m Sabine Lenz, the founder of PaperSpecs, with your weekly dose of paper inspiration. “Less is more” is
probably the most famous phrase associated with the German art school
Bauhaus and the artistic minimalism that it championed. It’s a principle
lovingly celebrated in this beautiful Bauhaus inspired advent calendar. But
with hot foil stamping, die cutting and embossing, there’s definitely nothing
“less” about it. Produced by German printer Gräfe Druckveredelung and designed by
Gräfe Atelier, the piece arrived at the doors of its clients – well, and on our doorstep –last Christmas in an unassuming white box. A silver, star-studded foil sticker
with the invitation “take time out for something sweet” only hinted at the
treasures within. Inside, a greeting card featuring a Christmas tree comprised of
colored triangles sits on top of the main event: the calendar itself. This
comes out of the box in a stunning, finger pleasing sleeve adorned with
Bauhaus inspired artwork rendered in hot foil. Removing the sleeve reveals an excitingly chunky package boasting yet
more triangles forming a tree on the cover (these in Bauhaus Red, Blue and
Black) – a nice tie-in to the Christmas card artwork – as well as Gold cold foil
and an embossed and foil stamped greeting. Wait, what’s that lovely aroma?
Well the distinct scent of chocolate of course. Opening the calendar reveals 24
tiny boxes, each individually numbered in a distinctive Bauhaus style and enhanced
with cold foil elements. And to make it even more interesting, each side of the
box features a different pattern. Nestled within is a small chocolate treat
protected by a food-safe PET Gold foil lamination. What makes these boxes so
extra special and extra food safe is the fact that they open to
lay completely flat – not a spot of glue was used to hold them together. Now THAT is great German engineering at its finest. In the lead up to Christmas as each tiny
package was emptied, they could be returned to the calendar with a
different side, and therefore a different design, facing out. Not only is this a sweet project on many levels but it also sweetly demonstrates how you can combine two foiling techniques to create something truly unique. Hot and cold foil
stamping are only two ways in which you can add that extra shimmer and shine to
your project. We created a special cheat sheet just for you to give you a complete
overview of the options available to you today. Download it at Did
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