My nemesis is not a person. It’s a thing – specifically, a glue gun. I am seriously glue gun challenged. I bought the silicone craft sheet from the Stampin’ Up!® Holiday catalog which works very well with adhesive. And I still got my fingers burned. Three times. *sigh*
I usually try not to make something everyone else is doing. I like doing original or unique things. But some of my wonderful customers had expressed an interest in making the ornament on the cover of the Holiday catalog that uses the Big Shot and Holiday Ornaments framelits, so I thought I’d better make one myself first. I’ve seen some absolutely gorgeous vintage ones that were made from Very Vanilla and Crumb Cake card stock and ink. I started out with those colors in mind, but somewhere along the way, things changed.
I used First Edition specialty designer paper for the larger ornaments, and Soft Suede card stock for the smaller ones. You’ll need to cut 4 ornaments for each “arm,” so 20 large and 20 small ornaments. Score them lengthwise, then fold, stack and glue them together.
After I got them all put together, I spritzed the designer paper ones with a mix of Early Espresso classic refill, Champagne Mist shimmer paint and alcohol. It probably was ok, but it looked a little messy and dark, so I sponged each with some Cherry Cobbler. And then a little more shimmer paint. (You can’t see this really well in the photo, but trust me, it shimmers.) I spritzed the smaller ornaments with Vanilla Shimmer smooch spritz. The tulle is just kind of stuffed between the layers.
For the final touch, I realized you should never say never again. Yep – I made one of the rosettes for the top. There’s a die for this, but I used a strip of paper and my scoring tool. I used the Natural Composition specialty designer paper and sandwiched it between Champagne glimmer paper scallop circles. The very top is a Vintage Faceted designer button over a 3/4″ circle of paper from the Festival of Prints designer series paper stack with a pearl on top.
This was a lot of fun, and the rosette is a lot easier with a glue gun than with other adhesives – except it’s also a lot more painful for me. One of these days, I’ll learn to keep my fingers out of the hot glue.
If you’re interested in making one of these, stay tuned. I’ll have a class in October.
Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful – and pain free – day.
Supplies – Ink: Cherry Cobbler classic; Early Espresso classic ink refill; Paper: Natural Composition and First Edition specialty designer paper; Soft Suede card stock; Champagne glimmer paper*; Festival of Prints designer paper stack*; Other: Vintage faceted designer button, basic jewels – pearls, Simply Scored scoring tool, 1-1/4″ scallop circle punch*, 2-3/8″ scallop circle punch, 3/4″ scallop circle punch, Big Shot, Holiday Ornaments framelits*, Cherry Cobbler scalloped tulle ribbon*, Vanilla Shimmer smooch spritz, Champagne Mist shimmer paint, Cherry Cobbler/white baker’s twine, silicone craft sheet* (* available in the Holiday catalog; all other products available in the Stampin’ Up!® annual catalog)