Friday, 19 December 2014


I love the sparkle of gold or silver ornaments in the tree.  They catch the lights and multiple their shine.  That's what I thought of when I saw the inspirational photo at the Around the World Stampin' Up! Challenge:

I decided to use the Ornamental Pine stamp set for that wonderful pine branch .  That would be my piece of Christmas tree.  I began with a base of Mossy Meadow onto which I adhered a piece of Naturals White.  Then I took a piece of Cherry Cobbler and stamped it with the Ornamental Pine stamp using Versamark and heat embossed it using White Embossing powder.  After colouring the embossed image using my Blendabilities, I put it through the Big Shot using my Decorative Dots embossing folder.  

I planned to hang an ornament from the pine branch and so I cut a piece of Silver Foil into the shape of a hook.  To make it look as if it really was hanging from the branch, I cut a tiny slit just above the lower branch and then again just below it.  I threaded the hand-cut "hook" through the slots and used Tombo to keep it in place.  Then I adhered the finished piece to the Naturals White.

For my ornament I cut out a circle of Gold Foil using my Circle Collection framelit.  Then I used my retired Keepsake Ornament framelit and cut just the top of the ornament where it hangs from a piece of Silver Foil.  I attached those to the card using Dimensionals, centring the pieces over the "hook".

For the inside of the ornament, I used the   stamp set and Chocolate Chip ink to stamp the old-fashioned image of the family and Christmas tree onto a piece of Very Vanilla.  Then I cut the image out using my Circles Collection framelit.  Before attaching the stamped circle to the Gold Foil circle, I sponged around the perimeter using  Crumb Cake ink.

For my sentiment I heat embossed "sparkle" from the Good Greetings stamp set onto a piece of Vellum using a combination of Cherry Cobbler and Irridescent Ice embossing powders.  Just for fun I cut a ribbon out of Red Glimmer paper and attached it to the top right portion of the pine branch.

For more cards based on the inspirational photo, check out Around the World Stampin' Up! Challenge.


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