Monday, November 2, 2009

Cardinal Ornaments

Hello All!

I'm so sorry for neglecting my blog for so long. Sometimes life just gets in the way of creativity!

This morning I created a couple of Christmas ornaments using my Big Shot. The inspriation for these came from the hat decoration on Gretchen Barron's Frosty Top Note Box. I just loved the little cardinal and wanted to do something with it.

My first ornament is actually a combination ornament and Christmas card. I cut the Scallop Circle with my Big Shot, folding my cardstock first and placing it on the die so that a few of the scallops would be cut off at the fold. This creates the base of the card. I cut the circles with my Circle Scissor Plus. The Whisper White is 3 3/4" and the Brocade Blue is 3 1/2". I used the Sparkling Jumbo Wheel to create the pattern on the Brocade Blue circle. I cut the pieces for my card front using the Birds and Blooms and Little Leaves Sizzlets. The snowflake was punched with the Jumbo Snowflake punch. I covered the snowflake with 2-way glue and Dazzling Diamonds glitter for some sparkle, and I sponged the leaves and the cardinal with Whisper White Craft Ink for a "snowy" look. On the inside of the card I placed a 3 3/4" circle stamped with my sentiment. When my card/ornament was complete, I added the hanger. The Round Tab punch makes a perfect hanger! I attached it with Sticky Strip, just to be sure it holds through multiple handlings.

My second project is made completely from die cuts - no stamping! I used the Snowflake #2 die and cut 2 snowflakes for the base of the ornament. I did double my Whisper White cardstock before cutting it by gluing two pieces together with my glue stick. I did this to make the ornament a little more sturdy. After I cut the snowflakes, I covered one side of each one with 2-way glue and Dazzling Diamonds glitter. Then I placed them "back-to-back" and attached them together with a rhinestone brad. By placing them back-to-back, I have glitter on both sides. I cut and sponged the cardinal and leaves the same as for the first ornament. I glued the leaves in place with Tombo Multi Purpose Adhesive, then attached the cardinal with dimensionals. The cardinal is hiding the backside of the rhinestone brad - the front of the brad is on the backside of the ornament.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful day!



Kelly said...

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Tanja said...

These are great, Tammy. The girls' school mascot is a cardinal. These would be great for their craft show!

Karen said...

what great ideas - love them!


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