Tuesday, 29 November 2011



Todays I'm posting a follow on from TT No3s post about Altered Stamp Elements (see HERE )

As I promised , I have completed a piece using this technique, and have made a rosette xmas hanging ornament using the closed umbrella stamp.


TOOLS REQUIRED - (to make a double sided ornament)
  • STAMP - closed umbrella image from TB14 plate Tatty Button Bits and Pieces
  • Black Stazon ink
  • Acrylic block for applying stamp image
  • Red Cardstock (I used textured card)
  • Green Cardstock (I used textured card)
  • Gold Mirri cardstock
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities die S4293 Lacey Circles
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities die S4340 Create-a-Flake Three
  • 2 wooden buttons
  • Red Grosgrain ribbon 1.5cm wide and 36cm long
  • Red&White Bakers Twine
  • Old coarse bristled artists paintbrush or blending tool
  • Glue (Glue gel and tape works best)
  • Die cutting machine
  • Scissors
Following the tutorial set out for the Altered Stamp Elements I stamped out 16 umbrella images onto red card, and 16 umbrella images onto green card (remembering to leave out the handle part) then cut out the images and curved all the pieces to create dimemsion. These were then set aside.
Using my Cuttlebug die cutting machine and the Gold mirri card, I cut out two each of the listed dies - using the second largest lacy circle (9cm approx diameter) and the mid sized snowflake. The two largest circles were glued back to back and the edges slightly aged using black Stazon ink and the brush. The two snowflakes were also inked but not glued together.   

The red grosgrain ribbon was folded in half and glued across the large die cut circle so that it lay each side...forming a loop at the top and the two ends at the bottom. A length of bakers twine was then layed across the ribbon in the same fashion, and secured in place. Black Stazon ink was brushed gently across the ribbon to age it.
The stamped and cut out pieces were then sorted out into two equal piles, each containing 8 red and 8 green parts and assembled and glued into full circle rosettes of alternating colours - one each side of the gold circle.
The small die cut snowflakes were then glued to the centre of each rosette, topped off with a wooden button tied with extra offcuts of the bakers twine.

So, there you go! This piece was constructed double sided so that it can be hung up...as both sides will be seen but you could easily make just one side...and perhaps use it for a card topper...or even an embellishment/tag on a present.