Handmade Holiday 2016 ~ Day #3

Hi everyone!

Welcome to day #3 of Handmade Holiday 2016. This can be such a busy and hectic time of year but I still enjoy giving something handmade and adding handmade touches to gifts for family and friends. Each day this week, I’ll share a quick Handmade Holiday idea for gift packaging, tags, gift card holders, place setting favors, recipes and more that will be sure to add that special handmade touch.

Day #3 ~ Snowflake Ornaments

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These frosty snowflakes will be so pretty adorning a Christmas tree, wreath or garland. Or how about as a package topper instead of a traditional bow? They could also have “to and from” stamped on the back to be used as gift tags.

 

You will need: any snowflake dies or punches, thick white card stock, glitter card stock {directions below for making your own}, die cutting/embossing machine, embossing folder or background stamp {optional for adding interest to the snowflakes}, liquid glue or tape runner, dimensional adhesive, tape, ribbon or thick string {for the hanger}, rhinestones/pearls, “to/from” stamps/ink {optional}.

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Cut as many snowflake layers as needed for each ornament. I did 5 layers for mine but it is totally up to you how thick you want yours to be. Please note: 2 of the largest size snowflake {#1} are required to “sandwich” the ribbon/string hanger. The second largest {#2} and the smallest snowflake {#5} were both cut from glitter paper and the rest {#3/#4} were from thick white card stock.

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Making glitter card stock:

If you don’t have any glitter card stock in your stash, it’s simple to make your own with a VersaMark ink pad, sparkle embossing powder and a heat tool. #1}Pat the VersaMark ink pad over the colored card stock that you want glittered. #2}Sprinkle on sparkle embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.  However, if you don’t have these products, that’s okay! Some liquid glue or spray adhesive and fine glitter will work just fine. Apply a very thin layer of liquid glue with a small paint brush or a light coat of spray adhesive to the snowflake and sprinkle on the glitter. Press gently with your fingertip and shake off the excess. Let dry thoroughly with a weight {such as a book} on it to keep it flat before using it for any projects.

 

 

If desired, any of the snowflakes can be run through an embossing folder or stamped with a background stamp for some texture/design. I dry embossed the #3 snowflake with the Divine Swirl folder from Cuttlebug. This step is completely optional.

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If these are to used as gift tags, now is the time to stamp “to and from” on the back of the second large {#1} snowflake.

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Add dimensional adhesive to the backs of #2, #3, and #4.

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Remove backings from the dimensional adhesives and layer the snowflakes. Please note: I found that it helps to add a bit of liquid glue to the dimensional adhesive pieces that are going to stick to the glitter card stock snowflake ~ it sticks much better.

Attach the smallest snowflake {#5}  to the top and add a rhinetone or pearl.

Tape a ribbon or twine loop to the front of the second large {#1} snowflake. Add adhesive all the way around and attach the two together ~ either liquid glue or tape runner can be used for this. However, if there are very small spaces that need adhesive, the liquid form works a bit better. There you go! A pretty sparkly snowflake ready for many uses.

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A bunch of these can be made up in no time 🙂

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See you tomorrow for day #4!

Erin

The Country Touch

Website: http://www.thecountrytouch.weebly.com

Email: ctrytch@telus.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

Website: http://www.thecountrytouch.weebly.com

Email: ctrytch@telus.net

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