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A Cover in the Making

Hello again, stampers. I’m so excited to share with you some tips on how to create the holiday ornaments from the cover of the November/December 2012 Stampin’ Success. I’m thrilled to share these projects because of their simplicity.

If you’re like me, you like to add new ornaments and home décor each Christmas season, just to freshen things up. Displaying something I made around my home is so rewarding. I love finding a way to create my own unique décor. And these are truly so easy!

The large snowflakes that hang in the background were made with a couple of my favorite Stampin’ Up! products. I created a simple snowflake pattern using the snowflake punch in MDS 2 and used the pattern to cut large snowflakes out of Silver Glimmer Paper. (These would be lovely in Champagne or Red Glimmer Paper, as well!)

For each ornament, I cut two snowflakes of the same shape and size and layered them. The top layer was folded in half and adhered just down the center fold. This gives the snowflake some added depth and dimension. Simply punch a hole in the top and hang with some Linen Thread or Baker’s Twine. Voila! You have a snowflake ornament. These can be made any size up to 12" x 12", so have some fun varying the sizes or even trying different shapes found in MDS2.

Small versions of these glittered snowflakes are the perfect way to dress up a holiday gift.

Next, I created the onion-shaped ornaments. Using Designer Series Paper or stamped cardstock, cut strips at varying lengths and then secure all of the ends together with a brad. The center strip of paper will determine the overall height of the ornament. For each outside layer, add 1" of length to the strips. For example, if the center strip is 6", the next layers will be 7", 8", 9", etc. All of my strips were cut the same width. (These were cut to 3/4", shown below.)

Using the Paper-Piercing Tool, create a small hole in the end of each strip. Feed the ends through a mini brad and secure.

To create a more elongated shape, simply reduce the length added to the outer strips. Alternately, a “squattier” shape can be achieved by adding more variation to the outer layers.

This is a great project for a crafter at any level, so go give these a try!

Jen C

Concept Artist