Sunday, 21 November 2010

Flourish of Ornaments

With Christmas quickly approaching, my stamping friends are looking for some ideas for making cards. This is one of the cards that I put together yesterday, inspired by a gorgeous Heather Prince's card on Split Coast Stampers website.

When I recently attended the European Stampin' Up Convention at nearby Addington Palace, I saw that lots of the ladies used the new ornament punch on their swap cards. Being the complete stamping addict that I am, of course I ordered the Ornament Punch with the matching Delightful Decorations stamp set in the current SU promotion, Bundle Up for Christmas. That meant I also received a free spool of Christmas ribbon, and I picked the wide Striped Grosgrain Ribbon in Riding Hood Red. I wish this ribbon was available all year 'round because it creates quite a dramatic statement!

You can see that I tried the card with four different ribbon combinations. The wide striped grosgrain is my absolute favorite, and the little peppermint swirl brad really plays well with the ribbon.

How to make the card: Begin by using River Rock ink to stamp a script background onto natural ivory cardstock (cut to 3.75 x 5 inches). Then over-stamp portions of the SU Baroque Motif stamp using Cherry Cobbler ink onto the bottom and left-hand edges of the card. Antique all edges of the card using your favorite distressing inks.

Punch out an ornament from designer cardstock and dangle the ornament from the top of the card using a thin decorative cord. Then adhere this layer onto the same designer cardstock (cut to 4 x 5.25 inches) that you used to make the ornament.

Finally, adhere these layers to the folded card (size 4.25 x 5.5 inches) in natural ivory, and glue on a ribbon.