Monday, July 19, 2010

Embossed Ornament Tutorial and some blog candy!

Happy Monday!  First and foremost, I want to thank you so much for all of your sweet comments this weekend.  I truly hope that you try and make your own flower.  Of course, I had a 'brainstorm' (as my mom would say - tee hee) last night as to how to change it up a little bit.  I'll work on that this week and try to have a new tutorial for you next weekend.

In the meantime, here are the directions for making the ornament:

This simple but elegant holiday ornament was made with S4-288 Classic Diamonds Die Templates and I2-1009 Flourish Impressabilities.  Here are some of the products that you will need to create this project:

Use your favorite cardstock color - just think of the possibilities!  I used CTMH Blush cardstock for the base and WorldWin Papers' Mirror-Cast Gold Metallic Foil for the smaller diamonds.

Cut/emboss eight cardstock diamonds with S4-288 Classic Diamonds #5 (remember, the smallest die template is #1, increasing in number as they get larger).  Cut/emboss eight foil cardstock diamonds with die template #4, embossing with the I2-1009 Impressabilities.  The above picture shows how to make your sandwich:  Place your white master plate on the bottom, followed by the Impressabilities,  followed by the Classic Diamonds die template (cutting side up), followed by the foil cardstock (face down), followed by the embossing mat, followed by the second white master plate.  Doesn't that embossed diamond look gorgeous?

Center the foil/embossed diamond over the blush cardstock diamond, adhering with your favorite adhesive.  Repeat with all eight diamonds.  Score down the center as shown above, fold and crease well with your bone folder.

Use a strong glue to adhere the back of the diamonds together.. 

I used these cute little spiral clips to help hold the seams tightly together while the glue dried.

Before you glue the last set of diamonds together to complete the ornament, insert a long strand of ribbon with which to hang the ornament.

It's easy enough to duplicate, even mass-produce.  Try using different Impressabilities for different looks!  Add pearls at the top and bottom, ribbon, get the idea! 

Here's one I made with red cardstock.  I cut/embossed the smaller diamonds with white cardstock, using the same Flourishes Impressabilities.  With the Impressabilities still in place, I sponged red ink through the openings in the template.

Now.  I promised blog candy!  See that awesome bone folder in the first photo?  It's up for grabs, along with a surprise goody bag of acrylic stamps, ribbon and other high-quality embellishments!  Why is it a surprise?  Because I haven't taken a  photo - tee hee!

So this candy is available to anyone who follows my blog!  Just leave me a comment saying that you are a follower (sign up now - over on the right colunmn) or have been a follower for a while....and you're in the drawing!!!

I'll announce the winner here Wednesday night.  Sound good?

Thanks again for giving me your time.  You guys rock!!!


theCook said...

So easy yet so beautiful! Thanks!

Nikka Geers said...

i love the nestabilities. i just need to get some

Kathleen said...


Through Spellbinders (which I love, love, love) I became an ardent follower!! Your tutorials are wonderful and the artwork is out of this world! My jaw is still dropped in awe!

Linda said...

Oh my goodness I missed the blog frenzy but I am checking it all out now.Your post are amazing! I just bought a set of four dies and was looking for ideas for Peony, Blossom, Dahlia, and Labels Nine, I have some ideas but was looking for more. That is how I came upon the Blog Frenzy. I love your projects.

debbiek said...

So very pretty, Deb. Thanks much for the tutorial:)
- Debbie Kaste

JessicaK said...

Now a follower! And thanks for following up with this tutorial. It's soooooo cool!

Gina said...

Deb, your a genious! :)

Jessicca said...

I just started following your blog and love it!