Friday, November 28, 2014

IBS Christmas Gift Giving - Cardinal Ornament

Happy Friday! 

Today, on the Inspired by Stamping Blog, we are featuring Christmas Gift Giving ideas.  As you may know, today is Black Friday, which is the biggest shopping day of the year in the US. Rather than fight the crowds in the stores, I have an easy home-made gift that can be made in the comfort of your craft room!

I started by stamping the striking cardinal image, from the new Winter Birds stamp set, on acetate using Staz-On ink, then colored him with alcohol markers, and finally accented him with a glitter pen. The cardinal word, also from the Winter Birds stamp set, and the fancy Peace, Joy & Love sentiment, from the Poinsettias stamp set, were also stamped in Staz-On. 

I then cut this out in a circle that would fit inside the ornament, leaving a little ‘grab piece’ on the top to fit in the ‘neck’ of the ornament so the acetate will stay securely in place. Simply roll the acetate around a pencil and slide it into the ornament. Once the acetate is in the ornament it will open up to fill the space. A piece of wired garland and some silver cording complete the ornament.

Of course, a gift needs gift packaging!

Some shred inside a standard acetate card box makes the perfect ‘nesting’ for my cardinal ornament. Note, for my project I used a round, flat ornament. A full, round ornament will work just as well, though you may need to create your own gift box for it.

For the tag, I used a sentiment from the Sugar & Spice stamp set. This sentiment can be used year-round for your crafting projects. The pine cones are from the Christmas Wreath stamp set, which is currently free with a $50 purchase! This is another stamp set that has images you can use beyond Christmas-time.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project and make one (or more!) yourself. If you give this a try, don’t forget to link it up in our Customer Gallery (if you use Inspired by Stamping products) and/or in our IBSIC #88 Challenge (if it fits the current color inspiration).

Please visit the Inspired by Stamping Blog to see what Donna is sharing along with me today. Don't forget to comment while there as a little birdie told me there is Holiday Blog Candy this week!

Thanks for stopping by!


Shani Thomas said...

Pretty ornament and tag, Lisa, bravo!

Marie-Louise said...

Lisa this is brilliant.

Lisa said...

Wow, this is absolutely stunning!! What a gorgeous ornament!! The packaging is beautiful, too!! What an amazing gift this is!! Have a great day :)

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Regina said...

hallo, liebe Lisa
ganz zauberhaft sieht die Kugel mit dem Kardinal aus! Eine ganz entzückende und wirkungsvolle Idee!

liebe Grüße

Marisa Job said...

What a beautiful project! Love the ornament!! Hugs!

Deepti said...

Oh my so very creative :) awesome ornament !

Beth said...

gorgeous Lisa.