Tuesday, December 13, 2011

9 DAYS 'TIL CHRISTMAS WRAP IT UP COUNTDOWN, Glittery Metal Snowflake Ornament...

Today I have a cute snowflake ornament for you!  It is made with Aluminum Roof Flashing which you can purchase in rolls from your local hardware store.  This makes it durable and will last for many Christmases to come. The nice thing is that it is that you can bend it which makes it useful for lots of great gift ideas.  Check back tomorrow for another gift idea with the metal snowflakes.

The ornament is double-sided with snowflakes that I embossed on both sides with Iridescent Ice for extra durability.  Then I added a small Filigree piece (from our Filigree Brad sets) and a turquoise Ice Circle Rhinestone Brad.  There is a quick tutorial for making the snowflakes following the recipe.  Enjoy decorating your tree with some of these glittery ornaments!

  • Card Stock – Silver Glimmer Paper
  • Ink – VersaMark
  • Ribbon – Marina Mist 1/8" Taffeta (#119257, $5.95)
  • Accessories – Filigree Designer Brads (#112577, $5.95), Circle Ice Rhinestone Brads (#109111, $10.95), Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder (#101930, $4.75), Crystal Effects (#101055, #6.25), Aluminum Roof Flashing
  • Tools – Big Shot, Northern Frost Decorative Strip Die (#120901, $21.95), Snowflake #2 Die (#113460, #15.95), Big Shot Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets (#120805, $14.95), Heat Tool, Bone Folder, Craft & Rubber Scissors
1.  Cut your Silver Glimmer Paper and Big Shot Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets to size (I used 3-7/8" x 4-1/4" for the Snowflakes #2 Die).

2.  Remove the printed paper backer from the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet.  Align and adhere to the back of the Silver Glimmer Paper.

3.  Use a bone folder to burnish and secure the adhesive fully. 

4.  Peel the white paper backing from the adhesive sheet.  Align and adhere to the aluminum flashing (whichever side is the wrong or blemished side if applies).

5.  Cut the roof flashing to fit the Glimmer Paper with our Craft & Rubber Scissors or tin snips.

6.  When running through the Big Shot, I used a medium weight cardboard shim (may vary with your machine).  This makes for a tight sandwich, but should go through fine.  I rolled it though slowly back and forth 3-4 times to be sure to cut well through the three layers.

7.  Carefully poke out the inside cuts with scissor tips.

8.  To safely clean-up any metal shavings, use packing tape on the die and cutting pads.  Clean up the area carefully.  Trust me...you don't want a metal splinter!

9.  For each snowflake, I added a Northern Frost snowflake and a Filigree piece and then a Rhinestone Brad.  I then gently bent out each arm of the snowflake so that it arced away from the center.

10.  Then I used Crystal Effects to glue the snowflakes together with the silver backs together--off-setting one snowflake so that the arms fall in between the others.  This way the snowflake will appear as shown above with the glittery side in front and the silver side showing behind it.  Allow to dry overnight and then add ribbon.

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