Friday, December 14, 2012

JAI 148 Just add Christmas

Hello there,
welcome everyone for the last Just Add Ink challenge of the year. We are wrapping up a fabulous year with a very Christmassy challenge - we want you to Just Add Christmas. So pull out your Christmas projects, I'm sure you are working on some ;) I have bits and pieces scattered all over/under/around my crafting space. However the one I'm going to show you today I made to take to the Sydney SU! Heartfelt event back in November. A mini ornament Merry banner (double sided so you can pick your colour to match your Christmas decor). First the blue side.
 The red side
 Used the tag die to create a place to tuck the project recipe into.
A close up
A couple of construction shots. That little bit of tape was used to reinforce the most fragile fold.
 The same blanks now stamped up with the matching ornament.
The idea for this came to me when I was out walking one morning. So I just had to try and fold the cardstock and see if I could cut an ornament chain - and it worked! It was possible to cut 5 layers - just. I had to do just a little fine snipping in some spots where it had heavily embossed rather than cut all the way through. I was pretty pleased with how it came out and even more so once I had added the stamping step. Once that was done - it was time to embellish and for Christmas I couldn't go past adding some bling. Silver glimmer mats for the blue side and champagne for the red side. Of course I had to add my letters, fussy cut using the Broadsheet alphabet.

Some quick construction notes: The doubled sidedness served two purposes - one so you can select the side to suit your Christmas colours ;) but also a more practical one of making it quite sturdy. I adhered the two sides using dimensionals, securing the twine in there at the same time. The twine was used to tie each ornament to the ribbon (red and blue stuck together with doubled sided tape). The twine from each differently coloured pair of ornaments was tied together in a bow over the grosgrain ribbon, and the ribbons tied at either end of the banner. I added my project recipe using the two tag die cut and tied that on with more twine.

Thanks for visiting and if you can join us for our 2012 finale. However don't forget to join us again in 2013, well rested I hope, for our first challenge on Friday January 18th!

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Broadsheet alphabet, Ornament Keepsakes, Perfect Punches, Tiny Tags
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Night of Navy, Silver glimmer, Champagne glimmer
Ink: Real Red, Cherry Cobler, Bashful Blue, Night of Navy
Accessories: Holiday Ornament framelits, 1 1/4" scallop circle punch, 1" circle punch, Scallop Trim border punch, Jewelery Tag punch, Two Tags BigZ die, Candlelight Christmas specialty DSP, Real Red and Night of Navy stitched grosgrain ribbon, Cherry Cobler and Island Indigo twine,  Doubled sided tape (XPress), Dimensionals


  1. Such an amazing work of art, Kim - I love it to bits! So many gorgeous details to look at. You've done it again - wowed me with your talent, my friend.

  2. Kim this is such a very clever idea! Just like you I find that ideas usually come when you aren't actually at the craft desk.

    I love the little bit of sparkle you've added with the glitter paper.

  3. Another inventive creation from you, l love this concept Kim and it's practical too! I must say l loved the blue, but now the red has me drooling, love that l could have both colours! xxx

  4. This is absolutely super - love the different colours each side!

  5. Stunning!!!! This is definitely a work of art. Love that it's reversible too. You are so clever. x


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