Hey everyone, it's Hilary here for today's Sizzix Tutorial featuring an absolutely adorable, vintage inspired ornament created using the new Scallop Stars Thinlits set by Rachael Bright. When I saw this ornament set, I knew I had to have it...ornament creating is where it's at for me. I just love creating ornaments, so I thought how fun this would be to add to my collection of handmades. As I started creating this, I couldn't believe how easy, yet how ornate and just beautiful this became, and it has to be among my most favorite to date, and it was so incredibly easy to put together. Can you imagine a tree full of these this year?
Now this finished size of this ornament is impressive, it measures approximately 9 1/2" - 10" inches wide, so you wouldn't need to make but a few to cover your tree and WOW, what a statement huh? I loved putting this together, and below I'll show you just how I created it.
I love the "rolls" in this ornament, it's so pretty to look at, and the glitter paper I used really adds that bit of vintage and shine, that I love so much.
In the center, the only thing extra that I added were a couple of stacked snowflake rosettes, some vintage silver tinsel rope and a white bell.
So let me show you how to create such a fun and unique ornament for your Christmas tree.
When you open the Scallop Star Thinlits set, these are the dies to create two different size star ornaments. I am using the larger of the two.
Next using your die cutter, and again demonstrating on my Big Shot Pro, your cutting sandwich is as follows:
Sliding Tray, Big Shot Pro Adapter Pad, Magnetic Platform, Standard Cutting Pad, pattern paper, a sheet of wax paper, (this really helps the die cut pop from the Thinlits), then the Ornamental Scallop Stars Thinlits, (cutting side down), followed by another Standard Cutting Pad. Run this sandwich through your Big Shot Pro.
You will need to cut 7 of these squares at for each star you create. If you're using the Big Shot machine you don't need the Sliding Tray or the Adapter Pad and the rest of the sandwich is the same.
I was able to cut my pattern paper to a 4 inch square, and was able to use one sheet of 12 x 12 pattern paper for each star. Pretty cool huh? Remember, you will need 7 squares.
Next comes the fun part. Starting on one side, and using a slim pen, or a needle tool, curve and bend the inner square up and then add a dab of hot glue to the ends and glue together.
Next, flip the square over and working with the next two inner squares, curl up the edges like you did in the first step and glue the ends together.
Next, flip the square over and again, working from the third inner square, bring the ends up and glue, and finally flip again and finish the square off by curling in the outer square and gluing the ends. That's it! So incredibly easy!
Continue on and complete the same steps for all 7 points. Then setting up two rows of 4 and 3, glue them side by side. Use a dab of hot glue and just glue them together at the middle.
When you have finished all 7, then glue the top points together on the row of 3 and on the row of 4. Now you will really see how cool this ornament is beginning to look.
After finishing both rows, then bring them together and glue the two sections together at the middle.
And basically you are finished! But I wanted to add just a little more, so I then decided to add some snowflakes rosettes to the middle .
To die cut, using your Big Shot Pro, your die cutting sandwich is as follows.
Sliding Tray, Big Shot Pro Adapter Pad, Multipurpose Platform open to Tab 1, Decorative Strip Cutting Pad, Snowflake Rosette Decorative Strip die, (cutting side up), pattern paper and a Decorative Strip Cutting Pad on top. Run through your Big Shot Pro and assemble the snowflakes together. In the Big Shot, the sandwich is the same but the Sliding Tray and Adapter Pad are not necessary.
After die cutting the Snowflake Rosette, and the larger snowflake from the Mini Rosettes die, I sandwiched them together and added a bit of vintage silver rope between the two layers. I then glued a white bell on top and wound silver rope around the bell. Add the rosette to the center of the star using hot glue.
I added a wire hanger to the top point of the star and fashioned a wire hanger in which to hang this beautiful ornament on my tree.
I really hope you enjoyed this project today and hope it inspires you to create these stars for your tree this year. They'll make a beautiful addition for sure!
- Pattern Paper, (I used paper from My Mind's Eye)
- Hot glue
- Wax paper
- Silver rope tinsel
- White bell
- Wire for hanger, (I also added a white eyelet at the hanger site to reinforce)
- Distressing ink, (I used Vintage Photo)