Our winter to summer to winter roller-coaster continues here in Nova Scotia. Right now it’s just a little above freezing, a far cry from the 20 degrees C of a couple of days ago. So is it any wonder that I was thinking ‘Christmas’ this morning. Today I have a ‘two-for-one’ type project. Is it a rosette ornament or is it a gift tag? Perhaps it’s both…
ROSETTE IN EASY STEPS
I love making these rosette decorations using strips of Designer Series Paper (DSP). This one is about 3-1/4″ across and you can make 4 of these from one 12″ x 12″ sheet of paper.
I began the rosette by choosing a sheet from the Snowflake Splendor DSP pack. I cut a strip 3″ x 11-3/4″ and then placed it into my Simply Scored Scoring Tool with the long side at the top. Using the stylus I gently scored the paper at 1/2″, and then every inch after that (so at 1-1/2″, 2-1/2″ and so on). Next I flipped the paper over so I was looking at the other pattern and with the bottom long edge now at the top. This time I scored at 1″ intervals so these new lines were between the original set.
With the scoring complete I then placed the DSP onto my Paper Trimmer and cut it into two strips each 1-1/2″ x 11-3/4″. Now I had two identical strips and I folded them along the scored lines as shown in the Step 1 photo.
My next task was to join the strips together by overlapping one section at each end. For this I used Tear & Tape Adhesive and ended up with a cylinder as shown in the Step 2 photo. Just the DSP to make sure that the same pattern is on the outside of both strips. Then came step 3, the tricky part…
I squeezed the top of the cylinder and gently pressed down until the DSP formed the familiar rosette shape on my Silicone Craft Sheet. Then I squeezed some hot glue into the centre of the rosette and held the rosette in place until the glue had set.
TIME TO DECORATE
At this point I needed to prepare the embellishments for the decoration. First I chose the “Surround yourself in the love of the season” sentiment from the Wrapped In Christmas Stamp Set. After stamping it onto Thick Whisper White Card with Misty Moonlight ink I was ready to cut it out.
The Stitched Shapes Dies were right there on my desk so that’s what I decided to use. I cut the sentiment out using the #1 circle die from the set (counting from the smallest up). Then I cut another piece of Thick Whisper White Card using the same die. Finally I used the #2 circle die to cut out a piece of Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper.
Now I was ready to work on the last couple of steps beginning with the ribbon. In fact I found some Braided Linen Trim that I’d coloured a while ago using the light Misty Moonlight Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers.
I folded the trim and laid the ends in the centre of the rosette, then I covered them with a little hot glue. To keep things neat I also placed a white die-cut circle over the glue and ribbon ends as shown in Step 4. I could have left it there but to ensure it would hang nicely I secured the trim to the top of the rosette too.
Finally I returned to the front of the rosette and glued on the Glimmer Paper circle followed sentiment. My project was now complete.
Even though this is made with DSP it’s remarkably solid. The hot glue in the centre and under each layer really adds strength. Now it’s ready to be hung on the tree. Or maybe used as a gift tag that gets hung on the tree after the gift is opened…