Ornament Tangle Christmas Card

Hi All-

Wow, it’s Monday December 7th and it’s already been a whirlwind of a week on my end and with the Christmas holiday rapidly approaching there’s no end in sight to the madness.

I took some time over the past weekend, between a bit of Christmas shopping and helping my mom decorate the tree to put together a wonderful card using the Ornament Tangle stamp set from Dare 2 B Artzy. You can find it in these stamps and so many more in their online store here.

I was recently introduced to these stamps by a wonderful, crafty friend and I have to say, I’m in love.

For this particular card, using the Ornament Tangle set I felt that there are so many ways that you can use this particular stamp set in your holiday card making; whether it be for a simple zen coloring session using your markers or colored pencils or for a mixed media project. The options for this particular stamp set are endless.

To create this card I started by stamping all three of the ornaments using some Versamark ink on Neenah Solar White Cardstock and used some Zing Gold embossing powder to heat emboss the ornaments.

Next, I used various Ranger Distress Inks in green, red, teal, purple, lime green and blue and sponged on the ink covering all three of the entire ornaments.  I decided that since I wanted the ornaments to shimmer I used a technique that I learned from Jennifer McGuire and utilized some Perfect Pearls powder on the ornaments. Once, I was satisfied with the coverage and blend of my Distress Ink, I dusted on some Perfect Pearls powder in Interference Green to add some gorgeous shimmer over the distress inks. To help the powder stick to the ink after applying it, I lightly burnished the Perfect Pearls into the ink using a Kleenex.

After my ornaments were colored I fussy cut them out and set them aside.

Next I stamped the cute little bow from the Ornament Tangle stamp set using some bright red dye ink from My Favorite Things. I let that dry a bit and then added some Stickles to it to give it some sparkle. I fussy cut the bows out and adhered them to the tops of my ornaments.

I wanted my ornaments to appear to hang from a tree branch or swag so I die cut several of the various sized branches from the super cool, Concord & 9th Take a Bough die set using some green cardstock.

I have this gorgeous white cardstock that has a gorgeous gold shimmer to it that I thought would be the perfect backdrop for the card. I wasn’t sure how wide the finished card would need to be so I simply scored it down the middle and started to layout my  card.

First I worked on the arrangement for my branches. Once I was satisfied with placement I applied a little Glossy Accents glue to hold them in place.

Then I worked on the placement of my ornaments. I added some dimensional foam to the back of each ornament and then cut some lengths of gold cord and glued them to the back of each ornament. Once I had the gold cord in place on the ornament I could figure out how much to trim off the top so that it could be glued in place within the branches. Then I removed the dimensional foam from the back of my ornaments and pushed them down into place onto the card base.

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I added a little red & white bow into the center of my swag of branches and glued it into place as well.

Finally for the sentiment, I used the Peace on Earth stamp from the set and stamped it in the lower right corner with some Versamark and once again used some Zing Gold embossing powder and heat embossed the stamped image.

I trimmed my card base down a bit after the card was finished to better match the layout of my card and placement of all the card elements.

I’m so happy that this card turned out just like I’d imagined. It is difficult to tell in regular light how much shimmer this card has so I took an additional picture below using the flash so you can better see the finished card’s sparkle and shimmer.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this quick card. I think it’s going to be a lovely Christmas card for someone on my card list.

Hope you have a great day and are doing something crafty!