Deck The Halls
SKILL LEVEL : Advanced
Deck the halls this holiday season with personalized hand-stamped ornaments!
Place ornament on stamping block.
TIP: Use stamp tape to secure the ornament to the stamping block so it doesn’t move while stamping.
Position curved light border stamp on the ornament. To line up border impressions, tilt stamp to determine placement then rock stamp back until it's flat. Hold stamp flat and firmly in place by anchoring the side of your hand on workspace. Then strike the stamp once with medium force using Metal Stamping Hammer. Repeat until ornament is stamped with lights.
TIP: Use the Tilt & Tap technique to stamp 6mm and larger stamps, or stamps with more details. While applying pressure to the stamp, strike once with medium force. Then without lifting stamp, continue to strike while very slightly tilting the stamp in a circular motion to catch all sides of the design.
Decorate the holiday tree by stamping ornaments, date, and other design stamps.
TIP: You can camouflage and draw attention away from any misaligned curved light strands using the design stamps.
Further personalize your ornament by stamping initials at the bottom and inside the 6mm initial ornament design stamp.
TIP: ImpressArt letter sets that work well with the 6mm initial ornament design stamp are ImpressArt Stargazer, ImpressArt Melody (Lowercase), ImpressArt Bridgette (Lowercase), ImpressArt 1.5mm San Serif, and ImpressArt 1.5mm Deco.
For a spark of color, stamp desired design details with the crystal setter.
Hold crystal setter flat and firmly in place on the stamping blank. Strike with medium force using metal stamping hammer until a round indentation is formed in the stamping blank. The indentation should be deep enough so that the edges of the crystal are set in the divot and the top of the crystal protrudes out from the blank.
Highlight impressions and ornament design details with Stamp Enamel Marker. Wait 3-5 minutes and then wipe away excess from the surface of the ornament.
Secure flat back crystals inside stamped divot impressions with jewelry adhesive, and allow to dry. Use tweezers to help set crystals in place, making sure not to scratch the crystals.
Attach a ribbon to the top of the ornament using a Lark’s Head Knot. Fold the length of the ribbon in half at the center. Take the fold and slide it through the hole in the ornament. Take the two ends of the ribbon and pass them through the loop made by the fold of the ribbon. Pull tight to secure the ribbon to the ornament.
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