Thursday, November 21, 2013

A Fun Holiday Ornament

For the month of November, the Dreamweaver Stencil Design Team is featuring Beacon Adhesives. They have an amazing line of products which you can find HERE.
Our challenge this month is Holiday Celebrations...with an emphasis on home decor and gift projects. Here's what I've come up with:
 This project is so simple that you can create many ornaments in different colors and designs.  Here are the instructions:

Dreamweaver Stencil Gothic Snowflake LL 396.  (Any LL stencil would work, though)
Stamping Details Rubber Embossing Mat
Mercart Metal Medium Blue Coated Aluminum (You can choose any color)
Beacon 3-IN-1 Adhesive
Beacon Gem-Tac Adhesive
Manual Die Cut Machine
Sandpaper or Sanding Block
Chipboard (2 pieces, each 3" x 3")
Big Bite
2 Eyelets
3 Oval Jump Rings
Oval Connie Crystal
One Round Jump Ring
1" of Chain
Large Round Ring
May Arts Ribbon


1)  Run the Dreamweaver Stencil and Mercart metal through manual die cut machine.  You will need the embossing mat.  Place the stencil face down, the metal colored side down on top of it and the embossing mat over that.  For the Cuttlebug, the sandwich is A Plate, stencil, metal, embossing mat and 2 B Plates.  Do this twice.

2) Lightly sand the embossed metal on both pieces.

 3)  Put 3-IN-1 Adhesive on one side of one of the 3" x 3" chipboard squares.

 4)  Rub the other square over the top and to smear the glue.

 5)  Place the glue side of the chipboard squares on the back of the metal pieces, centering them within the embossed squares.

6)  Lightly sand the embossed edges.

 7)  Trim close to the embossed edges with a pair of scissors.

8)  Glue the back of one piece of chipboard and attach to the other.

9)  Push the edges of the metal down over the exposed edges of the chipboard.

10)  Use the Big Bite to set the eyelets in two opposite corners of the square.

11)  Attach the crystal on one side with two oval jump rings and one round one.

12)  Attach the large ring on the other side with one oval jump ring and the chain.

13)  Use Gem-Tac to securely attach the rhinestones.  Rhinestones will attach without it, but are unlikely to stick to the metal for any length of time.  With Gem-Tac, they will stay in place.

 14)  Use a dot of 3-IN-1 on the opening of the oval jump rings to keep the edges from separating.

 15)  Attach the beautiful May Arts Ribbon to the oval jump ring.

This is what it looks like finished.

Now that you have seen what I have to offer, check out the projects by the rest of the team members, and our special November guest designer, my good friend Linda Neff.


  1. Wow Laura this is very cool! You always do amazing metal work!

  2. Wonderful, Laura! And the embellishments make this extra special! Just gorgeous!

  3. Wonderful creation, Laura! Love the crystal additions. What a great gift idea!

  4. This ornament is so pretty! Love the blue and those gems really set it off.