Friday, 20 November 2015

Merry Men!

You know that feeling when you look at a new stamp and just see your next make? Well, that's what happened with this little project - the gingerbread man with his outstretched arms just spoke to me and said 'garland'. So here's the finished thing - a string of merry gingerbread men. holding a Christmas greeting.

This project is great to hang over the fireplace or around the tree and you can make the garland - and greeting - as long as you like.

Materials used:
Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz stamps: Christmas Blueprint 3
Sizzix Tim Holtz strip die: Carnivale
Sizzix Originals die: Stars
Ranger Distress Embossing Ink
White embossing powder
Kraft cardstock
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic: Pyrrole Red
Sakura Glaze Pen: Black
Posca Paint Pen: Gold
Gold gems
Red and white baker's twine
Hole punch

Here's how I created it:

1: Stamp and heat emboss the gingerbread men in white on kraft card. Colour the eyes with a glaze pen and the bow tie with red paint. Add gem buttons.

2 Die cut stars from red cardstock and outline with dots of glaze pen. Die cut letters, outline with gold pen and glue to the centre of each star. Punch a hole in the top of each star.

3. Join the gingerbread men together with twine. Pass one end of the twine through each gingerbread man's hand, then pass both ends through the star before tying in a bow to secure. Continue until you have a garland of the desired length. Add lengths of twine to the outermost gingerbread men from which to hang the garland.

I hope you've enjoyed this project and will soon be decking the halls with paper men that are almost good enough to eat!

Katy x

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