I bought this Nordic ornament stamp last week and I’ve been trying to think of the best way to present it. It’s about 5¼” across and I don’t have any dies that big. Also, I wanted it to have the hanger part on the top too so a straight circle die wouldn’t work. This seemed like a perfect job for the Cricut.
To begin, I stamped the hanger and bow and scanned it in to my computer. I imported it into Inkscape using a great tutorial from TroyTube on YouTube and then added an offset (the red part) to give me my basic cut-out shape. I played around with the shape a bit to remove the holes to make the cut-out section sturdier.
Next, I uploaded the finished shape into Cricut Design Space and scaled it to fit the stamped image. I made the basic card shape by making a circle 5½” diameter and welding the ornament hanger onto the top. I also sliced a smidge off the bottom so that the card would stand up. The shape was duplicated and flipped horizontally so that it would be a mirror image and then overlapped the first circle a small amount to give a place for the fold. A test cut revealed not quite a perfect fit but close enough.
My first card was for a swap in a Facebook group. I stamped the image in Versamark and heat embossed in white before blending pink, purple and blue inks over. The embossing resists the ink but gives texture with a lovely blended background. Lastly, I added some rhinestones on the centre of the snowflakes and a small sentiment. And a decorated envelope, of course!
I tried the stamp out on other coloured cards to see if it was as effective. It gave good results whether it was heat embossed or just stamped, although a stamp positioner does help as it’s tricky to get all sections of big stamps to stamp well first time.
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