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All images, printed Note Card, Creative Candy Clear Circle Stickers by A Muse Art Stamps; Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink in Warm Red; Staz-On Black; 1 3/8" Circle Punch; Water-based Markers; Xyron 150 (the "X"); Prisma Glitter, Ultra fine Iridescent Clear; Silver Metallic Cord

This fun "ornament" design couldn’t be much faster!  Use A Muse’s Clear Uppercase Polka Alpha, large to stamp "Ho" 3 times, starting from the BOTTOM, and stamping your way up.  For some reason folks always seem to automatically start at the top, but, in many cases, I actually find it much easier to start at the bottom, and build a design upward.  In this case, with clear stamps, of course, it’s even more of a snap!  I’m a total sucker for polka dots, and A Muse’s Clear Polka Alpha sets are no exception. 

Mr. Claus was stamped onto white card stock, and colored in with markers.  THEN, he was sent down the chute of the little Xyron 150 Machine, which can accommodate pieces 1 1/2" wide, FACE DOWN.  I love this little gizmo–I actually own this machine in 3 different sizes–this one, plus 2 larger versions (the 510 and the original 850, which was subsequently replaced by the 900).  The 510 and the 900 have the capability of laminating, magentizing, and applying adhesive, depending on which cartridge is loaded into the machine.  I use them more than I imagined I ever would when I initially bought them.

Normally, we use Xyron to put sticky on the BACK side of a piece, turning it into a sticker, but in this situation, we needed it all over the front.  Below is an example of what the little Xyron 150 looks like, and how to use it.


After removing the adhesive liner paper, Prisma glitter was rubbed all over the front of Mr. Claus, makin’ a glittah sphere!  It’s a good idea to use a soft brush to brush away as much excess glitter as possible.  Otherwise, it makes it difficult for the clear sticker to adhere over the top. 

Once the finished glitter sphere was in place on the card front, a quick punch at the top with a 1/16" hole punch (you could also use a paper piercer tool), and another through the gutter crease, will enable you to slip a length of silver cord through and bow tie it above the sphere, creating the effect of a hanging holiday ornament.

The ease of mass producing this design for the holidays would put anybody in the mood to "Ho, ho, ho!" (wink!)

Sidebar:  A fellow stamper and I were chatting one day over stampin’ "candy", and my 10 yr. old son’s ears perked up.  I swear that kid’s got sugar RADAR! (snort!)  He was rather disappointed when I explained to him that stampers’ candy wouldn’t be sweet to him . . . (chuckle!)

  1. Julie I love this “ho ho ho” card. I am having trouble understanding how you tied the silver cording and used the 1/16 punch. Could you send me some more directions? Help? Gail in St. Louis, MO

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