The ornament making bug has struck. I love making Christmas ornaments so there will be more to come. When I saw the new Tim Holtz Sizzlit Snowflake Rosette, I really wanted to try it. Sizzlits are dies made by Sizzix to cut a single layer of lightweight paper to cardstock. However, I really, really wanted to make the snowflakes out of ribbon. I tried a few different ribbons before I found one that worked. Even at that, I had to remove each of the little ovals from the edges of the snowflake by hand. Clearly, I was pushing the die to do something it wasn’t made to do. But…I loved the result so I forged on.
The ribbon I used is a wide, wire edged semi sheer metallic ribbon of the type sold for Christmas wreath bows. It fit over the Sizzlit die with the wire on the outside (so it didn’t interfere with the cut). I then folded the strip accordion style and ran a piece of thread through the ends with my needle and knotted it to hold the snowflake shape together.
Then I cut two of the flat center snowflakes so that I could glue one to each side to make the ornament look finished on both sides. I tried felt which really pushed the Sizzlit too far. It required some snipping with scissors after cutting. So for the other two, I used a script paper and a glittery card stock which both cut easily (clearly the intended use!).
I embellished the centers with brads and sequins and hung the ornaments with metallic gold thread. These really catch the light nicely and are light as a feather which is great for practical reasons.