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*NUO* Hand Stamped Ornament


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Hello My Very Educated Mother readers. This is Amber from Crazy Little Projects sharing my non-ugly ornament. Don't forget to come visit me at my blog (there's even a chance for $400 going on there right now) after you read this tutorial. I am really starting to get into the Christmas spirit! (Is it too early for that?) Last week I made this, now this week? A beautiful hand stamped Christmas ornament. I love how it turned out (and that's good because there were a few road bumps along the way).
 How to hand stamp a Christmas Ornamen

Now, this hand stamped ornament isn't hard to make really, but it does require some supplies. Want to make one yourself?

What You Need:

  • Metal Blanks (find at a hobby store or on Etsy) 
  • Metal Letter Stamps like these (you can get those at craft stores, Amazon, or I have seen them on Pick Your Plum
  • Sharpie Marker 
  • Pro Polish Pads Crystals (anything you think is pretty. I got mine at Hobby Lobby) 
  • Wire (of any sort really) 
  • Ribbon 
  • Head 
  • Pins 
  • Needle Nose Pliers 
  • Metal Puncher 
Hand Stamped Ornament Tutorial: Grab one of your metal blanks and your metal letter stamps. Figure out where on your metal you want your word. Using a hammer and a steel block (or something else very hard), begin stamping your letters. Position each letter where you want it, hold it steady, and hit it with the hammer twice.
 How to hand stamp   How to stamp on metal
When you have your whole word done, get your sharpie marker and color all over your word, getting down into the grooves and not worrying if you get it all over the place.



Then, using one of your pro polish pads, rub all that excess Sharpie marker off.


Looks nice now right?
 
Punch a hole in the top of your metal with your metal puncher. Now, string a few crystals (I also used pearls) onto your head pin. Using your needle nosed pliers, bend the top down and around to form a loop:


I made a couple of these little crystal dangles. Then use your wire to string them together and pull them through the hole on your metal blank:
 
Next I tied a pretty bow with my ribbon and attached with the wire that was sticking through my hole already. Last, just use that ribbon to tie a loop and attach that to your wire as well:


So pretty right? You could stamp any word into. Like Christmas 2012, Joy, Noel, your last name, anything! Happy stamping!

I hope you’ve been enjoying the series! Be sure to follow along by subscribing to My Very Educated Mother. Thank You! -Erin

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