Cut 5 stars points using the Sizzix die Star, 5 Point 3D - we are an ordering point for Sizzix at the LBH. Come in and check out the catalog. You will also need to cut 5 star points in chipboard. For this project I cut them separately because I found it was easier to fold the points on the score lines and break down the chipboard before I attached the metal.
Emboss your metal star points in the Cuttlebug. Designs that have a lot of negative space look really good on this project.
After you emboss..you will need to sand the star points. How much you sand is completely up to you. Start off lightly sanding..you can always sand more off - but you can't get the finish back when it's gone :)
Aren't these snowflakes amazing! This one is debossed - if you are not familar you will see that the body of the snowflake is recessed into the negative space. After you sand the metal, it is always good to wipe it off with a towel to get all the sanding dust off.
This one is not sanded yet but the snowflake body is the raised or positive portion.
You will need 5 embossed and sanded star points and 5 chipboard star points.
Tape all edges of chipboard star points - it should be a really strong tacky tape.
I then just folded and gave a little "peench" to the chipboard score lines. It helps to break it down a bit so the metal once attached will be easier to bend.
Attach the metal to the taped chipboard star point then bend on score lines
This is the back side of star point.
Use a decorative wheel (Ten Seconds studio) to go around the edges - it helps to burnish the metal to the chipboard. I also used the Frayed Burlap distress ink from Ranger to ink all the edges of the chipboard. Now if at this point of the tutorial you are saying " I have no dea what all this metal stuff is about but I want to know more" - then join us at the Little Blue House for Hot Metal Mammas - trust me...Miss Tracy will teach you everything you need to know....and more!
Peel tape and squeeze flaps together - check the front to make sure everything is aligning ok.
Ink only around the edge of the front part of the chipboard star and I inked the entire back. I wanted it to have some color but I did not want to use paint (impatient for drying) and I thought it might cause it to curl.
You need about 18 inches of ribbon for the back. I used "bling" from Want 2 Scrap. You can also dab alcohol inks on or paint the metal and sand off. I decided to just add the bling since I had turkey day cooking to get to. I attached strips of rhinestones and pearls on the seams where the points came together.
I also added a few pearls to the centers of some of the snowflakes.
Attach the ribbon to the back of the star.
It's all done..I wish you could see the crystals and pearls better..they are so pretty.