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Decorate pre-cut wooden shapes to create personalised Christmas decorations
MATERIALS Artcuts Wooden Christmas Craft Blank Decorations VersaMagic Ink Pads (we used Red Magic and Cloud White) Hobby Art Snowflake Stamp Set Acrylic blocks Jute twine in red Wooden beads Scissors Ruler You can find everything you need from www.artcuts.co.uk Artcuts’ birch wood Christmas decoration shapes come in a range of different designs that can easily be prettified in the same way as this trio. Follow the steps to create your own beautiful ornaments, being careful not to press too hard when applying ink to the wood or stamp – try to use a light swiping action to build up colour. Likewise, gently apply an even layer of ink for stamping – you can always practise your technique on paper before you begin.
To begin, colour the surface of the birch wood shape white by swiping the white inkpad across the surface of the wood. Leave to dry – this should take approximately 10-15 minutes. Repeat the process on the reverse of the shape.
Prepare your stamp by peeling one of the clear acrylic snowflake stamps within the set away from the static film, and pressing it down firmly onto an acrylic block. Try to position it centrally on the block.
Sponge the red inkpad onto the snowflake stamp until it’s evenly covered. Practise stamping on a sheet of paper, and once you’re happy with your design, begin stamping directly onto the shape. Remember to reapply ink to the stamp after each impression.
Continue stamping snowflakes all over the birch wood shape. Leave to dry, then repeat the pattern on the reverse. Try stamping along the edge of the shape for a seamless print, or stamp snowflakes in a line to create a striking Scandi-style pattern. To use a different snowflake, repeat Step 2, removing the previous stamp, and adding a new one.
Cut a 25cm (97/ length of red twine. Thread the twine through the pre-cut hole in the shape, then thread both ends through a wooden bead. Push the bead down towards the shape, and securely tie the ends in a knot, ready to hang.