November 2000
Designed By Judi Kauffman

For Christmas, Valentine's Day, any holiday or special occasion, surprise someone with a card that includes a removable ornament.

Bells are excellent for anniversaries and weddings as well as Christmas. Hearts would be great for Mother's and Father's Day, new babies, and more. Try a witch's hat for Halloween. Choose a cone for a birthday party invitation or card. Make a photo ornament with a diamond or oval. Once you get started, the possibilities are endless.

Note that ornaments can be a single flat shape, or include many layers for a dimensional version.


Red Castle FIT IT Frames CD

Victorian Gems #42180 (see below)


General Instructions

Choose your favorite FIT IT Frame shape (shown -- heart and bell). Print the shape on a card of any shape and size. Remember, each shape is pre-set for two card sizes if you prefer to use ones that are already designed.
Print the same shape in a smaller size for the ornament. Flat ornaments require one piece, dimensional ornaments require 5 or more of the small shape.
Use craft knife to cut the shaped opening on front of card.
Using paper towel or stencil brush, lightly color card with ink to create a mottled background (left side of "Sweet Pea" rainbow pad for pale pink color on Heart card, right side of same pad for pale green on Bell card).
Select two small Victorian Gems stamps (as shown, or experiment with other designs) and stamp them around the frame opening using darker colors from the same end of the rainbow pad as used for the background. Beginners: Practice on scrap card stock before you stamp on your card. Note that the stamped designs are random. Some impressions are soft because stamps are not inked every time. Add gel pen doodles at edge of frame - optional (Bell card).
Adhere a rectangle of printed vellum to front cover behind the opening. With craft knife, cut away all but 3/8" of the vellum to create an inner border. Adhere a contrasting color card stock or paper to inside of card (shown - dark green and purple).
Flat ornament: Stamp small shape to match card, embellish with gel pens. Hang from fine cord or ribbon, centered in opening at front of card.
Dimensional ornament: Sew five vellum shapes down the center. Fold flaps to open ornament. Hang from fine cord or ribbon, centered in opening at front of card.
Options: Add wire-edge ribbon or cord bow at top of card. Glue gems, silk flowers, buttons, jingle bells or other embellishments around frame or onto ornaments.

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