Bug here from @mediocreartsandcrafts. Today I use a piece of ribbon and an embroidery hoop to take an already fabulous stamp set, up one more notch. I use brown ink for part of the image, to create some contrast between the shadows. 



Dash Away Stamp Set

Echo Park Under the Sea – Ocean Friends Page

White Cardstock

Memento Rich Cocoa Ink Pad

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

White Gel pen

Darice 4” Wood Embroidery Hoop

½ Inch white ribbon

Art Glitter Glue

Cutter Bee Scissors



--Remove the inside piece of the embroidery hoop and set it aside for another project. Use the outside hoop with the metal mechanism as a template and trace onto your white cardstock and the Ocean Friends paper. Cut those out and error on the side of cutting them too big rather than too small (or they won’t fill your hoop!)
--Using your MISTI and Memento Rich Cocoa, stamp the two rows of houses onto both of your cut outs. Then using Memento Onyx Black ink, stamp Santa and his sleigh.
--Cut the white cardstock right beneath the bottom row of houses, allowing bits of the inked part to remain on the piece you cut away. Cut a little strip beneath the other houses as shown. Glue these down to the other sheet making the look of snow banks.
--Cut a 3-4 foot piece of ribbon from your spool. Add a dot of Art Glitter Glue on the under side of your hoop, right next to the metal piece. Hold the end of the ribbon there for a few seconds until it starts to stick. Wrap the rest of the ribbon around the hoop, slightly overlapping, and adding dots of glue as you go.
--Glue the hoop down to your stamped paper with the metal mechanism at the top. The Art Glitter Glue works great here.
--Using your white gel pen, make some dots of ‘snow’ onto the houses and trees. You can do this before you glue the hoop on, but I forgot and did it after.
Once dried, tie a length of ribbon around the metal part of the hoop and create a bow. Alternately, you can tie a bow and put it at the bottom so that the metal piece of the hoop shows.

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