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Inchies Holiday Card Holder Garland Inchies Holiday Card Holder Garland
Rubber Stamping Project by Carolyn Hasenfratz
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Contents:
  • Introduction
  • Tools and Materials
  • Make the Inchies
  • Make the Holders
  • String the Garland
  • Resources


Introduction

On one occasion I was looking online for rubber stamping project ideas to see if there were any ideas for using inchies. I saw an inchies garland that someone made that I really liked, and decided to make my own version with spiral ornament hangars attached to use as clips for displaying holiday cards. It looks great hanging over a doorway.

Tools and Materials

Rubber stamps
Stamping Ink
Clean scrap paper
Glue stick
Bone folder or similar tool
Scrap paper
Scissors
Metallic cardstock
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Spiral ornament hooks
Eyelets
Eyelet setter
Small plastic jewels
Tacky Glue or similar glue
Tinsel ribbon
Pencil
2 Tassel ornaments
Fishing line



Make the Inchies

Inchies Holiday Card Holder Garland What are inchies? Simply one-inch square pieces of art. You can use any technique of your choice to make inchies. For my inchies I used collage and rubber stamping together. As for the theme, I used a Christmas theme for displaying Christmas cards, but you can use any theme depending on what kind of garland you want to make - Valentine's Day, Solstice, Hanukkah, Birthday, etc.

You will need a minimum of 17 inchies to make this garland. If you would like to repeat some designs, or if you would like to make several garlands, take your inchies to a copy shop and get color copies made.


Make the Holders Inchies Holiday Card Holder Garland
  1. Cut metallic cardstock into 17 1 1/4 inch x 3 inch pieces. If you want to reuse old cards from last year, you can cut the pieces out of those.

  2. Fold each cardstock piece in half.

  3. With a glue stick, glue an inchie 1/8 from the top of each folded piece. Put a piece of scrap paper over the inchie and rub with a bone folder or similar tool to make sure you get a good seal.

  4. With the glue gun, put a squirt of hot glue about 1/3 from the bottom edge of the folded cardstock piece. Place the top end of a spiral ornament hook on top of the glue, then press the cardstock piece closed and hold for a few seconds. If it's too hot, you can use a bone folder or other tool instead of your finger.

  5. With a small hole punch, punch a hole in the two bottom corners.

  6. Set an eyelet in each hole.

  7. Glue a plastic jewel with Tacky Glue or your favorite glue of choice.



String the Garland
  1. Once the glue is dry, lay your 17 holder pieces out in the order that you will string them onto the garland.

  2. Cut a piece of tinsel ribbon, 5 1/2 feet long. Fold it half to indicate the middle.

  3. Pick out the piece that you want to be the middle piece, and use a pencil to poke open the end near the fold. String onto the garland and place it in the middle.

  4. String the rest of the pieces on either side of the middle piece, leaving about 1 1/2 inch of space between each.

  5. Put one end of the tinsel ribbon through the loop of the tassel ornament. Fold over about 1 inch.

  6. Wrap the folded over portion with fishing line, then tie off with several knots. Put a dab of glue on the knots to help hold them.



Resources

Rubber stamps used in this sample project:

See the Rubber Stamp Credits page for other companies' stamps used.



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