Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Bottle Top Baubles

     This fortnight at The Male Room we would like to see your masculine creations made using 'hardware' e.g. brads, eyelets, charms. etc.  As Christmas is not too far away I chose to make a Christmas card that carries it's own present in the form of two bottle top baubles, these can be removed from the card and hung on the tree.
      These bottle tops are from a pack of new tops I had in my stash, you could just as easily make these with used ones once they've had a wash.
     Place your bottle tops in a basic sandwich of base plate and two clear plates (Bigshot), like you would for an embossing folder, and roll.
     I was a little cautious at first but they squash very well giving you a great metal disc to decorate.
      Using PVA I glued around the ridge on my tops and covered with silver glitter. Next I stamped  a snowflake on white card and embossed it in silver, adding a tiny blue gem to the centre. The next one was the word Noel stamped on to patterned paper and embossed in silver.
     Then both images were die cut, these measure approx 7/8ths of an inch, this will vary depending on your bottle top.

      The image discs were glued in place and allowed to dry. Once dry I filled the recess with Glossy Accents and left them to dry overnight.
     Each top has another card disc on the back which is stuck firmly over the silver thread which they will hang by. You could write a tiny message on them just for the recipient.
     The baubles are hung from a die cut pine branch edged with Distress Ink Faded Jeans, which is mounted on foam pads on a snowfall textured background.
     I was going to dry emboss the background with the words but in my haste to do this I mistakenly embossed the whole card blank! Not wishing to waste the blank I decided to use it as is and snowfall the front panel instead.
     Doing this meant that it would be hard to write on so I die cut a bauble shape from plain white card and stuck it over the back of the blank after colouring it blue, now there is somewhere to write and the greeting is peeping through the bauble die cut, disaster averted!
     The baubles are hung on the branch and fixed on the card with blue tac so that they will come off easily, I shall add a small note in the card to let the recipient know this.

Materials list - available from your  local craft shop
                                          Glossy Accents
                                          Snowflake and 'Noel' - from clear stamp sets.

Stix2 Anything -  Iridescent Glitter
                         Silver Glitter
                         PVA Glue
                         Redline Tape

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
A Snowflakes Promise - Christmas/Winter
Christmas Card Challenges - Anything Goes
CraftyHazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra - Anything Christmas


  1. This is absolutely amazing! I love all the embossed texture. The bottle cap Christmas ornaments are genius and I can see the bottle top embellishments working for all sorts of occasions. Great card. xxx

  2. Fabulous idea - you're so innovative! And the added bonus of being able to remove them to use as tree decorations is really cool.

  3. Love the pretty ornaments you created and the embossing. Thanks so much for joining us at Christmas Card Challenges.

  4. A great card - thanks for joining us at Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge,

    Helen x

  5. Great idea!
    Thanks for joining us at Christmas Cards Challenges this week!
    Monica - CCC DT

  6. A blast from the past! Love your bottle cap ornaments!

  7. Clever idea of using the bottle tops...will remember that one! Loving the attention to detail, really gorgeous card. Thank you so much for the inspiration


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