Just recently I participated in a Christmas Pin swap at The Stamp Shack. There were about 10 or 12 participants and we were paired up and exchanged pins with our partner. I had never made a pin before and had loads of questions. It turns out that lots of people start with dominoes, or that paper that shrinks when it's heated. Well, I went merrily on my way and did what I thought would make a nice pin. Here's the pic of the pin I made.
This is how I created this pin. First, I stamped the ivy leaves, by Stempleglede and coloured them in using my Prismacolor Markers. Then I cut the stamp out and laid it on a bit of waxed paper. I literally poured Glossy Accents all over it and prayed that it would dry in 2 - 3 days as it was so thick, without warping the cardstock. YAY! It dried perfectly and lifted off the paper beautifully. Next, I used a chipboard circle and punched it with my Crop-A-Dile and then inserted the large red brad through the cut out image and the chipboard. It looked okay, but needed something more. That's when I grabbed my ribbon and cut five strips. I looped them over and adhered them to the back of the chipboard circle. Then I attached a second chipboard circle with some really tough glue. To that, I attached a pin backing, packed it very carefully and sent it off to my partner, Mary.
It was a really fun swap to do and these are the pins I received from Mary. She had made two and couldn't decided which to send, so I got both of them. Thank you so much, Mary. The pins are lovely and I will wear them, one on each winter coat I own.