Filigree Lantern (for Creative Expressions)

More inspiration using the new Henna Singles stamps from Creative Expressions. This time, I’ve used the ‘Mandala’ stamp on card and heat-proof acetate with embossing powder to create this brass-filigree-effect hanging lantern. The middle set of panels are acetate allowing the light from a battery powered tea light to shine through. Three of the joining segments are attached with mini-brad so that the light can be accessed. Perfect for festive lighting!

You will need:
Creative Expressions Singles stamp: Henna Mandala
Cosmic Shimmer Embossing Powder: Bright Gold Metallic
Cosmic Shimmer Specialist Acrylic Glue
Sticky Thumb D/S Permanent Adhesive
Foundations Card: Milk
Ranger Perfect Medium: Clear
Creative Expressions Faux Screw Brads: Antique Gold

You will also need heat proof acetate (e.g. photocopy-able overhead transparencies), a battery-powered tea light if illuminating.

  1. Using the Perfect Medium ink, stamp the Mandala stamp a total of ten times onto Milk card stock, cover with embossing powder, tap off the excess and heat set. Allow to cool and cut out each embossed image as shown.
  2. From the back, score a triangle as shown on each of the mandalas and fold up the sides so that the embossing is on the inside. Glue five together as shown in the diagram using the Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Glue. Repeat with the remaining five.
  3. Next, stamp the mandala ten times onto the heatproof acetate and emboss as before. Cut out and score as above and use the Sticky Thumb adhesive roller to stick the tabs together as shown in the diagram to make a ring of see-through mandalas. Burnish the acetate to the adhesive well.
  4. Use the Sticky Thumb adhesive roller to stick the ring to the top card section using all the tabs.
  5. Insert ribbon/string through the top centre hole at this stage if you are planning to hang the lantern. If you tie a large knot, there is no need to stick it in place – alternatively, tie the ribbon through a button or section of card to secure it in place.
  6. Stick down two adjoining sets of tabs on the bottom section. Pierce the centre of the remaining three tabs next to the triangular face – this is where you will insert the brads to allow you to insert and remove a battery-powered tea light.

If you have an electronic cutter that uses SVG files, here is one that cuts the mandala outline (six per A4 sheet).

A worksheet of instructions for this project is available here.

4 thoughts on “Filigree Lantern (for Creative Expressions)

  1. Brilliant idea Neil, the Henna image works so well for this beautiful decoration. Love it. Tracy x

  2. Very pretty – and the step-by-step instructions are so helpful. Love all your unique projects.

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