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Hanging Mandala for the Inventor


Hanging Mandala
By: Michael A. Trent, Artistic Guide

This project is a lot of fun to do and really much easier than it looks.  There is just a lot of work involved - cutting, trimming, and pop dotting - but it can be finished in under an hour and it's beautiful to hang in front of a window or to use as a Christmas tree ornament.

In keeping with the Summer Solstice theme , I used 2 sets of colors: black and white and orange and blue.  Each side is a mirror image of the other.  One side starts with the white cardstock, the other with the black.

Finished project size: 5" x 5" 

Mandala 1 No. K-225 (Outlines Rubber Stamp)

Black and white  cardstock

Versamark Watermark Stamp Pad (Tsukineko, Inc.)

Black detail embossing powder (Ranger)

Detail White Opaque embossing powder (Stampendous)

Orange and blue markers of choice

Black organza ribbon

Beads of choice

Very sharp knife or detail scissors
Double sided tape or other adhesive of choice
Heat embossing tool
Pop dots of choice
Antistatic bag


You will need to stamp the image 10 times - 5 times on white cardstock using the Versamark ink and black embossing powder, and 5 times on black cardstock using the Versamark ink and white embossing powder.   [I highly suggest using an antistatic bag due to the detailed image].

  1. Cut 1 image from each of the white and black cardstocks.
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  3. On the white image, color the flowers using an orange marker.
  4. Now, cut out each of the sections as shown in the following images -
  5. Cut black cardstock as shown.  Adhere pop dots to cut out portion and layer on top of the full image from the white cardstock.
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  7. Cut white cardstock as shown.  Color cut out portion with blue and orange markers.  Adhere pop dots to cut out portion and layer on top of Image 2.
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  9. Cut black cardstock as shown.  Adhere pop dots to cut our portion and layer on top of Image 3.
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  11. Image 5 - cut white cardstock as shown.   Color with markers, adhere pop dots to cut out section, and layer over Image 4.
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  13. For the other side just do everything in reverse.  If you cut the white cardstock for the front then cut the black cardstock for the reverse side.
  14. To adhere the two sides, lay one side down and adhere a strip of double sided tape down the middle.  Lay the ribbon on top.  Then adhere a strip of tape from each of the other corners.
  15. Tie some beads in the top and bottom of the ribbon.  Trim ribbon if needed.
  16. Hang from window and enjoy!!


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2 Responses »

  1. good tutorial! these are so much fun to do, I hope others will give it a try.

  2. I absolutely love the mandala. Outlines stamps are a kick and you did a great job of showing how to put the piece together. Thanks.