Oh, Betsy Ross! Is the story we know of her true or not? Did she sew the first American flag or did her grandson make it all up? I suppose we will never know and I've decided that it is perfectly okay to love the idea of Betsy Ross (as long as I acknowledge that her history may be entirely fiction)!
I do know that I think this image of Betsy is perfectly adorable and I as soon as I bought it at a Wichita antique store, I wanted to use it on an ornament. You can download her below for your personal projects.
This cookie cutter ornament is so sweet and fun to make! I just love the 1776 ribbon I found at MIchaels - seems perfect for Betsy, doesn't it?
I have found that Aileen's works really well for adhering ribbon to a cookie cutter. Start at the bottom and work your way around - you may need to hold the ribbon in place for just a bit at the joints of the star.
Placing the knot closer to the front of the star helps the ornament hang straighter and not tilt forward.
Now you're ready to decorate. I stamped a 1776 tag and punched two holes along the side. Then I threaded the twine through the tag and tied a knot. I also added a bit of yellow (toned down with white) watercolor to make the tag more the color around Betsy.
I created the Betsy Ross tag with one of the framelits from Chalk Talk from Stampin' Up.
I wanted to tone down the yellow around Betsy, so I painted about three layers of white watercolor around her. In the above picture, I've painted over the yellow once.
These watercolors are brand new - we just got them at the store. They are so pretty and creamy!
I tied the Betsy tag around the bow and hot glued it to the cookie cutter.
I love my new Betsy Ross star ornament!
You can use Betsy in your July 4th creations, download her HERE.
Have a wonderful week!