Monday, August 8, 2011

Challenges Entry: Season of Joy Ornament

Fast forwarding from yesterday's Halloween tag to another Christmas ornament.  I am loving the effect of embossed chipboard on this one and Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Cuts images (this one from "Christmas Time") are perfectly sized for ornaments.

The Challenges:

The Details:
  • The outside frame was plain chipboard until I embossed it using the Tim Holtz Patchwork Texture Fade.  I painted it with buttermilk and metallic antique gold acrylic paint and then distressed it with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. 
  • Glitter Technique:  After I was pleased with the color on the chipboard frame, I sprayed it with both Heirloom Gold and Perfect Pearl Perfect Pearls Mist and, while still wet from the mists, added a generous coating of fine crystal glitter.  I gently shook off the extra glitter and allowed it to dry.  To ensure good adhesion of the glitter, I sprayed the frame with an acrylic top coat.  The effect of adding the glitter right to the Perfect Pearls Mist is a tarnished, antique silver sparkle that is beautifully vintage!

  • For the central image, I added a layer of Rock Candy Distress Paint and once dry, added some Old Paper Distress Ink to highlight the crackle.  I then added several colors of regular and distress Stickles to highlight the image and form a border.

  • The seam binding bow started out as plain cream, but was distressed using Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls Mist and just a touch of Vintage Photo DI in a few places to make it look authentically stained.  The brass ribbon charm is from A Charming Place.
  • I didn't want to put a hole in my pretty glittered frame, so instead, I secured a TH mini paperclip between the chipboard frame and the cardboard backing to create a charm ring. 
  • The charm and beads started out with silver metal findings, but with some Sandal alcohol ink, they now match the antique brass TH jump rings.

: Hot Off the Press
Image: Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Cuts ‘Christmas Time’
Inks: Distress Ink ‘Old Paper’, ‘Vintage Photo’; Americana acrylic paint ‘Light Buttermilk’; Folk Art acrylic paint ‘Metallic Antique Gold’
Embellishments: chipboard frame; TH texture fade ‘Patchwork’; Perfect Pearls Mist ‘Heirloom Gold’, ‘Perfect Pearl’; Martha Stewart glitter ‘Ultrafine Crystal’; TH Distress Paint ‘Rock Candy’; Alcohol Ink ‘Sandal’; Alcohol Ink Blending Solution; Blue Moon bead; TH mini paper clip; TH jump rings; assorted glass beads; Stickles ‘Xmas Red’, ‘Green’, ‘Lime Green’; Distress Stickles ‘Frayed Burlap’, ‘Old Paper’; gold cord; A Charming Place brass ribbon charm; Hug Snug seam binding; Christmas floral

Tools: Glossy Accents; foam ink blending tool; stylus; tweezers; TH paper distresser; emery board; Texture Boutique; 3M foam tape; 3M Super 77 spray adhesive; Krylon Clear; eyelet hole punch, glitter tray
Misc: cardboard


  1. Oh wow I am loving your ornaments they are just beautiful and I love the vintage look of them.

  2. Stunning work!! I love all of the glitter and beautiful paper. Love the crackle effect on the image too. Just a beautiful piece!!

    Thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge blog!!
    xoxo, Christine

  3. Beautiful ornament. I love the glitter, love the crackle effect and the bow and charm combo- is a gorgeous effect.

  4. This is gorgeous. What wonderful details and techniques,

    lucy x

  5. stunning! I hung on every word to learn your techniques.

  6. This is absolutely beautiful!

  7. What a beautiful piece! And thanks for the tip on how you hung the jewels.

  8. oh my... what a GORGEOUS ornament you have created!!! Thanks for the details, making this piece!! Luv all the details to it!! Absolutely Gorgeous!!! :-)

  9. An instant heirloom! Wonderful!

  10. OMG!!!! This is a FANTASTIC PIECE OF ART!...I really love your work...many details!!! It's stunning!

    Regards from Spain



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