Monday, November 19, 2007

Simply Dazzling Ornaments

Want to add a little Pizzazz to your tree, packages, bags and's a quick and easy way to do just that! I wish you could see this IRL...there is no way a photograph can do it's just so DAZZLING! It reminds me of Ruby Slippers from the Wizard of Oz!! I saw this project at the Portland Regionals and couldn't wait to get home and try it. I wasn't disappointed. It's really fun and really simple. Here's how ~

Here's what you need
On Board Trimmings
Sanding Block
Craft Ink
Heat and Stick Powder
Heat Tool
Stretch Cord
Powder Pal Trays
Optional: Eyelets, Brads, Stamped Images, other Embelishments

Here's what you do

1. Choose a piece from the On Board Trimming and use the Sanding Block to smooth any rough edges. If you plan on this being a one sided ornament (with a photo or stamped image inside), trace the shape of your chipboard onto cardstock. You can cut this out later and use it for the back of your ornament.

2. If desired, punch a hole in the chipboard, using the you can add ribbon or stretch cord later. You can also add an eyelet later if you'd like.

3. Cover the chipboard with Craft Ink. I used an SU Sponge, cut in thirds to apply the Craft Ink...very liberally. You can also use a dauber, but if it’s a big piece of chipboard, it will take quite a while. With the sponge, I sometimes get a bit of craft ink on my fingers, but it applies much quicker…so it's worth it, to me. The key is to get the chipboard "wet" with ink...both to give the chipboard color and to give the heat and stick powder something to stick to. My white ink is much wetter than the red, so it went on a lot quicker.

4. Sprinkle Heat and Stick powder over the Craft Ink and Heat it up using your Heat Tool. This doesn’t take long. You can easily see as it turns from a powder into hot liquid glue. For a little extra "glue" you can apply more Heat and Stick powder and re-heat.

5. While the “glue” is still hot/wet….sprinkle Glitter all over the Ornament. Carefully tap off excess glitter. Re-heat with the Heat Tool, just briefly, to set the glitter. Once the glue has cooled (this happens pretty quickly), I give the ornaments a good "tapping" into my Powder Pals remove the excess glitter.

6. If it's a one-sided Ornament, you can add your insert (a photograph, stamped image, etc) and adhere the cardstock backing with some glue dots. For a two-sided Ornament, repeat the Craft Ink, Heat and Stick and Glitter steps for the other side. If any areas need a little "touch up" with more glitter...just use your 2-way glue pen and apply a bit more glitter. Sometimes the edges need a little touching up.

7. Add Eyelets, Rhinestone Brads, Stretch Cord, Ribbons, Stamped images or Photographs…so many possibilities! There are some fun examples on page 9 of the Holiday Mini (click HERE to see them...and the rest of the catalog too!)

For the first ornament, I used Real Red Craft Ink with Romantic Red Glitter. I stamped the snowman image from Wishing you Cheer, with Black Stazon onto Shimmery White Cardstock, colored him in with SU markers, and used the 2-way glue pen to add a little Dazzling Diamonds Glitter to give him some shimmer of his own! I used glue dots to adhere the image inside and glue dots again to adhere the cardstock backing for the ornament. For the Snowflake, I used White Craft Ink with Dazzling Diamonds Glitter. For the Star, I used White Craft Ink with Silver Shine Glitter.

These On-Board Trimming pieces will only be available for a little more than a week. Along with the Silver and Gold Stretch cord and all the other great items in the Holiday Mini Catalog can only be ordered until November 30th...then they're gone for good! There are some really great items in that little mini take another look, so you don't miss out!

Have a DAZZLING Monday = ) !!!


Flossie's Follies said...

Wow, these are great, love all that glitter, will have to try a few myself.

JenMarie said...

These are GORGEOUS! I love all things sparkly!!

Dawn Easton said...

Nancy, these are fantastic! I love that you filled in the hole with the snowman! Awesome idea giving him more glitter too ;)
I've made a couple of simple ornaments and they are so fun!

Staci said...

Very pretty! I love doing these too! Yours turned out great!!


nancy littrell said...

Nancy, What a great tutorial. TFS all the details of your gorgeous holiday chip boards. You are really inspiring me....Again!

Nancy Riley said...

Oh do I ever love the bling on these chipboard pieces, Nancy! WONDERFUL tutorial ... very easy to read with lots of detail! I love it!

nitestamper said...

OMG !!!!fantastic ideas for the chipoard, love the glitter and great tutorial, btw!!!

a-grimsley said...

Ah GLITTER, I love glitter!

travelingmama said...

I was thinking about doing the same thing! Thanks for the tips!

Ali Manning said...

These ornaments are adorable. I really need to get mine out of the drawer. Thanks for the inspiration.