Thursday, December 01, 2011

Christmas is a comin'!

Today I thought I would share an ornament with you. It is fairly simple and turns out beautiful! So far I have made about a half of a dozen and have more in the planning stages. This specific ornament is for the Robin's Nest Design Team application. Robin's Nest is a wonderful small business which offers some wonderful embellishments for paper crafting, including the best little creation of all time - Dew Drops! Check out the Robin's Nest blog for great inspiration too!


Focal Image:
Sweet Pea Stamps Rubber Stamp: Valarie Wade's Rose
White Card Stock
Colored Card Stock
3" Circle Punch
3.5" Circle Punch
Copic Markers:
  • Y28- Jewelry
  • Y17- Flower Centers
  • R11 - Cheeks and Lips
  • R22, R24, R27 - Clothing and Flowers
  • G14, G19, G16 - Ruffles
  • G24 - Background
  • B000 - Eyes and White Highlights
  • E71, E77, E79 - Hair
  • E51, E00, YR00 - Skintones
Inkssentials Opaque White Pen
Cocoa Ink Pad
Smooch Illuminate
Ultra Thick Embossing Powder (UTEE)
Embossing Ink Pad
Heat Gun

Echo Park Merry Christmas Sheet Music Digital Paper
Amazing Goop Adhesive
24" Silver Vintage Tinsel
Plaid ModPodge
Cocoa Ink Pad

Round Dew Drops
Glue Dots
Krylon Silver Paint Pen
Prima Red Flowers and Holly Leaves
1' Ribbon

Focal Image:
  1. Punch a 3" circle from the white card stock and stamp image, centering.
  2. Color the image.
  3. Using the white ink pen add highlights to the hair.
  4. Smooch is painted over the wings.
  5. Distress the edges of the focal image with cocoa colored ink.
  6. Tap the embossing ink on top of the image and sprinkle with UTEE, tap off excess and heat to set. While still hot, add more UTEE and heat, repeat several more times until there is is a nice heavy, glassy layer of ep on the image.
  7. Cut a piece of colored card stock into a 3.5" circle for a mat and attach the stamped image.
  1. Print a star at 75% from Coloring Castle and trim out. 
  2. Using the star as a pattern cut out a base from chipboard.
  3. For the background paper manipulate the music print to black and white, then sepia (Old sheet music can be substituted.) and print out on white card stock. 
  4. Cut out a star using the pattern from the music printed paper and distress the edges with the cocoa ink pad.
  5. Adhere the sheet music to the chipboard with ModPodge.
  6. Fold a piece of tinsel in half, pinch about 1" from the fold and twist. This will be the hanger.
  7. Adhere the tinsel to the edges of the star, with the loop at the top point, with Amazing Goop and allow to dry.

  1. Paint the dew drops with the silver paint and allow to dry.
  2. Adhere a piece of chipboard to the back of the matted image. 
  3. Adhere the matted image to the star, centering.
  4. Adhere the dew drops to the mat around the focal image, evenly positioning.
  5. At the bottom of the focal image, adhere the holly leaves, center with the red flower and add a dew drop to the center.
  6. Tie a ribbon at the tip of the top star point.
Here are a few more of the star ornaments I have made using the same techniques, the focal images are collage sheets and vintage ephemera. Add a touch of lace, framing the image and they are just gorgeous!

Enjoy sharing!

I hope you have enjoyed your visit today and will check out all the wonderful offerings Robin's Nest has to offer! ttfn!


~Lady B~ said...

Fabulous ornaments! Thanks for the tutorial...I will definitely have to give this a try!

MaRyKaY said...

wow those are beautiful ornaments. thank you very much for the tutorial on these. I most likely will give it a whirl too. thanks for sharing

monique said...

those ornaments are so beautiful, specially love the one with the cat

paula akers said...

beautiful ornaments! tfs the details and tuti!