Saturday, November 26, 2011

Believe Ornament

Just wanted to share a cute ornament I made last week --as well as a simple technique for making your standard white string into any color quickly and easily. First the ornament.

I made 10 of these to trade in my paper ornament swap on ScrappersChallenge.
I made 8 more as ATCs for my ATC December winter swap at our scrapbook store
I made 12 more just a bit larger-sized into greeting cards with a different sentiment for the greeting card swap also at our local store. 30 total and now done! Done is good!

Shown is the ATC sized Christmas ornament and the hang-string is coming out center top held in place at the top with the blue brad.

First the ornament front:

Techniques used on the front:
Distress stain some white index weight cardstock in a couple blue stains.
Emboss with a texture folder to add dimension.
Crackle the whole ATC card with Tim Hotz crackle medium.
Stamp text on with navy blue ink.
Add decorative sturdy brad at top center with string under it on the backside.
Stamp wording on banner. Ink banner sides, Fold and pop dot up banner (Tim Holtz Sizzix)
Add 1 inch square mirrors that have also been crackled with Tim Holtz crackle medium and they have also been inked over the crackle mirror piece with some walnut stain to show off those cracks. I love this effect!
Add gems, silver sticker stars as you like.

and the reverse side:

We just can't leave the back undecorated for an ornament designed to hang on the tree. :D
Stamp ATC sized blue cardstock with Tim Holtz ATC Stampers Anonymous stamp in navy ink
Stamp over this with olive green ink and Tim Holtz swirl stamp.
Match up this back and glue it to the decorated front ornament ATC piece made above.
Add silver glitter glue to round ornament piece and let dry
When dry, add same pre-ribboned star ornament piece on a pop dot to the center of the back of your ornament card
Add silver sticker star lower left and upper right with mini gems as you prefer
Add a mini gem to ornament ball.

Coloring String:
I needed blue and white string for these, but didn't want to run out to the store when I have so much white string already here at home. Use what you have, right? I have about 9 rolls of string in varied widths and ages from vintage to modern. Time to use up some of the white-with-sparkle string.

I decided to color it fast and easy with


From white to blue in about 60 seconds. Literally. Just soak the string while it is still on the roll with stain and let air dry an hour or two.

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