Today I'm sharing some handmade ornaments! I hope you are inspired to create some of your own.
You can find more of my handmade ornaments, including my "5 Star / 1 Cut Ornament" tutorial HERE.
I would love to see your handmade ornaments if you post them. Just email me, or leave me a comment on my blog when you are finished!
My first ornament is pretty easy to create. I cut 2 1 1/2" strips from cream patterned paper. I scored every 1/2" to create pleats. Before folding back and forth to create pleats, embellish edges with gold glitter glue. Punch a 2" circle to use as a base to stabalize the pleated base. Glue the ends of the strips together at the ends. Then glue the entire pleated background to the 2" circle. Created the red ruffled piece from crepe paper. It's the kind you get in the party section at local craft store. I used thread and a needle to gather the edge of the crepe paper strip. Adhere to center of pleated base. Cut scalloped circle from cream cardstock using Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Circles and the Grand Calibur. Adhere to front of ornament. Embellish edges with gold glitter glue. Stamp "Noel" from Layers of Color art stamp set "Christmas Verses" onto cream cardstock and trim. Adhere to front of ornament and embellish with glitter glue. Stamp dove (from "Angelic" art stamp set) on cream cardstock, trim, adhere, and embellish with glitter glue.
To create this ornament, begin with the one of the decorative dies from the "Fluer de Lis" die set by Spellbinders. Cut 3 from cream cardstock. Score down the center of each one. Then use the "Classic Scalloped Circles" die set and cut 3 scalloped circles from cream cardstock. Score down the center. Stamp decorative image from Layers of Color "Touch of Elegance" art stamp set with VersaMark ink and emboss with gold embossing powder. Then you can use glitter glue around the edges. I did not do it that way, but it would be easier for you if you have embossing powder and glitter glue that coordinate. I wanted the stamped image and glitter around the edges to match, so I stamped the image with a Glue Pad and sprinkled with gold glitter. Then I added glue with a glue pen around the edges and sprinkled with glitter. This is a more difficult way to do it, because the glue pad did not completely hold the glitter and it was easy to knock off. So then I sprayed over it with several coats of Fixative Spray. After dried, fold along score lines of both the scalloped circles and the decorative die shapes. Adhere each scalloped circle to the front of the decorative die shape. You now have 3 sides. Adhere 1/2 of #1 to 1/2 of #2. I use Aleene's Tachy Glue. Adhere 1/2 of #2 to 1/2 of #3. Before you adhere 1/2 of #3 to 1/2 of #1, you need to set your gold cord down the middle of the ornament. Cut the gold cord long enough to form a loop at the top with the end being adhered inside the ornament. Leave a long piece of the other end hanging out the bottom so you can embellish with beads and an images. Do not leave both ends extending from the bottom of the ornament unless you know for sure that your beads will fit on 2 pieces. The inside of my beads were so small, that I could not feed 2 pieces of the cord through them. I secured the cord inside the ornament using Aleene's Tachy Glue. After the glue is dry and cord secured, adhere 1/2 of #3 to 1/2 of #1.
Finish your ornament by adding a bead cap and several beads. Tie a knot at the end of the last bead, but leave a tail hanging do you can add your image. Color image and embellish with gold glitter. Trim and adhere to end of cord.