Monday, December 21, 2009

Christmas Morning

Hello my friends! How are you today? I hope that you are not feeling stressed in these last few days before Christmas. Remember that if you forget a gift card or burn your cookies the world will not end. The 25th will pass and the 26th will come and life will go on. You can give that gift card for the New Year and buy some cookies at the grocery store.
It's easy for us to get caught up in all of the "stuff" and forget the true meaning of Christmas. is another ornament. I used my very favorite image from the So Jolly Magnolia collection: Christmas Morning Tilda. It looks like Magnolia-licious is currently out of stock of this particular stamp...but be sure that she will be back!
As a curly haired girl myself, 0I was thrilled to see Tilda with some curls! LOL! Then my pal Suzanne Dean told me that the this particular image looked like me. Now, although we email and chat quite a bit...we do not live near by one another...and have not yet how did she know that I hardly ever get out of my jammies?! LOL! There were several other curly haired Tilda's in this collection...why did she choose the one in her nightgown as me?! We had some good laughs over that!

I took pics as I went along to share the EASY process of making these ornaments.
At this point, this tutorial won't be much use to you until next year. Although, I think that if you used Non-Christmas images you could hang it in your window or something like that for the whole year.
If you have any questions please ask. I will reply for all to see, as I am sure that someone else will have the same question.
Please click on the pics to see the image larger.

Supplies needed:
  • Flat glass ornament. Available at AC Moore for $1
  • paper scissors
  • 3/16" hole punch
  • colored image on card stock
  • patterned paper
  • thin self laminating sheet
  • 1/4" Scor-tape or memory foil
  • microbeads (not needed if using memory foil)
  • Ribbon and/or cord for hanging

Back of Ornament:

Blank Ornament from AC Moore:

(There are many different shapes and sizes!)******************************************************

Step 1: stamp and color image on card stock.
Remove the gold cord from the glass ornament as this will be in your way.
Center glass ornament over your image.
Lightly trace around the ornament.
Don't forget to trace the hole where we will insert the ribbon later.
Use this line to cut the image out. You can cut directly on the line.
Do not cut out the hole for the cord.


Step 2: Choose a Patterned Paper to decorate the back of your ornament. This is especially important for people who use coloring mediums that soak through the card Copics. You don't want to have an ornament that is pretty in the front and icky in the back. I chose a pattern that was not too fussy.
***Because the glass ornaments are not symmetrical you need to place the image face down on the side of the paper that you want showing to trace it. Otherwise it will not match up well when you put them back to back.
The pencil lines will not show by the time we are you need not worry.
*****Do NOT cut this out yet!! Read Next Step*****


Step 3: Cut out a piece of the self laminating sheet slightly larger than the size of the ornament. Peel off the white backing and place the laminate over the outline on your patterned paper.
Now you can cut out the back of the ornament.
Here is a link to the kind of sheets that I have. Basically it's just a clear sticker. This will protect the paper on the back of the ornament from wear and tear.
If you want to personalize the ornament with a name or year on the back I suggest doing so BEFORE putting the laminate on.


Step 4: Adhere the 2 pieces together back to back.
The laminated side should be facing outward.


Step 5: Trim the excess from the back piece.


Step 6 : Use the appropriate size hole punch to punch out the hole for the cord.
The 3/16" size is a perfect match.


Step 7: Sandwich your image and glass ornament together. Be sure that it is lined up properly...including the hole at the top. If it seems not to be, than flip the glass over. As I mentioned, these are not always symmetrical. Try to trim off any pieces of card stock that is hanging past the edges of the glass.

Hold it in place and wrap your Scor-Tape around the edges of the ornament leaving a lip on both the front and the back.
I started at the top and wrapped it all the way around...I overlapped a little at the end.
This the trickiest part to explain so I took pictures of several views.

(I also think that you could use Ranger Foil tape instead of Scor-Tape.
If so then you do not need the beads)


Step 8: Before peeling off the backing of the Scor-tape, run your finger along the edge to make sure there are no bubbles Then fold the tape over the glass in the front and the laminate. Press firmly and try to make sure there are few bumps. You don't want the micro beads to get under it. You can remove the tape backing now.


Step 9: Cover the Scor-tape with beads. Make sure there is no tape showing. Use your fingers to press the beads firmly into place. You may have to dip and press several times to get full coverage. (In my sample above I used a mixture of blue, green and clear beads. I do not suggest using clear beads with colors...the clear beads look like empty spots.)

Step 10: Put your cord or ribbon through the hole and enjoy your creation!
(I looped some gold cord through, then tied a bow around the cord.)

Below are the Copics that I used to color my image.
(additional colors like skin and cheeks are in my side bar)

I hope this was useful for you. They are quite easy to make!

Happy Holidays!


scrappypug said...

absolutely gorgeous!

Sally said...

Wish we had and AC Moore near us. Our Michaels is even going out of business. Whaaaa

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

This is very beautiful. Thanks for sharing how you did it!

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

This is very beautiful. Thanks for sharing how you did it!

Barb Hardeman said...

Absolutely sensational, Kerry! Your Tilda just glows on that ornament and the back is fabulous! Your instructions are wonderfully clear and I'll have to check out our Michael's to see if they have any similar ornaments...Merry Christmas hugs...Barb

Stampin Mindy said...

WOW This is beautiful! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

Cami said...

A most beautiful ornament, Kerry! Your instructions are excellent and very well explained! I love the colors you used...very vintage. Now, if only we had an AC Moore in Hawaii! LOL! I think I'll experiment with thick acrylic sheets first and see what happens! Merry Christmas! Hugs, Cami

BlueRose said...

I have to agree thank you so very much for sharing on how to put this together! Kerry this is a must do for next year♥ Thanks again

Merry Christmas to ya

cabio's craft corner said...

That's a cool tutorial and the ornament is fabulous! Than's Kerry for sharing.

Kim said...

Kerry that is GORGEOUS! What a beautiful ornament hun! I LOVE the beads on the edge that's a GREAT idea! Brilliant work hun! Happy Holidays to you and your family!
Hugs~ Kim

Danni said...

Really like the colors you used to color sweet Tilda! Great tutorial and a gorgeous ornament!

LINDA said...

Thank You for sharing your project.
I learn so much from you.
Linda W.

Tamara said...

This is fantastic! Thanks for the tutorial :)

Patti.Jo said...

Terrific Tutorial! Thank you for the details! Love the idea to make for other than Christmas too!

Loraine ou Tilard said...

Wow! There are ideas in that head there! I promised you copy, it's too good! Hugs, Loraine

Nancy said...

Oh Kerry thank you so much for this tutorial! I love your ornaments! I hope I can find these shapes at Michaels. Your coloring is awesome as it is always!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Elena said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Kerry! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful tutorial!

Lauren said...

Your ornament is gorgeous! Thank you so much for this tutorial! I can't wait to try this!

Happy Holidays!

Pia said...

Beautiful Kerry! Your tree must look great with all these ornaments!

charlene aka scrappygma said...

Kerry that is just to cute and thanks so much for the little tutorial ! I love it and will give it a try for sure !
Merry Christmas

Shelly Schmidt said...

I love this image- my hair is like that too.....I love your coloring and what a fabulous tutorial. Thanks! Have a Merry Christmas- you are right- focus on the Reason for the Season and stay cool! TFS

Only by His Grace said...

Beautiful, gorgeous. I love this Tilda. What a super idea. Thank you for the tutorial. I don't know if these are available in Australia but I will certainly keep a look out.
Have a wnderful Christmas and new year.
hugs Marion

Tracey said...

This is incredible Kerry and thank you so much for the tutorial!! May you have a Christmas and year to come filled with love and blessings!! xx

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Kelly - KL Stampin N Scrappin said...

This is really spectacular, Kerry! I really love it!! Thanks for the tutorial too. :) Kel

Karen Arthur said...

These are so beautiful and will see if I can find the supplies. I would love to make some for next year.
Great job, as usual!!!

I want to let you know that I have some holiday blog candy up for grabs. If you are interested, check it out HERE
Hugs, Karen A

Mary C said...

WOW Kerry, you out did yourself with this beautiful ornament! It is sheer perfection. I absolutely love it. Great job on all the instructions to make it too!

Sharon Caudle said...

OMG!!! Kerry!!! This is so gorgeous!!! I MUST try to find some of these glass ornaments out here on the west coast! I will definitely be making some of these next year! Thank you so much for the tut! You're amazing!!!! hugs!

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