As I write this post my heart is sad just a tiny bit knowing Christmas is only 6 days away and then all the lovely ornaments will need to come down until next year. Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. I love to get up in the morning pour a nice cup of coffee, sit on the couch with my furry kids and just enjoy the tree before my busy day starts. The lights of the tree warm our home during the month of December and it’s just as we know a wonderful time of the year. With this in mind, I realized that I have not really made a new ornament for the tree this year, which led me to my post today. I pulled out my stash box of wood/chipboard and decided I wanted to use a tag, a Tim Holtz Etcetera tag set I had bought a while back. Out came the scrapbook paper and embossing powder and glitter and poof, a new Santa “Believe” vintage ornament emerged and now I’m hooked!.
Here is some of what I used (a complete list can be found at the end of the post)
1. Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous #8 Etcetera Tag
2. Vintage scrapbook paper for the background (I used the Tim Holtz Christmas Worn Wallpaper)
3. The main image of your choosing from scrapbook paper or ephemera (I used Santa from Carta Bella Paper)
4. A quote – I used a Tim Holtz Christmas word chip (From the 2017 collection)
5. paint and embossing powders of your choosing.
Here are the general steps I took
1. I glued my piece of worn wallpaper background to the front of the tag.
2. I painted the back of my tag, the edges and a little onto the front with Dylusion Vibrant Turquoise. I also painted the two eyelets with the turquoise.
3. I then took the Dylusions white paint and did a whitewash on the front over the wallpaper just to knock it back a little
4. I took out my Tim Holtz Layering Argyle stencil and used some Candied Apple Distress Oxide thru it to bring the red of the Santa suit into the background to tie it together. I also did a little edging of the tag with red.
5. Next came my Distress Oxide in Vintage photo and I edged the Santa cutout as well as the tag and the eyelets to mute the tones a little
6. Now came the fun part the embossing. I used my Versamarker to color over the white areas on Santa’s suit and I used the Ranger Bridal Tinsel embossing powder and dried it with the heat gun to add some shimmer to Santa.
7. I carried the embossing powder over onto the background using the Tim Holtz Layering Stencil “Bubble” and my small Versamark pad to add some shimmer to the background.
8. While I had my red distress oxide out I edged my “Believe” quote chip.
9. Now comes assembly time. I used dimensional dots to put “Santa” on the page. I took out my glossy accents to put the eyelets, and the quote chip onto the background.
Phew! I think I got them all!.
You can watch me make the tag over on my Youtube channel, just in case I missed a step: Vintage Etcetera Tag Santa Ornament
Below are still shots of my finished tag.
I hope this tag will inspire you to look at some of your stashes in a new way. When I first bought this tag it never dawned on me to turn it into an ornament, but now it will grace my tree for years to come!
Here is the complete list of items I used in this project:
I am back with another project inspired by Tim Holtz’s Christmas 2018 tips/hacks. This project was inspired by his use of alcohol inks to hand dye beads to look like vintage bulbs. This got those gears churning. When I first got into crafting I was into jewelry making so I knew I had a stash of pearl beads with holes. In his video, he talks about the ones without holes to use in your maker projects, but I wanted to use up what I had. I decided I wanted some vintage goodies for my tree this year so I set about to make a vintage-inspired pearl tree garland, that was hand dyed. I absolutely love how this turned out, and my strand was only 4ft 6 inches when done. I plan to throughout the year collect more beads so I can make a huge one to wrap my tree next year!
Note: it is best to do this project when you can open windows and have good ventilation as the alcohol inks are strong smelling.
Here is what you need:
1. A pack of mini cups, one per color, or any smaller container (I got mine on Amazon)
2. Alcohol inks in your favorite colors. Mine were Raspberry, Lemonade, Pool, Citrus and Mountain Rose
3. Mushroom Alcohol Ink to add the vintage element.
4. Gloves to protect your skin while you work.
5. Plastic pearl beads (whatever size, shape you would like)
6. Paper towels or an old towel
7. Pearl string- this will be strong and hold the beads longer as a garland as they are heavy.
(I’d recommend getting the string when you get the pearls so you can compare the hole size to string thickness)
Here is what you do:
1. Take out one of your containers, put in a few beads (depending on size), you want them to move easily, add say 3 drops of your first alcohol ink and see if that is bright enough, add more as needed.
2. Next, add 1 to 2 drops of mushroom alcohol ink to the container and swirl again, add more as needed to age the beads to your liking.
3. Pour the beads out on your towel to dry.
4. Repeat steps 1-3 for each color until you have all the beads you want
5. Get out the pearl string and start stringing your beads.
6. When the pearl bead garland is the length you want, tie off the end. I recommend using a found object like a bell on the end
to secure the beads in place.
You can watch my process video on my Youtube Channel here: Alcohol Ink Vintage Tree Garland
Here are some close-ups and photos of my finished garland:
It’s time to break out those beads and get to crafting. You can change this up in so many ways. Maybe include some found charms, holiday charms every so often or add in some clear crystal style beads to get extra shimmer. The possibilities are endless! Have fun and remember to ventilate well.
Below is the list of supplies I used in this project:
I am back and in this post, I share a way to use up some of the scraps we have left from our busiest card making time of the year.
So, last weekend I made about thirty (30) handmade Christmas cards. When I was all done I had all these lovely bits of scrapbook paper left over that were a bit on the small side. I hate to waste the paper so I started brainstorming on what I could do with them.
I knew I had some Artist Trading Coin swap mail coming up so I decided to use the bits for my background. I got out my 2.5″ hole punch by The Paper Studio (Purchased at Hobby Lobby) and I punched out four (4) pieces of watercolor paper and then four (4) pieces of scrapbook paper. Then the magic began.
1. I glued the scrapbook paper to the watercolor paper.
2. Using a small hole punch I punched a hole at the top of each card.
3. Prior to starting the project I pulled out my Tim Holtz Idea-ology Christmas Paper Dolls and pulled out the smallest ones I could find.
4. I also pulled out my Tim Holtz Idea-ology Christmas Ephemera Snippets and poured that on my desk.
5. I then went thru and matched a doll to ephemera for each card.
6. Next I grabbed my Tim Holtz Christmas Remnant Rubs and picked a phrase for each coin and rubbed it on.
7. Next I grabbed my Glossy Accents and used that to seal each card.
8. I let the coins dry overnight, as you are not supposed to heat them.
9. I then took my Potting Soil Archival ink and went around the edge of each one carefully to hide the white.
10. Next,I pulled out some if my Lawn Fawn twine and make a loop/string for each coin which now could also be an ornament.
11. My last step was to paint the back of each piece with some gold paint, and I signed it using a uni-ball black pen.
That was it. I had some simple ornaments that were also artist trading coins for swap mail and I was able to use up some of my stash which was also great.
If you want to watch my process video you can see it over on my youtube channel: Artist Trading Coin Ornaments
Here are some still shots for you of the finished treats:
I hope these cute little mini art pieces gave you some inspiration. For your convenince, a list of the supplies I used is below. Thank you for crafting with me and Happy Holidays
Welcome back for Day 5 of my 7 days of Halloween. We all love the idea-ology paper dolls we collect them and save them, especially the seasonal ones right. We use them on cards and tags and journal pages but we often have the little ones left over. I have found that the tiny ones make for great additions to ornaments. For today’s project, I purchased some chipboard frames from Michaels in their woodcraft section and set about making a set of Tim Holtz Idea-ology Ancestor Paper Doll Halloween frames. They do take a little time, being tiny and intricate but the end result is well worth it.
Some of the materials I used were the chipboard frames, Halloween scrapbook paper, Dyusions shimmer sprays, Dylusions paints, Idea-ology Halloween clipping stickers, the Idea-ology Ancestor Paper dolls, Distress Oxides, Embossing powders…I basically emptied my studio on these, phew you should have seen my desk after. The results I loved. These tiny frames at about 2 1/2″ x 3 /12″ are great for putting into nooks for Halloween, gift tags, party favors or if you have a Halloween tree they work as ornaments too.
This set is listed on my etsy shop: Tim Holtz Ancestor Paper Doll Halloween Ornaments
You can follow my process video here to create your own: Tim Holtz Ancestor Paper Doll Halloween Ornaments
Here are photos of the finished projects:
Now it’s time to break out those paper dolls and get to crafting. You can do this for any theme, with the regular paper dolls you can do family themed ones for father’s day, mother’s day a siblings birthday. With the Christmas ones you can do holiday ornaments. I hope this project got those creative wheels turning. Happy Crafting.
Here is a list of all the treats I used to make these: