Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Christmas Ornaments - Take 3

Hello again everyone, for my last post on Christmas ornaments (for now) I wanted to do something for my kids, I make them an ornament every year and it's become somewhat of a tradition. I really wanted to try something similar to an ornament I saw on pinterest. (love pinterest for ideas!) I used some clear plastic ball ornaments that I bought at Michael's. 
I use plastic so that if anyone drops one they won't break. 

Just like the on the first day, I started by sanding these just a tad in order for the gesso to stick

I then applied two coats of gesso

Once completely dry I used glue and seal and applied bits of torn book pages here and there. This is a messy job so make sure your ready to get your fingers dirty. LOL

I actually used pages from the book 20,000 leagues under the sea by Jules Verne that I got at the thrift store. The book pages were nice and distressed and old looking and since I already have a nice copy, I used it. I already love the way this looks

I then used my Faber-Castell oil pastel crayons to draw hearts and went around with a black outline. I really like the Faber-Castell oil pastels, they are permanent and you can use a finger to blend them. They are awesome and turn out so vibrant.

I ended up drawing three hearts, one purple, one red and one orange
I then added some dots here and there with punchinella and black Archival Ink  

I didn't take a photo of this last step, but I used Tim Holtz Mirrored sheets and his Christmas Stacked Words die to make the word JOY. I applied a bit of the glue and seal to the back (even though it has it's own sticky back, I need more adhesive for the rounded ornament) and added it over my hearts. 
For my last step, I coated the entire ornament with Claudine Hellmuth's Multi Medium Gloss to give it a nice shiny look and also seal everything

Take a look

I made three of these, one with hearts, one with stars and one with butterflies. 
Thanks again for stopping by, have a great day!!


  1. Great Claudine, love to play with the Christmastree embelishs

  2. Lovely ornament, Claudine! You have sprinkled me with Christmas spirit today!

  3. The mirrored letters really look great on these. Another cool project. Thanks for sharing it.

  4. Thanks for sharing. You are inspiring!