Friday, November 3, 2017

Penguin Ornament

As a design team member for the now defunct 
Making Memories challenge,
I was to use an image from Scrap N Dipity
for the challenge that was scheduled for this month.
Unfortunately, without any notice or explanation
to the DT, the blog and anything online related to
the blog owner dissapeared last month.
I already had my project made and this blog post written
when I discovered the blogs disappearance in early October.
I'm still publishing this project anyway.
Thank you Scrap N Dipity for the image.

I chose one of the Not So Helpful penguins.

Would you like to know how I made my ornament ? Read On!

First of all, using Photoshop Elements I resized 
the digital image to fit inside a glass ornament. 

It was then time to experiment:
I printed it onto a transparency.

The ink jet printer ink wouldn't dry on the transparency,
so I heat set it with black embossing powder. 
The embossing powder made the lines thicker,
which was good because the printed lines were too thin for my liking.
I wanted a bold, coloring book image look.

Yes, there were stray bits of embossing powder that 
melted onto the transparency, but I easily (carefully!)
picked them off with the sharp point of a hobby knife.

I layed a Coluzzle circle cutting system over the image,
then carefully cut a circle around it that would fit
inside the glass ball ornament. I've made this type of 
ornament in the past, so I knew the 4th ring would fit.
If you've never made these, you will probably need to 
cut a few test pieces to see which size will work with 
the ornament you are using.
NOTE: Be sure to cut a little tab at the top
to fit in the neck of the ornament, this keeps
the image in place. 

My coloring medium of choice for making these ornaments
are glossy indoor/outdoor paints. 
Most people use Sharpie markers.

Be sure to paint on the back side of the image so your
lines will show on the front. This photo shows the 
face being painted in, going right over the eyes.
They will be fine when you flip the piece over. 

This is the back of the painted piece, not too pretty I know.
I could go back over the entire piece with a coat of white paint.

Here is the front !

Carefully curl the painted piece, 
paint side inside, so as not to scrape off the paint.

Unfurl inside the ornament, 
keeping the tab in the top/neck of the ornament.

Add "snow" to the inside, 
or whatever other tiny items you may like. 

Place the cap on, making sure the metal tabs
are behind your painted piece.

Attach ribbon and it's done !

On many ornaments I've made similarly to this one,
I've added snow-tex to the top and 
even little tags hanging from the ribbon
(such as the year I made them or names of the recipients).

I've posted several of them on my blog. 

Thanks for looking =) 

1 comment:

  1. Love this ornament !!!!
    So beutiful!! A wonderful creation !! Its. gorgeous!!
    Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at
    Through The Craft Room Door
    this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Hugs Cicci
    DT member at TTCRD
    Cicci With The Pen {Welcome to follow my blog}


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