Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Gingerbread Man Painted Acetate Glass Ball Ornament

Today's project uses Gingerbread Cookie 
from Pattie's Creations to make a
painted acetate glass ball ornament.

It was made for my Design Team project at

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How To:

NOTE: Before starting this project, you will want to do a test print on your transparency and try heat
embossing on your transparency to see how it will react. Don't hold the heat gun too close! You may
also want to try various paints and inks that you have in stock to see what they might look like on your piece and if they will dry. I have always used glossy (outdoor type) acrylic craft paints on my painted acetate glass ball ornaments. Most people use Sharpie markers and rubber stamped images when making these type of ornaments.

Resize your digital image to fit the glass ornament.
Mine is a 2" image for a 2 1/2" glass ball ornament.

Print image on transparency, making sure to leave enough room
to cut a circle around it. I used an old ink jet printer
and overhead transparency sheet. The ink will smear,
so be careful to not touch it.
Heat emboss digital image on transparency sheet immediately after printing

Cut image out to fit your glass ornament,
being sure to leave a tab at the top to fit in
the neck of the ornament to hold it in place.
I use a Coluzzle circle cutting system.

Turn the image over so the embossed side is facing down on your work

Start painting, being sure to think "in reverse" if you are going to add layers
of color and small details. This means, if you want something such as a
highlight or snowflakes to be on the top layer of the finished piece, it will
need to be painted first. On this particular image, I painted the small "icing
and candy" details first. Toothpicks come in handy for tiny details
sometimes! They can be used to add the paint and even remove it if you
go out of the lines (a hobby knife will work to remove paint, too). Gently
scrape it off the transparency once the paint is dry. This is why I work on
the back side of the embossed image, it won't remove the image itself if I
need to scrape off a bit of paint. This paint removal trick really only works
well on the first layer of paint that is directly on the transparency.

Allow plenty of time between color changes and layers for the paint to dry.

I normally paint a background around the painted stamp image. I do this
because the glass ball is see-through so Christmas tree greenery and such
show through, distracting from the painted image. Depending on your
image and the look you are trying to achieve, you may prefer not to paint
a background.

I also paint a solid white layer over all of the
other layers once they are dry. This helps
with "filling in" the background a bit more on
the images that I want a sort of blotchy look
to. I don't want greenery or lights to show
through the thinner parts of the painted
background. It also gives me a white surface
to sign my name and year on :)

Once you are done painting and it is totally dry ( I allow at least 24 hours),
roll it up and slide it into the ornament, being sure to keep the tab at the
top to sit in the neck of the ornament. This tab holds the painted acetate
piece in place.

When you insert the hanger, make sure the metal tabs go behind the
painted image.

Embellish as desired.

Depending on the image, I will place fake snow inside the ornament and
even adhere it to the top outside before adding a ribbon/hanger.

Usually when I make these ornaments, I simply stamp an image with black
Stazon ink on the transparency.

This heat embossed printed digital image
was an experiment that turned out okay!

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