Thursday 30 September 2010

Christmas Shaker ornament - step by step

I've been asked to explain how I made the ornament I posted yesterday so here you go, some instructions for you!

I made this in a slightly different way than the "classic" method of using foam pads to achieve the depth needed for your shaker inclusions. I figured that with a circle that's a bit of a pain and you're likely to end up with tiny gaps that stuff could leak out through and the job of neatening up the outer edge. So, here's how to do it the way I did:

1. Cut four rings from black card by placing two Nesties one inside the other on your cutting platform - two consecutive ones from a set gives a nice width frame. Use a magnetic mat or a couple of pieces of low tack tape to hold your Nesties in place so that all the rings are exactly the same (you might need to use a pokey tool to ease the ring out of the dies if you use a magnetic mat since you can't push it out through the hole while the dies are in place). Emboss the final ring with the tan mat before you remove it from the dies.

2. Now remove the smaller die and use the larger one to cut three circles: one each of black, white and acetate.

3. Stamp and colour your image on the white circle. Make a wire loop and stick it to the back of the circle to make a hanger at the top.

4. Emboss the black circle in your choice of Cuttlebug folder (I used Textile Texture as the small scale is perfect here). Use Rub n Buff to gild this textured circle and the one ring you embossed while still in the Nesties. Go lightly and you'll leave some black showing which gives that lovely aged appearance.

5. Now you're ready to stack! I used Glossy Accents as it's strong and quick drying. Glue together the three plain rings then glue the stack of rings onto the stamped image. Glue the embossed and gilded ring onto the acetate circle. Spoon some glitter and/or microbeads into the ornament (glass glitter is perfect for this as it's heavier and creates less static so it won't stick to your "window" so much) and then glue the acetate layer and frame on top.

6. Glue the textured circle on to finish the back. You may find the circe is very slightly smaller than your ornament because of the embossing - just add a little Rub n Buff around the margin if needed.

7. Once everything's dry, add a little Rub n Buff around the edge of the ornament and a silk bow to top it off.

You're done - a pretty ornament that's safe around children and pets!

See this post for a complete list of supplies if you're interested in the exact stamp set and so on.


Gez Butterworth said...

Absolutely beautiful Joanne & such a clever idea without using the foam pads much tidier.xx

camcraft said...

Truly wonderful Joanne :-) Thank you for taking the time to tell us how you achieved your beautiful hanging ornamnent. Have learnt a lot from reading your post, especially so with the nesties. Your such a talented lady :-)
Carole x

Hearts Turned said...

Great tutorial, Joanne! Love your shaker ornament--wonderful!

Hope you're having a fabulous day, my friend!


Anonymous said...

Beautiful decoration Joanne, & thanks for sharing how it was made! x

Darlene said...

I just love this shaker ... and I really appreciate you giving us all the directions! GREAT JOB as always my friend!!

Kim Dellow said...

Fabulous Idea! Thanks for sharing. Kim

Jean Franks Beck said...

This is beautiful, Joanne, and so very clever! Shaker thingies make me a bit batty, but this technique looks marvelous - thanks for taking the time to share the steps. I love the vintage look you've achieved.

This is "take two" on my comment, so sorry if you're getting something twice (the dreaded "blogger error" struck again).

Jackie Elwin said...

thanks for sharing - this looks amazing! I would never have thought of using other circles to stack instead of foam, very clever.

Rebecca Ednie said...

This is a fabulous tutorial! Thank you for listing it and the stamp set in my SCS thread! Did u know u can also use thin foam sheets to do this? You can get them from Jody Morrow thru her blog. Sorry but I don't remember the name anymore. I bought so many I haven't been back for a while. You can probably google her.