Sunday, November 13, 2011

Etched mirrored ornaments

Hello, my lovelies! Today I am featured on The BugBytes blog. I hope you will hop over there and become a follower. Pam is one of the sweetest people I've had the pleasure of meeting through my love of crafting and she has some of the most amazing Design Teams. I am so honored to be part of this group. Now, on to my project, which I created for an ornament swap I participated in just yesterday. I hope you will enjoy!

I purchased this pack of mirrored ornaments at Michaels.

I removed the silver cord to make it easier to etch.

Next I pulled out my Cricut vinyl and transfer tape. A tip about vinyl. I once read on Diane Campbell's (Capadia Designs) blog that she thought Cricut vinyl worked best for etching. And I must agree. Resist the tremendous urge you will have to use less expensive vinyl. Etching is not something you can un-do and I have found that I get better results with the Cricut vinyl.

After pulling out this brushed silver vinyl, it seemed the texture was different so I went and pulled out some blue instead. It was a wise decision. Not only was the texture what I needed, it showed up better on the mirrored surface.

I laid out my design on my Gypsy using the following Cricut cartridge cuts and sizes:

George and Basic Shapes-Circle cut at 2.49" using Silhouette feature
Winter Lace-snowflake cut at .87"
Birthday Cake-2011 cut at 1.00"

I welded the star, the "2" and a "1" to the inside of the circle. Not sure if I was going to like the negative or the positive of the design better, I decided to etch both before deciding. I had 6 ornaments and only needed 5 for the exchange so I felt I had one extra to test.

Here I am applying a nice thick coat of etching cream. I let this cream sit on it for like 30 minutes because I was busy doing something (watching tv). I rinsed off the cream under warm running water and wiped dry with a paper towel.

Next the big reveal! I pulled off the vinyl and discarded it.
I decided I liked both the negative and positive etched designs so I did the rest of my ornaments using both. Which saved me lots of time and vinyl by using all the cuts.

By the way, I placed the circle slightly off center and liked the effect a lot. Here are my 6 etched mirrored ornaments.

I didn't just want the front to be pretty, so I decided I needed to decorate the back of the ornament as well. Using white smooth Bazill cardstock, I cut 2 snowflake doily cuts from the Martha Stewart Elegant Cake Art cartridge at 2.75" and 1 snowflake doily shadow cut also at 2.75"
I ran one of the doily cuts and the shadow cut through the Cuttlebug using the Swiss Dots embossing folder.

I adhered the embossed snowflake doily to the unembossed snowflake doily using pop dots. I adhered these two layers to the shadow (unembossed side) also using pop dots.

 I centered the ornament on the front side of the shadow cut and using a pencil, marked the hole.
 Next I punched a hole through all three layers of cardstock.
 Using my hot glue gun I adhered the mirrored ornament to the cardstock.
I threaded a lavendar organza ribbon through the hole and tied a knot.  I added a lavendar sparkly adhesive raindot to the center of the snowflake.

Here is the back of the ornament:

Here is the front of the negative etched ornament.
Thank you for stopping by!


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Paper Craft Weekend Challenge - product challenge

My second post of the weekend is also for the Paper Craft Weekend Challenge. Caroline's challenge was to use beads. I have a very limited supply of beads, but I did buy these rochaille beads several years ago in the hopes of using  them for a Christmas project. Well, that never happened,  however, I am working on some tags for a tag swap at an event I am attending next week. I thought, how can I incorporate these beads into these tags? A simple solution was to add a row of them to the tag, and thread a few on some white twine. Simple, but I like it enough to add this embellishment to all the tags I made. The cardstock is from My Mind's Eye, Colorful Christmas collection (this was from a couple years ago).Beads from Westrim. I used Avery Shipping tags purchased at Office Max for the base. I'm liking these! Oh, I piped a line of Aileen's craft glue to the tags and placed the beads into the glue. I threaded the beads onto very thin white twine and tied knots on either side of the beads. Easy peasy.

Fall Card for Paper Craft Weekend Challenge blog

Happy Fallback Sunday! I love the weekend when we get to put our clocks back an hour. I just love getting that extra weekend hour. Anyway, this is a quick post so I can link my project to the Paper Craft Weekend challenge sketch challenge this weekend. I used Allison's card sketch for this project.

Cardstock: Bazill Swiss Dots (yellow), DCWV Harvest Gathering Mat stack
Cuttlebug Die cut/Embossing folder combo: Fall Leaf
Happy  Thanksgiving Stamp: Inkadinkadoo
Grateful stamp:Studio G
Other assorted supplies: Corner chompers (ticket stub, 1/4 rounded edge); Stampin Up Ink: Soft suede and Early Espresso; twine (the Twinery), eyelets (provocraft)

Paper Craft Weekend Challenge
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