Hello, Rhonda Merry here
to bring you our 4th ornament in our...
Santa Star Ornament
Designed by: Rhonda Merry
I think it turned out beautifully
I had fun playing with the paints on this one.
Be ready there is a lot of technique.
Let's get started!
Here are the items I used for this ornament.
These items are all available at the Little Blue House :)
- 1 papermache flat ornament
- 1 paper mache star ornament
- 1 small screw eye (13/16")
- Mod Podge
- Ranger Distress Crackle paint, Clear Rock Candy
- paint brushes
- Viva De Core Inka Gold (Old Gold)
- Harvest Gold craft paint
- Barn Red craft paint
- Green With Envy Quick Quotes chalk ink
- hot glue gun, glue sticks
- heat gun
- coordinating ribbon
- 1 12x12 printed paper: Simple Stories- 25 Days of Christmas, Believe
First, paint the base colors of the ornaments.
Paint both sides of the star with the Harvest Gold color.
Paint the edges and sides of the flat ornament with
the Barn Red paint. The middle will be covered by paper.
Next, give the star a coat of the
Old Gold, Inka Gold paint. The trick here is to
go over the whole star with out completely covering the first coat of paint.
We want it to look as though it has aged and flaked I used my
finger for this part so I could get into the creases of the star.
The Inkas wash off your hands easily.
Now give the star a thick coat of
Ranger Distress Crackle paint.
I used Clear Rock Candy which will
dry clear so we can see the gold paints.
The thick coat of the Distress paint will give
the detailed crackle you see here in the star on the right.
Along with a thick coating is added dry time.
Be patient it will be amazing.
(Although, the jar does say that once the crackel
starts forming your can hit it with a heat gun. Not
too close just enough heat to dry faster)
It took about a half hour for the crackle to start forming.
And about 2 hours before it was completely dry.
Next I picked a couple of images from my Simple Stories
paper that would fit on the ornament.
Placing the ornament over each of the images I
then traced around the ornament, with a pencil, for a cut line.
I picked two images, one for the front....
And one for the back.
Cut out images inside of the pencil line so that we
do not have to trim much. We do not want the
image larger than the ornament.
Plus we won't have to erase any pencil lines.
Now adhere your papers. Coat the back side of the
paper with Mod Podge.
Center image on ornament.
Smooth out paper removing any air bubbles and excess glue.
Next we are going to add some more of the Inka paint
to the edges and lightly to the sides of the ornament.
I again used my finger to dab it down the side
then rub it in. Do this in small sections for the best results.
Again we want some of our paint color to show through.
Now to add the eye screw. Since the ornaments are
hollow we need to add something to secure the eye screw.
first, puncture the ornament at the bottom with the
eye screw to make a hole.
Then shoot some hot glue into the hole. While glue is still
hot screw in the screw eye. Let set a few seconds.
Now add a little hot glue around the screw eye to
secure it on the outside too.
We are going to use the existing hanger to attach the star to
the ornament. Snip the top and tie to the screw eye securely.
Use the ribbon to cover the screw eye.
I cut a couple of holly leaves from the 12x12 paper.
The flower is from Maya Road's Poinsettia ribbon and
2 small punched flowers from the newsprint side of the
same Simple Stories paper.
Ink the tips of the flowers.
Layer your pieces and add a gem to flower center.
(Oops! where's my star? I'm a little out of order. But it all works.)
TaDa! And here we are, finished and ready to hang
on the tree above your beautifully wrapped presents.
Oh! Presents, Wrapped Presents... I love the wrapping!
Not wrapping to have loads of wrapped presents...
but wrapping with LOVE!
I love the papers (shocker), I love making the tags and bows,
and organizing them under the tree. Making sure you can see all of them.
Large in the back to the small in the front. I don't want a single one to get lost.
Periodically a magazine will have a tree with all its presents wrapped in
kraft paper with twine and decorated tags, or all red wrapping paper
and ornate white bows popping off the top of each package.
I love that look...So pretty!
So here is your Question of the Day:What are your favorite "wrapping" ideas or traditions?
Leave a comment and you will be entered into a chance to win the Santa Star Ornament featured today!
The WINNER from DAY #3 is...Debra White!Congratulations Debra!! Please contact the LBH to claim your ornament!