Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Little Blue House 12 Days of Ornaments: Day #12

Miss Tracy here to present our final Ornament Tutorial. I hope you have enjoyed all of the Ornaments we have presented to you this year and are inspired to create them for your Tree this holiday season.  

I have designed some beautiful ornaments to share with you today that feature the fabulous VerDay Paints by Ten Seconds Studio. 
VerDay Wonders
Designed by: Tracy Pounds

 All of these ornaments are simple Paper Mache that I have added texture too. Continue reading my tutorial below to find out how I created the unique look of these rustic chic ornaments.

Here are the items that you will need:
Paper Mache Ornaments
Embossed Specialty Paper  
Scotch Tacky Glue
Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
Base Paint (could be craft paint or spray paint)
VerDay Paints (Ten Seconds Studio)
VerDay Activator (Ten Seconds Studio)
Sea Foam Sponges
White craft paint
Perfect Pearls Mist - Heirloom Gold
Metal Embellishments or Buttons (FabScraps)
Bling (Queen and Co)

All of the items used to create these ornaments are available at the Little Blue House.

I used two different techniques to add the texture to my paper mache ornaments. The first one is an embossed paper used primarily for wall covering. It is a new style that I fell in love with and had to have! I created a template for one side of my ornament and then traced them onto the Embossed Paper and cut out. I positioned my template in a specific place on the embossed design each time I traced. I attached to my Paper Mache Ornament using Scotch Tacky Glue. Once they were all glued in place, I painted over the entire ornament with White Paint. Allow to dry.

The second technique was kind of an experimental one...I wanted to see what it would look like if I added some dimension using hot glue. I simply "drew" on the ornament with hot glue...

Be sure to let the hot glue cool completely. Once cool, I painted a base coat on them. You could use any craft paint but to save time, I painted mine with a Spray Paint. 

Now for the fun part, adding the VerDay!!!
VerDay is a Reactive Metal Paint and when sprayed with the VerDay Activator, a reaction takes place and the result is 4 unique beautiful patinas. There are four colors-- Brass, Bronze, Copper, and Iron. For my ornaments, I used mainly Iron and Brass. If you have acrylic nails-- You will want to wear gloves for the following steps. Using  sea foam sponges, simply apply the paints in a pouncing motion all over the ornaments (stars and embossed paper ornaments). I did this to all of the ornaments featured today. It will look something like this when you are done...

Immediately, while paint is still wet, spray over the ornament with the VerDay Activator. Spray thoroughly and set aside. 
It won't take long for the reaction to begin...

It will go through several different stages of colors. The Iron (rust patina) takes the longest to transform so set them aside for a bit. Try to be patient....let the magic happen...

Once patinas have come to life and the ornaments are dry, you can begin the next design stage of these beauties! 

For the Embossed Paper Ornament, I wanted to create a Shabby Distress. I simply applied white paint with my finger over the embossed designs. I love the way this looks!!! 

Now for the stars, I chose to lightly rub over them (again with my finger) with the Brass VerDay Paint. I did not use the activator this time-- Just the paint itself. 

For final finishing touches, I sprayed them all with Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls Mist...This gives them a beautiful irredescent shimmer (hard to see on camera). Allow to dry. 

All that's needed now is a little metal and bling for the centers of the stars and some pretty ribbon for the embossed paper ornaments.

I really love how they turned out and I hope you will be inspired to re-create these Rustic Chic VerDay Wonders for your Tree!

Thank you for taking the time to read my post! One lucky commenter today will receive one of my VerDay Ornaments...Please share with me your favorite ornament of our 12 days feature!!! Tomorrow I will be posting a recap of ALL 12 handmade ornaments and announcing the WINNER of today's Ornament. 

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and a
Very Merry HandMade Christmas!!!
Miss Tracy :)


Linda Hahn

Please contact the LBH to claim your ornament


  1. Beautiful job on these ornaments! My favorite from the 12 days was the mini coffee cup.

  2. The VerDay Ornaments turned out great!! I can't choose just one, I love them all.

  3. My favorite ornament was the shutter angel, but this is a close second!!! I LOVE this tradition of LBH. Have a Blessed Thanksgiving. See you on Saturday!!

  4. These are absolutely delicious!!! I have GOT to get the VerDay stuff!
    Thank you for the tutorial - you make it look so easy.

  5. Oops... My favorite... The miniature tree (all those lovely bits and bobs to form it on the wood background) and miniature shutter Angels!

  6. I love the little coffee cup and this one too!

  7. These are stunning! What beautiful texture and colors.

  8. Tracey these are beautiful!! Can't wait to make some.

  9. This is just vintage and elegant. I enjoyed all of them and the tutorials, but my favorite is this one with the old world charm, but when I ask my other self I love the big light bulb with the brush Christmas tree. Split personality. LOL

  10. THIS ONE is my absolute favorite. Each day when I saw others were the winner, I shed a tiny tear. If I see somebody else's name I'll be boo-hoo-ing all day long. I love VerDay and these ornaments are to die for. Truly.

    Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!!!


  11. I love all of the ornaments but if I had to pick one, I'd go with the espresso cup ornament. I love all things coffee and this one was so fun.

  12. Tracy, Tracy, Tracy! These ornaments are GORGEOUS! (Does your brain ever go to sleep at night?) I love the embossed paper ornament with the white paint...truly beautiful!
    Thanks once again for having the 12 Ornaments of Christmas! Every year they are better and better! It's hard to choose a favorite from this year's crop of ornaments, but I guess the "shutter angel" is my favorite!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and all the ornament creators and the staff of the LBH...and everyone else!

  13. So happy to hear that we have inspired you this holiday season!!! Be Merry!!!

  14. I love the verdi techniques. And I love how you used them on so many ornaments. Very beautiful and impressive.


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