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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Bloggers' Challenge -- Create a Christmas Ornament

I was cruising the web recently, and found a blog that had beautiful ornaments. I finally gathered up all the needed supplies and then, wouldn't you know it...I couldn't find the blog! So, I think I sort of duplicated hers, but maybe not....I certainly tried. If you happen to have seen, or know of a blog where the owner created the look of old-fashioned mercury ornaments, please let me know! (I'd love to go back and visit....and, of course, give her credit!!)

It was easy to create this...I used a plain, glass ball from a craft store.
-First, rub it down with rubbing alcohol to be sure it's good and clean.
-Remove the cap.
-Then using a piece of felt, I wiped alcohol ink over the entire ball. I used Adirondak Carmel ink. (Set aside to dry for a bit....I was impatient, so I only waited about 10-15 minutes.
-Drop dots of ink onto the felt piece once again, and dab over the entire ball. The ink spreads and gives it a really pretty mottled look.
-Set aside to dry overnight.
(NOTE: I added in dabs of Silver Encore ink.....do NOT do this! Although it gives the ornament a wonderful glow, it simply does not dry. I knew this and thought it might work anyway on the glass....NOPE! It doesn't!! I had to spray it so it wouldn't be tacky.....and then it lost some luster.)

To decorate the top, I added a piece of SU retired silver cord (I sure hope they bring that back one day...my supply is running low!!). The bow is made with the fabulous Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding and Chantilly Lace. Top the bow with a Designer Button from the Holiday Mini in Cherry Cobbler, into which an Antique Brad was inserted. This was added to the bow with a Pop Up Glue Dot (now retired) and then I added in some leaves created with a now-retired Martha Stewart punch in Always Artichoke.

So, there it is....I'm loving the finished product and can't wait to see how it looks on my tree....which we are putting up today! Thanks so much for stopping by and please take some time to visit the other bloggers who participate in our Challenges. I can't wait to see what they have all come up with....see you there!

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14 comments:

Tami Black said...

I think this is gorgeous even if it didn't work like you wanted it to! Very pretty and the ribbon and button are perfect finishing touches!

Linda Monroe said...

Barbara,
What a beautiful ornament. Love it.

Shelly Schmidt said...

What a beautiful ornament! The lace and cording and fancy button relly dress it up!

JP Card Crazy said...

This is stunning!! Love the color you used!!

Kimberly Gajewski said...

This is beautiful Barbara! I love the leaves on the top! Well done! :D

Gerrie Johnnic said...

This has to be the best on the tree, it's so beautiful!

Lisa Bohler said...

This turned out so pretty! Love the decoration at the top...really completes it!

BarbaraW said...

What a beautiful ornament. It looks so vintage. Love the ribbon embellishment

Gayle Page-Robak said...

This is so excellent, Barb. You did a great job on it. Love the color. With this color it would also be so neat in a centerpiece with acorns and berries. Gorgeous.

Lisa Somerville said...

Beautiful ornament, love your ribbon trim too!

Basement Stamper said...

Oh, this is beautiful! Gorgeous job!

Heidi Hihn said...

Wonderful ornament! Sometimes when things don't work the way we want them to they turn out wonderful!! I love the details that you topped the ornament off with!

Nikki Bond said...

This is soo pretty! Love the ribbon youused and the punched leaves! {sMILES}

MJ said...

This ornament is just beautiful. I think the button is the perfect finishing touch!

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