Thursday, December 11, 2014

12 Days of Ornaments - Day 11!

Hi all! So hard to believe we're at Day 11. I'm not going to know what to do with myself after tomorrow...other than clean my house, shop for Christmas presents, and make CHA samples! ;)

Today's ornament features quite a few different techniques - things I've wanted to share and things I took a chance experimenting with. I hope you enjoy it.

Begin by inserting the largest of the Sized Oval dies into the Cameo Frame. Die cut a piece of medium weight chipboard, creating a frame. Cut another piece, this time without the oval insert, and set aside.

Stamp the woodgrain stamp using Gathered Twigs Distress ink and emboss with Walnut Stain Distress Embossing powder. Ink over the embossed area with Gathered Twigs. I love this wood effect!

I was inspired to try this technique after seeing cork stickers. I was like, heck, I have cork, stamps, and framelits - I can make my own! Stamp the image with StazOn and die cut. The cork I used cut just fine. If yours it a little thicker, you might have to trim part of it with scissors.

Next, take the frame that you cut earlier and trim off the edge along the score line. Paint with several coats of chalkboard paint. When the paint is completely dry, stamp with chalk ink. Use a Fantastix pen (love these things!) to smudge the ink, so that it looks hand drawn. Dry it with a heat gun to set.

To finish the ornament, adhere the frame to the chalkboard piece. Tie a length of Striped Paper String around the deer's neck and add a Tidings Token. Adhere die cut holly leaves to the bottom of the frame and attach the deer using foam dots. Attach two Ring Fasteners to the top and tie with ribbon that's been dyed with Festive Berries Distress Stain. Finally, lightly sand the back  of a Mirrored Star to give it a vintage look and glue to the ornament as shown.

I hope you enjoyed this technique-filled ornament! I love the look of the chalkboard combined with the wood frame - perfect for my woodland tree theme. And even though this stamp/framelit set seems to be discontinued, there are lots more that would be perfect for the die cut cork technique.

You can find the supplies I used at Inspiration Emporium, Sizzix, and Amazon via the links below. Remember you can use my coupon code - stamptramp - at IE to save 10%!

Thanks again for all your sweet comments on my previous ornaments. If you missed any, you can click the 12 Days of Ornaments tag beneath this post to see the rest. And, as always, if you're inspired to make one, please send me a link or tag me on Facebook. I love seeing what you've made!


  1. very cool Shelly!! Can't wait to see the final ornament. =)

  2. Love this one! They've all been fab.

  3. Bah....I'm a day behind! Love this ornament! I bet your tree is looking amazing. My tree is full of handmade ornaments too. Sad there's only a few ornaments left!

  4. This is AMAZING!! I would so steal your idea, but I'm missing some of the supplies......on the lookout for them now!!

  5. Oh what a fabulous art piece you created. I love all the ornaments you shared so far. Unfortunately i did'nt take time to comment before now... Shame on me. But you have done the most amazing ornaments. I'm truly impressed with your work.
    Thanks a lot for sharing. It is very inspirational.
    Hugs from Monica... Spain

  6. Love the chalkboard effect and it's so great to see you using the Artistic Outpost stamps. And thanks for the nudge to use the cork sheets. I saw some at JoAnn's last week and was reminded that I have some in my stash. I need to get them out and USE them :) Another wonderful ornament!


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