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Thursday, December 06, 2007

Snowman Ornament Tutorial

This little (and I mean little!!!) snowman was a LOT of fun to make. I was surprised at how quick the whole process went too!

First I purchased the "ornament" part. It's really a larger charm by Blue Moon Beading Company. JoAnn's has them on sale this week so it was not very expensive at all. I think it was around $1.50.

I measured the inside of it and cut my watercolor paper accordingly. I did have to trim it on one side a bit, it's a little difficult to accurately measure something that you can't take apart. I then stamped it using the tiny little snowman from the "Little Somethings" set by Stampin' Up! It's a retired set but one I'm going to hang on to for a little while yet. I used black StazOn ink because I am going to be using my blender pen on it and I wanted to make sure I have a black that won't bleed. I left the strip of watercolor paper about 4 inches long. I then slipped it in place on the ornament and I bent the remainder of the paper so I knew where to cut it off when I was all done.

I colored the snowman in using my blender pen and markers. I heated it up with the embossing tool to help the blender pen solution on the paper dry. Watercolor paper holds the moisture longer than regular card stock does.

I added a little sparkle to it by using the Gelly Roll Glitter Pen. I added some highlights to the snow and the top parts of the scarf. Then I added a few snowflakes in the sky. I took the strip and pressed the stamped end in VersaMark and then dipped it in the clear embossing powder. I heated it up and when it melted I dipped the strip in the powder again. I repeated this one more time. You can repeat it as much as you wish but I wasn't sure how thick I could allow it to get and still have it slip back into the ornament. After the embossing cooled I cut the finished piece off. I added some crystal effects to the back of it and set it in place on the ornament. I added some silver cording just to keep it simple looking. Adding some beautiful ribbons would REALLY dress it up a LOT.

*Just a quick note here. I did not add the embossing powder directly to the ornament and heat it directly. I wasn't sure of the melting point of the ornament. The metal felt firm and strong but I didn't want to take any chances.

These would make wonderful gifts for that special Baby Sitter, close friend, teachers, etc. You know who would LOVE something like this. Mine is going on my Christmas tree.

Sorry I couldn't get a closer picture. I need a closeup lens for my camera.

Thank you SO much for stopping by,


Unknown said...

Very clever, I have not seen this before, LOVE IT!

jodene said...

Way to cute!!!

Anonymous said...

this is just darling! I would never have taken a 2nd look at that ornament in the store, but now I've been made aware - my eyes are open wide:) TFS!

dasimonds said...

Tiny and cute!
What a great gift..
Thanks for sharing.

Pat S. said...

That is oh so cute!
I can't imagine working on something that is not even an inchie!
Great job, Wanda :)

Diane said...

Wow,it's gorgeous!!!

Elaine said...

very clever! I will be going to look for these at jo's tomorrow!