Friday, December 10, 2010
Hi everyone! Denise here with another Christmas project for you using the Sugarplum Dreams kit. If you have a favorite Christmas photo of the kids or the family this is a great project to customize your own ornaments. I used a 6″ circular base for my ornament which already had holes that I got at a local craft store. The ornament is on the big side, you could consider it as more of a decoration unless you have a large tree. Other bases that would work really well are Basic Grey and Maya Road mini albums.
To start I opened the Sugarplum Dreams Ornament paper and using the Elliptical Marquee Tool (M) in Photoshop, changed the Style along the top menu to Fixed Ratio and set the width and height to 6 inches. I centered the circular selection in the middle of the canvas and added a Layer Mask. A circular scallop from Scallops, Shapes and More was used to mask the polka dot paper. The pink paper was masked with a circular selection too. The frame was added and rotated to a tall position and the photo was placed behind it. The glitter photo corners and swirl were placed, too. I decided to add some flowers behind the tag so I guesstimated how big I wanted the tag and type set the sentiment and date. I left a section of the tag blank figuring a flower or item would cover the tag. The cicular dot and ginger bread man (from the Sugarplum Dreams Additions) were sized and moved to the side of the circles. Everything had a Outer Glow added instead of a drop shadow and the tag was also moved to the side of the layout. The Outer Glow will also help show the edge of the “stickers” when cutting the items out. Add the flattened items to a 8.5″ x 11″ canvas to print.
Once the digital items are printed onto a heavy matte photo paper, trim the main circular piece, tag, gingerbread man and the small circular swirl. The ornament base needs to be painted and, when dry, use Mod Podge to adhere the main piece to the ornament. A heavy book helps to flatten the item. Flowers and bling were layered. Using pop dots, place the tag over the flowers so it hangs off the ornament edge. Glue the gingerbread man to the tag. Spread Stickles or glitter over the photo corners. Poke a hole along the top of ornament and thread ribbons to hang.
The left photo is a detail shot of the finished ornament to show most of the front is flat. The flowers and tag add the real dimension. On the right, additional products that can be used to decorate ornaments are; paints, Mod Podge, Stickles, flowers, bling, pop dots and ribbon.
I hope this inspires you to create your own ornaments, we’d love to see them in the gallery! Happy Scrapping everyone! :)
Check back LATER TODAY as SP shares a fun and yummy treat idea!