Thursday, August 21, 2014

Christmas in July - Gilded Christmas Ornament

I am involved in my first blog hop with IndigoBlu. I was given some wonderful products to use in a mixed media project and it was fun working with something new. Of course, I had to have some kind of "metal" involved so I used the Merry Christmas stamp to make my gilded ornament out of solder.

I purchased blank card stock from the craft store that had a spot for a photograph to be slipped in. I cut out a piece of card stock the size of the window and covered it in green, brown and white distress paints. For the border I covered it in green distress paint and then went in with my distress ink pad and swiped it over the green very lightly to give it a slight woodgrain look.

I then used a piece of the Phat Foam to apply some FlitterGlu onto the Snowflake Lace rubber stamp. Once stamped, I sprinkled Mega-Flake in Lancashire Rose and wiped off with my hand (yes, you get nice and glittery during this process) and used the Scoochy sponge to polish it up a bit.

For the ornament I cut out a circle free-form out of 24 gauge copper sheet. I textured up the edges some with my hammer. Using a torch, I melted some lead free solder onto the copper. Once I had a nice flow approximately the size of the Merry Christmas Circle stamp, I let it cool for about 45 seconds and them gently set the stamp in the solder. I held it there for about 5 seconds and gently lifted it. It made such a beautiful, organic piece. I then oxidized it, buffed it up a bit and applied English Cottage Acrylic Paint in Miss MoneyPenny with a paint brush just in a few spots. While still damp, I used a paper towel to remove the excess paint. To hang it, I attached a jump ring and used a piece of Sari Fabric from my Opaque Silk Ribbon Bundle.

Please be sure to visit the other blogs from our creative design team for their fabulous creations!


Carol La Valley
John Creighton Petersen

Baerbel Born (English)
Kay Halliwell-Sutton