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Deb Lovett 10-07-2010 08:17 AM

Stamped Ornament Tutorial
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This technique is a bit time consuming, but you can be proud to tell your family and friends that you made it yourself! I learned this technique from a Carol Duval Christmas video and taught it several years at Hobby Lobby, but don't limit yourself to only Christmas ornaments!

- Stamp image on tissue paper with StazOn.
- Use your heat tool to heat-set the stamped image. (We don't want the black ink to run!!! Believe me, I know from experience.)
- Color your image with regular colored pencils. Set aside.
- Remove the ornament hanger and pour Delta Ceramcoat Gloss Exterior/Interior varnish into the ornament and swirl around to coat all of the inside the ornament.
- Drain excess varnish. (I let it continue to drain into a small Dixie cup while continuing with the next step.)
- Cut out the image (In my example I rough cut around the whole image. It is not necessary to cut inside around the reindeer's face. The white tissue almost disappears. You can see if look carefully.)
- Insert the image into the ornament. Tip: roll the stamped tissue around the handle of a paintbrush (image side facing out), huff it to keep it rolled then insert it into the inside of the ornament.
- Use a bent pipe cleaner to open up the tissue, smooth it out and push out any air bubbles that are under the stamped image. You can gently slide the image around inside the ornament to get it into place.
WARNING: be very careful. The image is very wet and fragile, and will easily tear. In my example the nose is torn.
- Use a funnel (rolled paper works) to pour glitter into the ornament. Shake well to coat all of the inside of the ornament.
- Pour out excess glitter.
- Allow ornament to dry completely. This may take up to 24 hours. (I put it back in the Dixie cup upside down to dry. When I set it right side up, I have had some varnish pooling on the bottom.)
- Replace ornament holder, add ribbon or other embellishments if desired.

Have fun. Please show us what you make!

Deb Lovett 10-07-2010 09:18 AM

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Here is an ornament stamped with blue StazOn. It is simpler, but not as exciting as the ones you can make with colored pencils.

TheAfricanQueen 10-07-2010 12:21 PM

I'm very curious to know how you color with colored pencils on tissue paper without ripping it to shreds?

Deb Lovett 10-07-2010 08:39 PM

It isn't hard, and it helps if the pencils aren't real sharp.

Deb Lovett 10-08-2010 08:12 AM

It just occurred to me, AQ. I am talking about tissue paper (that you might use to wrap a gift), not kleenex tissue.

TheAfricanQueen 10-08-2010 12:50 PM

Yes, but tissue paper seems extremely temperamental. (I also was referring to the kind you put in a gift box, not the kind that you blow your nose with).

Deb Lovett 12-03-2010 08:43 AM

Here is a video of Tim Holtz making ornaments using alcohol inks and canned air. No stamping involved.

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