Monday 17 November 2014

Welcome Back GD: Anneke De Clerck Project #1 Joyful Ornaments

Good Evening, Anneke here. I'm happy to be back on the PaperArtsy blog this week!
For my projects this week I've chosen the new Lin Brown Christmas stamp sets to work with. Today I have some Christmas ornaments to share with you. 

I made these ornaments from mason jar lids. As I love recycling, this project is a favourite of mine.

After sanding the (metal) lids I applied a base coat of gesso to each lid.

I continued with a layer of Fresco Finish Slate.

Next I used a piece of Cut-n-Dry Foam to apply a thin layer of Crackle Glaze.  

After drying the Crackle Glaze with a heat gun I added another layer of Fresco Finish paint. I used a different colour on each lid: Chalk, Guacamole, Ice Blue, Lake Wanaka, Turquoise and Spanish Mulberry.

I love the PaperArtsy Crackle Glaze, look at the effect on the metal lids!

I slightly sanded the edges of the lids with a sanding block to intensify the distressed look.

I cut 6 circles (with the same diameter as the lids) out of cardboard.

I also cut 6 circles out of quilt batting.

I stamped words and quotes from the new Lin Brown stamp sets ELB10, ELB11 and ELB12 on white linen fabric. Did the stamping with Archival Ink Jet Black 

I arranged the fabric on top of the cardboard/batting and made some kind of a "pillow" by attaching the excess of fabric to the back of the cardboard

Before assembling the ornament I added a hanging loop. I pierced a hole with an awl and added some cord as shown.

Time to glue the fabric "pillow" into the lid.

I added some Tim Holtz tinsel twine in order to increase the festive look.
Stamping on fabric is easy. Choose fabric with a fine structure and iron it first.

I added a few matching beads to each ornament.
These ornaments would look nice in a Christmas tree. As I have no Christmas tree yet I had to make pictures in the garden :)

You could hang them on the door knob of a cabinet too.

I glued paper circles to the back of the ornaments. Stamped "25th" on it with black Archival Ink. 

These ornaments could be used as Christmas Cards too. In that case add smaller beads and use the paper circles at the back to write your Christmas wishes on.

I hope I could inspire you with this recycling project. Thanks for watching. I'll be back tomorrow with another recycling idea!


A huge thanks to Anneke from all at PaperArtsy for this fabulous project. We love a bit of recycling and these ornaments are just a brilliant way to use the lids.PaperArtsy rubber is so deeply etched it stamps really well on uneven surfaces such as fabric. 

We would love you to join in with our monthly challenge. If you are inspired by any of this month's guests who have blogged between Nov 1st 2014 and Nov 30th 2014 then join in and link up your creativity HERE. You will go in the draw to win a voucher to spend on products of your choice from the PaperArtsy online store. You need to add your link by 19:00 (London time) Nov 30th 2014


Craftyfield said...

Such an original recycling idea! Will never again throw a lid away!

Helen said...

I agree, great recycling, they look fab hung in the tree in the garden, too!

PaperArtsy said...

How cool Anneke, I love how these turned out! Great idea!

craftytrog said...

I love altering jar lids, this is a fabulous project Anneke!
Alison x

Art By Wanda said...

These are wonderful!!! A fabulous idea for making ornaments!!!!

Dana Tatar said...

Wow! I love this project! Thanks for the fantastic tutorial. :)

Kirsten said...

They are lovely & a great recycling idea too.

Godelieve said...

Beautiful ornaments! Fantastic idea Anneke! The Crackle Glaze is now on my wishlist :)

Etsuko said...

Stunning ornaments and! great idea!! The beautiful pics the ornaments hang on the tree xxx said...

What a lovely idea. Dee x

Julie Lee said...

What a great way to use old lids! I really regret all those ones I resigned to the bin! I shall definitely be keeping them now! Wonderful recycling project! x

massofhair said...

Great inspirational post, love your idea very much. Lids will be kept from now on, thank you for showing a way to use them and make them pretty:-) xxx

Kezzy said...

Wow such an unique way of making the decorations, truly awesome. Happy Creating :-) Kezzy xxx

craftimamma said...

Fab use for all those lids that would otherwise be thrown away and don't they look lovely!

Lesley Xx