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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Paper Ornament Tutorial

Today I found a wonderful site the has some printable Christmas templates. along with a variety of other interesting art projects and coloring pages for your kids.  I downloaded the Bethlehem star template and made a conversion to allow me to create this ornament in 3 layers and 3 different papers.   Here is the altered template I made, for you to download and print to create your own ornaments.  Once you have the template printed, select a variety of scrapbooking artist papers or cardstock.  I made a cardboard pattern to use over and over again, as I made quite a few of these ornaments to use as gift tags as well.  Trace your pattern pieces on the papers you have selected and cut them out. 
I ran all my pieces through the cuddle bug to dry emboss them and give the ornament more dimensional effects.  I also lightly sanded the #1 template pieces after they were embossed, giving more texture to the ornament as well. 

 Layer the different templates starting with #3, add #2 and finish with the #1 template, holding them together, create a hole in the middle to add a brad.  I chose to use several purchased paper snowflakes for the center adding a 3-D feel to the ornaments.  Then I used a ribbon hole-hand punch to thread ribbon through to create  hanging loops.  Mine are pretty simple, but you could definitely jazz these up with some glitter, tinsel, additional embellishments, etc.  Don't forget to sign your ornaments and hang them on your tree, use as gift tags, embellish packages or swap with friends.  These are headed to Bea for our LTMM yahoo groups November swap.  There's still time to play-come and join us!  The link is at the bottom of the left sidebar (I think-LOL-I know it is in one of the side bars!)

1 comment:

Shannon said...

These are beautiful, simple yet so lovely. Thanks for sharing the template.