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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Christmas in July



The web has gone crazy with Christmas in July so I just had to jump on the bandwagon. Thank goodness the heat has finally broken here in Colorado so I could get myself into the holiday spirit (no way could I have done this a few weeks ago when just sitting was making me literally melt!) This project was easy and inexpensive – my favorite kind!  All you need is:



  • Plastic 2 piece ornament (I used a star) – you can get these at most major craft suppliers
  • Alcohol ink (I used red & green, but really any combination would work)
  • Ultra Fine glitter (a neutral color or one that matches your alcohol ink colors)
  • Inkssentials Glossy Accents



I had this ornament in my craft room, just waiting for something to happen with it.  I had used it a while back to see if alcohol inks would stain it and I had used a bunch of colors to test; fortunately, the bulk of the colors were red based and that made my decision of what colors to use easy!   Also, when I used it as a test I didn’t cover the entire inside so there were “clear” spaces left. 



So I cracked the ornament apart and (AFTER I put my latex gloves on!!) put just one or two drops of red alcohol ink – I then used my finger to smear it around and cover what I wanted.  I did the same with the green alcohol ink, trying not to overlap the red ink too much.  Before the ink dried completely (and beware, it dries FAST) I sprinkled in some of the glitter, put the two sides of the ornament together and swished the star around to distribute some of the glitter around.  Lastly to seal the star together and make sure there was no where the glitter could escape (even thought I didn’t use that much and it seemed to be stuck on the sides) I painted the entire ornament with Inkssentials glossy accents.  This also gave the star a really nice shine; too bad I can’t get a really good picture of it, it looks much nicer in person.






That was it! I am planning on putting a bow on the top after I get my decorations out and can find a real ornament hanger (don't you love my hanger!?!) and can find my skinny silver ribbon - if you've seen it, please let me know! I really like the simplicity of the ornament and the coating of the glossy accents makes it shine so nicely! I have a bunch more plastic ornaments and I think I finally know what I am going to do with them.  Hope you enjoyed this little project and please don’t forget to follow me – have a crafty day & I will be back soon (wait until you see my Halloween projects - Halloween is definitely one of my most favorite holidays!)

I am entering this in the following challenge:
Anything But a Card - Christmas in July Challenge #24

9 comments:

  1. I bet you did need to sprinkle the glitter very fast on your festive ornament Christi! It will be a fun project when you get the other pieces and make them too! Thank you for joining in at Anything But A Card this challenge.

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    1. Thank you Julie - it is my first time at Anything But a Card but I am sure I'll be back :)

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  2. What a great idea to add glitter with the ink, it's turned out so pretty and I love that you could several so quickly. Hope you find your silver ribbon! Thanks for joining us at Anything But A Card this time.

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    1. Thanks Lisette - I am sure the ribbon is hiding somewhere - or maybe one of the cats took it :)

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  3. Beautiful tree trinket great idea to use Alcohol inks and Glitter. XOXO Zoe

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    1. Thank you dear Zoe - I appreciate your comments :) xoxo

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  4. Wow, this is stunning, love the colors! ~Diane

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  5. Ooh! That is so pretty!! Looks like a ton of fun too...eek! I guess I'll be needing to go buy some ornaments sometime soon...

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  6. thanks for stopping by my blog to check out the 3D wall "art". The flowers were fake ones from Hobby Lobby. Your star is darling and I bet the gloss does really shine it up!

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