Last Friday's Blogger's Challenge theme was Ornament. A fun theme, and I didn't want to miss out! For my project I created this chipboard holiday ornament. It's kind of retro looking with the colors being red and turquoise. I have a die cut of the ornament shape that works GREAT for cutting out chipboard shapes and I used some of my other die cuts for the flower shapes to give the ornament some design and dimension.
I've had my Big Shot for almost a year, but because it's something I have to get out to use (it's not just out all of the time) I don't find myself reaching for it very often. I'm always thrilled with the results of my projects when I do use it, so I'm going to TRY and use it more often.
I've found that I really like the process of die cutting when I have patterned paper adhered to the chipboard before it's die cut. I like how the cutting process presses the patterned paper onto the chipboard, making it look like it's actually part of the chipboard. It slightly rounds the edges, and I like that finished look.
For this project, I adhered red designer paper to my chipboard, placed the covered chipboard into the machine with the die and cut out the red ornament shape. Then I adhered some blue designer paper to a scrap piece of chipboard, and cutout just the top portion of the ornament so I could layer the two together on my finished project. I did the same technique for the flower shapes -- adhering the paper to the chipboard before the cuts where made. Once I had all of my shapes cut, I inked the edges with coordinating inks and glued them to the ornament. I applied a layer of Glossy Accents to the large red area to make the ornament shine like glass. The blue topper and flowers are covered with a layer of Crackle Accents which makes the ornament look like cracked aged glass. While the clear layers were still wet, I sprinkled on some ultra fine glitter for lots of sparkle!
This would be a fun project to turn into a greeting card gift. The ornament could be added to the front of a card and then removed and hung on a tree. Or, it would make a great gift tag too!
Blog Candy: Sooo... how would you like to receive a dozen plain chipboard ornament cutouts from me? You'll be able to cover them with patterned paper, paint them, or alter them in any way. Use them for gift tags, cards, or ornaments for your own tree. I've cut a dozen plain chipboard ornament shapes for one lucky person! If you'd like to be considered for the drawing, leave me a comment on this post. Be sure you leave your name! On WEDNESDAY at NOON Central time I'll randomly select one lucky person to send the chipboard shapes to! And you never know... you might get a little something EXTRA from me in your package, too!
After you leave your comment, don't forget to check out the other Blogger's Challenge Friday posts! I already know there are AMAZING projects to be seen!! You'll find a list to all of the Blogger's Challenge sits on the right side of my blog -- scroll down. You'll see it!
Edited to Add: The ornament die I used is an Ellison Thick Cuts die called Christmas Ornament.