Poinsettia Christmas Ornament
I love creating Christmas ornaments. I really love that I can play with glitter and shiny stuff and it never seems overboard for holiday decorations. Even the dog ended up with glitter all over him while I was making these! Come join me as I guide you through making your own 3-D ornament you can hang on the tree with pride. The ornament is somewhat labor-intensive, but oh, so worth the efforts when finished!
Poinsettia (Holly Berry House)
Red, pink, gold and green cardstocks ** (Bazzill and The Angel Company)
Chipboard, medium weight (unknown)
VersaMark embossing ink pad (Tsukineko)
Mahagony Distress ink pad (Ranger)
Black Hills Gold embossing powder (Creations Unlimited***)
Heat tool (Ranger)
Coordination ribbon, about 15 inches (unknown)
Gold Liquid Pearl (Ranger)
Scotch Pop-Up Foam Squares (3M) ****
Circles and Scalloped Circles Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders)
Big Shot die cutting machine (Sizzix)
Gold Seed Beads (stash item, unknown)
Glossy Accents (Ranger)
Adhesive of Choice
**You can make your poinsettia any color. I chose the red and pink to give the flower a bit of contrast between layers.
***This company is no longer in business. There are many brands of embossing powders on the market made with glitter that you can substitute.
****I love these foam squares because you can squeeze them flat for shipping and they will spring back when removed from the envelope!
- Using the VersaMark ink pad, stamp the Poinsettia stamp four (4) times on the red cardstock and sprinkle with the embossing powder. Use the heat tool to melt the embossing powder until it is shiny.
- Repeat step 1 twice on pink cardstock, twice on the green cardstock and twice on gold cardstock.
- Cut the chipboard once using the largest Circle Nestability die.
- Cut two scalloped circle using the largest Scallop Circle Nestability die.
- Cut out each layer on the Poinsettia as shown below. When done, you should have ten layers (five for each side). Note: The photo only shows the flower layers for one side of the ornament.
- On the gold center layer, apply a layer of Glossy Accents and sprinkle gold seed beads on top. Press down lightly with finger to set into the Glossy Accents. Set aside to dry.
- On the pink layer, use a Q-Tip to apply Mahagony Distress ink to the centers of the petals. Don't over-do, you just want to create a little depth to the petals, not completely color them in. Set aside to dry.
- Begin layering by creating the base of the ornament. Take the piece of chipboard and apply adhesive to it. (I just used my ATG tape gun, but you can use a paper glue or any other type of adhesive).
- Make a loop from the ribbon and place on the adhesive to hold it in place. Layer a scalloped circle on top of the chipboard and ribbon. Turn the piece over and apply adhesive to this side and line up the remaining scallop circle.
- Apply Gold Liquid Pearl drops on each of the scallop areas on the circle and let dry.
- Now begin layering the flower petal layers with the pop up foam squares to build the Poinsettia. Finish off with the gold, beaded center piece. Repeat on the other side.
- Hang your new ornament on your tree or in a window to enjoy. Or give it as a gift!
Here's a side view of the layers:
- Apply clear glitter on each layer after the flower is layered (if you do it before, the layers won't stick together because of the glitter).
- Add dangly beads at the bottom of the circle base.
- Use designer cardstock instead of plain to add a little whimsy to your ornament.
There are so many fun options with this ornament, just have fun playing and creating! I hope you will share your ornament with us.
Merry Christmas to you all!