I wanted to try to make some simple Christmas ornaments with a couple different techniques.
I found these wood slice ornaments on Amazon for a pretty good price. https://tinyurl.com/yaebzbpr My wood slices varied from under 2″ to almost 2 1/2″.
I chose my first technique using Christmas napkins with a smaller pattern that would fit on the wood slice well. I used the black napkin I showed, as on the underside I found the cardinal that fit perfectly on the wood slices. First, take the backing off your napkin using washi tape on the underside of the napkin. Rub the tape with the napkin to make sure it’s well adhered, then pull from the underside to remove any layers of the napkin except the top layer. I used Art Minds Matte Decoupauge, but it appears Michaels doesn’t make it any more, so instead, you could use Matte Mod Podge, link: https://tinyurl.com/3bebwx7w
Using a paint brush, brush a liberal amount of Mod Podge onto the wood slice, then lay your napkin over the wood slice framing whatever design you choose. Add another layer of Mod Podge on top of the napkin and let it dry. Trim from behind with scissors, mine are fussy cutting scissors from Stampin’ Up.
Next, I took an archival ink, Brilliance Coffee Bean, and inked the edges of the ornament, as well as the sides so it looks a little distressed. It’s a subtle change, but the wood really looks good with the ink on it. After I’ve trimmed the ornament, I added small dots of Bearly Art Glue to the cardinal image, and added small white pearl diamonds left over from a diamond painting to look like snow. Added black twine to the opening on the ornament, and called it done.
The red berry napkins, I added some die cuts in three layers of pine boughs and with some white pearls for a center, and small red crystal diamonds on the boughs, I just glued them in place. Added twine to the top and it was done. I did the same with boughs that berries sat on, and glued three together then glued them onto the wood slice. I added some white pearls in different sizes and made sure to cut the bough so it would fit on the wood slice…it’s better if you do this to the individual boughs so your scissors don’t fight cutting through three layers.
For the fourth wood slice, I went through some steps you can skip. You don’t need to paint the wood slice, as I found the embossing powder worked great with the wood, and I wasn’t sure that it would. I took Ranger Silver Tinsel embossing powder after coating the wood slice with Versamark Ink and covered the slice with the embossing powder, then holding it in place with something (I used a paint brush), heat set the embossing powder. I added two layers of the silver tinsel to make sure the wood slice was well coated, then once it was ok to touch, I did the same to the back of the wood slice.
I bought the stars at Dollar Tree. Again, you don’t need to paint the wood star, just use the Versamark ink to cover it completely, then use Ranger Red embossing powder to coat. I added three coats of the red to make sure it was molten and beautiful. Used Bearly Art Glue to adhere the star to the wood slice. I added silver tinsel cord through the hole at the top and knotted it above to finish the ornament.
I thought it would be fun to add these to the purse gift bags I made. I really liked the cardinal wood slice on the cardinal purse. Here’s the link to the video to show you how to make the purses. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voTxPXd_a68