I had a very busy day yesterday. But it was the kind of day that was also a great deal of fun. (I have had a lot of those lately!) I spent the majority of it decorating my new SLD485 Holiday Lights Damask ornaments that I previewed to you yesterday. I had cut several sets of them because I knew I wanted to play with them and experiment with many of the wonderful finishes that I had here from DecoArt and hot fix rhinestones from Rhinestone Canada. I had several ideas of how I wanted to do these in my head and decided to divide up the ornaments and just show them all. That way my customers can choose to make them in the way that appeals to them the most.
I started off simple, using pastel colored rhinestone on the maple ornaments. I found that many people are migrating toward pastel colors for Christmas and I thought they came out beautiful:
I thought that the small amount of 'bling' really made these ornaments stand out, and they looked wonderful on the light maple pieces.
I then decorated the other half of the maple version using deep, jewel toned rhinestones. This gave them a more traditional look and were equally elegant and pretty:
I can't decide which I like best. They would be very nice finished off with some pretty ribbon to hang them that matched the stones.
Then I decorated the plywood versions of the ornaments. I had stacked a couple of layers beneath the maple ornaments when cutting so I would have more ornaments to experiment with. For the first group, I used DecoArt Dazzling Metallic paint in deep, jewel tones and then I added a layer of DecoArt Craft Twinkles over each one. I liked the larger size of the glitter in Craft Twinkles for these pieces. While my usual 'go-to' product is the Glamour Dust Fine Glitter paint, I really wanted these ornaments to shine! I think they came out beautiful!
I then experimented using some beautiful pastel Chalky Finish paint. I loved the contrast of the ultra-matte Chalky Finish paint with the beautiful and shiny stones. For the tops of the ornaments, I changed the color from gold metallic to silver metallic, as I further softened the look. I absolutely love the DecoArt Chalky paint. They are creamy and cover beautifully and the colors are just amazing!
Finally, I tried some regular DecoArt Acrylic paints – again in soft pastel colors, but this time I painted a layer of clear Crystal Glamour Dust Fine Glitter paint on them.
I wanted them to look like they were dipped in sugar, and I think that the Glamour Dust Ultra Fine Glitter paint was the perfect choice to accomplish that. They really look stunning and may very well be my favorite version:
It certainly is fun to see the huge number of options for these ornaments. I will be explaining all the colors and products that I have used for them in the pattern packet, so everyone can choose their own favorite.
I am writing the pattern up today, as well as getting the patterns for these new items on the site and sending out a newsletter to announce the new products we have added. So if you subscribe to our newsletter, please watch for it – it should be emailed by late afternoon.
Keith also has three new plaques that he is presenting. His Bible plaque series has really been popular and he has had many requests for additional phrases. This time he added the following:
SLDK403 Romans 15:13
Psalms 34: 18-19
And Luke 2:10-11
He also created a set so you can choose any three of the several large Bible plaque sayings for a great price. It is located here : SLDKLSSET1.
If you are looking for any of the DecoArt products that I mentioned, you can find them at your local craft supplier or also see them and order them online at the DecoArt Website. Not only do they have an online store, but their site is filled with free videos and patterns that show all kinds of fun ways to use their awesome products. I know you will have fun there!
Well – that is all for today's post. Time for me to get moving and writing. I hope you enjoyed seeing this project presented in so many different ways. This process can easily be applied to so many of your other projects, too. I think it is great to make things that are different and unique. I hope you agree.
Have a great Thursday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"