Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Sweet Surprises

I just love filling my house with sweet little surprises, so when I was inspired by Lisa Pace's book, Delight in the Details, to make these pretty knob ornaments, I couldn't wait to get started!  These little cuties use all my favorite details: Book paper, vintage images, crystals, and all kinds of glitter!

  I decided to make you a short tutorial so you can whip up some little surprises of your own. These would be great for any theme: Christmas, Halloween, Valentines Day, Autumn, you name it!

Trace layered frame templates onto lightweight cardstock and cut out. I got these at a Christmas ornament class long ago and have been using them as templates.

Trace the frame background onto vintage book paper and cut out. Adhere with Mod Podge or other liquid glue and sand and ink edges. (I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Tea Dye.)

Punch holes in top and bottom of frame before glittering.

Glue edges (I used Aleene's Quick Dry Tacky Glue) and coat with glass glitter. Set aside to dry.

Paint foreground frame with acrylic paint and set aside to dry.

Cut out a vintage image (I used Creative Scraps by Crafty Secrets) and coat with Distress Rock Candy Crackle. Set aside to dry.

Apply liquid glue to foreground frame and cover with glitter. (I used Dazzling Diamonds from Stampin' Up because it's soooo sparkly!)

Make baker's twin hangers for the top and bottom of your ornament. I threaded the bottom with a vintage button and a chandelier piece by Maya Road before tying it on. The baker's twine is from Stampin' Up.

Adhere the foreground to the background with foam adhesive. Lightly ink your crackled vintage image, highlight with Stickles, and adhere in the center of the ornament with dimensional adhesive. Whala!

I hope you enjoy making some sweet little surprises of your own!


  1. I love those! I really enjoyed that book :) What kind of glitter is the gold glitter?

  2. Champagne glass glitter from Stampin' Up.