Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Christmas in July...has spilled over into August!

Happy Wednesday and it's a new month! Susan back again to share another project I've created using Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer with Terri Sproul Mixers Glitter and Glitz Effects...and some Sakura Hobby Crafts glass tiles to make some beautiful Christmas ornaments.

I have been creating in the Christmas theme ALL year for another DT that I create weekly for and I think it will be OK that I extend Christmas in July {by just one day}...I promise it is worth your wild!

First off a some simple ornaments using Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer and some inexpensive cookie cutters. I'm a Christmas Elf and I have been creating Christmas cards all year, so it was fun to make some handmade vintage ornaments using digital collage images from

This idea is all over magazines and holiday idea books every holiday season - and these make great gifts or package toppers. What you want to do is size your image to the cookie cutter shape and print out on cardstock. Then you run a bead of Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer around the inside edge of the cookie cutter. This will act like caulking around a window frame and seal the paper to the metal. These are so fun to make - they are like decorating cookies! 

After drying completely, trim edges and embellish with some glitter.
Add another bead of Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer around inside edge then pour glitter on top. 

Pour off excess and you are left with a beautiful snowy border full of shimmer.

Finish of with a ribbon to hang. Each shape takes on it's own personality and the possibilities are endless. Now for another ornament...

I gathered my Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer, some holiday die cut paper shapes and glass tiles from Sakura Hobby Crafts.

I prepped and inked the paper die-cuts and adhered frame on top of angel piece using Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer. I flood-filled in the center area with Crystal Lacquer and placed glass tile in the center. 

After adjusting placement, I filled in remaining border with Crystal Lacquer to give extra dimension and shine.

While the decorated tile was drying - I set to work creating a paper rondela. I stamped using "Jingle Bells #10686 Sheet Music" from Viva Las Vegastamps! onto a natural tone paper making several strips. I score at 1/4" intervals down the length of each strip and then cut my strips in half to about 2" wide. I accordion folded on score lines and adjoined two strips together and glued together into a circular shape. I adhered this together with a punched circle on the front and back with Crystal Lacquer.

Rondela completed and inked and finished off with some Gold/Citrine Mixers Mist. CLICK HERE to see instructions on how to make your own MIXERS MIST.

Now to add some GLITZ! I lined the edge with Crystal Lacquer and dipped into Holiday Mix Glitz Effects. This is the perfect finishing touch! Tied off with festive red ribbon hanger and this ornament is ready to hang!

Presenting ... Vintage Holiday Rondela Ornament

I hope you have enjoyed today's post and that you are inspired to go and create! Please take some time to browse through the projects from my other Sakura Hobby Craft Design Team members for some great projects, tips and ideas! See you in two weeks on August 15th with another how-to.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment, select receive e-mail follow ups on comments and I will respond. If you would like to see more of my creations, please visit my blog sbartist : painting in the dark by clicking here.

Have a wonderful Wednesday : )


  1. so cool great job :)

  2. This is a great project! You are ART-TASTICAL!

  3. Love that Rondela ornament - luckily, have all the products handy, so I can try one this afternoon! Thanks for the clever idea.

  4. Very nice! I love them all but the Rondela is my fav.

  5. Love the cookie ornament gorgeous and inspiring.

  6. i love the first 2 ornaments, especially! I'll have to try this!
    Have you tried it yet atop faster plaster or Tiffany Windsor's plaster (I forget the name)....would the lacquer work or would it sink in?

    1. No - I haven't tried it with the Cool2Cast. If you use that for the base, you might want to pour it into the cookie cutter about 1/4" thick then let it set up. I have some of it - this might be a fun variation to try. Not sure about the Crystal Lacquer on it. You might have to paint one layer on as a sealer first and then decorate.

  7. Love all the projects. I've already seen your rondella somewhere else, which I love, but had not seen the cookie cutter ornament. How very clever and pretty. TFS. You are so creatively talented. :)

  8. Susan, Have I told you lately that I LOVE your work?