Friday, November 26, 2010

Clarissa - Tree Decorations

Hi everyone.  Hope the stress levels aren't rising too much as Christmas gets closer.  It's nice to try and enjoy the journey towards Christmas as well as the day.

Button Wreath.
I'm a bit of a button hoarder, so instead of just looking at them (the colours are all sooo pretty!!) I thought I'd delve into them and actually make something.

To make this, thread the buttons onto thin wire with some ribbon tied in between along the way.  Twist the wire at the top and trim off the ends.  Tie a bow over it, attach some more ribbon to hang it, and you're done!  Easy!  

Next are a set of ornaments using the Kaisercraft Wood Flourishes.

These would have been hanging beautifully on my tree but my camera was not being at all co-operative and I couldn't get the colour to show up, so instead they are hanging outside on my "healthy" looking tree  :o)

I've covered these with one of my favourite products - Opals embossing enamel.  I love it because the colours are vibrant and you can reheat it and put on as many layers as you need.  Then I've used Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Gold mixative over the top.  Unbelievably it's the first time I've used this and I really like it.  I love the distressed looks that Tina achieves so I got brave and tried it.

The last decoration is also a Kaisercraft Wood Flourish and I've used green opals, pearls and some gold seed beads on the star.

1 comment:

  1. LOVE that buttons idea Clarissa! The gold and red looks fabulous together too on those flourishes.
    I really want to try embossing too - but the only time I did it I dropped what I was holding into the toaster I was using to heat it - I really need to get a heat gun!