“Glass” ornaments technique

So, I may not be the first one to come up with this technique, but I really did come up with all on my own — as incredible as that sounds!

It started out innocently enough — I wanted to make a bookmark and wanted to play with my new Sizzix Textured Impressions embossing folders. Then, I added a little color and a little more color and thought, hey, I wonder what would happen if I added a bit of UTEE to the top?? Well, let’s just say I “impressed” myself!

Pretty amazing, huh!?

Here are the instructions:

Cut a piece of cardstock to the size of the bookmark you want. (I used white)

Place it in the Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders (or one of the Tim Holtz folders would work, too) and emboss with the Big Shot or similar cutting tool. (This is the Christmas and Thin Ice set.)

Lightly apply Barn Door Distress Ink with an ink applicator. This will add color to the raised areas and a hint to the rest.

Then, to add a bit more dimension, go over it again, with an even lighter hand, with Fired Brick.

Here’s the cool part …
Turn the Distress Ink Embossing Pad over and lightly run it across the surface of the tag (or bookmark). Don’t worry about it being perfect.

Now, add UTEE and heat.

Then, add Ranger’s new Liquid Pearls to the dots on the ornaments for even more texture and dimension.

To the bottom, because I didn’t want to cover up too much, I added a sticker from the new Seasonal Salvage Stickers by Tim Holtz, a mini safety pin, a strip of ribbon (colored with Distress Ink), a scrap of ribbon and the mini brads by Tim Holtz.

To make the bookmark a little thicker, and to cover the back side, I attached another piece of white cardstock to the back, trimmed it to fit, and then went around the entire edge with Fired Brick Distress Ink.

The Crop-a-Dile easily punches a hole at the top for an eyelet. A few Baubles and a Swivel Clasp by Tim Holtz and a bit more ribbon to the top, and I called it done.

I absolutely love the result. I wish you could feel it through your computer screen, because it is really amazing! It could be a bookmark or a tag for a holiday gift, but it is pretty enough to hang on the tree. (click on the photos for a better look …)

4 thoughts on ““Glass” ornaments technique

  1. Hello Candy,

    thanks for sharing your discovery ! 🙂

    It’s not new, but I can imagine your happiness when you thought of this and the result is something you really like .

    Using the UTEE to cover a big tag/ card is indeed a nice result.
    Have you tried this : after one layer of UTEE, reheat so the UTEE is warm or cover the surface with distress embossing ink and add a second layer of UTEE.
    Put your tag shortly in the refrigerator until the UTEE is really cold and then “break” the UTEE.
    This gives also a very nice result.

    greetings from belgium
    Inge

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