Thursday, December 1, 2016

Winter Magic Christmas Ornament For A Vintage Journey

This is my third post today, if you are looking for my Mixed Media Mojo post click here and for my Emerald Creek Dares post click here.

Hello and welcome!  The month of December is upon us and it is my pleasure to be the host over at A Vintage Journey for this month's 'Winter Magic' challenge.

For those of us in the northern hemisphere, December brings the start of winter and for many that means freezing cold weather and Christmas.  But winter is so much more than that and so we ask, how would you interpret the magic of winter?  Snow, icicles, colours of blue, silver and white, the festivities of Christmas, misty winter landscapes; show us what your magical focus is for the season!

Our very generous sponsor this month is Country View Crafts and they are offering a £20 gift certificate to their online store,, for our lucky winner.  Thank you Country View Crafts!

For my Winter Magic project I decided to incorporate a few of my winter favourites onto a Christmas ornament, since Christmas is a big part of what I love about the winter season!

I used Eileen Hull's Embroidery Hoop die as the base for my ornament and so was able to incorporate a second winter themed scene onto the reverse side.

Grab a cup of eggnog and I'll show you my how to!

I started out by die cutting two of the Embroidery Hoop dies from thick chipboard packaging.  I layered the two die cuts and glued the outer and inner rings together, setting the two inside circles aside for another project.

The outer ring was then heat embossed with Weathered Wood embossing powder on the ring portion of the die cut and Hammered Metal on the faux tightening screw at the top.

The eagle eyed among you will have noticed that the Weathered Wood embossing powder in the container is darker than usual.  The white inclusions in the Weathered Wood embossing powder were a little too stark for the look I wanted so I coloured a portion of the powder with several colours of brown alcohol inks (Latte, Ginger and Caramel).  I just added a drop of each to the powder and kept stirring until the embossing powder was evenly coated and the alcohol ink had dried.

The original powder is on the left and my alcohol ink coloured powder is on the right, it worked like a charm and embossed perfectly.

The layered inner ring of the embroidery hoop die cut was then coloured with a Zig marker in brown.

I stamped the deer and cabin from the Holiday Drawings stamp set onto Distress Mixed Media Heavystock with Ground Espresso Distress Archival ink and added a touch of Fossilized Amber Distress paint on the door and windows for a warm yellow glow inside the cabin.

The evergreen boughs from the Scribble Woodland stamp set were stamped with Iced Spruce Distress ink onto heavystock and the deer head from the same set was stamped with Ground Espresso Archival ink.  The berries on the evergreen boughs were coloured with a touch of Barn Door Distress paint.

The deer head was fussy cut, coloured with various shades of brown Distress inks and a water brush and the antlers coated with Vintage Platinum Distress Glitter Dust.

Both the stamped cabin and evergreen bough images were then lightly coloured with a wash of Tumbled Glass Distress stain diluted with water.  The shadowed areas on the cabin stamped image were darkened slightly with Stormy Sky Distress ink and a water brush.  The three snowflakes from the Holiday Drawings set were stamped randomly onto the cabin image and embossed with Iridescent Shimmer embossing powder.  The cabin stamped heavystock was then adhered to one side of the inner embroidery hoop ring and trimmed to size,

and the evergreen bough stamped image was adhered to the other side of the inner ring.

Another piece of heavystock was coloured with multiple shades of green Distress inks spritzed with water on my craft mat and a variety of greenery die cut with the Mini Holiday Greens dies.

White 110 lb cardstock was die cut with the Mini Paper Snowflakes die and the snowflakes sprinkled with Rock Candy Distress glitter.  Some Frozen Alpha Parts snowflakes were also coated with Rock Candy Distress glitter but in the end I didn't use them so they are ready for a future project!

And then it was time to assemble the ornament.  The inner ring was inserted into the outer embossed embroidery hoop and adhered into place.  I started on the stamped deer and cabin side of the ornament first.

A frost ring was added around the edge of the stamped image with Rock Candy Distress glitter and Glossy Accents glue, overlapping the embossed outer embroidery hoop ring slightly.

The Frozen Alpha Parts snowflakes were getting lost against the Rock Candy Distress glitter so instead I die cut some more Mini Paper Snowflakes from card coloured with Tumbled Glass and Stormy Sky distress inks and embossed them with Iridescent Shimmer embossing powder.  They were layered around the edge along with the white Distress glitter covered snowflakes.

You can catch a glimpse of the stamped Iridescent Shimmer snowflakes in the picture below along with the glitter of the frosted edge.  I also added some of the Iridescent Shimmer embossing powder to the roof of the cabin.

The sentiment was stamped onto more heavystock (from the Holiday Drawings stamp set) with Ground Espresso Archival ink, clear embossed, cut out and adhered to the ornament.

Some Crinkle Ribbon was coloured with Tumbled Glass, Vintage Photo and Stormy Sky Distress inks and added as a hanger to the top of the ornament.  A bow was added to each side of the ornament from the same ribbon as well.

On to side number two!

The die cut greenery was layered around the outside edge of the embroidery hoop.

The fussy cut deer was then layered over top of the stamped background and the greenery arranged around his neck.

I adore this deer, I think it is my favourite stamp of Tim's Christmas releases xo

Another sentiment from the Holiday Drawings stamp set was stamped and embossed as the previous sentiment and the berries on one of the Mini Holiday Greens die cut were coated with some Vintage Platinum Stickles Glitter glue to coordinate with the deer's antlers.

The second Crinkle Ribbon bow was adhered to this side and the ornament was complete.

Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope that you have enjoyed seeing how I constructed my Winter Magic embroidery hoop ornament.

I also hope that you will be able to take a moment to stop by A Vintage Journey to see the magic that my fellow Creative Guides have conjured up to inspire you, they have outdone themselves which is really saying something!  And I can't wait to see what YOU create for our Winter Magic challenge, you have until January 5th, 2017 (!) to link up your creations so go make some magic and as always happy creating!

Deb xo


  1. I love this ornament. It has so many wonderful details.

  2. Great challenge Deb. Love your ornament and so nice that is two sided. Lovely for the tree.
    Hugs, S@ndy xx

  3. Such a great challenge theme Deb, - Both sides look fantastic! Love them both and such a great idea!!

  4. What a lovely christmas bauble Deb with some wonderful frosty touches, sparkle and shimmer. Love the embroidery hoop die and such a great way to use it too . Thanks for a great challenge theme .
    hugs x

  5. What a magical ornament, Deb - both sides are charming, but I think it's the deer with all that amazing greenery which wins for me. A really lovely challenge - thanks for the inspiration!
    Alison x

  6. Oh I adore this Deb! The glitter and texture around those edges and all that yummy die cut layering over the stamping is a joy xx

  7. What a beautiful double sided ornament Deb - love that embroidery hoop base - I just ordered it on sale! Your stampings are perfect along with the foliage border, pretty snowflakes and all the wintery glitter! A wonderful challenge this month! Julia xx

  8. A great challenge Deb and I love your ornament, made doubly beautiful by doing both sides! Eileen's die is a fabulous choice, it gives you the room to show off all those beautiful die cuts. Glittery antlers do it for me every time too!! Hugs, Anne xx

  9. Oh wow, I totally love this one. What an awesome die that is. An embroidery hoop die such an awesome idea. Love how you did both sides.

  10. Hi Deb, love this challenge and I love how you used Eileen's embroidery hoop for,your decorations, very creative and I love how you incorporated the perfect imagery. Tracy x

  11. Stunning - love both sides... all the sparkle and the holiday greens look fabulous too ! Great theme Deb xxx

  12. Lots of wonderful elements and effects brought together to create this gorgeous Christmas ornament Deb, using the embroidery hoop die was a brilliant idea. Love it xxx

  13. What a fabulous way of using Eileen Hulls embroidery hoop die! (on my wish list now!) and how beautifully you decorated it - both sides. Such a fabulous Christmas ornament. And thank you for such a fabulous challenge. It was great fun to create a project! Jennie x

  14. Beautiful ornaments... Love the coloration too.


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