Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Polished Stone Ornaments


Hi everyone.  Today's card is for two challenges of the Dare To Get Dirty 2013 challenges at SCS (DTGD13BevMom and DTGD13TexasGrammy).  I've having fun making cards ... and this one was fun, but took several hours.  Not only was it a bit picky to make, but I covered the ornaments with Crystal Effects (lots and lots) so it took several hours for them to dry.  Then, I had trouble figuring out how to mount them.  In the end, I went with black card stock ... not something very common for Christmas cards, but they looked the best on a dark background ... white and silver made everything too washed out.  The next challenge was to get a picture ... and this was the best I could do after several, several attempts.  Unfortunately, the picture doesn't show how great these ornaments look in real life - you're going to have to take my word on that :)

I used the polished stone technique to create the paper for the ornaments and then die-cut them, layered with some glitter embellishments and covered thickly with Crystal Effects to give them shine and dimension.  Hope you like.


Here's a close-up (again, not a great photo, but you get the idea):




Paper:  Glossy White; Silver Glimmer
Ink:  Pretty in Pink, Baja Blue (SU!); Silver
Accessories & Tools:  Rubbing Alcohol, cotton balls, Big Shot, Christmas Ornaments die (My Favorite Things), Star of Wonder die (Memory Box), Snowflake die (Sizzix), silver cording, Crystal Effects, glue, sticky strips, and dimensionals





19 comments:

Betty said...

beautiful results - and it's wonderful on the black.

nancy littrell said...

Wow Loll...your ornaments look like jewelry. Really gorgeous. TFS

MaryH said...

These ornaments really do look like 'stones' the way you did them. I've got some of the Crystal Effects, but have never used it. I'm guessing it might be like Glossy Accents??? This was an ingenious idea (to me anyway!), and what you achieved is just beautiful and dramatic. The picture looked great too. I can imagine that IRL they are simply stunning. TFS ...

Barb Ghig said...

Like? No...I LOVE your ornaments, Loll!!! At first glance, it looks like they're in a jewelry case, so kudos for the beautiful and patient work on the ornaments, and for the card base to show them off! Great job!!!

Colleen Dietrich said...

Hello, you stunning Christmas card, you!!

Karen B said...

This is AMAZING Loll - looks fabulous on the black background.

Karen x

Mrs Harry said...

Don't worry Loll, we can see how fabulous these are. Thanks for sharing. I suspect if I tried this, at least one would have a cat paw imprint somewhere!

Mau xx said...

This is Gorgeous Loll, Love the stone effect, and all the sparkle is beautiful!
Hugs Mau xx

Anonymous said...

It looks like you could wear them as jewelry. Nice work!

sandie said...

Loll, your creativity is just amazing. These are more like a gift than a card-truly stunning and the black is a perfect choice. We love to be rebels so who says we can't use black for Xmas cards!

Jeanne said...

It's probably been said before, but WOW - your creativity and the making of your cards and bling are just outstanding! I really appreciate you sharing so much!

Julia Aston said...

Wow Loll! these are lovely! They look like they are on display in a jewelry store against the black background - I bet they are stunning IRL as they look super here!

Charlene Merrick (LilLuvsStampin) said...

My goodness, your polished stone ornaments are so elegant and beautiful. They are absolutely resplendent with the extra crystal effects on them, too. I agree that the black backdrop was really the best choice. Your cards are always so classy. Gorgeous card!

Darnell J Knauss said...

I could spend the rest of my life just CASEing everything you create, Lolly, and I'd be happy as a clam. Every.single.post. is a treasure of ART and inspiration!! These ornaments truly do look like polished stone!! Thank you! xxoo Dolly

Lea Brawn said...

Wow how clever are you Loll. This is fabulous...god smackingly so!I can never wait to see what you will produce next!
Love Lea x

Bonnie said...

These are so elegant! They look like precious keepsakes! The black background really shows them off!

Cathy said...

The lucky recipient will be treasuring these ornaments Loll, they'll be the show piece on any Christmas tree, they are stunning! Cathy x

Danielle Vincent said...

Wow - Fabulous polished ornaments Loll. Such a shame they take so long to make. I'm afraid that I'm not nearly as patient as you but I sure did enjoy looking at them. Really terrific!! D

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