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Thursday 29 November 2012

make your own decorations and tutorial for creative expressions DT

firstly thanks to everyone
who has taken the time to stop by here,
 taking time to follow all or some of my creative journey means a lot!
so for my creative expressions design team make today,
 I have some decorations and a step by step..
so here goes:
start by cutting some bauble shapes
( I used tim holtz die..but heartfelt creations
have dies....you can also use wooden shape shown later..)
then cover with adirondak paint dabber I used blue..no surprise there!!
then when dry edge with distress ink..
now for the tops,
cover in clear embossing pad, then sprinkle with silver embossing powder and heat
now to stamp..
ink desired stamp..i used the large snowflake design in archival black ink
(and for some the smaller design in a more random pattern)
set aside to dry..otherwise it can go smudgy and nasty..yes I  wasn't patient!!
when dry the bauble can be covered in either rock candy clear crackle paint
and set aside to crackle..
yes you guessed glue and seal and some loose rock candy glitter
(did I say I love this stuff?)
glittery without  being glittery...does that make sense?!
finally some string, jute, wire or bakers twine to hang up
for the die cut ones I sandwiched two together..
oh and added some liquid pearl dots..
here are some other ideas for colours and designs:
these are on wooden bauble shapes,
and instead of rock candy or glitter these have been triple embossed
and on the last layer different flakes and embossing powders sprinkled in
and just to show I can craft in something other than blue.....
thanks so much for stopping by
have a fun and inky day
will be back next week with some new stamp makes for creative expressions
.hope to see you then
p.s. I have some festive candy here


  1. Amazing as always. I just love to see your makes and there is always something new to learn on your blog.

    Love Chrissie xx

  2. Trace, I absolutely love these and will certainly be back a few times to read what you did! They are a totally fab idea - can you tell I love them??! Loved the bit about being able to craft in other colours!!!
    Hope you and yours are all ok.

  3. So beautiful and special Trace. Amazing work Love it
    lovely greet

  4. Oh these are fab Trace..loving the colours...and I too like the glittery effect without being too glittery LOL! Jan x

  5. Wow Trace, these are fabulous! That bauble die is on my ever lengthening wish list .... I love glitter but agree about the loose rock candy glitter, it give a lovely sheen rather than in your face sparkle - love it! Love how you did the 'other' colours too, that made me smile. Hugs, Anne x

  6. Lovely decorations Trace, great dimension with the enamel and I love the touch of shimmer. Tracy x

  7. WOW magnificent idea! Your bauble shapes are beautiful stamped and decorated, I admire your creativity! Thanks for the tutorail photos:-)
    xox Anja

  8. gorgeous Trace - they all look just fabulous and so simple to make - brilliant xx

  9. Don't mind if you're crafting in blue...that's my favorite! Great technique-ideas! Don't mind if I try one ore two? Think they are fabulous! Hugs, Gerrina

  10. Gorgeous ornaments, Trace! They look like porcelain. Stunning.

  11. love those decorations -the dieisnow on my list!
    Regards Jean

  12. The tripple embossing has really brought them to life :) wonderful work Trace :)
    Von ♥

  13. ..oh Trace these are simply fabulous, loving each and every one, they are soooo pretty and such a wonderful idea too, I'm all for homeade, these are very inspiring thank you for sharing your step by step...awesome as ever...Melxx :)

  14. They are gorgeous Trace, never thought I would use a bauble die, might have changed my mind now lol. Elizabeth x

  15. These are Fantastic Trace... Wonderful work.. Love all the design... Hugs May x x x x

  16. Great results Trace...they look amazing!

    greetings, Alie :-)

  17. Love that stamp and these decs are just gorgeous. Great one Trace.
    Hugs Brenda xxx

  18. Beautiful - thanks for the tutorial! I am not sure what glue and seal is but I WILL find out!!

  19. Wonderful Christmas baubles, they are perfect Christmas decorations.

  20. These are awesome, Trace! Thanks for the how-to's!

  21. Thank you for the most fantastic inspiration. These are just wonderful and will give you one of the best dressed trees this year. Hugs, Buttons x

  22. What fantastic baubles, so brilliantly effective! I love the one with the flakes - so cool - and the combination of all that delicate sparkle with the rustic twine is simply fabulous! Thanks so much for taking us through the step-by-step... I'll be back to consult it soon!! Thanks for so much great inspiration, as always.
    Alison x

  23. Trace, these are gorgeous ornaments! Love each one! I just finished a canvas (later posting) and used bits of mica, glitter, beads, etc. So much fun! Have a great weekend!

  24. Loving your baubles - quite simple but really effective and I love that hint of glitter!


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