Seasons Greetings crafters! I’m back with another fun project tutorial for Stencil1! This festive holiday project is made possible by the new Traditional Ornament Kit from Stencil1! This beautiful and highly customizable kit features blank ornaments that support a very worthy cause. Each set of eco-friendly ornaments is crafted sustainably by a company that rehabilitates and enables its workers formerly suffering from addiction, providing them with shelter and jobs!
For this set I worked with the Traditional Ornament Kit, but you could also make a set with the Geometric Ornament Kit! Stencil1 also sells the stand alone Ornament Shapes, cool Swallow Ornaments, and a beautiful Swallow Ornament Kit that would make a great early Christmas present for the crafter in your life! Click HERE to check out the complete assortment of kits from Stencil1! But back to the project at hand…
I began by applying a base coat of acrylic craft paint to both sides of the 6 included ornaments shapes in some festive holiday colors…
Once the base coat was dry, I busted out the included set of 4 different stencils, 3 of which feature multiple stencil designs on one stencil! If you do the math, that adds up to a TON of different stencil design combination possibilities! Did I mention that math is not my thing?
For the red Christmas ball ornament, I topped the base coat with a generous helping of shiny red glitter applied with ordinary school glue.
Handy Hint! Work atop a coffee filter to easily collect the excess glitter and redirect it back into the jar!
I set it aside to dry and repeated this step on both sides. I also glittered the two skinny ornaments with the same technique.
Then I was ready to begin embellishing the gold reindeer! I used a metal scraper (you could also use a palette knife) to apply thick texture medium to the ornament. For this one I chose the included Stripes stencil as it evokes a swift sense of movement to the reindeer, like racing stripes!
While the racing reindeer was drying, I set to work on embellishing the red ball ornament. I mixed up some gold paint with the texture medium and applied it to the ornament, this time with the Ornaments stencil.
Then I applied a layer of thick rustic gold glitter to the design as shown…
While that piece was drying, I added texture medium to the tapered bulb ornament this time using a different design from the same Ornaments stencil.
Then I was ready to trim the tree! The tree ornament that is! For this one, I stenciled a layer of contrasting red paint onto the tree with the String of Dots stencil.
Then without moving the stencil, I applied a layer of school glue on top of the paint and then topped that with some bright chunky red glitter!
This technique made my tree look like it was adorned with little shiny red ornaments!
I also added some white textured stars to the wavy thin ornament with the included Star Rows stencil. Then I added more of the rustic gold glitter to one of the skinny ornaments using the Stripes stencil.
To add a luxe touch, I used a dry brush technique to accent the edges of the green ornaments with antique gold craft paint.
To add a sparkly touch of bling for the holiday season, I accented the reindeer and one of the skinny ornaments with gold adhesive rhinestones. I used the stencils as a handy guide for evenly positioning the bling.
The only reason I stopped was because I ran out of room to embellish! I had so much fun decorating these blank ornaments with Stencil1‘s trendy yet timeless designs! And all the while I was thinking about the very noble cause behind the manufacture of these beautiful blank holiday canvasses! Here are some close ups of the finished products…
And here’s a shot of the complete set featuring a variety of dimensional embellishment techniques!
I highly recommend Stencil1’s Ornament Kits! They are perfect for crafting in groups, crafting with kids, solo crafting or for giving as an early Christmas gift to the crafter in your life! Display your finished pieces on the Christmas tree, on a wreath, or as a special gift tag for an ultra luxurious presentation of a wrapped gift, or dangling from a gift bag! You could even stick one to a mailed greeting card for a 3D and functional touch! The creative possibilities are truly endless!