Joyous & Kiwi Lane Photo Ornament

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Hello again fellow Authentique fans!  Kay here with a Holiday project consisting of Authentique's very merry 'Joyous' papers & templates by Kiwi Lane.

I wanted a way to showcase this year's Christmas family photo--at first I thought of some sort of mini album although I only had one main photo I wanted to showcase.  So then I thought of creating an ornament that would serve as a 'frame' to my photo.  Well after much debating I ended up with a hybrid version of a mini album & ornament--an orna-mini!  However, this ornament is not really meant to hang on the Christmas tree--this little orna-mini looks best sitting on a small photo frame easel right on top of the fireplace mantel--& that's exactly where it is at this very moment. 

All papers used are from Authentique's 'Joyous' collection & the entire ornament was created with the use of the 'Christmas Accessory' templates by Kiwi Lane.
This particular element from the 'Joyous' line spoke the most to me when it came to the family Christmas photo.  Home always means a little bit extra more to me around the Holidays--it's where the heart is & where I'm most at peace.
The Fatulas giving you our best 'Merry Christmas' pose.  :-)  The ornament mat framing my photo was cut out with the smaller ornament Kiwi Lane template.  The holly leaf was also cut with the use of a Kiwi Lane template.  I just inked the holly edges & added a bit of ivory colored acrylic paint dots along the border.
The lovely mulberry poinsettia is by Petaloo.  A combination of tulle & different size ribbons were added to the ring holding my ornament together.

This second colorful ornament was created with the use of acrylic & alcohol inks.  I traced the smaller ornament template onto a piece of clear acrylic & cut it out.  Next I adhered designer paper to what is going to be the back of my acrylic ornament.  Since acrylic is transparent there's no need to place a second piece of designer paper--just use 2-sided paper & both side are instantly complete!
Then to give my ornament some pizzazz I applied several random drops of alcohol ink straight from the bottle onto the acrylic side of the ornament.  Now here's the trick to get that streaky look--before the alcohol inks dry take a can of compressed air (the kind you would find at office stores that are used to clean the dust out of computer keyboards & such) and spritz at the drops of alcohol inks.  This will create all these interesting colorful streaks onto your project.

To complete my ornament I applied some clear dry adhesive along the edges with a thin paint brush & applied some Diamond Dust.  You can make a whole set of ornaments to decorate any tree with this technique & no two would be alike.  
The background of the ornament was created by tracing the large ornament Kiwi Lane template onto medium weight chipboard.  I then cut the chipboard out & adhered papers from the 'Joyous' collection onto both sides.  The edges were inked on the backside & on the front I adhered a bit of Petaloo green trim.

Thanks for stopping by & for those of you that are in the cold season along with me--stay warm!  Enjoy the rest of the week...
Products Used:
Authentique Paper: Joyous Collection 6x6 Bundle
Templates: Kiwi Lane Christmas Accessory
Ribbon: May Arts
Flowers: Petaloo
Other: Alcohol Inks, Chipboard, Clear Scraps Acrylic, Tulle

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  1. Perfection. I absolutely LOVE this project.

    Merry Christmas!

  2. Beautiful creations! I'd
    like to use the templates
    to make some ornaments
    too. The ones on your blog
    look so fun to make.
    Carla from Utah

  3. Win! I would love to win!
    Lovely ornament! My mind is thinking of making a lot for next year.

  4. What a beautifully detailed ornament! I love the snowflake, thanks for sharing.

  5. This is a great gift idea! This is a beautifully festive and fast! Where do you get these ideas?!!

  6. Orna-mini! Great new word! Love the look of the alcohol ink...thanks for the tip, too! It is absolutely gorgeous!

  7. Oh beautiful! What a fun idea, love it!!

  8. Love the orna-mini. Great idea to have a photo sitting out without taking up a lot of space - and it's decorative. thanks for sharing.

  9. On the 11th day of Christmas, Authentique gave to us:

    11 Glue Guns a Piping Hot and ready to attach wonderful poinsettias we've made from the templates to frames, to doorways, to everything!!!!

    10 Ideas a Leaping in our minds of ornaments that we could make with the templates.

    9 Ladies Dancing around with great crafting ideas in their using the templates for a shaped activity book for my little granddaughter

    8 tiny maidens with sun bonnets (love that piece from this Precious collection!)

    7 sewers a stitching (love the stitching on this tree!)

    6 Trees awaiting (these adorable cookie cutter ornaments)

    5 Olden designs (love the vintage patterns in the Tradition set!)

    4 altered boxes (for lovely gift-giving)

    3 French knots (actually they were cross-stitches on the adorable snowman)

    2 Tombow Glues

    and a "Joyous" sound from crafters the world round.
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  10. Love your mini album and have pinned it! I want to make one just like this and also get started on next years Christmas cards!

  11. You put a lot of thought and attention to detail into this ornament. I am sure it will be a precious momento for years to come.


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