Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Holiday Lounge Ornament Tutorial

I recently made a discovery that blew my socks off!

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SU's Holiday Lounge Designer Series Paper is perfect to use with vintage photos from the 50's and 60's.  Vintage is a nice way to say that I'm old!

I pulled out some photos of my family from way back when; some holiday, some not, and decided that I would make photo ornaments.  I hope to have a whole tree covered by Christmas. 

Check out the following tutorial:

All SU products used, except the jingle bells.

Here are the basic elements of your ornament:
* 1-3/4-inch circle punch
* Two 2-inch circles of Holiday Lounge DSP
*Two scraps of HL DSP to stamp with your ornament top from the Sweet Centers set.
* One 1-3/4-inch circle punched Post-It (make sure you punch where the sticky part is).
* One Sweet Centers Treat Cup (Optional).

1.  Place your Post-It circle in the center of one of your 2" circles.  This will help you mark where you need to punch.  Then, place your 2" circle into your 1-3/4-inch punch.  I sometimes use another Post-It to act as a handle while I punch small pieces.

2.  You now have your frame for your picture.

3.  Stamp the ornament top on your scap DSP.  Make sure you stamp the opposite side of the design you wish to see on your ornament.  Cut the ornament top piece, excluding the wire hanger.  Be sure to leave a little tail at the bottom (refer to photo).  Use the 1-3/4-inch punch to slice a small curve into the bottom of the ornament topper.  This will allow the top to sit flush to your ornament.

4.  Now the fun part.  Time to put your ornament together.  I made a photocopy of the photo I wanted to use.  I also punched out some embellishments with the party hat punch (retired).  Feel free to add what you like here or leave it plain. 

5.  I punched my photocopied photo with my 1-3/4-inch punch and adhered it to the second circle.  I then added pieces of Dimensionals around the border of the circle. 

6.  Add your embellishments (if desired).  Place one of the ornment top pieces at the top of your ornament, lining it up with the edge of the circle.  Adhere the other ornament top pice to the first top piece, making sure the side you want to see is showing, back and front.

Adhere your frame circle over the photo, lining up edges.  Now you can add a hole to the top for ribbon and embellish as desired.  I added a little glitter and a snowflake punched shape.

And here is the finished product:

Here is one I did with the Sweet Centers treat cup and a stamped image from the Winter Post stamp set.

I added some jingle bells to make it a shaker ornament, but you could add glitter, buttons, whatever you want.  I'll add my decorated tree when it's all done.  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  I'm still working on the lighting, as my studio is quite dark.  I may have to bring in my husband's spotlight to get clearer photos. 

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Til next time,


  1. Loved It! Loved It! Loved It!! I now have a great way to keep family history each Christmas... This is going to be an anual event for me. Thanks for sharing

  2. What a great idea Wendy. Great job. I can't wait to try this out.


  3. Aack - what an adorable it!!!