Monday, October 31, 2011

Sweet Shop Ornament tutorial

Is it weird that I'm such a HUGE fan of our new full-color sticker sheets? And I swear, this isn't one of those tootin' my own horn moments...I honestly love these sticker sheets! They are exactly what I'd hope to find in the fantasy scrapbooking/art journal shop of my dreams. I cannot wait to make more! We have endless ideas and mock-ups for future sheets...the only issue is finding the time! One thing that I promise to do is always compliment any forthcoming creative elements of ours with tutorials here on the blog...just some simple examples of how to put this good stuff to good use.
We're still at work on our very own hand painted patterned paper for now this little project will make use of some of your own favorite patterned papers for the backgrounds. These are simple ornaments mounted on wooden discs that we purchased at Michaels...but you can probably find similar ones at A.C. Moore, Jo Ann Fabrics, or any store like these. Look for wood, mdf, chipboard, whatever you like really. Ours measure approximately 4 inches across...and ours were CHEAP! They came in a multi-pack with all different shapes and sizes and the whole pack was like 5 bucks!

What you will need:

- Everyday is a Holiday full-color sticker sheets!!
-scissors, pencil, artist paint brush
-wood, mdf, or chipboard discs in shape of your choice,
approx. 4" across.
- patterned papers for your backgrounds
-Decou-page by DecoArt. You can also use matte finish Mod Podge or clear gel medium
- heavy duty glue like E6000 or a hot glue gun if you prefer.
-colored glitters of your choice. (We used Martha's tinsel glitter in florentine gold, feldspar, and kunzite.)
-ultra fine clear glitter
-bakery twine or pretty string or ribbon of your choice
-ric rac or ribbon to hang them with

LinkStep 1. Trace the shapes of your ornaments onto your background papers and cut out paper backgrounds. Also, cut out the stickers of your choice, eye-up your designs and match the stickers with their respective backgrounds.

Step 2. Adhere your backgrounds. We used Decou-page by DecoArt...but again, you can use matte finish Mod Podge or gel medium. With a paint brush apply a thin even coat to the disc, lay corresponding paper on it and gently press down...then gently smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles with a clean, dry paper towel. Let dry. You do not need to apply a top coat of the Decou-page or Mod Podge. We will be doing this later on. ( hint: most people have a tendency to brush a coat of Mod Podge over top of the paper they just glued down...doing this will always result in lots of wrinkles and bubbles. When applying a topcoat it is essential to let the paper that you've just glued down to fully set-up and dry. You'll know it is dry when it is no longer cool to the touch.)

Step 3. Once the backgrounds that you've glued down are fully set-up and dried, peel backs off of your stickers and apply them to their corresponding ornaments. Then, apply a thin even coat of Decou-page medium (or Mod Podge, or gel medium) over the entire front of the ornament...then dust the entire front with a coat of ultra fine clear glitter...let dry and shake off excess glitter. Next, apply a thin even coat of Decou-page medium (or Mod Podge, or gel medium) to the outside edge of the ornament and dust with an even coat of colored glitter (tip: using a glitter tray or paper plate, roll/press edges in colored glitter.)...let dry, shake off excess.

Step 4. Tie bows...we used classic bakery twine because we just love the can find small rolls of it in all sorts of colorways at Michaels, A.C. Moore, or the crafty shop of your choice. Also, you can use ribbon or whatever you like instead. Just tie simple bows and using your more heavy duty adhesive or glue gun, attach the bows to the top-center of each ornament.
Next, make a loop of ric rac or ribbon to hang your ornament...attach to the back using your heavy duty adhesive or glue gun. To finish it off and make the backs prettier, we often used a 2" paper punch to punch out a circle of patterned or colored paper, and then we decoupage the paper circle right over the cut ends of the ribbon loop thats on looks good and reinforces the loop hanger at the same time.

Taa Daaah! You've got a gorgeous, glittery set of Cupcake & Cake ornaments!...And you only used a few of your Everyday is a Holiday stickers!...You can make a mixer ornament...or find a long thin base and make an ornie using one of the Retro Baking Gals! The format is no big deal...that's the easy part. But now you've got a simple idea of how to use your stickers in a really fun way...just follow the same steps, use the same methods, and you can't go wrong. We'd love for you to share what you've done with us! We can't wait to see your projects! Email us photos!
xoxo, Jenny


  1. Hey Jenny and Aaron, What a great tutorial, such an easy way to make some beautiful ornaments. Thanks so much for sharing with us!!

  2. Dearest sweet jenny, i adore you color sticker sheets too! So beautiful and yummilious! This tutorial is just perfect for the holidays and such a fun family project! Thank you so much for sharing and have a beautiful day! Love to you!

  3. hi.
    thanks for sharing.
    so beautiful.
    have a nice day.
    hug from sylvia

  4. I love these Jenny!! Thank you for sharing this Tutorial with us!


  5. Wowie!! Jenny! These are awesome!! Does it ever end?? You guys come up with the most fantastical stuff ever!! Love these!!! Can't wait to see what's next!!
    Thank you!!!

    OH!! I almost forgot!! You have been TAGGED!! you have to go to my blog to see what to do next!!! heeehhee!!!

  6. These are gorgeous! I love the vintage-y look! Really pretty!

  7. very cute - here from tip me tuesday. I love this idea!

  8. Sweet! Thanks for the tutorial!

    You just toot away on your horn, sweetie! There's enough down on themselves women out there! ♥


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