Faux Metal Christmas Ornaments

Faux Metal Christmas Ornaments by Annie Williams - Main

If you’re a stamper, you’ve probably seen a lot of this technique lately for creating bold metallic die-cut sentiments…but after seeing some of the beautiful new ornament designs in the Silhouette Online Store, I thought it’d be great for making some quick Christmas ornaments as well.  The best part is you can either customize them with names or images if you’re comfortable designing with the Studio software or just download and cut one of the many designs already offered in the Store if you’re a beginner.  The supplies you’ll need are all easily found in most craft stores:

• Silhouette Chipboard (and a Silhouette)
• Versamark Ink Pad
• Embossing Powder (I used Ranger “Liquid Platinum” and Recollections Gold)
• Heat Gun
• Ribbon
 

Faux Metal Christmas Ornaments by Annie Williams - Cut

I started by cutting 4 of the same woodland deer design out of Silhouette Chipboard using the standard settings for chipboard in the Studio software.  Since this was a detailed design, I only shrunk the shape a little bit to be around five inches in diameter.

Faux Metal Christmas Ornaments by Annie Williams - GlueTo give the ornament some dimension, I glued each of the four layers together.  Since you’ll be “sealing” the layers together with embossing powder later you don’t need a strong glue, but I like using the Zig Squeeze and Roll glue pen because it lets me draw super thin lines on my intricate die-cuts.

Faux Metal Christmas Ornaments by Annie Williams - VersamarkNext, just smash your Versamark pad all over both sides of your chipboard ornament.  I go over each area several times (and use a scrap of paper underneath) to make sure I have an even coating.

Faux Metal Christmas Ornaments by Annie Williams - Embossing PowderThen, sprinkle your embossing powder over the sticky ornament.  This is the Ranger “Liquid Platinum” powder…it gives you kinda an antique-y silver finish so works well for faux metal ornaments.  Make sure both sides are well covered in powder and tap the piece on your tabletop over the scrap paper to remove any excess.

Faux Metal Christmas Ornaments by Annie Williams - Heat SetMelt the powder with your heat gun.  Don’t overheat it…you’ll know its done when you see a smooth shiny finish…and continue until both sides of the whole ornament are melted.  After the piece had cooled, I did another round of Versamark, powder, and melting on both sides to achieve a super smooth metal finish.  You can continue to add as many layers of embossing as you’d like to get the finish you’re looking for.

Faux Metal Christmas Ornaments by Annie Williams - GoldMy “Merry Christmas” ornament was not as detailed as the other, so I shrunk this design down to about four inches in diameter.  For this piece, I used gold embossing powder from Recollections.

Faux Metal Christmas Ornaments by Annie Williams - FinalMy finished ornaments looked like this.  I tied a quick bow out of some 1/8″ satiny ribbon to use as a hanger.

Faux Metal Christmas Ornaments by Annie Williams - Merry DetailThese could make great tags on gifts as well…by welding someone’s name into the center of the circle border, you could even personalize them.

Faux Metal Christmas Ornaments by Annie Williams - Deer DetailBut, with the number of great woodland ornament designs in the Online Store right now…I’d probably be happy just making a treeful of platinum deer ornaments.

Faux Metal Christmas Ornaments by Annie Williams - FullTime to go find more ornaments for my tree I think.  I hope you enjoyed this project idea and I’d love to hear your comments!

6 Comment

  1. Wow! This is amazing idea! Never thought of adding some embossing poweder on them. Thank you for sharing this. I had cut a lot of monogram for gift tags out of chipboard and you just give me great idea to dreas them up! I will link back to you when I post it on my blog 😀

    1. Annie Wills says: Reply

      Thanks Helen! I look forward to seeing your gift tags when you post them!

  2. Sue W says: Reply

    Beautiful, beautiful ornaments! Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Annie Wills says: Reply

      Thanks Sue!

  3. Your ornaments are beautiful! They look gorgeous on your tree. I love the shimmer of embossing powder.

    1. Annie Wills says: Reply

      Thank you Sharon! I’m def making some more before Christmas if I have time…I’m thinking snowflakes!

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