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Alcohol Ink Ornaments with Cricut Vinyl Embellishments by Susan





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One of my jolliest activities so far this holiday season was hosting my scrapping girlfriends for an afternoon of ornament making. We were inspired by the alcohol inked ornaments that we viewed on several blogs, as well as the glitter filled ornaments on other blogs. Well let me tell you, this is one creative group of women and they came up with a combination technique that I have not viewed on any other sites!

To begin you will need to purchase clear glass bulbs from your local craft store. I found them at both Hobby Lobby and Target in our area. You will also need Tim Holtz alcohol inks, ink applicator and blending solution. I ordered my Tim Holtz supplies right here at Custom Crops (see the list below). We also used rubber gloves and an old vinyl tablecloth.



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Begin by placing a felt pad on your applicator and then add the ink. I prefer to use two colors of ink at once – a base color and a metallic color, and a bit of blending solution. Hold the tip of the ink onto the felt and add dots of color.

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And add the second color.

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Hold the bulb in your gloved hand, dab the ink applicator to the ornament with your other hand.

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Cover the entire surface of the ornament. For a more modeled look add a bit more blending solution to the felt and dab a bit more. I like the molded look – see the next photo.

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Now we are to the step where our creative group “kicked it up a notch”! You will need a few more supplies: Pledge Future floor wax (available at you local super store) and crafting glitter (try Doodlebug Sugar Coating Glitter Assortment Pack from Custom Crops). You will also need a piece of wax paper and a small empty jar or small bowl that you can clean later.

While holding your inked ornament upright squirt a teaspoon of the Future liquid wax into the ornament. Cover the opening with your finger and gently swirl the liquid around the inside of the ornament to cover the entire inside. Drain the liquid out of your ornament into the jar or bowl.



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Place the wax paper under the ornament and pour the glitter into the opening. Again, moving quickly, swirl and twirl the ornament to spread the glitter around the inside. Pour any extra glitter onto the wax paper to be poured back into the glitter container.

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This is a blue and silver inked ornament with light blue glitter added to the inside. The glitter gives the ornament that extra bit of richness and holiday sparkle.

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And my group of friends would not be my friends if we did not find yet one more way to add to these already lovely ornaments. Being the Cricut addicted women that we are, Cricut vinyl was necessary!!

I am embarrassed to tell you that I only had four colors of Cricut vinyl in my home (shocking!). That is because I love the Cricut vinyl and have used it everywhere – walls, cars, license plates, etc. The colors limited my immediate choices… Plan ahead and order the vinyl when you order your Tim Holtz supplies!!

I chose to use the red and pink vinyl and cut Christmas words for my ornament embellishments. Using Cricut Design Studio and the Joys of the Season cartridge, I placed the words and their shadows on the mat so that both layers may be cut at once. You will need two pieces of vinyl, each measuring 12 x 6 inches, to complete this one page cut file.



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And here are examples of our “kick up two notches” ornaments:

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I want to tell you that the ornaments are really very easy to make. This was a fun group activity as we shared ideas and techniques. This would also be fun to do with your older children while they are on Christmas break.

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Article Reviews:
Submitted by suzanne
I really love these ornaments...especially since I was there for their creation....they really are beautiful...
Rating: 5 Stars!
Submitted by Cindy
Absolutely gorgeous! I have tried the floor polish and glitter, but I love the idea of using the alcohol inks and vinyl! I will definitely try this. Thanks for sharing!
Rating: 5 Stars!
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