Sunday, November 1, 2009

Holiday Magnets

Welcome to my first Limelight project with Flourishes!
I had fun creating these Holiday magnets and hope you like them too! I used the beautiful Holiday Ornament Set, All that Glitters. I know I seem get more and more Holiday photo cards each year. I stick my faves up on the Fridge, so I thought these magnets might be fun to use with those photo cards. Pack 'em up with your Christmas decorations and then you will have them again for next season. Another option would be to incorporate a magnet on to a card. Enough rambling, let's move on to the project....

All of the backgrounds were created by airbrushing with two shades of Copic markers. It wasn't neat or pretty, but I wanted to just get color down on the paper, moving from light to dark.

For the Blue Ornament : BG72 Ice Ocean, B39 Prussian Blue

For the Green Ornament: YG95 Pale Olive, G99 Olive

For the Red Ornament: R29 Lipstick Red, R89 Dark Red

Before I stamped the image, I used an anti static bag to rub over the airbrushed color, to prevent my embossing powder from sticking where it should not stick. I used Versamark Ink and then heat embossed using Gold or Silver Detail Embossing Powder.

After heat embossing the image and cutting it out. I glued the ornament to chipboard to add some thickness and also adding a layer of black card stock to the back, then I trimmed the image out again. Now it is sturdy, where as the card stock would not be strong enough to support the magnets and not bend.

I don't want an ugly edge to my ornaments, so I used a brush tip marker along the edge in a coordinating color to cover the dingy chipboard layer edges.

Now the FUN stuff.... On the red ornament I left it as is allowing the pretty swirls and graduating red color to stand own their own. The green ornament I added a little glitter to spice it up, using a toothpick to apply just a little in just the right spots - I used a mixture of Crystal Lacquer and Ultra Fine Glitter. On the Blue Ornament, I went to town adding Crystals everywhere I could.
After dressing the ornaments up with their embellishments, I brushed on two coats of Glass Kote. This is thicker than Crystal Lacquer and it dries totally clear and with out any air bubbles. It does not curl the paper at all, and leaves a high gloss smooth finish. Just like glass!

After the two coats of Glass Kote dried, I moved on to the finishing touches. The ornaments are only about two inches long, and when I looked at using ribbon with them, the ribbon just overwhelmed the size of the ornaments. I had to have some kind of bow on the top, so I scaled it down and used Embroidery Floss and also some Skinny Silver Cording. I used the smallest notch on the Bow Easy to create my multiple loop bows and then glued them to the top of the ornaments.

Next came the magnets. You can find these plain magnets in packages at the craft stores or in a hardware store. They are inexpensive and come in all shapes and sizes. You can see some of them are scored and can be broken to a smaller size to accommodate your project as needed. I glued the magnets to the back using my glue of choice, Crafter's Pick Ultimate.
And that wraps it up for today!
Here are some close up pics of each finished Holiday Magnet.
Click on the pics to see more detail.
I think the Blue "Bling" Ornament is my fave.
The glitter is really eye catching in person, since I used Ultra Fine Glitter, it does not have that "chunky" glitter look to it, the small pieces catch and reflect the light perfectly.
I did add one small gold metal embellishment to the center of the bow on the red and green ornaments, just to help highlight the gold embossing.
I hope I have inspired you to try creating some magnets, for any season or occasion. They are fun, small projects to create, with lots of options to choose from: coloring techniques, using pattern paper, any and all sorts of embellishments can be worked in to the magnets, beads could hang off it.... anything your creative mind can think doing!
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Robin Kirkpatrick said...

Great job on the magnets, Jenny, they are exquisite!

Sue from Oregon said...

oh wow, I have to try this! Great job Jenny!

StampinCathy said...

The magnets are just stunning and thanks for a great tutorial.

Lee said...

These ornaments are just gorgeous Jenny! I learned a new way to finish them today. The Flourishes team doesn't skip on absolutely awesome designs!

I've been making Christmas magnets for years & attach them to my Christmas cards. Great way to kill two birds with one stone!

Sharon D said...

These are lovely!

Heather T. said...

Totally awesome, Jenny! You're so good at paying attention to even the smallest details, and it shows!

Sandy Hulsart said...

Beautiful, Jenny and very useful. I love the Blue Bling the best also. Congrats on your Limelight spot, your creations deserve it.

Anonymous said...

You are certainly deserving of being in the Limelight. Thanks for the inspiration and the great tutorial. These will definitely be one of my next projects. I like them all! Can't pick a fave.

Sue P Snellville, GA

leenda said...

WOW! These are gorgeous! Fabulous creativity & inspiration! Thank you!

Latisha said...

very cool

Ree Donnelly said...

Jenny, so proud & happy for you!

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Beautiful magnets, wonderful tutorial!

Julie Koerber said...

Just beautiful! What a fabulous way to add a dash of Christmas to your fridge! I love this idea! And, I've never seen Glass Kote -- I'll have to check that out! :-)

Candy said...

WOW I really appreciate another small gift idea to tuck into stockings this Christmas! Thanks so much for your idea and great tutorial! Your ornaments are lovley!
Hugs, Candy

Jerri Kay said...

A fabulous tutorial, these ornaments are gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

Oh my you really out did yourself with these beautiful ornaments! Thanks for sharing them. One question, though, where did the Glass Kote come from?

Velta said...

Thanks for the tutorial!!! That was great! And, so are these ornaments/magnets!!

Silke Ledlow said...

Oh my these magnets are awesome!!! Very clever idea - Jenny!!! You made them look amazing!!! Thanks for the easy to understand tutorial!!! Hugs ~S~

Primitive Seasons said...

I have a question, but not about this post. Could you explain how the Cool and Warm Neutrals are used when coloring with the Copics?


Beate said...

Wow! Gorgeous magnets. Wonderful tutorial.
Hugs and smiles

Lunet Media said...

ver nice christmas cards, i love relay much