I have been dying to publish this post, being a part of an ornament swap has totally got me in the holiday spirit early this year, and boy do I have a great swap for you! If you’re a new silhouette user, I definitely recommend joining one of the many silhouette groups and challenging yourself with a project you might not complete otherwise. In my case, it was an ornament swap hosted by the Silhouette Challenge Group (if you’re interested, check the group out here and apply to join – seriously, it’s the best thing I’ve done since the purchase of my Silhouette). I was partnered up with the fabulous Jeanie Hevener, of Create & Babble, and the goal was simple: find out some basics from your partner and create an ornament to adorn their christmas tree! Besides exchanging emails, I did some research and lucky for me Jeanie published a blog a while back that featured her christmas tree and its styling so I knew right away that red and silver glitter would be a nice color scheme to work with.
When it came to deciding on what to actually create, I knew I was going to go the glass bulb route having seen some really cool designs on Pinterest. I decided on the floating ornament after finding this amazing blog post detailing how easy the process was and got to work drafting up something fun to actually cut. I decided to go with song lyrics from one of the classics, It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. I prefer to design my artwork in Adobe inDesign first, export as a jpg and then open in the Silhouette Design Studio and trace, rather than work in the studio, but you could easily have made the file straight from your Design Studio.
In addition to the software, you’ll also need vinyl, a clear glass bulb and transfer paper. The transfer paper can be cut to fit inside the bulbs. To figure out the transfer paper, simply create a circle in your Design Studio that is the slightly smaller than the diameter of your ornament. In my case it was 80mm and so I made my circle to 3.1″ then I welded a square to the top of the circle so the insert wouldn’t slide around in the bulb. Once you’ve cut your inserts appropriately you can cut your vinyl to go on top. I placed my silver text first with the red on top for a layered look.
Once your insert is complete you can roll it up and stuff it in the ornament! It’s really that simple, and the possibilities are endless. Since creating my first floating ornament for my swap partner, I’ve completed another 10 for friends and family. I’ll do a big reveal before they all get boxed and wrapped for gifting next month!
And now for the reveal of the ornament I recieved from Jeanie! It’s perfect! The colors are supurb, I told Jeanie I was more non-traditional and the paper choice on the looped paper was the perfect choice. I love the bling on the center too! Just enough sparkle! So a big thanks to Jeanie for my fabulous new ornament and to Shannon Liljestrom-Abele for organizing the swap on behalf of the SIlhouette Challenge Group! Can’t wait until next year!