Friday, December 19, 2014

JOY Mixed media Ornament

I have a really fun mixed media project to share with you today. I made a Christmas ornament to hang on my tree. The Splitcoaststampers Mixability challenge this week Mix99 was to take a photo and make a Christmas project that expressed ourselves. I took a photo that my daughter took last year of my wonderful family at our church's Christmas Eve service. I printed it in black and white on cardstock. I wanted it to look more than just a printed photo, so I sprayed the top of the photo with silver shimmer mist. I also added a little of gold shimmer mist too. 
Ok... a start then I was stumped. Looking at the supplies on my desk, the rest of the ornament just started taking on a mind of it's own. I took 4 popsicle sticks. I took some gray polka dotted fabric from ADORNit  BEPOP DOT GRAY and glued it to the popsicle sticks with hot glue sticks. I then sprayed the fabric with the silver shimmer mist. I tried to get it to photograph but it didn't pick up, but there is sparkles from the silver mist on the fabric. After gluing the fabric down there were still some rough edges. So I took some silver sparkle tape and taped over the edges. I took silver paint and painted the popsicle sticks where they showed behind the fabric.

I added two different types of lace one that was a cream color and one that was white. I liked the little bit of color the cream added to the project. I put pearls on top of the lace. I hot glued some cheesecloth before adding my photo that I matted with a piece of black cardstock. The alphabet beads were in a collection of plastic beads that my daughters had when they were little. When I was cleaning up the other day I saw them. I almost tossed them out, because I didn't see a use for them. I'm glad I didn't toss them because I think it is the highlight of my project. (Why I have such a hard time parting with my junk.) The word "JOY" describes me and my family. A long time ago a friend told me what JOY stood for. JESUS, OTHERS and YOURSELF. That is what I see displayed in the lives of my family. I attached the letter with wire that I curled around a chopstick and hot glued at the ends.

Then it was time to do the backside of my ornament. I printed this scripture digital image from Diane;s Daydream Designs called THE GLORY OF CHRISTMAS SENTIMENT SET.
I printed it on white cardstock. I also printed the grunge paper behind it on the same piece of cardstock. I sprayed it with the silver shimmer mist.  I framed the scripture with a piece of black cardstock. I added another piece of lace and brads before hot gluing this side down to the popsicle sticks. I added more wire on this side to hang the ornament. I added a sheer ribbon bow at the top with more hot glue.

Here is it hanging on my tree.

 I hope as the last few days before Christmas come rushing by, that you have time to stop and reflect on Jesus because he is the real reason we celebrate.


  1. Fabulous project MariLynn - love the end result. The photo you started with is a great one, and is now even better framed as it is.
    Christmas blessings

  2. This is a very thoughtful and heartwarming ornament. I can see the shimmer as well (I agree it is hard to photograph sometimes)! I love the picture and the sentiment is amazing. Thanks so much for playing with us at Mixed Media Mojo! ~Niki DT

  3. beautiful ornament with your picture - a wonderful keepsake thanks for sharing

    Barb Housner (DT)