Sunday, December 8, 2013

Christmas Floating Ornament

How to Make a Floating Ornament



Supplies Used:

Dear Santa Element pack
Candy Cane digital paper
Transparency sheets
White vinyl
Silhouette Cameo
Silhouette Studio Designer Edition
Two way glue pen
White glitter
Glass ornament
I used Studio Designer Edition and my Silhouette Cameo to make and cut my design, but you can use any photo editing software.


Making the Template

Step 1:

Draw a Circle and a triangle by using the drawing tools on the left side of the page.


Step 2:

The dimensions for your circle is 2.520 and the triangle is 1.080 x .665  You can put type the dimensions in by using opening the scale window on the right side of your screen.


Step 3:


Weld your two shapes together using the welding tool.   Now that you have your template made you can move on to the next steps.

Designing the Inside of the Ornament

For this ornament, I used digital kits from Peppermint Creative.  For this one I used
Candy Cane Christmas PapersDear Santa Elements 

Step 1:

For this ornament I used the Santa out of the Dear Santa element pack and paper from the Candy Cane digital paper.  To start, draw another circle the same size as your template and fill it with the Candy Cane graffiti green paper.  Once filled, go to your advance options. 

 Step 2:

To make it look even more dimensional, I changed the transparency of the paper.  After choosing the advanced options, find the transparency bar and slide it to 45%.

Step 3:

Now open the Dear Santa Element pack and select the Santa.  Resize it to fit into the circle and drag it over the top of the paper.

Printing the Ornament


One of the neat things about the Silhouette Cameo is that it has a "Print and Cut" feature.  To do this your have a couple of steps you need to follow.


Step 1:

The first thing to do is to pick the size of your paper.  My printer only prints up to a 8 1/2 x 11, so I choose the letter option.

Step 2:

To be able to cut after printing you have to turn the registration marks on.  


Step 3:

The transparency sheets are very expensive, so I made sure to fill the page before I hit the print button.

You can see here what the transparency looks like after printing.  I laid half of it on a white sheet so you can see the difference.

Cutting out the Ornament


If you aren't using a cutting machine, you can stop here and simply print your image and use a pair of scissors to do your cutting  (you don't have to have a cutting machine to make these ornaments).

Step 1:


Now you will choose the Cut Setting Options.  Here is where you will choose the speed, thickness and blade setting.   I chose a speed of 3, thickness of 33 and set the blade at 6.   Sometimes this is where you have to play around with the cut settings because materials differ in thickness and textures.  

Make sure to manually change your blade setting.  I have changed it on the screen but forgot to change it manually and had to go back and cut it again.

Step 2: 

After printing you will put the sheet on your cutting mat.  Because the sheets are transparent you will have to put a small piece of paper behind the registration marks so that the machine can read them.  I got this tip from The Silhouette Challenge group.  I don't remember who suggested it, but it does work.  Thanks so much for the tip.

Here is what it looks like after it is cut.


Step 3:

You will cut an additional template out in white vinyl.  This is so that your image will show up.  Be sure to change your cut settings for vinyl.  Also manually change your blade.


Step 4:

Apply the vinyl cut out to the printed acetate sheet.  To do this, I laid the vinyl down with sticky side up.  I then started at one end matching it up and sticking it down.  You may have another way that works for you, but I have found this way to work best for me.



Step 1:

Use your glue pen on the beard, hat and cuff parts. 

Step 2:

Add the glitter. 
Tap off excess.




Step 1:

Now just roll the insert up.


Step 2:

Take the top off the ornament, put the insert in and put top back on and your finished.
If you need to straighten your image up a bit after it unrolls, simply use a pair of tweezers.

There you have it!!  Isn't it cute?  The possibilities are endless. 
I made a bunch for Christmas gifts for Family and friends in Louisiana.  They were a hit!! 


Extra steps:

You can cut ribbon and add to the top of your ornament.  I was putting pieces of ribbon through the small hole at the top and it kept popping of the ornament.  I read on one of the Facebook groups to take a piece of floss and tie your ribbons to it and then thread through the hole at the top of the ornament.  I haven't tried it yet, but it sounds a heck of a lot easier. 

You can also cut vinyl and put on the front of the ornament to make it bit more personal.


Thanks for stopping by my crafting space!!


Hope everyone has a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!!