Shimmer Sheetz Sunday: Trees, Gift Boxes, and Fitted Frames 5 – Lace Circles Ornaments

By Judi Kauffman

 

Need some last-minute ornaments for your tree or to give to friends and family? These are fast, fun, and easy. They’re flat and lightweight, too – perfect for mailing.

Finished size: 2.75” to 5” in diameter.

Instructions:

 Trees and Gift Boxes –

  1. Alter Green Metallic Shimmer Sheetz with alcohol inks and metallic inks. Alternatively, skip the inks and substitute Spring Peridot Gemstone Shimmer Sheetz or leave the Green Metallic unaltered, shiny and bright. Add the gold outline peel-offs, leaving as little space between them as possible, and fussy-cut around each tree and gift box. (Save the scraps of Shimmer Sheetz and the gold stars that were on the peel-off sheet for other projects!) Note: There are three trees and nine gift boxes per sheet of peel-offs as well as stars that were not used for today’s tutorial.

  1. Decorate the garlands on the trees with Glitter Dots and Glitter Flowers (one color or a mix of several). For projects shown, I chose Silver/Gold Glitter Flowers plus Gold/Silver, Red/Gold, and Turquoise/Silver Glitter Dots.

Frame Pieces –

  1. Back Ruby Gemstone and Gold Metallic Shimmer Sheetz with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet. Die cut with the Fitted Frames 5 – Lace Circles die. The die cuts multiple different concentric frames all at the same time. Keep the little dots that fall out of the die, as well as the half-oval shapes that fall out of the outermost frame. Tip: Use the lid of a gift box as a ‘tray’ so the pieces won’t disappear on your work table! Reminder: A metal adaptor plate or the Big Shot machine with Precision Base Plate is REQUIRED for die cutting Shimmer Sheetz. Review Els van de Burgt’s YouTube tutorial if you are new to this technique!
  2. Die cut again from Gold Metallic Shimmer Sheetz that has not been backed with adhesive. Set aside these frames in a separate tray, toss the little pieces that fall out or put them into a baggie to use for shaker cards.

Complete the Ornaments –

  1. Die cut Gold Metallic Shimmer Sheetz and Turquoise Gemstone circles using Stitched and Fitted Circles dies in various sizes. Also die cut assorted circles from cardstock in shades of red and blue. Note: Ornaments made solely with Shimmer Sheetz are waterproof and can be wiped with a damp cloth. Ornaments that include cardstock cannot. Safety Reminder: ALL ornaments should be kept away from wick and wax candles, lightbulbs, and the fireplace!

 

  1. Lightly sand the Shimmer Sheetz circles to tone down some of the sparkle. (The key word here is ‘lightly’…) Also, lightly sand some of the frame pieces, leaving about a third of them shiny. Wipe with a damp cloth or damp paper towel.

 

  1. Layer and arrange the circles, frames, trees and gift boxes as shown or as you prefer. When pleased, remove the release sheet from the back of the frames to expose the adhesive and adhere the layers. To add a bit of dimension, use small snippets of Tombow Xtreme Adhesive Tabs to adhere the trees and gift boxes.

Note: The tiny dots make excellent additions to borders. The little half-oval pieces work well on the flowers (the flowers are at the center of the Fitted Frames die – a positive piece and a negative piece within a circle). Refer to the photos above and below.

Gold frames that do not have adhesive on the back can be used for open layers as shown below.

  1. Punch or pierce a tiny hole at the top of each ornament. Add a hanging loop made from fine metallic braid, twine, or sixteenth-inch ribbon.

More Options:

Use ornaments as gift tags.

Add ornaments to the front of a card.

Switch to a more traditional color combination.

Skip the trees and gift boxes and use only Fitted Frames 5 pieces to create unique ornaments in a mix of Silver and Gold Metallic Shimmer Sheetz or stay monochromatic – use only White Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz for all layers.

Alternatively, keep it simple – use nothing but trees and skip the gift boxes, circles and frame layers.

 

 

Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:


Other:

Fine Metallic Cord in Gold and Silver

Tim Holtz Alcohol inks in colors of choice

Tim Holtz Metallic Mixatives in Gold

Ink applicator tool

Awl, piercing tool or 1/16″ hole punch

Tombow Xtreme Adhesive Tabs

Cardstock in shades of blue and red

  1. Beautiful designs. Would make lovely ornaments for the tree or dress up any wrapped gift with shimmer! Thanks for sharing.

    • Thank you, Kathy. I took a bottle of sparkling cider to a party yesterday and added an ornament to the red ribbon I tied around the neck. It looked so festive against the gold foil on the bottle -and it’s a tree ornament the minute it’s removed.

    • Thank you, Linda. There are other styles of outline peel-off trees at Elizabeth Craft Designs, too – be sure to check ’em out if you decide to give this a try now or in the future!

    • Paula, that’s so true! Instead of the Glitter Dots and Glitter Flowers peel-offs, a single Silver Glitter Star at the top of each tree would be great, and I was thinking that I could have glued a few sequins between the garlands to look like ornaments.

    • Thanks, Jean. I am crazy about those Christmas tree peel-offs. I have a blast decorating the garlands with the little glitter dots and glitter flowers.

    • Thank you, Lagene! If I had to pick, I think the tree with the open circle and the smallest one iwth the flower in the middle are my two favorites.

    • Thanks, Raquel. Fitted Frames is one of the most versatile dies I’ve ever owned – one die cuts all of those frames in one pass through the machine. And you’re so right about the Shimmer Sheetz. The ornaments are feather-light but super durable.