- Plain Tall Jar Candles (Dollar Tree)
- Alcohol Inks
- Gold Leaf and Adhesive
- Gold Adhesive Foil (Cricut)
- Digital Cutting Machine ( I used my Cricut Explore Air 2)
- Mod Podge Matte
- Vinyl Gloves
I had this gorgeous handmade paper in my stash from a prior JoAnn's trip that I'd been holding on to for the right inspiration and this was it!
The picture doesn't do it justice. I knew it would make the perfect background for my project. I pulled out coordinating foil cardstock from my stash (Recollections, from Michaels in bright gold, turquoise, and royal blue) and got to work.
The first step was to prep the frames. I chose this Home Decor Chalk Paint by Folk Art which goes on smoothly with great coverage and only needed one coat.
After the paint was dry, I sealed it with a coat of Mod Podge Matte. Then it was time to get to work on the interior.
I'd downloaded a beautiful Hanukkah set of layered files from Special Heart Studio. You will just need to sign up with your email to get access to a wonderful set of files that Gjoa graciously provides for FREE! It comes with a Menorah and a Dreidel and I used the Dreidel. I downloaded and imported into Cricut Design Space, sized to fit the frames and cut on my Explore Air 2.
I assembled the different layers of the dreidel using foam squares.
I used gold for the bottom of each then switched up the turquoise and royal layers for each dreidel. Then using the backing insert from the frames, I Mod Podged the handmade paper that I'd cut to size.
For smaller projects, I like using this paint pouring medium by Artists Loft from Michaels. The ratio is 1 part medium to 5 parts paint so a little goes a long way for smaller projects.
Ignore the pens because originally I thought I was going to do these w/ an alcohol ink technique and darn if my Sharpie wasn't as dry as the desert in which I live! The ornaments are the point here. I picked up a couple of these from Michaels not knowing at the time what I was going to do with them and of course now I'm kicking myself for not buying more because I LOVE THEM. They take the paint really well and aren't explicitly Christmas.
Clean your ornaments with alcohol to remove any residue, fingerprints etc. Mix your paints with the medium per the instructions on the medium. Now you're ready for your pour!
I did what's called a clean pour which means pouring each color individually vs a "dirty pour" where you can layer the paints in a cup before pouring. Pandemic takeout has been good for my craft supplies since I re-purpose the containers for craft projects!
Start with any color, pour a little, then pour the additional colors in them middle as shown until your surface is covered. You want the paint to drip down the sides to continue the pattern. I placed the ornament on an upside down cup to give it drip space.