These ornaments are fun and easy, but you need a Xyron to do them easily. Stamp on a piece of acetate, then color from the back with Sharpies if appropriate. Then center a circle cutter like a Coluzzle over it and cut it almost all the way around, except you must leave a little tab at the top. You should determine beforehand how large a circle will fit in your ornament by using a test piece of acetate...you may have to cut a tiny bit off around to get it to fit in the center of the ornament. The tab keeps the sheet from falling sideways in the ornament. Once you have the acetate cut, run it through a Xyron face up to get adhesive on the back, then sprinkle with dazzling diamonds glitter. Roll the acetate around a pen glitter side down and slide into the ornament. Use the pen to push the acetate into position.
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Registered: July 9, 2003 Location: Set into the baseboard of your stamping room Posts: 18325
Sat, Dec 04, 2004 @ 7:00 AM
It helps to have a good digital camera. If it is daytime, I like to use natural light, in which case I use a white dinner napkin to photograph my samples against near a window that lets in a lot of light. If it's an overcast day you won't get as good of results, so I try to wait for a sunny day for the best results. I use the macro setting on my camera, which will zoom in close and turn off the flash. But some items look better against black AND sometimes I am taking pictures at night. In that case, I use a piece of black velour as a backdrop. Again, I use the macro setting on my digital camera. In the case of these ornaments, I had to switch to manual mode and take the F-Stop down to -2.0 to keep the picture sharp...otherwise there is too much light coming in for the tremor in my hand and the image is blurry...I need to get a tripod! During the day, the natural light is usually enough to take a photo in auto mode, but at night it's better to take a slightly darker photo and lighten it up in a photo program than to leave your camera in auto mode which will open the focal point to capture more light, but it will also slow the shutter speed down, which is where you get blurring from your hand shaking. A tripod takes care of a lot of that!
Once I take the picture I put it in Adobe Photoshop and adjust the color levels with "Image->Adust->Auto Levels". This gets rid of the yellow tinge you get from incandescent or the green tinge you get from fluorescent lights. It takes the lightest point in your photo and makes that white, then adjusts the rest of the photo to be in relation to that point...works like a charm!
Registered: July 11, 2004 Location: Troy, Michigan Posts: 10383
Sat, Dec 04, 2004 @ 6:48 PM
Thank you for posting these great ornaments! I was struggling with some other instructions last night and I just couldn't get it to work. Major frustration. This morning I saw your samples and detailed (as always) instructions and tried it. Things went much better. Unfortunately, I don't have a digital camera yet, so I can't post them. Maybe Santa will bring me one! BTW, this afternoon I was giving instructions for your Cheater Glitter Painting technique to the owners of my local craft store. I showed them a Poinsettia card I did with it and they were fascinated! TFS. Linda
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