Heirloom Photo Ornament

by Julie Overby

Create a 3d ornament with Spellbinders Ornament dies.


  • Wizard™, or other die cutting machine
  • Heirloom Ornament Nestabilities™
  • Label 13 Nestabilities™
  • Fair Isle Borderabilities™
  • Gold foil cardstock
  • Patterned paper
  • Adhesive
  • Embellishments


  1. Step 1

    Use gold foil cardstock to cut and emboss Heirloom Ornament #5 (#1 is the smallest.) Cut three Ornaments.

  2. Step 2

    Emboss Fair Isle Borderabilities™ across all three gold ornaments.

  3. Step 3

    Center Label 13 template (#3) over the foil and the flip it so the cut side is facing up.

    The die is shown here facing down so you can see where to center it. Place a tiny piece of tape to be sure it stays in the right spot when I flip it over.

  4. Step 4

    Cut and emboss a #4 Heirloom Ornament out of patterned paper three times.

  5. Step 5

    Once again, center Labels Thirteen #3 on the patterned paper, and after lining it up, cut and emboss it.

  6. Step 6

    After sponging the edges of the patterned paper, layer them on the gold foil ornaments and adhere trim to the edge of window.

  7. Step 7

    Apply liquid adhesive to one side of the ornament.

  8. and adhere the matching side of the second ornament. Hold in place until set.

  9. Step 8

    Add liquid adhesive to the opposite side and adhere the third ornament to it. Hold until set.

  10. Apply adhesive to the last side to connect the last two ornaments

  11. Step 9

    Sew a piece of thread through the top and add bow, buttons and tinsel to embellish.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Heirloom Photo Ornament. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

This is a beautiful project...thanks, Beate! One thing I learned the "expensive" way is that when I use the smooth high gloss cardstocks with my dies, I had to use a new acrylic cutting plate. My cutting plates that had been used a lot transfered the cut marks onto my high gloss cardstock when I ran it through my die cutting machine. Does that make sense?
Jan D.  |  Wed Nov 3, 2010 at 6:03 AM
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md  |  Wed Nov 3, 2010 at 10:51 AM
Wow! Thanks for such a wonderfully detailed video and explanation for such a beautiful ornament!
Pat L.  |  Fri Nov 5, 2010 at 8:47 AM
There are a lot of videos you make where you use that super handy sponge with a handle to distress your paper...where do you buy one of those great things?

Katie  |  Wed Dec 7, 2011 at 8:42 PM
It's called a Blending Tool from Rangers. I LOVE it and have one for each color group.
beate  |  Wed Dec 7, 2011 at 9:27 PM
Thanks for the tutorial. I made these for my grandkids this year. However, the bottoms came apart. I used Tombow. What kind of glue do you recommend? Thanks! grin
LM  |  Tue Dec 27, 2016 at 8:53 AM

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