Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Napkin Decoupage Christmas Ornament

It's Christmas in July!!!   It's never too early to start making Christmas ornaments...

Hello, and thank you so much for your interest in this decoupage Christmas ornament tutorial.  I’m so happy that you’re here!

In this tutorial, we will be making a Christmas ornament just like the one pictured above using a print I made on a tissue.  What? A tissue??


Yes, a tissue!!!  I know it might sound silly, but regular tissue box tissues can be printed on very easily using my method.  You can also print on paper towels and peel them into two separate layers afterwards to get an extra thin pliable picture to decoupage with.


Thin paper like tracing paper or gift tissue wrap, or for this particular project, a tissue, is best for decoupage because it’s very pliable and soft and will mold to the ornament edges especially well if you are creating a glass ball or bauble with rounded sides..


Although this is a very simple project, it does not mean these ornaments aren’t valuable.  In fact, the opposite is true. 


You will be able to create gorgeous decoupage ornaments to give away as gifts or to enjoy for your own home, or to perhaps even sell in a handmade shop like Etsy.


Using the method I will outline here for you, the sky is the limit as to what you can create using free pictures you find on the Internet.  How exciting is that??  I will show you how step by step.


Each of the STEPS below will include a video that will be outlined with written directions from the video demonstration above the video.  The video will be at the end of each STEP and is included to give you a visual instruction in real time so you can see how the ornament was created.


Here is a screenshot of some of the pictures you can download onto your computer and print out onto a tissue box tissuegift wrap tissue, or plain white napkin to create gorgeous Christmas ornaments.

Search results for "winter Christmas snow scenes" on Pinterest.
Any of these pictures can be printed onto a napkin or tissue
for use in decoupage.

So as you can see there are many choices.  The only problem you may or may not have at this point is deciding which image to choose for your ornament, LOL!

Follow STEPS 1-4 below and let’s make some beautiful decoupage ornaments together!

Fig. #1:  When you decide on a picture, left click on it to make it bigger. 
After that, right click on the picture and select 'Copy image'
from the menu as shown above.  Go over to your open WP document.
In the WP document select 'Paste' or Ctrl+V (Refer to Fig. #3 below)

Fig. #2:  After you left click over the picture you choose,
it will become bigger at the top of the Pinterest page as
pictured. Always use the largest picture you can get.

Fig. #3:  This is a picture of another ornament I made using a
 different image but the process is the same.  After selecting 'Copy image'
from the menu, paste the image into a word processing document.
This is what it will look like in the word processing document. 
Use the 'Format picture' commands at the top of the page
to resize and change your picture before printing.

I wanted to explain this before the directions below just to give you a general idea of how you will be able to get similar pictures (to the ones in the picture above) from your computer in STEP 2 below so please read on...




Before you start anything, paint your glass ornament base with white acrylic paint and let it dry thoroughly.  Set it aside until you are ready to add your printed picture with Mod Podge.  You can also use white chalk paint.  Chalk paint adheres easily to glass or plastic so it's up to you.  If you decide on acrylic you many have to use two coats.

Chalk paint works great on glass and plastic

Sidenote:  This tutorial may seem to jump back and forth between STEPS.  You may just want to watch the videos in each step first and then go back and read the written directions before you start your first decoupage ornament project.





 STEP 1:

   "How to Print an Inkjet Image on a Tissue for Decoupaging"


1.  Secure a tissue to a piece of regular computer paper with scotch tape.  (Refer to video in STEP 1 below in this section for video instruction).


2.  Once the tissue is completely secured to the computer paper with scotch tape, place the computer paper into the rear tray of your inkjet printer.


3.  After you find the image you want to use for your ornament, you will copy and paste it into a WP document and resize it (refer to STEP 2 directions and video).   At that point, you will send your image to print to the rear tray (this will be explained there).

Decoupaged Christmas Ornament - PART 1 

"How to Print an Inkjet Image on a Napkin for Decoupaging"



"How to Find an Image, Resize and Download it to Print"


1.   Go to Pinterest (or your favorite search engine).  I like Pinterest to find images for many reasons.  One reason is because you can type anything into the search bar on that site and you will get an abundance of results.

The other reason I like Pinterest for this is because once you click on an image you like, it will show “More Like This” below the image you initially selected and you will see pictures pop up that are very similar to the one you chose.  You will see so many, you might not know which one to choose!

In the picture below this paragraph, please notice the smaller pictures underneath the larger picture, and also notice the words 'More like this' above the smaller pictures.  This happens automatically in Pinterest... (so cool!)

Another picture of a 'winter Christmas scene' after
left clicking over the smaller version in the Search Results
Oh so many choices!


2.  Using this ornament as an example, in the search bar on Pinterest, type in winter Christmas scenes”.  You can type in anything that you would like in a more specific sense, such as “winter ice skating snow scenes”, it’s really up to you.  The sky is the limit on Pinterest.


3.  Once you get the results after you hit ‘Enter’, scan the page and choose a picture you would like to make an ornament from.


4.  Hover over the picture you have chosen with your mouse.  ‘Right click’ over the picture.  Choose ‘Copy Image’ from the menu, it should look like this...


5.  In another window, open up a word processing document.  You may want to have it already open before this.


6.  Once in the word processing document, ‘Right click’ with your mouse again.  Select ‘Paste’ (or Ctrl+V) from the menu.  Your picture will appear in the WP document.  This is where you are going to resize your picture and print it out.


7.  ‘Right click’ once again as you hover over the picture in the WP document.  This is the first step in resizing your picture.  You should see a black outline appear around the picture.  With your mouse, grab the small circle on one of the corners and move your mouse up and down to get the proper size for whatever ornament you are going to be making (wood ornaments work beautifully for decoupage too).

Here is a screenshot of the picture I used for this ornament when it was in my WP document before I resized it and printed it out.  Notice the black line around the picture and the dots you can use to resize it with your mouse...


8.   If you are not sure how to do this or how big to make your picture, hold your ornament up to the screen next to the picture in the WP doc.  The picture on the screen is true to size so this will give you a good idea of how big to make your print.


(Insert picture of ornament held to screen)


9.  Referring to STEP 1 (above), you should have secured a piece of thin paper (tissue or gift tissue or napkin) to a regular piece of computer paper.  This should have been set aside until now.  Place that paper in the rear tray of your printer and using your print commands from your WP document that has your image, send the picture to print to the rear tray.


You should now have a beautiful picture printed on a very thin piece of paper!

Decoupaged Christmas Ornament - PART 2 

"How to Find an Image, Resize and Download it to Print"



"Trimming the Image and Applying the Mod Podge"


1.   Now that you have printed out your image onto the tissue (or whatever thin paper you used), take a small paint brush and dip it into your water jar and make a circle of water around the outside edges of your image with the wet brush.


2.  Pull the excess tissue away from the image.  The edges should be uneven and that’s okay.  Set the image aside and move over to your ornament.


3.  Now, with a different paint brush, dip it into your Mod Podge Matte Gel Medium (MPM) and coat the surface of your ornament (over the dried white paint base).  While the MPM is still wet, place your image (ink side up) on top of it.  Pat it gently with your fingers into the MPM.  Gently smooth out any bubbles with your fingertips so that it lays flat onto the surface of your ornament.


4.  Let the image dry overnight.  Once it is secure and dried, trim the edges of the picture that are hanging over the sides of the ornament.


5.  Take Mod Podge Gloss (MPG) and paint at least two or three coats over the image surface.  The MPG will look white upon application, but don’t worry because it will dry clear.

Decoupaged Christmas Ornament - PART 3 

"Trimming the Image and Applying Mod Podge"







"The Finishing Touches"

1.   After the image dries overnight, use Mod Podge to go over the surface of the image to seal it up and keep the tissue from tearing.  This will be your first coat.  It does not have to be the glossy Mod Podge, either matte or glossy will work for this step.


2.   After the surface of the ornament dries, take your paint brush and using either white glue or Mod Podge or even clear Elmer’s glue coat the sides of your ornament around the image.  Sprinkle glitter over it while it’s wet and let it dry.


3.  After the glitter dries, use Mod Podge to go over the surface of your image at least three times, letting it dry in between coats.  Make the final coat with Mod Podge Gloss Lustre because this is the coat that you want to shine.


4.  You may want to use Mod Podge once again to seal the glitter on the edges and keep them from falling off.  Use the glossy version of Mod Podge and once again don’t worry if the Mod Podge looks white upon application because it will dry clear.


5.  Attach a bow to the top of your ornament if you like.

Decoupaged Christmas Ornament - PART 4

"The Finishing Touches, Glitter and All That Fun Stuff"


SUPPLIES (You may need):

Glass Christmas Ornaments to Paint https://amzn.to/34rAdc0

Mod Podge Matte Gel Medium https://amzn.to/2Xh1idD

Mod Podge Gloss Lustre Medium https://amzn.to/3npb6NB

Glitter for Outside Edges of Ornament https://amzn.to/3mrAl1u

White Acrylic Paint https://amzn.to/3b4d00G

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Inkjet Printer https://amzn.to/391bXx7

Arteza Paint Pens https://amzn.to/3cqpEYt

Sharpie Permanent Markers https://amzn.to/3eStQ4a

Sharpie Ultra Fine Black Marker (for outlines) https://amzn.to/2DOIkot

Deco Art White Paint Pen https://amzn.to/2DzQX6D

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Scotch Tape Refills https://amzn.to/3n2j7bp

White Gift Tissue https://amzn.to/3mZSV0T

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Tiffany Stained Glass Gift Tissue https://amzn.to/38UnErg

Tulip 3-Dimensional Metallic Paint https://amzn.to/3s3aj8V


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Learn How to Hand-Paint Flower & Fairy Garden Rocks


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As always, if you have any questions or comments, please leave them in the 'COMMENTS' section below a video that you have watched or on this blog post, and I will get back to you as soon as possible. I will check the comments on a regular basis

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Friday, July 3, 2020

Learn How to Find Pictures on Your Computer, Resize and Print from a Word Processing Document

Follow the steps below to get pictures from your computer that can easily be downloaded into a word processing document and resized to fit on your canvas (a rock perhaps?)

1.  Go to your computers search engine (I use Google) and type what you would like to find a picture of into the search bar.

2.  In this example, I will be searching for a "hummingbird" (but you can type in whatever you would like, perhaps "garden flowers").  So type 'hummingbird' into the search bar (see picture below...)

3.  Hit 'Enter'.  Nextdirectly underneath the search box or somewhere on the page depending on what search engine you use, you should see a list of choices, they are:  Web, Shopping, Images, Videos, News, More.  Select "Images" from the menu below by left clicking with your mouse on your search screen...

4.  You will see many pictures of 'hummingbirds' appear.  Scroll down until you see one you would like to use for your project.
5.  Using your mouse, hover over your selected picture and 'Left click' once on the picture to make it larger (you should see the picture you selected pop up larger somewhere on your screen).

6.  Now with your mouse, move to hover over the larger version of your selected image and 'Right click' on it (refer to the picture directly below this paragraph).  Select 'Save Image As' from the choices in the box that pops up (it's the seventh choice down in the selections on Google, NOT 'Save LINK As' - there's a difference)

The hummingbird I selected is shown on the right hand side of the screen above.
On the left side of the screen are the smaller pictures of the hummingbirds before I 
selected the one I want to save.  It is the one in the last row on the right.  

7.  You should now have a new window pop up and at the bottom of the screen you should see two long white rectangular boxes, one will be asking you where you want to save the picture, and the other how you want to save your picture...

8.  The answer to 'Where' is 'Desktop' and you should rename it 'hummingbird' in the white box, erasing the computer given name of letters and numbers that it was assigned automatically by backspacing over them and typing in "Hummingbird".  The answer to 'How' is as a 'JPEG' (bottom rectangular box).

9.  Now go to your Desktop to locate your picture under the name you saved it to "Hummingbird".  Open the picture by hitting the 'Left click' button on your mouse while hovering over the picture file on your Desktop.   When the file opens up, 'Right click' while hovering over the picture and in the box that pops up select 'Copy' or 'Copy Image'.

10.  Directly after hitting 'Copy' or 'Copy Image' in the step above exit out of  where you have the picture saved.  In another window, open up a blank word processing document.  'Right click' in the blank word document file.  Select 'Paste'.  Your image should appear!  It should look something like this...

11.  Once the image appears, hover over the picture and 'Left click' on it.  A thin lined box (see the picture above) should appear around your image and now you can resize it easily by clicking on the corner of the box and pulling it with your mouse until it's the size you like.  Save your image into this word processing document for reference or to resize it if you'd like to make it smaller or larger.
12.  If you are going to use this picture to transfer onto a rock by drying it face down onto the surface using Mod Podge, then you should format the picture by flipping it horizontally before you print it out (use the Format button, see the picture above for reference - Format is the last selection on the top line in the word processing document)

13.  Print out your image on your inkjet printer.  You can also print a 'Mirror Image' in the print commands to skip Step 12 above.

14.  If you are going to use my freezer paper method of image transfer, click on the video link below to learn how to print on freezer paper from your computer.


Please note that the videos linked below may have a different subject matter (not “hummingbirds”) and they are just here for your reference and to help you learn about this process.

If you have any questions about the process outlined here, please leave your question(s) in the ‘Comments’ section on one of the videos linked below.

How to Make Freezer Paper Sheets for your Inkjet Printer

Printing Commands Tutorial for Printing onto Freezer Paper

Once you've printed your images onto freezer paper, you can learn how to transfer them onto your rock by watching the video below:

How to Transfer an Image to a Rock Using White Acrylic Paint and Mod Podge https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkw4RLWs_sk


Sunday, April 19, 2020

Learn How to Make Flower and Fairy Motifs for Glass Projects

You can make a jar like this using my method

Well, finally out of desire to create a fairy jar that can be used as a night light, and not being able to purchase transparent fairy rub-on transfers for glass, I came up with an inexpensive way to make them myself.

I love the process of creating something out of nothing, I guess that's why I love crafting!  However, it's frustrating sometimes when I get an idea to make something and just can't quite seem to find the right supplies I need to make it.

This is where sheer determination comes in!  As my mom always told me when I was a child, "use your noodle, Nancy".  In case you don't know what the noodle is, it's your brain, LOL!  Brains can look like a noodle...get it?

...haha, okay, it's not THAT funny, but I just thought about my mom saying that to me, so I thought I'd share.  My lovely mom was full of sayings...

I came up with a way to make beautiful motifs using clear contact paper which can be purchased at any Walmart or Target or on line at Amazon.



Where can I find clipart to use in my glass jar projects?

So you are basically going to be creating your own decoupage motifs and there are many places to find images for this purpose.

One place to look is The Graphics Fairy where there are numerous categories of free printables.  Two categories you may be interested in checking out are Botanicals and Flower images.

Or perhaps you would just like to start making your jars with Silhouettes from the Graphics Fairy.


You can cut pictures out of magazines.  There is also a large inventory of clip art on line that you can purchase the rights to, or you can use my tried and true way which is finding pictures on line by typing search words like ‘realistic flowers’ into Google and clicking on Images.


The following instructions outline an easy way to save and print images from your computer...

1.     In your browser, type the name of a flower, such as daffodils. Position the mouse over ‘Images’.  Hit Enter.

2.    You will see all sorts of pictures of daffodils as a result.

3.    Choose one you would like to work with (try to choose one that will be easy to cut out, with defined lines). Position your mouse over the picture. The picture should get a little larger.

4.    Now right-click on the picture you've selected and it will bring up a menu.  Select ‘Copy Image.’

5.    Open up a word processing document in another window.

6.    In the word processing document, right-click and select ‘Paste.’

7.    Your image will appear, and you can resize it simply by left-clicking again over the image, which should outline it with a black border and dots to mark the edges. With the size of the piece you're working on as a background in mind, resize the picture to fit by moving the mouse.

8.    Print on a color printer. Cut it out and paste it to your glass jar using Mod Podge.  A simple white craft glue like Elmers also works just fine to adhere your design; however, you will need Mod Podge to seal the piece when you are finished designing it. This will give it a polished and beautiful .

9.    This is an easy and inexpensive way to get flower pictures to use for decoupage projects!