Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Festive Print Christmas Shaker Ornaments

Hi my friends, I'm sharing the Christmas Tree Shaker Ornaments I made for the Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Christmas 2023 YouTube Live using Festive Print and Idea-ology Sparkle KraftStock. If you missed the Live, you can watch replay to check out the amazing new stamps and stencils and the fabulous and inspiring projects from the Makers over on Tim's Youtube Channel HERE or Tim's Blog HERE.

I began by stamping the snowglobe images from Festive Prints on to Idea-ology Gold and Silver Sparkle KraftStock, inked with Black Soot Distress Archival ink, basically to gauge the size of circle die I needed to use so that the image would fit inside the Christmas Tree Ornament frame. The Black Soot Distress Archival ink impression was not as dark as I wanted on this cardstock, so I sprinkled the images with Ranger Black Embossing Powder and heat set.
I used the same circle die to cut 2 circles from acetate and 2 circles to use as backing panels from Distress Black HeavyStock.
I selected a circle die one size smaller and fixed the dies together with parcel tape to create the ornament frames. Having made lots of ornament frames over the years, I find that parcel tape stands up far better to repetitive die-cutting than washi tape.
I die-cut 8 frames for each ornament from Distress Black HeavyStock and yes, after cutting 16 frames, the parcel tape was still good to go. You may be thinking this is a lot of work, why not use foam tape. In my opinion, going around a narrow circle with foam tape can be a nightmare and in my opinion, this method makes a more sturdy ornament.
Also you have a nice deep well to drop in your shaker bits. I fixed the stamped circle to the black backing circle and fixed all the die-cut frames in place using Distress Collage Medium. I added Distress Mica Flakes, Sparkle Clear sequins, Sizzix Tiny Gold and Silver Stars and Trinity Stamps Snowflakes from my stash and they are all contained in the centre with no sticky foam tape sides to gravitate towards.
I applied Distress Snowfall Grit Paste through the Festive Art Element Stencil on to the acetate circles and sprinkled with Distress Rock Candy and Vintage Platinum Glitter. 
I fixed the acetate circles to the frames and added the top frames die-cut from Idea-ology Gold and Silver Sparkle KraftStock. I stamped the trees and sentiments from Festive Prints, inked with Black Soot Distress Archival on to scraps of the Idea-ology Gold and Silver KraftStock as before, fussy cut and fixed to the ornaments with black foam squares.
To finish I added a hanging loop and double bow to each ornament using Silver and Black Sparkle thread from my stash.

You may not know it but I love making Christmas Tree shaker ornaments for family and friends each year, just a little keepsake to decorate their trees and here are some I made from previous years - click on the photos for a link to the blog post with instructions.

and a variation fixed to family and friends Christmas cards

Hugs Kath xxx


  1. Thank You for sharing this I totally love homemade ornaments and yours are really unique. I am hoping I can get a few made and use some as gift toppers. Love your process.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing your creative steps! This is one of my favorite makes!!! Can't wait to try and do something similar. Beautiful gift ideas.