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Inked Ornaments

Susan Cobb

Get all the major supplies needed to make these projects with the Inked Ornaments Bundle or you can order them separately.

Designer Tip: I found that when using the metallic mixatives, it's easiest if you tilt the bottle when carefully squeezing out the drops of inkotherwise, the mixing ball in the bottom can block the ink from coming out. It doesn't take much ink to make these ornaments, with such bright color and metallic highlights! The blending solution helps "move" the ink into the beautiful patterns. I inked the gold colored metal hanger with silver ink to coordinate with this ornament. You can tilt the ornament or turn it over to mix the inks for different patterns if you like.

Purple and silver ornament
By Susan Cobb


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Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Place paper towels or newspaper over your work area. Wear gloves and old clothing, as these beautiful inks will stain fingers and clothing. Remove the metal hanger from the ornament and apply the silver mixative over it with a felt applicator. Set aside to let dry.
  2. Hold onto the end of the ornament (or if your finger will fit into the end, you can hold it that way) with a flat side of the ornament facing up. Squeeze 3 drops of eggplant ink randomly over the ornament, then squeeze 3 drops of silver mixative randomly over the ornament, still holding the ornament in the same position. Add a few drops of the blending solution over the ink. Watch the see the pattern the inks make, and add more ink or mixative as desired. The inks will run to the bottom and cover it in a pretty pattern as well. Hold the ornament for a few minutes until dry. You can insert the end of a pencil inside the ornament and place the pencil into a jar or pencil holder to allow the ornament to finish drying.
  3. Add the metal hanger to the top of the ornament. Add a few small snowflakes from the Dazzle sheet to the purple areas. Smooth the stickers with your fingertips. Tie the hanger with a ribbon.

Green and silver ornament
By Susan Cobb

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Designer Tip: I used a punch to create the red backing for the round tree ornaments.

Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Place paper towels or newspaper over your work area. Wear gloves and old clothing, as these beautiful inks will stain fingers and clothing. Remove the metal hanger from the ornament and apply silver mixative over it with a felt applicator. Set aside to let dry.
  2. Hold onto the end of the ornament (or if your finger will fit into the end, you can hold it that way) with a flat side of the ornament facing up. Squeeze 3 drops of lettuce ink randomly over the ornament, then squeeze 3 drops of silver mixative randomly over the ornament, still holding the ornament in the same position. Add a few drops of the blending solution over the ink. Watch the see the pattern the inks make, and add more ink or mixative as desired. The inks will run to the bottom and cover it in a pretty pattern as well. Hold the ornament for a few minutes until dry. You can insert the end of a pencil inside the ornament and place the pencil into a jar or pencil holder to allow the ornament to finish drying.
  3. Add the metal hanger to the top of the ornament. Cut around the edge of the border on the Dazzle sheet and ink it black. Let dry, then attach around the center of the ornament, trimming the end as needed. Smooth the sticker with your fingertips. Tie hanger with ribbon.

Red & Metallic Gold ornament
By Susan Cobb


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Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Place paper towels or newspaper over your work area. Wear gloves and old clothing, as these beautiful inks will stain fingers and clothing. Remove the metal hanger from the ornament and hold on to the end (or if your finger will fit into the end, you can hold it that way) of the ornament with a flat side of the ornament facing up.
  2. Squeeze 3 drops of cranberry ink randomly over the ornament, then squeeze 3 drops of gold mixative randomly over the ornament, still holding the ornament in the same position. Add a few drops of the blending solution over the ink. Watch the see the pattern the inks make, and add more ink or mixative as desired. The inks will run to the bottom and cover it in a pretty pattern as well. Hold the ornament for a few minutes until dry. You can insert the end of a pencil inside the ornament and place the pencil into a jar or pencil holder to allow the ornament to finish drying.
  3. Add the metal hanger to the top of the ornament. Remove the holly border from the Dazzle sheet, then attach the end to the front left of the ornament, and wrap around the neck of the ornament and trim as needed. Smooth the sticker with your fingertips. Tie the hanger with a ribbon.

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