Festive Ornament By Bridget Casey – November Guest Designer

by Altenew

Hello, crafty friends! We are super excited to introduce to you our November Guest Designer Bridget Casey who is quite loved by Altenew fans! We at Altenew absolutely adore her too and this is one of the reasons for our excitement. And the second is the project that she is sharing! Bridget is one of our Certified Educators and she recently celebrated her one-year anniversary of being an Educator. Without further ado, let's hear it from Bridget herself.

Get to know Bridget

Greetings from Maine everyone. I’m Bridget Casey. I am a widow to my wonderful husband, Sean, mom to my inspiring son, Ryan, and also to two furry little kids – Oreo and Emery. I have been crafting for 20+ years since I began a scrapbook for my son – which is still not finished! I started my Altenew Educator Journey at the beginning of 2020. I completed my certificate in November of 2020 and it has been an amazing whirlwind. I frequently teach workshops promoting Altenew products and host virtual workshops with Altenew. I am beyond honored to be a repeat guest designer for various blog/Instagram hops.  

Bridget's Festive Ornament

As soon as I heard the words mixed-media, I knew I wanted to create an ornament for the holiday season. I created this project and applied it to a wooden ornament, but it would be just as cute if you glued the back together. I used the Snow Globe Die Set.

To prepare my backgrounds (Emerald) which are the inside pieces of the shaker snow globe, I used a 1/16th hole punch to create two small holes. I lay my background onto my wooden ornament to estimate where to punch the holes.  

I began by creating my background with embossing paste. I chose Emerald Cardstock as I wanted it to seem like a night sky but not super dark. I began by adding “snow” with my Stellar Stencil and embossing paste. It adds the perfect little circles to any project! I loved the look of this, but it wasn’t enough. I decided to add Lagoon and Antique Silver metallic ink sprays simply by tapping the nozzle onto my project. I love that Altenew gives so many coordinating products!

While my backgrounds were drying, I used the negative piece of the snow globe (Emerald) to trim my bases (Dark Chocolate) down, and then I used the bases to trim the bunting/banner to fit.  

My backgrounds (Emerald) were not totally dry, but I glued them down to my wood pieces.  

Next, I began die-cutting all of the pieces I needed from the Snow Globe Die Set. Due to the size of my ornaments, I used the middle of the shaker die from the set. Below is a list of colors I used for each piece. 

Next, I layered the base onto the bottom of the snow globe. I had to be careful to have this align with my wooden ornament base and align the previously punched hole at the top in the center of the wooden ornament. If you have trouble with this part, put a flashlight behind your project to help.  

I continued layering pieces until scenes on both sides were complete. I did choose to add dimension to the snowman and trees and doubled the foam tape for his hat.  

My sentiments came from the recently released Lovely Ornaments Stamp Set. I am in love with all of the sentiments included in this set. I stamped my two sentiments onto a piece of Lagoon Cardstock with embossing ink and used Antique Silver Crisp Embossing Powder to heat set. The sentiments also got a layer of foam tape. I love adding dimension to my projects.  

My final step was to thread the twine through the holes. In retrospect, it may have been easier to do this in the beginning when I was layering the snow globes on each side. It ended up working out alright! The twine actually came with the wooden ornaments that I purchased from Amazon.  

I hope you fell in love with the ornament as much as I did! I will be mass-producing these to donate to a church fair coming up. You can watch the process video HERE

Thank you very much, Bridget, for sharing such an adorable project with us! Your ornament looks SO CUTE! We are sure everyone is just itching to create one for their home!

Please let Bridget know in the comments how much you adored her project. And also, don't forget to visit her on Instagram, YouTube, and Blog.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

~SUPPLIES~

Globe Builder Die Set
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Lovely Ornaments Stamp Set
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Lagoon Metallic Shimmer Ink Spray
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Antique Silver Metallic Ink Spray
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Antique Silver Crisp Embossing Powder
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Gradient Cardstock Set – Sea Shore
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Dark Chocolate Cardstock (10 sheets/set)
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2 comments

Cindy C. November 26, 2021 - 10:33 am

Super adorable projects!!

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Pam Boedeker November 26, 2021 - 1:55 pm

What a cute project right after Thanksgiving!
They could be cote place cards too!

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