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Old Photo Keepsake Ornaments

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Make simple and beautiful Christmas ornaments from Jacquard Products that preserve precious family memories. Using special printable fabric, print out old photos and use them to create sentimental favorites. Use old photos and classic moments to make your new favorite Christmas tree ornament.

Materials:

  • Jacquard Inkjet Silk Sheets
  • Jacquard Lumiere paints in colors of your choice
  • photographs or digital images
  • Half Ball Cover Buttons (3/4" - 1 7/8" or larger)
  • various trims and ribbons (1/8" - 1/2" wide)
  • craft glue
  • computer with image editing software
  • scanner
  • printer

Steps:

  1. To get your photos into your computer you can scan them or photograph them with a digital camera. Scanning is best but you can usually get excellent results with a digital camera as well.
  2. Using your editing software resize each image to fit the button it will go on. Adjust the color and brightness to your satisfaction. Depending on the software you're using you can also add many fun effects such as: fading the edges, giving the image a sepia tone, adding grain, and so on.
     
  3. Paste the resized images into a new 8 1/2 x 11" document to make the most efficient use of the Inkjet Silk Sheets.
     
  4. Print images on Inkjet Silk Sheet(s).
  5. Peel the paper backing off the silk sheet. Cut images to size and cover the buttons according to the instructions on the package, preparing the buttons first by pulling out the metal shank from the back. (It takes two buttons glued back to back to make each ornament. The metal shank would get in the way.)
  6. Glue the buttons back to back with craft glue and let dry.
  7. Paint lace trim with Lumiere and let dry.
  8. Embellish your ornament with ribbons and the painted lace. I glued grosgrain ribbon around the edges (to cover the joining of the buttons) and glued the painted lace over that. Make a bow from ribbon and lace then glue, or stitch at the top. Add an ornament hanger and you're done!

 

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I'm confused about the "Half Ball Cover Buttons." I assume these are the buttons you can cover yourself with fabric, right? They are made by Dritz? Won't the photograph wrinkle when you try to glue them to the half ball? How do you get the image to go on smoothly? Your more detailed description of these buttons would be helpful. Thanks.

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