Friday, December 27, 2013
Photo Memorial Ornament
This is by far the most precious gift that I gave this Christmas. I created this for my mother-in-law. My father-in-law passed away several years ago. He is greatly missed by all who knew him. When the gift is this special, it really is a treat to create. The more work involved, the more time I got to spend reflecting on what made this man such a special part of the lives he touched.
You may be wondering how I got his photo on the ornament. I have a beautiful portrait of my in-laws. I scanned it into Photoshop. Next I created a black and white, high contrast image. I then worked to get just him isolated.
I brought that photo into my Silhouette Design Studio software and traced the image. I then worked to smooth out all the little dots and such to create a usable image. I cut the image from black vinyl and applied it to a glass ornament. I had already glittered the inside of the glass ornament before applying the vinyl pieces.
On the other side of the ornament I placed the "Little bit of Heaven" phrase that I also cut from vinyl. Applying the itty-bitty-tiny letters was a bit tricky. Even using transfer paper, many still needed to be placed individually. To be sure that this will last a while, I sprayed it with a coat of decoupage sealing spray.
Ribbons helped to finish off the cap and dress up the ornament a bit.
To present this gift, I made a special box. I used a box shape available in the Silhouette online store by Samantha Walker. I modified it to make it large enough to fit the ornament with the bows attached. I used an acetate sheet for the window, some Christmas paper cut with a lace border punch and more ribbons on top to dress up the box.
This was the one gift I was really excited to give this year. I think she liked it!