DIY Ornaments with Shape Dies

by Virginia Lu

Hello there! This is Virginia here. I am delighted to share a few fun projects on using shape dies such as “Night Before Christmas Stamp & Die Bundle” . The Christmas Tree Shape Dies are the perfect size for DIY gift tags, gift toppers or Christmas ornaments. The idea came to me when I saw Doodled Lace Cover Die on my craft desk. I thought these two dies would make a great pair and here are the results.

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I took some photos while creating so you can get a visual of my creative process.

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After the die cutting, I applied Embossing Ink  all over the cut out from Doodled Lace Cover Die. I then embossed it in two types of Embossing Powders.

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The two-tone embossing powders are: Antique Silver and Platinum. 

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After embossing the die cut a few times, I adhered it to the pattern paper from 6×6 Reflection Paper Pad. This one was embossed with Rose Gold and Copper.

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I added strings and an extra piece of tree die cut at the back. This “ornament” can also stand on its own like a card!

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Since I was on a roll, I decided to create colorful sets with Cherry Blossom Oval Set/ Mini Cubes, Deep Blue Seas Oval Set/ Mini Cubes and Shades of Purple Oval Set/ Mini Cubes.

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The green stripey paper from Reflection Paper Pad seemed to fit this design nicely. Of course, we must add some glitter and shine to these colorful ornaments. Well, Crystal Clear Crisp Embossing Powder came to the rescue! The new Embossing Ink  made this task a breeze! You can also use Halftone Circles , Halftone Hearts and Halftone Stars with any cover dies that your heart desire!

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I hope today's post inspires you to create your own tree ornaments, gift toppers, tags, place cards….etc. Even better, get the little ones involved and have some fun crafting together. Thanks so much for your feedback and comments. See you next time!
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Betty November 17, 2017 - 09:36

these are just so beautiful, Virginia – hopefully the tree stamps and die are in my mailbox today and i can do some tags – thanks for the inspiration!

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Virginia L. November 17, 2017 - 20:47

Thank you, Betty! Hope your goodies arrive soon. Have fun!

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Tara Prince November 17, 2017 - 11:17

Gorgeous ornaments!!

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Virginia L. November 17, 2017 - 20:47

Thank you, Tara! :)

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Karthikha Uday November 17, 2017 - 11:30

That’s an awesome idea!! To use 2 dies :) Beautiful ornaments :)

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Virginia L. November 17, 2017 - 20:48

So glad that you like the idea, Karthikha!

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Lagene November 17, 2017 - 11:30

AWESOME! I love this technique & will give it a try!

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Virginia L. November 17, 2017 - 20:49

Hope you give it a try! Have fun!

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Susan E Gosman November 17, 2017 - 12:14

Wonderful idea! Thinking about Valentines also.

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Virginia L. November 17, 2017 - 20:50

That’s what I was talking about with the Halftone Hearts Die !! :)

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LauraJane:) November 17, 2017 - 12:46

LOVE this idea Virginia!! Giddy over the texture from the Doodled Lace Cover Die:))

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Virginia L. November 17, 2017 - 20:52

I am glad that you agree, LauraJane! I think white on white ( with the heart die) will look great for weddings!

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Sue LD November 17, 2017 - 13:50

Very pretty variety of tree ornaments.

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Virginia L. November 17, 2017 - 20:52

Thank you kindly (as always), Sue!

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Tracey Magner November 17, 2017 - 14:12

Wow, Wow, Wow, Really these are so awesome, I love them.!!

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Virginia L. November 17, 2017 - 20:53

Thank you so much. Tracey!

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Maureen Killen November 17, 2017 - 14:39

What a brilliant idea!!

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Virginia L. November 17, 2017 - 20:54

Thank you, Maureen! Glad that you like it!

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BeverlyBL November 17, 2017 - 19:47

Your ornaments are just beautiful. Thank you for sharing them with us.

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Virginia L. November 17, 2017 - 20:54

Thank you, Beverly, for your wonderful feedback!

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Pri November 17, 2017 - 20:06

These are fantastic Virginia…awesome idea.. Going to make a few of these for my tree from foil cardstock..maybe emboss them them as well…!!! :)

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Virginia L. November 17, 2017 - 20:55

LOVE LOVE LOVE your idea using foil card stock!! Now you’ve inspired me!

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Linda BL November 17, 2017 - 20:21

The ornaments you made with the tree die and the doodle lace cover die are absolutely the most elegant thing I have seen made with paper! The two colors of embossing powder really adds so much to the design. If they were smaller they would make a beautiful pendant. I enjoy your cards/designs, but these really are amazing.

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Virginia L. November 17, 2017 - 20:57

Dear Linda, thank you for your positive feedback…I actually wasn’t so sure about these “ornaments” at first, but I figure it’s a good idea and should still share it. You’ve made my day!

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MelissaF November 17, 2017 - 21:32

BEAUTIFUL! I love your Christmas tree tags, and what an awesome way to use those cover dies! LOVE the two toned metallic embossing powders, so elegant!

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Virginia L. November 17, 2017 - 23:18

Thank you kindly, Melissa!

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MJ November 18, 2017 - 00:45

What a creative and beautiful idea! They are stunning.

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Virginia L. November 18, 2017 - 00:54

Thank YOU for saying that, MJ!

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Jackie Price November 18, 2017 - 04:08

Wow, these ornaments are gorgeous!! Love the texture of the doodled lace die on the trees and then how you heat embossed it. So creative and I love them!!

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Virginia L. November 18, 2017 - 09:58

Hi Jackie, thank you for stopping by!

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Teresa Doyle November 18, 2017 - 08:20

Oh my goodness Virginia these are simply gorgeous! I love how you think.

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Virginia L. November 18, 2017 - 09:59

You know how much I appreciate you…thank you, Teresa!

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Barb macaskill November 18, 2017 - 11:27

Absolutely stunning! I am definitely going to be trying this! TFS!

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Virginia L. November 18, 2017 - 19:00

So glad to hear that you are going to give it a try, Barb!

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janet November 18, 2017 - 11:49

These are so pretty Virginia, and what a great idea. I feel very inspired to make some – TODAY :-P Thank you! x

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Virginia L. November 18, 2017 - 19:00

Thank you, dear Janet! :)

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Denise Bryant November 18, 2017 - 11:50

These are so pretty! Love the colors and textures!

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Virginia L. November 18, 2017 - 19:01

Thank you kindly, Denise!

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Henriëtte November 18, 2017 - 17:37

Wow Virginia, what a great idea, especially the one with the lace die. For this you can use each lacy die you have. Thanks for the inspiration and education!

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Virginia L. November 18, 2017 - 19:02

You got the idea, Henriette! The Lacey dies are just too fun, Doodled Lace is my favorite die! :)

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Marjorie Dumontier November 20, 2017 - 00:02

You had such an amazing idea !! And the results are so beautiful !!

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Virginia L. November 20, 2017 - 00:17

Thank you, Marjorie!! I appreciate you!

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Lee December 3, 2017 - 18:40

What a great idea. I’m seeing trailing green ivy over it all…gotta try it. Thanks for the inspiration!

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