Monday, December 20, 2021

Creating Christmas Baubles Using Gel Prints and StencilGirl® Stencils by Niamh Baly

Hi, everyone! Niamh Baly here!

It’s that time of year again. I love Christmas and I really enjoy the process of decorating the tree, especially with my girls as they are old enough to help this year. I found some blank decorations in my decoration box and decided to add a mixed media spin to the tree. If you don’t celebrate Christmas, this technique can be applied to many different home décor items such as candle votives, photo frames and more.  And best bit is – as Christmas is nearly here, these blank decorations will probably be on sale, so you can stock up ready for next year!

To begin, create a heap of gel printed papers. It is important if you are doing a project like this that you use thin papers such as deli or tissue papers. You can use any colour scheme you like – one that will go with your Christmas décor, or random in the case of mine.

Once you have printed the papers, tear them into small pieces and apply them to the bauble using gel medium. Smooth the papers out by gluing underneath and over the top of the papers, and you may like to use your fingers to get rid of and wrinkles. Paper mache all over the bauble until all the surface is covered.

To add some extra shine to the bauble, I covered mine with icicle paste from Ranger Ink (a shimmery gel medium). You could make your own by mixing some iridescent glitter or mica powder into some gel medium. It is a good idea to have some sort of place to dry your bauble (unlike me in the video). If you do use a heat gun, make sure you don’t hold it too close as it may bubble, and it needs to be done in well ventilated area.

Finally, I added some bling to my bauble using some haberdashery trims I had in my stash. I used a hot glue gun to adhere the trim and the metal word to the top of the bauble. I also added some pearl rhinestones to the trim to add an extra Christmassy look. A red ribbon and then all you need to do is add your masterpiece to your tree. 

Here is a close up of the details of this bauble.

Here is a list of the StencilGirl® stencils I have used in this project to create the mixed media bauble:  

Thank you so much for stopping by the blog. I hope that this videos have inspired you to get into your journals and create something beautiful using the fabulous face stencils.

Happy Creating,
Instagram: @niamhbaly

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