Ok, I'm all set!! How about you??? I have to apologize right off the bat for the quality of the pictures. I took them last night as I was making the ornament so lighting wasn't that great so please, if you have ANY questions, please don't hesitate to ask! I will start out with the list of supplies that I used:
Stamps: Cold Play ~ Eyes and mouth stamp
Ink: Black Stazon
Ribbon: Decorative (I have found that lighter weight ribbon or fibers work best) and thin cord (this is to hang your ornament)
Miscellaneous: Elmer's Glue, Orange wire, White Acrylic Paint, brand new eraser on a pencil, infant sock, wire cutters, clear glass ornament ~ I think it is considered their medium size one (I got mine at Michael's and it was $.79 regular price last year), Pretty in Pink re-inker or pink acrylic paint, Dazzling Diamonds glitter.
Optional: Star Dust Stickles, sticky strip, rubbing alcohol, cotton ball & snowflake embellishments.
Take the hanger part off of your ornament and pour in a good amount of white acrylic paint (make sure the inside of the glass is fairly clean because if it is really dirty or dusty, the paint may not adhere), roll it around so it covers the inside of the entire ornament. Next, turn the ornament upside down on top of an old cup (I have used Dixie cups and they work perfectly!) and let the paint drain in to your cup. Let it dry for an hour or so. Next, put the hanger back in the top.
You will now fit the baby sock over the top of the ornament. You want it to come down lower in the back, higher in the front and be somewhat centered over the top. I had to roll my sock up in the front. I got my socks at Walmart last year. Now, I have used sticky strip to hold the "hat" in place. The ornament I made to do this tutorial did not need sticky strip. It has stayed on just fine. Once you get the sock on where you would like it, go to step 3....
Now you will stamp the face on. It takes practice (at least it did for me) to get it right because you are stamping on a curve. Use your black Stazon, ink up the stamp and I start from the right (I am right handed) by gently placing the right side of the stamp down and then roll it to my left. Now, I have found to get an even cover, you have to apply some pressure up and down as well. You don't want to press too hard because it will slip. Most importantly, if you screw up, it is not the end of the world! Before you stamp, have a cotton ball with some rubbing alcohol on it so if you don't stamp the image like you want, immediately wipe the Stazon off with the alcohol, let dry and try again! I wanted to take a picture on how I stamped it but I couldn't hold the camera AND stamp. I am just not that talented!!! After you have stamped your face, you will need to make the nose.
I had some old SU! orange light weight wire. I use a sharp pencil or my wire cutters from my SU! tool kit. You just need something that is small (not as small as a paper piercer) and has a larger end and gradually gets smaller. I wrapped the wire, starting higher on the tool and then going smaller, about 7 times around and then cut it off. You may have to shape it a little bit but it should look pretty good. Gently smash the bottom (this is what will be glued to the ornament) so it is flat and will adhere better. Take your Elmer's glue and put a dot where you want your nose to go, then put your nose on and let dry. The bummer about Elmer's is that it does take a while to dry but is sure does work and it dries nice and clear!
After your nose has dried, take your ribbon and wrap it around the top of the ornament. I put mine right around the top edge of the of the ornament and just below the loop of the hanger. You can also tie it right against the base of the hanger part (does this make sense at all???)... You will know once you start tying. You want to stay on the glass. Tie it as tight as you can, in a knot. I then take my embellishment and tie it on there (see next photo). I would love to get some small metal 2007 embellishments. If you all find any or find a cool embellishment, let me know! I have used snowflake brads and the snowflake I used on this ornament is actually a button a got at Michael's. There are about 8-10 in a pack and they have glitter on them.
Also, you need to put your cheeks on the little guy. Get your brand new pencil eraser out! For this ornament (I forgot I had used Pretty in Pink re-inker last time) I mixed some red acrylic paint with some Elmer's glue to make pink. You can use the Pretty in Pink reinker too. Just mix some re-inker or acrylic paint with the glue and you have sticky paint! Dip your eraser in the "paint" and "stamp" it where you want it. Again, don't press hard because the eraser will slip. For this you just need to tap the ornament. After you have the cheeks on there how you want them, sprinkle some Dazzling Diamonds glitter and let it dry.
You are going to cut the top of the sock. Use sharp scissors and first cut in half (I cut as far down as the top hanger hook. Cut shorter because you can always cut more but you can't take the cut away) and then cut in half again. You will have 4 big pieces. You can now cut smaller strips. I usually get about 4 strips from each quarter so you should end up with at least 16 strips. Don't cut them too thin as they will come off. I have glued some back on with stickles but we'll get to that next!
After you have finished cutting the top of the sock, you can add stickles (like to glue any parts that you cut off) for some shine, add your cord (or ribbon or whatever you want) for hanging and arrange the strips to cover evenly. This is how my ornament looks ~
I hope I didn't forget anything but like I said, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask! Thanks for looking and I hope this tutorial is helpful for you. If you would like to share any ideas you have to make this even cuter, please do!! I will post them for others to use! Thanks so much and have a great day!