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Mixed Media Collage Ornaments With Ali | Starting Place

Earlier this year I participated in the Fodder Challenge out on by Willa Wanders and Fodder School (you can see some of the things I made here). It was a super fun, very inspiring adventure into more mixed media crafting and I loved it so much. 

As I was thinking about what kinds of crafting I might like to do this holiday season (in addition to December Daily®), I started getting excited about the ornament shape you'll find throughout this year's December Daily® collection. There are stitched pocket ornaments in the Main Kit, this particular ornament shape in the stencil set, and a couple ornaments in the Variety Die Cut Bundle, What I decided sounded fun to me this year was to make myself a whole bunch of these paper collaged ornaments using that shape as the jumping off point. My goal is to make at least 100 and then display them altogether in some kind of a wall hanging (still figuring that part out). I'm not personally planning to put these on a tree mainly because I am only working on one side but I can imagine an entire tree of handmade ornaments would be amazing.

Maybe you'll decide to join me on this adventure do collaged tags or hearts or circles or trees or some other shape entirely! This kind of project is such a fun way to play and use pieces from your stash along with items from our 2023 collection

You can make yours as simple or as complex as you want. Maybe you love the idea but just want to work with already made patterns + embellishments from your stash: DO IT! Or maybe it sounds fun to dive into the messy, imperfect play of making collage ornaments like the ones below: 

I'm using a variety of papers as the foundations for my ornaments including pattern papers, cardstock, old book pages, cork paper, textured papers, watercolor paper, felt, etc. 

My next layer is often paint or papers I've created using the paints. On top of that I'm adding stickers, felt, transparencies, vellum and other embellishments from my stash + this year's December Daily® collection. 

One of the biggest things I love about projects like this is it isn't at all about making anything perfect - it's really just a chance to play with paints and inks and patterns and all the fun stuff. 

Let's dive into my starting place video: 

I'll be back next week to share some of the processes of building with these fun layers! 

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  1. djarfemiano says…
    09/12/2023

    Love these Ali! Did you hand cut all the ornament shapes? So excited to get DD supplies this year!!!

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      09/12/2023

      I am both hand-cutting (most of them are just hand cut) and using my silhouette for the background.

  2. laura_g_ says…
    09/12/2023

    This is going to be SO MUCH FUN!! I can see a giant ornament with all these stitched on it, using one stitch to hold them, or a giant wreath?

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      09/12/2023

      That would be so fun!

  3. dawecthit says…
    09/12/2023

    Ideas that came to mind while watching the video.
    - make personalized gift tags by writing names or initials on the deli paper with the posca paint pens and then layered on top
    - playing with the gelli plate for cool backgrounds
    - making a garland with all the finished pieces, could add die cut alphas to spell out Merry Christmas or other holiday sentiment
    - using the finished pieces as a bow substitute on wrapped presents, particularly if you have to ship presents
    - use the awesome kit boxes as a base layer
    - cut saved Christmas cards in to the shape of the ornament or other base shape

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    1. laura_g_ says…
      09/12/2023

      Wow, those are really great ideas!👍

    2. AliEdwards says…
      09/12/2023

      Such great ideas! I'm definitely planning on doing some gelli plate play!

  4. homemakermichigan says…
    09/12/2023

    You could get some fishing line and put the ornaments on it and make a garland that hangs from the ceiling of your craft room from one side of the room to the other. It would sure look festive when you are working on your December Daily!

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      09/12/2023

      Yes! That would be so fun too!

  5. jkbroyles says…
    09/12/2023

    I’m so inspired. I did the fodder challenge as well and it does activate some other part of your brain. So, so fun!!
    Thanks for being here and sharing so freely. Makes us happy!!

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  6. stagnaromel says…
    09/12/2023

    OH man. Now I'm going to have to go in and add in all this stuff! So fun! This needs to be done with wine and friends. :-)

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      09/12/2023

      YES! That would be so fun.

  7. NinaChow says…
    09/12/2023

    Love this so much. I am going to make "12 days" tags for my niece. This is the third year that I am doing this for her - small gifts for the first 12 days of December.

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  8. Jeannew says…
    09/12/2023

    This looks like so much fun! But man, all that paint on your desk makes me super anxious! 😆 I don’t like all the mess. I’ve used a box in the past on my desk to do mixed media. Or maybe the paint pen is better for me! I’m thinking of doing hearts and maybe using them on holiday happy mail or an advent calendar. Such fun ideas!

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  9. CraftyCat says…
    09/13/2023

    The stencil is 4x4 but what size in finished ornament? Wondering how many I can fit on a page... Thank you.

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      09/13/2023

      They are about 3.75 x 4

  10. KirstenJ says…
    09/13/2023

    Ali … thank you!!! Once again you 🤯 just shifted my paradigm. You. Are. Golden. ❤️

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  11. JeanetteE says…
    09/15/2023

    So much fun! I’m ready to start playing.

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  12. ScrappinMyHeartOut says…
    09/21/2023

    The ornaments are amazing! Thank you for sharing so many ideas!!!

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  13. HockeyGirl0530 says…
    09/22/2023

    Love seeing all of your ornaments and the mixed media creativity coming alive. You mentioned you created a cut file for the Silhouette, how do you do that? Is there a tutorial you could share on how to take an image and create a coordinating cut file? Wonder of this could be done for the trees stamp set! Thank you for inspiring us daily! Your enthusiasm is contagious!

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