Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

A Winter Scene Triangle Ornament (With Template)

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2015 Blog Event – see a list of all the posts HERE)

Here’s another Christmas Ornament to freshen up your festive decorations – a Winter Scene Triangle Ornament:

A Winter Scene Triangle Ornament (With Template) at Jennifer Grace Creates

I want to make lots of these and fill them all with different scenes!

I have a PDF A4 Template which you can download HERE if you’d like to make your own (you will be prompted to download it, it doesn’t start automatically).

A Winter Scene Triangle Ornament (With Template) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Here’s how to make your ornament. You may notice that the step-by-step photos show me using some woodgrain patterned paper as the ornament. That was my plan, until I made a mistake when it was nearly finished and ripped it – arrgghh! I will talk about that when I get to it. It turns out I actually prefer the blue card I ended up using, so it was okay!

Step 1: Print off your template and find some card or stiff patterned paper to use:

A Winter Scene Triangle Ornament (With Template) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Cut out the template and then the card just along the outer edges:

A Winter Scene Triangle Ornament (With Template) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Score along the fold lines – I just laid the template on top of the card and scored both sheets together, but you could draw the lines onto the card before scoring if you prefer:

A Winter Scene Triangle Ornament (With Template) at Jennifer Grace Creates

You don’t need to put the template on top to score the tabs, just follow the edge:

A Winter Scene Triangle Ornament (With Template) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Use a sharp craft knife to cut out the window, again I just cut through both layers at once (using a metal ruler to keep my lines straight):

A Winter Scene Triangle Ornament (With Template) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Pierce holes for your twine or thread to go through using a paper piercer or darning needle:

A Winter Scene Triangle Ornament (With Template) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: If you don’t like the pattern on the back of your patterned paper you can cut triangles from another pattern to stick inside – but don’t stick them both down yet:

A Winter Scene Triangle Ornament (With Template) at Jennifer Grace Creates

You need to adhere one of the flaps together first:

A Winter Scene Triangle Ornament (With Template) at Jennifer Grace Creates

And then stick the patterned triangle on top to hide the tab:

A Winter Scene Triangle Ornament (With Template) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: Cut the ‘snow’ from white card and fold the edges in at an angle. Now here’s where things started to go wrong. I used tape to stick my ‘snow’ into the ornament, but I should have used hot glue:

A Winter Scene Triangle Ornament (With Template) at Jennifer Grace Creates

The next steps are to stick on a tiny tree or any other images or stickers which you want in your scene, then close the ornament by taping down the other tabs (tape worked fine – a bit too well – for my tabs on the woodgrain paper, but not so well on the blue card – I ended up using glue on one tab as well as tape).

I did those steps, but then my snow fell out. I tried to stick the snow back in by pushing it back through the window, and then I ripped the edges of the window. Then I tried to undo the tape and ripped it some more… disaster! I gave up and swapped to some blue card, following all the steps above, but sticking the snow in with hot glue!

I did also cut a larger window, as I decided you couldn’t see enough of the scene. The template has been adjusted accordingly, so you will have the larger window on your ornament:

A Winter Scene Triangle Ornament (With Template) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: Back to scheduled programming – stick your snow in using hot glue or another really strong glue at the sides:

A Winter Scene Triangle Ornament (With Template) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 9: Stick a bit of cotton wool at the bottom to hide the gap and give more depth to the scene:

A Winter Scene Triangle Ornament (With Template) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 10: Add your tree and a character sticker or chipboard piece by hot gluing them to the front of the card snow:

A Winter Scene Triangle Ornament (With Template) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 11: Tape or glue the other tabs down so the ornament is closed, then use a darning needle to add some thread or twine to the top for hanging the ornament:

A Winter Scene Triangle Ornament (With Template) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 12: Glue any additions you want on the outside of the ornament. This is also when I added a bit of glue to the bottom tab as the tape kept coming undone:

A Winter Scene Triangle Ornament (With Template) at Jennifer Grace Creates

That’s it! Now you can hang your ornament. I’m thinking these would also look cool with a child’s drawing of a Christmas character inside instead of a sticker. I shall get Little Miss to design some!

Be Inspired:

Make a triangular Christmas ornament

Add some cotton wool snow to a project

Create a winter scene on a layout or card with snowy hills and tiny trees

What Christmas or winter character would you add to your snowy scene?

Remember that commenting on this post, and any post that goes live during November 2015, will count as another entry into the Grand Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!

I’ll see you again tomorrow!

Jennifer x

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

Exploring Brush Lettering – and some Free Christmas Printables!

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2015 Blog Event – see a list of all the posts HERE)

Today I want to show you some experimenting I’ve been doing with brush lettering, plus I have some free Christmas printables for you!

Exploring Brush Lettering and Some Free Christmas Printables at Jennifer Grace Creates

I’ve been wanting to have a proper go at brush lettering for a while. If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen THIS PHOTO which I took a couple of months ago, trying to be a beta tester for a Molly Jacques Workshop on calligraphy and lettering. I wasn’t lucky enough to get chosen – no wonder as there was stiff competition! But that didn’t curb my interest. I have been devouring You Tube videos on brush lettering, like THIS ONE by Amy Tangerine, and THIS ONE by Kristina Werner, and I’ve been dreaming about taking THIS CLASS with Jen Schow, which I’m sure I will once I have more time!

In the meantime I searched around for some recommendations on pens / brushes for beginners to use, and that were not too expensive! I ended up buying Tombow Fudenosuke Pens in Hard and Soft, a Tombow Art Brush Pen in Sea Green, a Pentel Touch Brush Sign Pen, and a KUM Memory Point Paintbrush in Size 1:

Exploring Brush Lettering and Some Free Christmas Printables at Jennifer Grace Creates

My first trial was to write my blog name with each pen / brush. First I wrote it with my everyday non-joined up handwriting, then I attempted a more brush script style underneath:

Exploring Brush Lettering and Some Free Christmas Printables at Jennifer Grace Creates

I know from watching the videos mentioned above that one of the things to remember is to press down on the down-strokes, and lift up for a lighter line on the up-strokes, so I did that as best as I could. I’m sure that’s something I’ll get better at with lots more practice!

My next idea was to create a phrase, with a mix of writing styles – some of it being bold and straight, some being twirly and script-like. I wrote ‘Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle’ several times, each time improving my technique slightly – thinking about how close together the words were, and how to accentuate the two different writing styles:

Exploring Brush Lettering and Some Free Christmas Printables at Jennifer Grace Creates

It was fun to see how much my writing changed just by doing the same phrase several times!

Next I used the thin paintbrush to paint a merry poster which says ‘May your days be merry and bright, full of good cheer and all that is right’:

Exploring Brush Lettering and Some Free Christmas Printables at Jennifer Grace Creates

I was pretty happy with it as a first attempt, though I did realise afterwards that the large ampersand was in the wrong place – I should have practiced the layout on a spare piece of paper first. After I took the above photo I ended up going back and adding a smaller ampersand between the words merry and bright – I’m pretending the large one is decorative only!

I tried out a couple more phrases on the spare pieces of card which I had:

Exploring Brush Lettering and Some Free Christmas Printables at Jennifer Grace Creates

For all of these I was just writing on cheap white card which I buy from Poundland – I think you get 30 sheets for £1 and it’s pretty good quality.

That’s all the experimenting I’ve done so far, but I can’t wait to practice a bit more and hone my style.

I scanned in all the items I ended up with, so that you can use them as printables if you wish (personal use / gifts for friends only please!). Click HERE to download the PDF poster (you will be prompted to download, it doesn’t happen automatically).

May Your Days Be Merry Free Christmas Printable at Jennifer Grace Creates

And the smaller phrases are below – I played around with re-colouring a couple of them in Photoshop, which is another thing I need to practice more! Click HERE to download the PDF for these!

A6 Christmas Phrase Cards Printable at Jennifer Grace Creates

The white-on-red ‘tinsel in a tangle’ is my favourite!

Be Inspired:

Do some hand-lettering on your next project

Print out one of the free printables and use them on a scrapbook layout or card

Mix up some letter stickers in different styles to create a long title or message

Do you like the printables? What would you use them for?

Remember that commenting on this post, and any post that goes live during November 2015, will count as another entry into the Grand Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!

I’ll see you again tomorrow!

Jennifer x

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter, Scrapbook Layouts

Sweet Xmas Layout – With a Christmas Star Template

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2015 Blog Event – see a list of all the posts HERE)

Hello! Today I’ve another scrapbook page to share with you – this Sweet Xmas layout with a Christmas Star Template you can download to help you cut the stars on the background…

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

Every Christmas day I try to get a photo of my husband, the kids, and me. I want to make a special layout with each one, so I’ll know towards the end of each album (I file my layouts chronologically by year) I will find a Christmas page of us. So even though this photo isn’t the best quality – it was taken as the light was fading so it’s a bit blurry, and I don’t like myself in the picture as I was a bit overweight at the time – I still wanted to do it justice with a lovely page.

I definitely wanted to use the My Mind’s Eye Christmas On Market Street collection, as it’s my favourite collection this year. But all the background 12×12″ pieces that I had were very busy, and at first I couldn’t work out how I could use them:

        Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

So I sat and thought about what big image I could cut from one of the papers. I didn’t want to cut a Christmas tree as I’d done that last year (On my Giant Aperture Christmas Layout). In the end I realised a star would look nice and magical:

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

I only did one star to start with, cutting it out from the template, then drawing around it on the back of the paper before cutting it out:

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

But one star looked a little lonely by itself on the background cardstock that I’d chosen:

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

So I re-designed the template and cut out a couple more stars – another from the same 12×12″ sheet, and one from a piece of 6×6″ paper:

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

There’s a few different sizes of star on the template for you to play with. If you’d like to download the Christmas Star Template PDF file just click HERE and you’ll be prompted to download it!

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

Once the stars were done I decided I liked them so much I’d add some more stars! I used the Happy Scatter ‘Stars Of Wonder’ 6×6″ stencil and some Metallic Gold Texture Paste by Heidi Swapp to decorate the background cardstock:

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

It gives a nice bit of shiny dimension:

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I stamped some more stars on too:

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

I chose some ephemera pieces to use:

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

And then I realised I had more space at the right and bottom than I did at the left and top, so I cut off the larger areas of space, and matted the page onto the Christmas On Market Street ‘Merry & Bright Foiled’ paper (after gutting the middle of it to be used at a later date of course!):

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I just needed to add the title, and some glitter puffy stickers and enamel dots (both also from the Christmas On Market Street Collection) to finish off the page:

Sweet Xmas Layout with a Christmas Star Template at Jennifer Grace Creates

I didn’t write my journaling before photographing it because I want to write names on it, but it’s going to go on the banner at the bottom right.

Be Inspired:

Download the template and use it to make embellishments or a decoration

Put lots and lots of stars on your next project

Place items in a diagonal (eg top left to bottom right) cluster

Do you think I’ve manage to do the blurry but special photo justice?!

Remember that commenting on this post, and any post that goes live during November 2015, will count as another entry into the Grand Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!

I’ll be back tomorrow morning at 8am GMT with the next sponsored giveaway!

Jennifer x

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

Christmas Elf Cute Felt Ornament – Including Template

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2015 Blog Event – see a list of all the posts HERE)

Good morning! Today I have this Christmas Elf Cute Felt Ornament to share with you:

Christmas Elf Cute Felt Onament Template and Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

I’m loving this little elf! He’s made with the leftover felt from my Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop last year. I’ve had the scraps sitting in my stash since then and I wanted to think of a way to use them up!

If you want to make one I’ve made a template for you to download. Just click HERE and you’ll be prompted to download it!

Christmas Elf Cute Felt Onament Template and Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Here’s how to make it…

Step 1: Print off your template and gather some scraps. Please note that your template will be slightly different to mine – I made some adjustments as I was sewing the elf, and I couldn’t go back to photograph the start again as I’d already used up my felt scraps! The changes I made were to have only 2 arms, and to cut them from grey felt instead of blue (the blue felt blended in too well with the body), I also got rid of the smaller scallop border as the larger one was fiddly enough as it was:

Christmas Elf Cute Felt Onament Template and Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Cut out the template pieces and draw around them on the felt with a pencil or haberdasher’s chalk, before cutting them all out:

Christmas Elf Cute Felt Onament Template and Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Using a small, neat running stitch, sew the hats and ears onto the heads, making sure they will line up when you put the two heads back-to-back. Embroider on some eyes and a mouth (using backstitch for the mouth and satin stitch for the eyes). If you don’t want to do a satin stitch you can use brads for the eyes like I did on the felt Santa last year. You can also add some embroidery / beads to the front of the hat if you want to:

Christmas Elf Cute Felt Onament Template and Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Sew the scalloped borders onto the bases of the bodies, then sew the hands and then the arms onto the front body piece. Sew the heads onto the bodies too (again making sure they will line up when the two pieces of elf are placed wrong-sides together):

Christmas Elf Cute Felt Onament Template and Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Start sewing the two halves together using a blanket stitch all around the outside, except for the bottom edge under the scallop borders. When you get to the hat make sure you use a chopstick or similar tool to push a bit of stuffing into the swirly bit before you close the hat up completely – you wont be able to push it into that part from the base of the elf, because of the angle:

Christmas Elf Cute Felt Onament Template and Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Once the rest of the elf has been closed around the edges, fill it with stuffing. You can try tucking some into the ears but that’s a bit fiddly and not really necessary as they look okay un-stuffed:

Christmas Elf Cute Felt Onament Template and Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: Close the base of the elf with more blanket stitching, and then use a darning needle to thread some baker’s twine under a couple of blanket stitches at the top of the elf, so you can use it to hang your ornament:

Christmas Elf Cute Felt Onament Template and Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then your elf is all ready to gift to someone or hang on your tree this Christmas!

Be Inspired:

Use a colour palette of white, grey, blue, and peach or soft pink

Make or use an elf ornament or embellishment

Add tiny beads to the middle of a snowflake or star

I still have some grey, peach, and white scraps of felt left, any ideas what I can use those for?

Remember that commenting on this post, and any post that goes live during November 2015, will count as another entry into the Grand Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!

Thanks so much for reading, don’t forget to bookmark, pin, or share this post, if you enjoyed it!

I’ll be back tomorrow morning at 8am GMT for the next sponsored giveaway!

Jennifer x

Scrapbook Layouts

Summer Watercolour Wreath Layout + Free Printable

It’s June! Hooray, summer is on it’s way in the UK – At least I hope we get some summer weather here… it doesn’t always happen!

To celebrate the start of the summer months I’ve got a summer watercolour wreath layout for you today (plus a free printable for the wreath if you aren’t a painter):

Summer Watercolour Wreath Layout Free Printable at Jennifer Grace Creates

She’s a ‘Weed Sprite’ instead of a flower fairy! My daughter doesn’t discriminate on which flowers she thinks are pretty. She particularly likes dandelions because of how they change into ‘wish flowers’ – I just found a time lapse video of the change HERE which I’m going to have to show her!

This layout is inspired by several things. First I enjoyed making my Focus Canvas HERE and when I was making it I thought a messy circle would be a great place to have a title inside for a layout… then K did just that in her ‘Cosy’ layout on THIS POST, and Claire at Creative Makings also used a messy circle to house a sentiment on a card – both inspired by my canvas. I also liked making the wreath tag on my ‘Art In Miniature’ post HERE, as I thought the wreath looked nice and summery and reminded me of flower crowns like THIS ONE which I’ve been dying to try out. So I had all these many things in my mind when I decided to make a summer watercolour wreath layout!

When I first began the page I picked a 12×12 piece of white textured cardstock, and painted circles on it:

Summer Watercolour Wreath Layout Free Printable at Jennifer Grace Creates

Which did look kind of pretty, but I realised it was too spread out to look like a wreath, and it filled up too much of the page, as I wanted the title to be inside the wreath but the journaling and other embellishments to be outside it.

So I started again with a piece of smooth white A4 card. I used a bowl to paint my first circle around:

Summer Watercolour Wreath Layout Free Printable at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I took the bowl off and painted some messier circles. I painted a couple more green lines first, then blue, then yellow, then green leaves – allowing the paint to dry between each layer so that I could overlap them without the paint colours blending into each other:

Summer Watercolour Wreath Layout Free Printable at Jennifer Grace Creates

I added a couple more layers to the leaves so that you couldn’t see the lines below through them too much:

Summer Watercolour Wreath Layout Free Printable at Jennifer Grace Creates

And then I was ready to cut it out and use it on my page (but I scanned it in first so I could turn it into a printable for you – keep reading for that!). Here it is cut out and stuck to my background – I stuck the circle part of the wreath down flat with tape, but popped the leaves up with foam dots for extra dimension:

Summer Watercolour Wreath Layout Free Printable at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I just embellished to my heart’s content!

Summer Watercolour Wreath Layout Free Printable at Jennifer Grace Creates

I dug through my stash for a selection of flowers and pretty things in a variety of textures, and tried them all out around the wreath before sticking them all on – mostly using my hot glue gun:

Summer Watercolour Wreath Layout Free Printable at Jennifer Grace Creates

For the journaling I asked my daughter why she likes weeds as well as flowers, and wrote down what she said – ‘Each weed is special to me. A dandelion turns into a wish flower’:

Summer Watercolour Wreath Layout Free Printable at Jennifer Grace Creates

Do you like this look but you aren’t a painter? I created a download for the wreath, which you can get HERE (it will prompt you to download). Printed at A4 this will print a little smaller than my wreath, but you are welcome to crop the image and resize if you are able to. You could even make it a lot smaller and use it on a card or PL pocket. Personal use only please (not for items you might sell):

Summer Watercolour Wreath Layout Free Printable at Jennifer Grace Creates

Make sure you print it on card if you want to pop up the leaves for some dimension!

What do you think of my summer wreath? Is it summer where you live? If not you could always add different colours of flowers to make it a spring or winter wreath… maybe not autumn though, that would need some brown and orange leaves!

Have a great day,

Jennifer x

Kids Crafts

Kids Focus Challenge – An Indoor Activity

(This post is part of my Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the list of all the posts HERE!)

I thought it would be fun to test how well my kids can focus! I put together a few activities to make a competition for them, and they had great fun. I will be keeping this in mind for rainy day activities!

Kids Focus Challenge - A Rainy Day Indoor Activity

We had four challenges – a puzzle, a tower building time test, a memory tray, and a music memory trial!

For the puzzle I made this outline (which you can download HERE):

Kids Focus Challenge - A Rainy Day Indoor Activity

And then I cut out some felt shapes to fill it in with. Sorry I don’t have a template for the shapes yet, but I will try to sort one out in the next couple of days! I just held my outline up to the window, held the felt over the top, and drew onto the felt with pencil to trace the outlines.

I made two puzzles so the kids had one each:

Kids Focus Challenge - A Rainy Day Indoor Activity

I gave Cheeky Boy a 5 second head start and just said the first person to finish was the winner. I shouldn’t have given him a head start as he finished way before Little Miss, she particularly struggled with the areas where there were curves cut from shapes so the circles fit in. She kept ignoring the curved holes entirely!

Kids Focus Challenge - A Rainy Day Indoor Activity

The next challenge was who could build the tallest tower. They had baskets of bricks with the same amount in each, and 5 minutes on the timer to see who could make the biggest stack of bricks!

 Kids Focus Challenge - A Rainy Day Indoor Activity

I didn’t give any head starts this time. At one point it looked like Cheeky Boy was going to win again:

Kids Focus Challenge - A Rainy Day Indoor Activity

But by the end when the time was up, Cheeky Boy’s wobbly tower had fallen down, but the stronger tower by Little Miss was still standing:

Kids Focus Challenge - A Rainy Day Indoor Activity

The next challenge was the memory challenge. They had two minutes to stare at a tray of toys to try and memorize them, then they told me what I could remember and I ticked the boxes for the ones they got right:

Kids Focus Challenge - A Rainy Day Indoor Activity

Here they are memorizing the items, you can see that Cheeky Boy’s focus wasn’t great at this point:

Kids Focus Challenge - A Rainy Day Indoor Activity

This game was too easy for Little Miss, but Cheeky Boy struggled, just look at his concentrating face:

Kids Focus Challenge - A Rainy Day Indoor Activity

He only got five because Little Miss whispered a few in his ear! Next time I would do different levels of tray, with more on for Little Miss and less on for Cheeky Boy.

The final game was a music challenge, I tapped a few notes on a xylophone and they had to try and repeat the tune. Little Miss was excellent at this but Cheeky Boy just kept playing his own tune!

Kids Focus Challenge - A Rainy Day Indoor Activity

I want to test them both some more with this last one!

Be Inspired:

Use felt or craft foam to cut some geometric shapes for a project

Try a memory challenge – find a photo and see how many things you can write down about that day / place / moment

Fill a heart with a mosaic of colourful shapes

How do you think you would have handled these challenges? My memory isn’t great so I think someone should test me with the kids focus challenge!

I’ll see you again soon,

Jennifer x

P.S. I’m linking this up to Motivation Monday!

DIY Gifts

Shrink Plastic Camera Pendant Tutorial

(This post is part of my Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the list of all the posts HERE!)

I thought it would be fun to turn my Focus Your Craft & Soul event icon into pendant…

Shrink Plastic Camera Pendant Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Here’s the shrink plastic camera pendant tutorial in case you’d like to make your own…

Step 1: Download this camera icon A4 sheet by clicking HERE:

Shrink Plastic Camera Pendant Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

You can also just download it to use as a printable – cutting out the cameras to use on a scrapbook layout or card, etc – if you want to!

Step 2: Print it out, and gather some shrink plastic, a black Sharpie, and some Promarker or other permanent marker pens:

Shrink Plastic Camera Pendant Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Trace the outlines of the 4″ tall icon onto the shrink plastic using a black Sharpie pen:

Shrink Plastic Camera Pendant Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Colour in on THE BACK of the shrink plastic, making sure not to overlap your colours – if you overlap them they will bleed into each other. That’s also why you colour on the back, otherwise you’d make the outline bleed. Colour from the centre outwards. I used a Black Promarker and a Promarker blending pen in the centre, and the Promarker colours Cool Aqua, Cyan, Pumpkin, and Yellow in the other areas.

When the pen is dry cut the camera out and punch holes at each side at the top (where you will attach the jump rings and chain later):

Shrink Plastic Camera Pendant Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

I couldn’t get the cyan-blue area to blend completely, but I decided to embrace the watercolour effect it created! I think you can get frosted shrink plastic which might allow colours to blend better.

Step 5: Line a baking tray with foil and put your camera on top. Preheat your oven to 175 degrees C / 350 degrees F:

Shrink Plastic Camera Pendant Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: When your oven reaches temperature, place the baking tray inside and shut the door, then watch through the door as the plastic curls and shrinks. After a minute or two it will have finished shrinking – you can tell when it’s finished as it will be lying flat instead of looking like this:

Shrink Plastic Camera Pendant Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: Pull it out of the oven and press it for 30 seconds with something flat and heat proof, just to make sure it’s totally flat:

Shrink Plastic Camera Pendant Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Here’s what the camera looked like before and after shrinking:

Shrink Plastic Camera Pendant Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: I don’t know how necessary this step is, but I coated mine with some glossy varnish to make it shine a little more:

Shrink Plastic Camera Pendant Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 9: Use 4 jump rings, two 11″ pieces of chain, a clasp, and some jewellery pliers, to put your necklace together:

Shrink Plastic Camera Pendant Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then wear it as a statement necklace:

Shrink Plastic Camera Pendant Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Because it’s transparent any pattern on your clothing will show through, so make sure it’s complimentary!

Be Inspired:

Use some shrink plastic to make an item of jewellery or an embellishment

Download the camera PNG and use it as a printable

Use a transparent piece on top of something stripey

Would you wear this pendant? I totally want to make earrings to match it now!

I’ll see you again in an hour!

Jennifer x