Friday, November 4, 2011

{diy: stamped ornaments}

Beautifully heavy, these lovely ceramic baubles felt much fancier than the $1.99 price tag (and 40% sale) suggested. I came home with three, fully intent on hanging them, pristinely white, on the tree. "It'll be so simple and Scandinavian," I told myself, happily imagining a whitewashed house, ten feet of snow, and a sauna in our (imaginary) basement.

And then along came this pin. Abby, of Aesthetic Outburst, had found the same baubles, and drew on hers. Is there anything that woman can't draw geometric shapes on?

After our anniversary plate painting, though, I'm a little wary of ceramic paints. Our fancy-schmancy Porcelaine pens dribbled, spat, globbed, or did nothing even after twenty minutes of furiously bobbing them up and down. So instead, out came the stamp pad. Two minutes later -- with no arm bobbing and minimal dribble (from the stamps, at least) -- ta da!

This is the point where everyone says, "Who on earth is Matilda?" -- yes, that's Tilly. Spin Tilly's bauble around and you'll see the year she was born printed on the back. (Spin mine around and you'll have no such luck... I'm predicting that there'll be a point in the not-so-distant future that I won't want that information available to the public).

Now, should I run back and get another one (two? three?) to save for imaginary, possible, hypothetical future family members, or is that really just asking for trouble? 


Jadyn @ Dutch.British.Love said...

They look amazing! And they still have that cool Scandinavian vibe to them if you ask me. I think buying a few more for future family members is a great idea!

In Black and White said...

Adorable! If buying for future family members is tempting fate then just get "spares" in case of breakages ;-)

Astrid said...

Thanks! I'm glad you like them. Yes, 'breakages' is just enough mental trickery to make me feel all right with it :)

house no. 2 said...

oh my gosh! these are gorgeous. bookmarking you.

Karyn said...

what kind of stamp & ink did you use? Where would I source something like this that would dry nicley on ceramic?

Mel the Crafty Scientist said...

Love this project - so creative and fun and I just love the stamped letters! Just wanted to let you know I featured it in my roundup of glass ornament crafts here. Feel free to check it out if you want and hope you like it! : )

-Mel the Crafty Scientist