Xyron + Faber-Castell = Wood Slice Christmas Ornaments...and a Giveaway!

All week long Xyron and Design Memory Craft (Faber-Castell) are teaming up to share some gorgeous projects from their design teams...and I wanted to get in on the action! Let me be up front here - mixed media gives me anxiety.  I WANT to make awesome art journals and canvases and I WANT to get my hands all messy and I WANT to try cool new techniques - but I have some sort of emotional issue that has made it a struggle. I once almost passed out in a class Dina Wakley was teaching because I just couldn't deal. True story. It is a miracle she is still my friend.

This though?  This was AWESOME. These gelatos and stencils were so easy and fun to use and it made me feel SO crafty - but was still "clean" enough that I didn't feel like I needed to hose myself down after and it wasn't a million steps that took seventeen hours to dry. Brace yourselves - I might actually be a convert!

SUPPLIES:
wood slices
Design Memory Craft Gelatos in assorted colors - I used Gold Champagne
Design Memory Craft Stencils
foam sponge
Mod Podge in matte (OR a liquid clear drying adhesive - see below*)
foam brush
hammer/nails or staple gun - if desired
coordinating ribbon (I used Maya Road Candy Dots Bias Tape in Red Hots) - if desired
Xyron 3" Sticker Maker
assorted die cuts/embellishments

Lay stencil over wood slice. Use one hand to hold stencil in place and the other hand to apply gelato to the stencil pattern.  

The gelato will NOT fill all of the holes, so use a foam sponge to spread the pigment throughout the pattern.

Use a foam brush to GENTLY cover the top of the wood slice with matte Mod Podge. If you brush it on too roughly flakes of the pigment will come off and mix with the Mod Podge. Let dry.

Nail or staple ribbon to the wood slice if desired to create a hanger.

I used a deer head from the Cricut Tablescapes Fall & Winter Cartridge (and my Explore Air) - cut out of both chipboard (for stability) and patterned paper. I ran the patterned paper through the Xyron 3" Sticker Maker and applied it to the chipboard. You can create your own embellishments or use any leftover embellishments you've got in your stash.  This is a GREAT way to use those "onesies twosies" embellishments you've got leftover from other projects but like too much to purge. :)

Adhere the embellishment to the wood slice...and voila!  Fun and funky Christmas ornaments made in just a few minutes using some COOL new techniques!

*Looking for a glossier finish?  The ornament on the left was covered with Diamond Glaze and then set aside to dry (for several hours).  That deer head? Same image cut from the Cricut Explore...in their new FAUX LEATHER.  Yeeeeessssssss. 

The holly berries above and the snowflake below?  Those are leftover embellishments from some 500 year old Anna Griffin Christmas Card Kits.  I'd been holding on to them FOREVER - and they look so stinkin' cute on these ornaments!

Now that I am obsessed with Faber-Castell I want YOU to be obsessed too...so I'm having a giveaway! Leave a comment here on the blog telling me how YOU feel about mixed media stuff and someone will receive a Faber-Castell prize pack that includes Ice Liner Texture Gems, a Pitt Artist Pen, a Stamper's Big White Pen and a set of Mix & Match Paper Crafter Crayons.  I'll announce the name on Friday on my Facebook Page...not a bad way for someone to kick off the weekend!

Don't forget to tune in to the Xyron Facebook Page and Design Memory Craft blog all week long...you are going to be inspired!