With this post we are starting the second half of the Swap series. Here is a set of cookie cutters made by me for Iris in New York State, USA:
The cookie cutters I used to create these ornaments were genuinely worn and aged, found at a thrift store, costing next to nothing. (If you click on the images above, you can zoom in quite a lot to see the details). I chose to work with simple vintage graphics. The graphics were resized to fit the cookie cutters, and attached to the back of the cookie cutters using my glue gun. The graphics were then precisely cut around the shape of each cutter. I left an opening near the top, to thread my ribbon. All the graphics were coated with decoupage glue, and generously dusted with glitter.
For the Angel Star ornament I wanted to create a bit of a “shooting star” feeling, and I liked it so much that I made a similar version on the Christmas Pig ornament. Now you might wonder why there is a Pig ornament? Well, pigs are BIG for Christmas here in Norway, as were they in most of Europe around the turn of the 18th century. Pigs symbolize good fortune! So I chose the pig, both since it represents something typical Norwegian, but also typical Victorian 🙂 The pink seam binding on this ornament is also genuine vintage.
I do not know if the moon-shape also has a symbolic meaning, but I remember that we always made moon cookies for Christmas when I was growing up, so I thought that cutter was a good choice as well 😀 I somehow think the little jingle bell goes well with the moon. This was another of the bells I purchased on Cape Cod, Massachusetts in 1988. I do not know the age of the ribbon I used on this ornament, but it was gifted to me by my friend Ingeborg in Holland, and I enjoy the thought of a small piece of her gift being forwarded to yet another receiver.
The edges and the back of the graphics were inked with a dark brown ink, and the year 2014 was written on each ornament with gold embossing.
I have one special discovery to share with you tonight: remember how I struggled to apply decoupage glue to graphics I have printed on my inkjet printer? When applying the glue, the ink would bleed and cause the graphics to deteriorate… a lot! Well, I solved that problem!
I now run my freshly printed sheets through my laminator, and the heat sets the ink so they can take decoupage glue without a problem! 😀
So if you don’t already have a laminator to laminate, this alone is reason enough for you to pick one up the next time you run across one 😀 (Mine is t-h-e cheapest kind, it cost around 15$)
Click on the images below to download your own copies of the graphics I used:
And if you want more pigs this season, here is a couple of printables I made last year (click on the images below to download printable banner and tags):
Or check out my Pinterest board dedicated to vintage pigs (click on below preview to see the entire board):
- Each swap is for a set of 3 ornaments. Either 1 tart tin swap or 1 cookie cutter swap, swapped with one swap buddy
- Deadline November 15th to craft your ornaments, take pictures and get the packages ready
- Send pictures to me of the finished ornaments
- Alert me when the swapped ornaments arrive at their new home
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In addition I used the following graphics for my cookie cutters: