Isn't it great when a project can fulfill several purposes, not just one? 

This project uses a photo to create a gift tag or card that can be used as a hanging ornament for a tree or other purpose.

Last week, I saw this project to make photo ornament cards featured in the Photojojo newsletter. While I thought it was a great project, it didn't quite fit me for a couple of reasons. I don't celebrate Christmas, I don't have ornaments to photograph, and I also wanted to make holiday cards that could be more universal and easier to make. So I changed it significantly to be more universal and versatile.

I decided to use a photo that would inspire me and could be used either as a holiday card or gift tag, and then hung as an ornament for those who choose to do so. They can even be made into coordinating tags and cards!

Unlike the Photojojo tutorial, mine does not require cutting separate photos and gluing them together. Mine uses one folded card.

I have already given a couple of these cards to my students' families, and they just love them, immediately hanging them on their trees. One allowed me to take the main photo here, since I don't have a tree to photograph it on myself.

Read on for the process of creating these.

Step 1: Materials and Supplies

You will need:
  • A photo of an ornament or something else that would make a nice ornament. I used one of a snowflake seen through a microscope.
  • Page layout or photo software
  • A color printer
  • Card stock
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon or thread
  • Envelopes (if using as a card)
  • Optional: embellishments. I used Iridescent White acrylic paint and rhinestones.
Note: the paint I used is expensive, about $15 per tube. I was able to get it 50% off with a coupon. Other options are glitter with a glue stick or translucent fabric, or that shiny powder on which you have to use a heat gun to make it stick. You can even laminate your ornaments if you want them to last a long time.
This is beautiful Susan! It looked like it was made from some metal. I love the look. thanks so much for sharing you hard work. The instructions are so easy to understand! Have a beautiful day!<br>Sunshiine
Thank you, Sunshiine! Yes, the iridescent paint gives the ornament a shine that I think is important, especially when using card stock. You could use photo paper for a clear, shiny print, but that gets expensive when making many cards and tags. And I just love the look of the paint. Plus it was a big hit with the recipients.
Thanks! I will look into it. Is it the paint that gives that old metal look?
Yes, that's it. It's the Windsor &amp; Newton Iridescent White acrylic, which the teacher in an altered books class introduced to me. I used an AC Moore 50% off coupon to get half off the $15 price tag. A light coat brings a shine to any paper, and a little goes a long way, so the tube should last for ages if properly cared for.
Love the ible! (How do you get a 50% off coupon? All the ones I get are 40%)<br>I, like @sunshiine, first though this was made of metal... it looks like beautiful aged copper... hey that gives me an idea! (Now to find those patina chemical stuff... as I can never find them!)<br><br>Anyways, Happy Making<br>also:<br>Season's Greetings!
Making these out of metal would be great, but probably on a smaller scale; they are time consuming enough out of paper! <br><br>I get the coupons by signing up for their loyalty program, where you get 5% or 10% back (I forget which) on your purchases. They email me coupons, I always forget to bring them, then I remember when standing in line, search my email, and bring it up on my iPhone. Works for me! :-)<br><br>Michaels has an app that makes it a bit easier, but I'm not as big a fan of their store after this past Thanksgiving day opening.
Cool! (Next time I'm there I will have to ask about it!) As for Michaels, I agree, they seemed to be going the way of decor instead of art &amp; crafts, just like Hobby Lobby... <br><br>Anyways thanks for the ible! (Maybe next year I will actually have my gifts made in time to send them all nicely wrapped and on time... I still haven't sent them out yet... have to do that tomorrow... and hope that they get there soon....)<br><br>Any other good metallic type paints to look out for?<br>(preferably acrylic based... I am horrible with oils and watercolors!)
You can look for the Winsor &amp; Newton iridescent mediums. The link I posted in the comment above can be sprayed, mixed with watercolor, or painted on dry. They also have an acrylic iridescent medium you can mIx with any acrylic paint. Good stuff! And good luck getting everything out on time next year.
Nice to know! Thanks! I might pick up some to use for crafty stuff.
Sorry, should be Winsor &amp; Newton. And if I had known about their <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009IG1P6/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=aspiarts-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0009IG1P6" rel="nofollow">iridescent medium</a>, I probably would have picked that up, though it might be too wet to use on inkjet printing. But you might be able to mix it with any paint for interesting effects.
Love the multiple purposes of these tags/ornaments. The magnified snowflake is a great idea and really interesting, it reminds me of fish scales&nbsp;<a href="http://www.earthlife.net/fish/images/anatomy/scales01.gif" rel="nofollow">http://www.earthlife.net/fish/images/anatomy/scales01.gif</a>.
Thanks! Those are really pretty. Snowflakes just seemed neutral and season-appropriate to me. I love how different aspects of nature mirror each other.<br><br>I'm working on the last of my gift tags now! It's been a busy card-making night. :-)

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