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Saturday, December 13, 2014

STAR TREK ORNAMENTS

Hey everyone! Ken here with Ken's Kreations.

So over the last few days I have shared with you the series of christmas ornaments I am making for my family. both of my brothers got a set of ornaments to adorn their tree. We had the M&M Ornaments and of course the Star Wars Ornaments. Well I have one family member to make ornaments for and that is my dad. You might remember that I made a Star Trek Room Sign for him to go in his Star Trek themed room, so naturally I made him some Star Trek ornaments:


I did this ornaments the same way I did the Star Wars Ornaments. The technique used is what I call the "Mop N Glo" technique. To do this ornaments you will need a few supplies:


Supply List:
Mop N Glo ( I used the basic one step solution see below in the photo)
Disc Ornaments ( these work better for me to apply vinyl)
Fine Glitter - Green, Gold, White and Black ( I used silhouette brand as they have 3 different sets)
Blue Fine Glitter (Ranger Glitter)
Cricut Printable Vinyl - I did not want to spend that long layering vinyl as I did with the M&M's
Cricut Explore Machine -  Print Then Cut feature

You will start with the Mop N Glo. Pour about 2 tablespoons into the ornament and make sure all sides of the ornament are coated. Try not to shake as this will form bubbles in the solution and can create a headache. Once all sides of the ornament have been coated you will want to pour out the remainder of the solution into the bottle in a circle motion. This way it will insure the coating of the ornament stem as well. If you just pour out the solution on one side you will not have glitter attached to all of the spout of the ornament. Make sure to use a funnel and pour Fine Glitter into the ornament. Make sure to coat all side of the ornament and when finished you can pour the extra out of the ornament and reuse if it is not clumpy. Let the Disc Ornaments dry for about 2 hours. I had my dry overnight to be on the safe side.

After the Disc Ornaments have completely dried you can now turn to the design of the ornament. I used standard Windex to make sure the ornaments were nice and clean. I used my Cricut Explore Machine Print Then Cut feature to print out these Star Trek characters and logos on Cricut Printable Vinyl. I made sure to pick out my Dads favorite Star Trek characters and made sure on the back of each of the ornaments was the Star Trek communicator. Here is all of the ornaments below:


KIRK:


MCCOY:

SCOTTY:
RED GLITTER

SPOCK:
 BLUE GLITTER

UHURA:
RED GLITTER 

Well peeps this finishes up my Christmas Ornaments for my family, however you never know what my next Kreation will be. Thanks fro looking and make sure to look at the supply list and Close To My Heart below. Buying from any of these links will help support Ken's Kreations and with that support I can keep delivering videos and projects!!

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

STAR WARS ORNAMENTS

Hey Everyone! Ken here with Ken's Kreations

Well as I said in my M&M Post, I am making ornaments for my family members this year. Well I have one Brother who is obsessed with Star Wars. I made him a Star Wars Frame one year so I knew that I wanted to make him ornaments for his Christmas this year.


Now for these ornaments I used the "Mop N Glo" technique that is been popular for many years now. Now you will see tons of these popping up on Facebook, blogs and twitter and at first they look a little intimidating....however these ornaments are super simple to make. The first thing you will need a supply list for these so that way you can follow along here. 

Supply List:
Mop N Glo ( I used the basic one step solution see below in the photo)
Disc Ornaments ( these work better for me to apply vinyl)
Fine Glitter - Green, Gold, White and Black ( I used silhouette brand as they have 3 different sets)
Blue Fine Glitter (Ranger Glitter)
Cricut Printable Vinyl - I did not want to spend that long layering vinyl as I did with the M&M's
Cricut Explore Machine -  Print Then Cut feature


You will start with the Mop N Glo. Pour about 2 tablespoons into the ornament and make sure all sides of the ornament are coated. Try not to shake as this will form bubbles in the solution and can create a headache. Once all sides of the ornament have been coated you will want to pour out the remainder of the solution into the bottle in a circle motion. This way it will insure the coating of the ornament stem as well. If you just pour out the solution on one side you will not have glitter attached to all of the spout of the ornament. Make sure to use a funnel and pour Fine Glitter into the ornament. Make sure to coat all side of the ornament and when finished you can pour the extra out of the ornament and reuse if it is not clumpy. Let the Disc Ornaments dry for about 2 hours. I had my dry overnight to be on the safe side.

After the Disc Ornaments have completely dried you can now turn to the design of the ornament. I used standard Windex to make sure the ornaments were nice and clean. I used my Cricut Explore Machine Print Then Cut feature to print out these star wars characters and logos on Cricut Printable Vinyl. I made sure to pick out my Brothers favorite Star Wars characters and made sure on the back of each of the ornaments was the Star Wars logo. Here is all of the ornaments below:


DARTH VADAR

ON THE BACK OF EACH ORNAMENT:

C3P0:

R2D2:

STORM TROOPER:

YODA:

I hope you enjoyed hte second set of ornaments in my Christmas Series. Check back this weekend to see the last set of ornaments that I will be making for my Dad. Also make sure to take a look at the rest of this post to see how you can support Ken's Kreations

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

M&M ORNAMENTS

Hey Everyone! Ken here with Ken's Kreations

So Christmas is a tricky time for year for me and my blog. You see I have a lot of Christmas projects that I make and give to my family. Well you see one of my brothers is a die hard supporter of Ken's Kreations. As amazing as this is, he sadly always see's his cards or gifts posted here before he gets them. Well this is no exception, Russ.....Merry Christmas! LOL!!!

Every year I make a themed Christmas project for my family. Last year I made Christmas Frames (Click Here For The Post). Well this year the theme is based around glass christmas ornaments. My brother is a HUGE M&M's fan, so naturally I wanted to make him some M&M glass ornaments:


These ornaments were so simple to make. First you start off with Clear Glass Disc Ornament. This most resemble the size of an M&M. You take the cap of the ornaments and squeeze the acrylic pain into the top of the ornament. Simple rotate the Clear Glass Disc Ornament until the paint coats all of the inside of the ornaments. Then flip the Clear Glass Disc Ornament upside down onto a white piece of paper to let the excess paint run out of the Clear Glass Disc Ornament. This will usually take over night. Make sure to rotate the Clear Glass Disc Ornament every 15 minutes for the first hour so the ornament does not dry to the sheet of paper. 

To Make the M&M ornaments and face you will need the following items:

ITEMS NEEDED:


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Once you have all of you shopping items the actually ornaments are super easy to out together!! The SVG file will need to uploaded as a Vector file in Design Space. The image will need to be ungrouped and then draw a box around each individual M&M and group them separately. For my Clear Glass Disc Ornament the best size was a height of 2.75. You will want to make sure you group and attach each layer depending on the color of vinyl used (i.e.: black eyes with mouth, white eyes with M) This will make layering much easier. Make sure to clean the ornament off with windex before applying any vinyl and use Transfer Tape to apply each layer.

*You could also cut everything independently and just layer it using your own judgment*

 Lets take a look at each one to see which face I used and the supplies needed:

For the Red M&M you will need Red PaintBlack Vinyl and White Vinyl. I went with the classic Red M&M face for this ornament:
For the Orange M&M you will need Orange PaintBlack VinylWhite Vinyl and Red Vinyl for his tongue. The Orange M&M is the pretzel M&M and this faced seemed to match his fun personality in the commercials:
For the Yellow M&M you will need Yellow PaintBlack Vinyl and White Vinyl. I love the Yellow M&M peanut character and his fun little smile, so naturally i used the classic Yellow M&M face. 
For the Green M&M you will need Green PaintBlack VinylWhite Vinyl and Green Vinyl for her lips. Naturally since this was the only SVG out of the characters that had lips and eye lashes, they belonged to the sassy Green M&M girl. 
For the Blue M&M you will need Blue PaintBlack VinylWhite Vinyl and Red Vinyl for his tongue. Now the Blue M&M was originally the crispy M&M character and he has a strong resemblance to the Yellow Peanut M&M, however the M&M SVG only had 4 faces. So I took the eyes from the Yellow M&M and the mouth from the Orange M&M and mirrored it in Design Space. This way it gave it a completely different look for his face.

Sadly one of my favorite M&M characters was missing form this SVG set....Ms. Brown. I tried to find a clean SVG for her or try to make one of these work, however with her distinctive glasses I could not seem to either find one or reproduce her. Maybe before Christmas I will have some luck as my set is missing the Brains!

Well I hope you enjoyed this Kreation, especially you Russ (Ken's Brother who is reading this now and getting a sneak peek of his stocking stuffer). Thanks for taking a look at today's project and make sure to check out the shopping list below. Any purchases from the links below help support Ken's Kreations!!

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