Altered ornament with Mona Pendleton

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Hi everyone, Mona here today to share a tutorial on how to create a crackled textured Christmas ornament. I love to create home made ornaments to give as gifts to friends or loved ones so I opted to alter a bare wooden sled ornament.


To begin, I applied a coat of Gesso to the ornament.


Once dry, apply coat of crackled texture paste.


While texture paste dries, die cut Tattered Pinecones and Pine sprigs using Tim Holtz Sizzix Tattered Pinecone die.


Create pinecones, apply picket fence Distress Paint to both pinecones and Tidings Token followed with Diamond Dust to pinecones only. Apply peeled paint Distress Ink to pine sprigs.


Apply antiqued bronze Distress Paint to sled runners and vintage photo and weathered wood Distress Inks to sled.


Embellish with die cut shapes, bow and Tidings Token.


Wishing you a happy holiday season!


Supply list: Dina Wakley Ranger Media White Gesso, Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Paint picket fence, Twinklets Diamond Dust, Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations Tattered Pinecone Bigz, Tim Holtz idea-olgy Tidings Tokens, Tim Holtz Ranger vintage photo Distress Ink, Tim Holtz Ranger weathered wood Distress Ink, Tim Holtz Ranger antiqued bronze Distress Paint, Studio 490 Wendy Vecchi crackled texture paste, Tim Holtz Ranger peeled paint Distress Ink, Tim Holtz idea-ology Gumdrops, Tim Holtz idea-ology paper stash French Industrial 12 x 12, Tim Holtz idea-ology Crinkle Ribbon

  1. Oh my goodness! This is gorgeous! Love every little detail on this ornament! Thank you sooo much for the tutorial! I did not expect any less from Mona! Her work is absolutely stunning and so heartwarming and inspirational.

  2. Great ornament. Love the soft fell. I have been collecting those unfinished wood sleds for some future project. Thank you for the inspiration.

  3. So beautiful, Mona! I’d be proud to have an ornament like this on my tree. You made it look so easy, so I may have to give that crackle texture paint a try. Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Oh this is so cute !!!!! Love the details. And of course the crackle takes the attention. So well looking. Just perfect !!! You are such a talented artist and always create the most adorable or awesome projects. Thank you for sharing your lovely art.
    Wishing you a Happy New Year !!!!
    Hugs from Monica… Spain

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  6. what a gorgeous project Mona. I am going to have to look at things with the eye of altering them, my mind just never went there before.

  7. Really, really gorgeous Loooooooove this Mona your post gives me great inspiration to start 2015 with great ideas……..:D

  8. Lovely idea, Mona! I will definitely have to try this for my 2015 tree! :)

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