May Arts Ribbon Blog

Ornament Frames and a Card

Day 3 – May Arts / Creative Imaginations Blog Week!



With the holiday season fast approaching, I’m constantly on the look out for inexpensive and quick, but meaningful and beautiful gifts for family and friends. The variety of Creative Imaginations/Luminarte products teamed with wonderful May Arts Ribbon fit the bill! Karen from The Bald Dragonfly here to show you two handmade projects perfect for gift giving–ornament frames and a card!


First, let’s gather the supplies for the framed ornaments.

  • ~8 inches May Arts Burlap String
  • Marah Johnson Monarch Die Cut Shape Frames from Creative Imaginations
  • Creative Imaginations Luminarte Twinkling H2Os
  • (Hot Cinnamon, Ginger Peach, Sunburst)
  • Chipboard
  • Cardstock
  • Circle Punch
  • Adhesive Glue and Tape
  • Aquapainter



After you’ve gathered your supplies, paint the front and back side of the die cut .The existing shading on the frames make painting really easy. I only highlighted a bit with the red and orange paint, letting the yellow do most of the work. The drying time with the Twinkling H2Os is minimal, so you won’t have to wait long to complete your project. Your finished painted piece will resemble a nice gilded frame.



The steps to assemble the ornaments are super easy and quick.

1. Cut to size a chipboard backing piece and cover with cardstock. Punch a half circle from the backing and sand all edges.

2. Apply glue to the sides and bottom on the inside of the backing. Adhere a length of burlap string with strong double sided adhesive on the top of the backing.

3. Adhere your finished backing to the frame and allow to dry.

I always have an abundance of those small school pictures as part of the big package, and these frames were the perfect size to show them off!



Since most of my relatives live a long distance away, of course I needed an equally elegant hand crafted card to “protect” the framed ornaments during the mailing process. I love layering May Arts ribbon to create a beautiful texture on my cards.

The steps for making this card were also easy!

  1. Cut your cardstock base and patterned panel to size. The patterned paper is the beautiful pre-embossed paper, also from the Marah Johnson Collection by Creative Imaginatations/Luminarte. I chose to keep it in its natural form and color as it was so beautiful and elegant already! Simply ink the edges of the pattnered panel to make the embossed pattern stand out even more.
  2. Wrap the patterned paper with May Arts Satin Band Two Tone Ribbon in Gold, then May Arts 5/8” Satin Pleated Ribbon in Cream and finally May Arts Burlap String in Natural. Tie the string in a bow.
  3. Stamp tag and adhere to layered ribbon.
  4. Adhere patterned paper/ribbon panel to cardstock base with dimensional adhesive.


I really enjoyed working with Creative Imaginations/Luminarte projects, they pair so well with the vast array of ribbon offered by May Arts. I have many, many more relatives and I’m off to make more framed ornaments!


Blog post by: Karen Baker

  1. jen shears

    What a fantastic use of those frames! And what handsome subjects!! 🙂

  2. Sherri

    Great tutorial! Sweet looking little guys too 🙂 I really, really love that card. I may have to lift it for myself *wink*

  3. Alice W.

    the frame ornaments are so beautiful with the H2Os and such an elegant card to go with it. love love your projects, Karen!

  4. meme

    Wonderful projects! My favorite is burlap string, I use it so much!

  5. Chunyuan

    Those frames are great idea. Gorgeous card.

  6. Doris Widder

    awesome frames!

  7. Miriam Prantner

    Great frames, and the card is just gorgeous

  8. Christine Dring

    Wow! The frames and card are simply stunning!


    the frames are certainly a wonderful gift! thank you for sharing.

  10. erin t

    Beautiful card, loved the layered ribbon look, and what a fun little Christmas goodie, fabulous models.

  11. Heather I.

    WONDERFIL projects – as always!!!

  12. Barbara Johnson

    Wow!! I love the white silk ribbon!! That’s dreamy!! And I love that you can color it for your projects!! That’s fantastic!! The frames are beautiful and will look fabulous as a centerpiece in a project. I can’t wait to try these!! Gorgeous!!

  13. Charlene

    Not sure which is cuter…that frame idea or the cuties inside them. Great ideas, Karen!

  14. Kim H

    Great projects, love the tutorial tips. Thank you.

  15. Addie Wyatt

    Luv the frames and the card simply stunning … luv the layers of ribbon 🙂

  16. natasha g.p.

    Nice muted tones. I like!

  17. sharon gullikson

    I like the natural look with the fancy look.

  18. b. poteraj

    I didn’t know that you sold natural twine….nice.

  19. Kelly Sas

    Ohhhh, I love the idea of those ornaments! TFS

  20. jean marmo

    Wonderful projects!

  21. Anita A

    Stunning card and frames!

  22. Sue McRae

    Wonderful frames and I love the layered ribbons on the card, so elegant!

  23. DeeDee Catron

    could you imagine these as place holders at a giant thanksgiving feast? maybe with small child photos of each person from years ago?? AWESOME!

  24. Kristie Maynard

    Cool frame projects! What an elegant card. Love it!

  25. Marcia D

    Love the projects today, especially the beautiful card!

  26. Janet Sisk

    Love the frames and card! You all are SO creative. 😀

  27. Pearl Maple

    Gorgeous with all that creative use of color

  28. Helen LeBrett

    fun frames, and that card is so elegant and beautiful!!

  29. Jingle

    These are so pretty!

  30. Becky D

    Adorable ornaments Karen! These are so perfect to send to relatives. Thanks for the great idea! I LOVE this elegant and simple Christmas card – how perfect for mass producing 🙂

  31. Denise Coulter

    What a wonderful gift to make for family members 🙂 Your card is beautiful as well.

  32. Holly Tolman

    Wow, anyone would love to receive these!

  33. Debbie C.

    Great projects and cards. Love the layered ribbon look on the card.

  34. Emily K

    Love those frames and that dimensional card! Thanks for sharing.


Write Comment

Follow Along

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

About May Arts

Welcome to the May Arts Ribbon brand blog. May Arts Ribbon is known for its superior quality and classic design.

If you are a business looking to buy May Arts Ribbon, register to shop wholesale.

About Ribbon Resource

Ribbon lovers can shop the ribbon seen on the blog at our retail site Ribbon Resource is May Arts' retail store, a fun play off our tagline "The Ribbon Resource".