Christmas Stamp Embossed Ornament

Since the release of my new Pink Persimmon stamp designs yesterday, I couldnโ€™t resist crafting a bit more with the Merry Christmas Tree Stamp. I ran by the craft store yesterday and found this really fun product called Pluffy. A lightweight foam product that claims to stay soft and never dry out, or you can bake it to keep forever. It worked perfectly for creating a beautiful Christmas tree ornament.

UPDATE: As of 2014 these rubber stamps are no longer available. I hope you will be inspired by the techniques to create your own unique ornament with other rubber stamps available on the market.

I rolled out some white Pluffy to about 3/16″ thick onto the back of a foil lined baking sheet that fits into my toaster oven. I sprayed my Merry Christmas Tree clear stamp with silicone spray to keep it from sticking to the foam then pressed it into the Pluffy. Be certain to clean your stamp well after using silicone spray before using again with ink.Using a sharp knife, I trimmed the foam into a tree shape. I bent my metal ruler and pressed into the foam to achieve the curved bottom, as demonstrated by my lovely assistant/daughter, Sarah.

I baked as directed, making it not quite hard, but slightly flexible and dry. Once cool, I trimmed the edges round with scissors then punched a hole into the top with my 1/8″ hole punch. This stuff is really fun and easy to work with!ย  Sarah mentioned it reminded her of projects done on her favorite cake TV shows using Marzipan.I gave it a few coats of Sterling Silver spray paint. {UPDATE: I have learned since origianally sharing this post that a first coat of Kilz spray primer BEFORE using spray paint is essential in sealing the dry Pluffy allowing the silver paint to dry.}I strung a bow made of repurposed gift-boxย  ribbon into the hole at the top.Then I went outside to decorate a section of the evergreen in my front yard as my curious neighbors looked on.The paint is still soft to the touch, so I recommend a drying time of a few days before handling the ornaments much. If you make one and you leave the back white, you can write a timely sentiment to give as a gift.If you havenโ€™t already, be sure to enter the Cathe Holden/Pink Persimmon Christmas Stamp Pack Giveaway!

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82 Responses to Christmas Stamp Embossed Ornament

  1. #1 - Jeanne says:

    Omg, that is gorgeous!

  2. #2 - Kelli Mulrooney says:

    This is absolutely beautiful! You’re craftiness runs rings around mine!

  3. #3 - Theresa T. says:

    just awesome. now to find your stamps in the store. thank you. what a great gift idea.

  4. #4 - Justyna says:

    i love your ideas!!! just regret we don’t have anything like that pluffy over here

  5. #5 - Karin says:

    That is gorgeous! Now to find some Pluffy. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. #6 - Tiffany Johnson says:

    This is why I love your work! You are always inventing new ways to use your supplies! LOVE the ornament idea!

  7. #7 - Audrey Whitbeck says:

    Absolutely beautiful, and it sounds pretty simple to make….I wonder if I could do it?

  8. #8 - Arielle says:

    The ornament turned out positively gorgeous and oh so classy! Made all the more special because it was your stamp design! They’d make perfect Christmas gifts!
    Keep up the amazing work!

  9. #9 - {gemmifer} says:

    What a great idea! I definitely thought it was stamped in a heavy foil sheet and was wondering how you did it–that paint is pretty impressive stuff. Very clever decoration!

  10. #10 - Cheryl says:

    Now I REALLY must try this!! LOVE it!

  11. #11 - Lisa~ says:

    This would make such a great gift! I’m so happy for your new stamp collection. Good for you! Lisa~

  12. #12 - stephanie says:

    That is absolutely STUNNING. Seriously! You are one gifted lady, Cathe! Thanks for sharing with us. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. #13 - Elaine Allen says:

    Cathe –

    I LOVE this! What a great way to make a special gift for a newborn or somebody special. It looks so elegant and really looks like sterling. Just Beautiful! Thank you for sharing with us.

    Elaine Allen

  14. #14 - Kathy says:

    Very cool Cathe…
    Spent some fun time on your site last evening ordering goodies from your store site.
    Can’t wait to get it all!
    Keep up the good work…Love it all,
    xoxo~Kathy @
    Sweet Up-North Mornings…

  15. #15 - Dawn says:

    Stunning ornament!
    Pluffy looks like a very interesting substance to work with!

  16. #16 - Centsational Girl says:

    Completely fantastic Cathe!!!! What a great project, I’m so inspired!

  17. #17 - Janelle says:

    That is beautiful! I never heard of pluffy. Love u craft bloggers!

  18. #18 - Wanda says:

    Looks quite elegant!!

  19. #19 - Claire says:

    I think I could do this! Very pretty…

  20. #20 - Stephanie says:

    Wow! That really looks like embossed metal… how cool!

  21. #21 - patrizia says:

    WOW! I really like this! Very classy ๐Ÿ™‚


  22. #22 - MichelleGB says:

    That’s lovely! Looks fabulous and simple to do! Thank you for the inspiration!

  23. #23 - Lisette aka Liszha says:

    Wow! This is gorgeous. Never heard of this Pluffy but gonna try getting that.

  24. #24 - Suzy Myers says:

    I love it when I run across a new idea. Pluffy. Never heard of it. But imagine all the possibilities! Love your ornament! Beautiful!

    Please stop by and link up the my Commercial Break Thursday linky list if you get a chance.


  25. #25 - Felicia Kramer says:

    OMG that is gorgeous! I have to find Pluffy and try that.

  26. #26 - Samantha says:

    really? this is just ridiculously fantastic and you make it look so easy. i can see there will be a pluffy shortage in north america in the next few days!

  27. #27 - Nancy ~ Inkcicles says:

    That’s crazy cool! Thanks for the inspiration and fun!


  28. #28 - conniemelancon says:

    This came out so pretty! Would make great teachers gifts.

  29. #29 - Crafty Math Chick says:

    That pluffy stuff is pretty cool – never heard of it before but now I am intrigued! Your ornament is so elegant looking.

  30. #30 - Jenn says:

    That is very pretty.

    Just a small bit of warning though – be careful when using spray paint or finish on polymer clay. The propellants in the spray have a tendency to interact badly with the plasticizers in the clay itself & the finish will become sticky over time. It’s usually better to either use a liquid acrylic paint or to use mica powders like Pearl Ex. To be honest, my experiences are from using other polymer clays and I haven’t used Pluffy clay, but the fact that you said the paint wasn’t completely hardened is making me wonder…

    Also, you can use a spritz of water as a release for your stamps, and then you don’t have to worry about cleaning the silicone off. =)

  31. #31 - Annie Lawlor says:

    I am always inspired and in awe when I see your incredible, extraordinary creations. Your designs are on the cutting edge utter fabulousness!!! The best part is you explain the process in such a clear manner so everyone can understand how to do it . I made the denim jacket w/the vintage patches …it is AMAZING!!!! It is one of my most treasured possessions thanks to you. Can’t wait to see whats new for 2011!

  32. #32 - Btrflywmn says:

    This is so creative, great job.

  33. #33 - Debbie says:

    This is a beautiful ornament!

  34. #34 - Megan Colling says:

    Great gift idea! You’ve inspired me to get started on x-mas gifts!

  35. #35 - robin says:

    wow these are amazing!

  36. #36 - Wendy Orme says:

    I like to make a new ornament every year…this one just might be the one for 2010! It’s easy and beautiful.

  37. #37 - Holly says:

    I LOVE this…fantab idea.

  38. #38 - Genevieve says:

    When I saw very cool this stamp the other day, my first thought was to stamp it all the way around a circle – like a pie – to make a wreath design or holiday tray cloth.

    Great ornament! I love how you are ALWAYS creating from different angles. Never would have thought to use this as an embosser of fimo. So creative!!!

  39. #39 - Lauren @ten23designs says:

    Gorgeous!!! It looks like a $20 ornament.

  40. #40 - Donna says:

    Wow, never heard of pluffy before but I really like the way this
    ornament came out.
    Cathe I always enjoy your wonderful projects and just want to thank you for bringing a bit more organization and color into my home.

  41. Ok, I know what product I’ll be looking for the next time I’m at the craft store. I can think of all kinds of uses for that! Love your ornament.

  42. #42 - Erin Glee says:

    Beautiful! I have Fimo & Sculpy but now I want to play with “Pluffy”!
    I see I am in the drawing with 774 other people… well maybe a few less because some left two comments when they forgot to leave their contact info on the 1st comment… wishing on my Lucky Star when you pick the tri of winners!

  43. #44 - Erin Glee says:

    Ooops! TRIO of winners!

  44. #45 - jana says:

    beautiful :)!

  45. #46 - Cat horn says:

    Very pretty and elegant. And what a great idea to give as a gift.

  46. #47 - kim says:


  47. #48 - Marie says:

    This is so fabulous! Never thought of using those baking tin trays! Genius! It looks gorgeous. My friends and family might be getting ornaments from me this year!!

  48. #49 - Miss B says:

    Gorgeous work (as usual!)

  49. #50 - Knittingnana says:

    WoW — this is so great — I ordered the stamp and got it in like 2 days and now I’m on the search for Pluffy. This is the cutest thing and I cannot wait to copy this. Great idea

  50. #51 - Sandra Richardson says:

    I am blownaway with your creative spirit Be Blessed

  51. #52 - Lulu says:

    What a creative idea, thanks for shareing it!

  52. #53 - Itsrainingcake says:

    I loved this. Last week, I was home sick and I happened to have similar tree-shaped stamps and bake-able clay. It worked really well. I didn’t go silver though, but sprayed mine with gold. Afterward I antiqued them with diluted brown acrylic paint to show off the words. In addition, I added some black ribbon… Thanks for the idea!!!

  53. #54 - Kerridwen Niner says:

    Ohh i love that, beautiful, bet puffys not available in the uk though ๐Ÿ™

  54. You are amazing! Seriously… I could spend hours reading all of your DIY stuff and this is totally gorgeous!

  55. #56 - Jerosha says:

    Wow! I have not seen such product here in Sweden so currently I’m making ornaments made of clay plus stamped with rubber stamps. It’s on a drying process since my clay are non-bake. I hope it will turn out just the same. I so love your ornament =)

  56. #57 - Flea Market Trixie says:

    what a great idea, I love how it turned out!

  57. #58 - Tiff@ThreePeas says:

    I love this! I have never heard of Pluffy before. I’m going to have to check that stuff out!

  58. #59 - Mod Podge Amy says:

    Cathe! You are so brilliant. I’m so happy to know you.

  59. #60 - Shauna says:

    What a great craft project. I think I might try this one with my son for our weekend crafting time.

  60. #61 - Maxine Hodges says:

    What an amazing project!!!!! Love it!

  61. #62 - Dana Ward says:

    That’s great! I would love for you to come link this up at my Strut Your Stuff Party, and enter the giveaway as well!

  62. #63 - Resa Dance says:

    This is such a pretty ornament. A few hints for those who want to try this craft: In my experience, a previous poster was correct – the spray type paint does not set properly and the ornament stays tacky, so a brush on paint would be a better idea. Also, I would recommend putting the hole in before baking. Some of my ornaments cracked when I put the hole in after baking. Additionally, sterling silver paint is hard to find! I used “chrome” and my design was snowflakes, so it still looked nice (but not as pretty as the sterling silver!). Thank you Cathe for another wonderful idea!

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  65. #64 - Cheri says:

    This is an absolute great idea for next Xmas or for any holiday,B-day or just for you type of things using a friends verse or a religeous verse.I will definetly find Pluffy!! Thanks for your great idea…..

  66. #65 - Pat B. says:

    LOVE this Idea ! Like the sterling silver paint. Looks very ELEGANT !

  67. #66 - Christy Grant says:

    I’ve never heard of Pluffy before. Sounds interesting. I like what you did with it. Very nice!

  68. #67 - Marga Estebaranz says:

    simply spectacular, I like

  69. #68 - Sherri morgan says:

    I love your Christmas Stamps. How can I order both of them? Thank you! Sherri

  70. #69 - Imzadi says:

    Beautiful ornament. Alternately, instead of punching a hole after the piece has been semi-baked, you can take a wooden skewer and drill a hole before baking. Then you can bake it fully hard. Or, I suppose one could put it back into the oven to finish baking.

  71. #70 - Pam says:

    What a clever idea! This is beautiful!
    Thanks for the post!

  72. #71 - Barbara Majka says:

    Is your Merry Christmas Tree stamp still available for purchase?

  73. #72 - Elaine says:

    Where can I purchase the stamp used to create this ornament? Is there a website that sells it as I cannot find it at michaels or ac moore.

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  75. #73 - Kathie says:

    I, too, looked for this stamp. No luck. I figure it’s not being made anymore. I can’t find it on the website to purchase either. So disappointing. When these things are no longer available I wish it would be stated that the item is no longer available. ๐Ÿ™

  76. #74 - carrie phillips says:

    I absolutely LOVE this ornament and have not found a stamp anything like it and I’ve searched for 2 weeks now. Can you help me in any way. I really Need it. I’d be willing to buy or rent it from you. HELP

  77. #75 - carrie phillips says:

    Where did you order the stamp from????

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  79. #76 - Linda says:

    So … Would you be interested in making and selling some of these to me? Or, maybe sell me your stamp?

  80. #77 - Becky J Torbett says:

    Wish you would post a photo of your gold ornament. That sounds lovely, too!

  81. #78 - Heather says:

    Great idea and method………it simply amazes me what creative people execute