Tuesday, October 28, 2014

It's near Halloween

It's hard to believe that October of the new year is almost over and Halloween is just a few days away! Here's a Halloween layout created with Halloween stencils and other goodies from Tim Holtz.
Here are the supplies I used to make this layout:
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil for Stampers Anonymous - THS026 - Gothic
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil for Stampers Anonymous - THS027 - Halloween
Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamp for Stampers Anonymous - CMS197 - Carved Halloween
Tim Holtz Idea-ology 12 x 12 paper - French Industrial
Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Fabric - Blue Ticking, Correspondence, Rulers
Tim Holtz® Distress Paints: Tarnished Brass, Walnut Stain
Tim Holtz® Distress Stains: Ripe Persimmon, Spiced Marmalade
Tim Holtz® Waterbrushes
Tim Holtz Tonic Studios Kushgrip snip scissors
Ranger Archival Ink Pad: Jet Black
Ranger Collage Glue stick
Ranger Dina Wakley Media Palette Knife
Ranger Heat tool
Ranger Mister
Ranger Non-stick Craft Sheet
Ranger Texture Paste
Others: cardstock, sewing machine, thread, black pen
Now, let me walk you through the steps.
Color along the edges of the cardstock with Tarnished Brass Distress Paint and flat waterbrush.

Tear French Industrial 12 x 12 patterned paper slightly smaller than 8.5" x 11". Tear and fold along the edges. Attach to the cardstock using Ranger Collage Glue Stick.

With Kushgrip Snip scissors cut into fabric and then tear strips out by pulling towards yourself.

Layer the torn fabric strips on the background.

Attach another strip of patterned paper slightly tucked under the fabric strips. Machine stitch to secure all the pieces in place.

Dab some Tarnished Brass Distress Paint near the top right corner of the layout. Spray water on the wet paint with mister and let the color drip down.

Lay Halloween stencil on the layout and apply texture paste using palette knife.

Let the paste dry thoroughly. You could use a heat tool to speed up the process.

Lay Gothic stencil on the right side of the layout and apply Walnut Stain Distress Paint.

Dab on some Tarnished Brass and Walnut Stain Distress paints over the texture paste words and spray with mister. Hold the layout up and turn it around to let the colors drip down and move around.
Add some Ripe Persimmon Distress stain to the background and blend it with water. When dry, add a photo and add some Spiced Marmalade Distress Stain on and around the photo.
Journal above the photo. Use a black pen to doodle frames around some of the stenciled words. Stamp Happy Halloween above the journal and doodle a frame around it too to finish.
And there you have it. Hope you liked the step-by-step and layout. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Monday, October 20, 2014

A Halloween Chandelier

Do you ever shop in kid craft aisles? I do... some for my kids, especially my son who loves to paint things, but also for me. Don't always have a plan, but I pick up random things here and there. Such was the case of the Halloween chandelier.

After sitting in a bin in my studio for at least a couple of years, it finally saw light of day. I found this chandelier at JoAnn. I altered it with the following supplies:
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accent: Chalkboard Paint
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accent: Gesso
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accent: Gel Medium
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accent: Glass Bead Glitter Gel
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos Tool Set
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® colors: Gold Champagne, Iced Chai, Tangerine, Mango, Red Cherry, Blueberry, Cotton Candy, Metallic Mint
Others: punchinella, stencil, string

Start by adding a coat of Gesso to the chandelier pieces. Be sure to coat both the front and the back as you'll see all the sides when it's assembled and displayed.

Next, coat parts of the chandelier with chalkboard paint leaving out the candles and flames.

It should look something like this.

Color the candles with Gold Champagne and Iced Chai Gelatos® colors and blend with Gel Medium.

Color the flames with Mango, Tangerine and Red Cherry Gelatos® colors and blend with Gel Medium.

Add some dimension to the chandelier structure by rubbing on  Blueberry, Cotton Candy, Gold Champagne and Metallic Mint Gelatos® colors. Blend the colors with your fingers.

Lay a stencil over the chalkboard painted part of a chandelier piece and apply Glass Bead Glitter Gel with palette knife. Let dry thoroughly. Repeat on every surface of each chandelier piece.

When dry, lay a punchinella over some parts and color lightly with Iced Chai Gelatos® color.

Assemble the pieces together and tie with string to display in a chosen spot.

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial. Thanks for stopping by :)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Here's a Halloween challenge by Sizzix

Sizzix issued a challenge to its designers: Create a Halloween project in 30 minutes... using certain sets of Sizzix dies. This is my take:

Be sure to check out the Sizzix blog for all the details and many more fabulous inspiring projects.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Washi tape organization

Some ways I store my washi tapes are up on the October Afternoon blog today. Check it out here.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Fun with DecoArt Crackle Paste

Just playing today... with some crackle paste, mister, paints, and antiquing cream.

Applied the crackle paste with palette knife. Misted after it dried.

Painted this tag purple, applied crackle paste through stencil and painted with pink.

Mixed paint and crackle paste, applied with palette knife and distressed with antiquing cream.
These tags will probably become part of something else eventually. But for now, I'm just happy to play.

Friday, October 10, 2014

A sketch book with 100 proof Press

School field trips or a little day trip, Nini likes to make herself little sketches or collect ephemera in sketch books. Here's a small pocket sketch book I made for her to take along.

For this project, I used:
Others: Cardstock, Gesso, Gelatos, Stamper's Brush pens, pinking scissors, paint brush, adhesive, ink pad, ruler, bone folder, sewing machine, thread, ribbon, punch, Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Clear Rock Candy

Here are the steps to create this sketchbook

Stamp the image on cardstock with permanent ink and cut the block out with pinking scissors.

Color in the images with Stamper's Brush pens. 

Create soft colored backgrounds for each block using Gelatos.

When dry, apply a moderate coat of Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle medium over each little block. Let dry thoroughly for cracks to appear.

Apply Gesso to the cover which is just folded cardstock measuring 5.5" x 4.25". Color it with Gelato.

Add Gelato color at the top of the page and add water for it to drip down. Let dry.

Create the inside pages by folding more white cardstock, size being 5.5" x 4.25". Use a bone folder for nice clean creases.

Stitch the stamped block on the cover with sewing machine.

Align the page inserts inside the cover and punch two holes through the entire stack with Crop-a-dile leaving about 1" from top and bottom. Thread a ribbon through the holes and tie into a bow.

Hope you enjoyed this sketchbook and tutorial. Be sure to check out the 100 Proof Press shop for more fun stamps!

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

An Autumn Gift with Sizzix

Hello friends! Here's a tiny autumn caddy I made with Sizzix dies and my mixed media supplies.
For this project, I used:
DecoArt Media Gesso and Fluid Acrylic Paints
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Whipped Spackle
Ranger Archival Ink pad Jet Black and Distress Ink pad Vintage Photo
Stampers Anonymous Stamp set Simple Sayings,
Others: adhesive, background stamp, cardstock, paint brush, palette knife, punchinella, stencil, tulle
Here are the steps: 
Cut chipboard to size. Lay chipboard on die blade side up. Place them on an extended cutting pad and lay the extended premium crease pad on top. Pass the sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine.

Apply a coat of gesso to the die cut chipboard pieces.

Color the pieces with Fluid Acrylic paints in your favorite autumn colors.

Add some pattern to the pieces using punchinella as stencil and fluid acrylic paint. 

Ink up a background stamp with Jet Black archival ink pad and stamp on the pieces.

Apply strips of double sided tape to the bottom piece following crease lines.

Assemble the caddy.

Add some texture and more pattern with stencil and texture paste with palette knife. Let dry.
Diecut a few Layered Leaves. Lay cardstock on die blade side up. Put them in between two standard cutting pads and pass the sandwich through the Big Shot Machine. Lay a die cut leaf inside the accompanying embossing folder and put the folder between two cutting pads. Put the sandwich on the embossing tab of the multipurpose platform and run through the Big Shot Machine. Repeat with all the leaves. Color the leaves with fluid acrylic paints. Accentuate the embossed details with Vintage Photo Distress Ink pad.

Arrange the leaves inside the caddy with foam tape or another dimensional adhesive.

Diecut an oval by laying cardstock on die blade side up. Put them in between two standard cutting pads and pass the sandwich through the Big Shot Machine. Stamp sentiment on it. Tuck it inside the caddy along with some tulle to finish.
Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial! Thanks for stopping by :)