Saturday, October 29, 2016

The Undertaker

Hi everyone! 
I cold not let the Halloween season pass without making a something with my Undertaker friend!  

I started with the new Vignette Box House that is part of the Christmas release to create my Halloween piece.  I adhered paper from the Materialize Mini Paper Stash with Collage Medium on the inside of the box (I like that this paper really looks like old wallpaper).
I cut out a Found Relative and placed him in the box on a small wood block so he sits about 3/4" from the back.
I also added wood grain paper to the sides of the box.  Yes, I know the box is wood but the scale of the paper was more interesting!
 I wanted to add a web so I got out the Mixed Media Halloween Thinlit.  I added Metal Foil to a piece of cardstock and ran it through the Vagabond.
 I colored the web with Alcohol Ink in Oregano and Black Soot.
 Then clipped it away from the frame.
I also used Distress Collage Medium Vintage to age a piece of ephemera for the background.  So easy to color white paper "anything"...just wipe it on and let it dry.  Once dry, I crumpled it up, ripped the edges and inked it with Gathered twigs.
 I also created a little vignette inside the box with some cool idea-ology products.  I used Apothecary Vials, bones (Boneyard), a Typed Token and Mini Fastener, dyed cheesecloth and moss.  I colored the words on the Typed Token with Festive Berries Distress Crayon - so easy to add color to the recessed words.
I used the Oregano Alcohol Ink to color his boutonniere made with a large Heirloom Rose and some string.
You might notice in this photo that I tinted the Undertakers cheeks with a Victorian Velvet Distress marker then wiped it way with a soft cloth (just don't mention to anyone that he's wearing make-up).
The dear friend, no Halloween project is complete without you.  Cut strips were dyed with Distress Spray Stains in various colors of brown and then left to dry.  The result is extraordinary....and might I say perfectly stained cloth.  I tacked it to the house with tack nails from Home Depot.  The tack nail on the right is also holding the metal spider in place.
Happy Halloween...hope all your candy dreams come true.  Me? Well I have a dentist appointment on Monday morning.  Sounds like a cruel joke to me!
Now carry on,

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Eclectic Elements Craft Thread

Just a quick post today to talk about Eclectic Elements Craft Thread.  We introduced Craft Thread for use in hand stitching on sewing projects but I have found myself using it over and over in my everyday crafting projects.  In fact I am using it extensively in my Christmas class this year.
The Craft Thread is sold in three palettes made up of 4 colors know the pack with the reds is my favorite. 

I created this stitched pillow for the spring Quilt Market.  It was here that I really got to experiment with the Craft Thread using different stitches along with vintage lace and grain sacks.  Annette Millard wrote a great blog post about the pillow and her experimentation with the Craft Thread.  You can read it here
If you are a sewer, you can also download free project instructions for Airmail Patchwork Tote Bag using Eclectic Elements metal zippers and Craft Thread.  This looks like a fun project!
Hope these projects give you some ideas for using the new Eclectic Elements Craft Thread.  Whether it's stitching or are going to love it.
Now carry on,

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Made To Order...

Hi everyone - Busy times around here getting things kitted up for my first holiday classes in Waxahachie, TX.  My sister also came for a visit which made for not only some fun times but a HUGE help in getting the kits processed for shipping this week.  Please be sure to check the blog side bar to see where I will be teaching this fall!

Today's Halloween project is easy and would make for a great Halloween display.  Follow along and I'll show you what I made...

Start by painting the frame and base of the Framed Panel with Black Soot Distress Paint.  It will take two coats to make it nice and black.
I chose a skeleton from the Halloween Ephemera pack as a focal point.  I cut a piece of chipboard to fit and painted the sides black.
While the chipboard is drying, paint a nice layer of Distress Collage Medium Crazing over the surface of the ephemera.  Let this dry for at least an hour or more. 
While the Crazing is drying, I cut black cardstock using two Thinlit Halloween dies: Halloween Words -Thin and Twisted Edge.  I think the Twisted Edge is already a favorite of many people because I see it being used a lot!  As for the Halloween Words, I just cut some of the words and then made up my own phrase for this project.  A great way to stretch a seasonal die!!
 Add Distress Glitter to the Twisted Edge.  Let Dry.

Once the Crazing is dry to the touch you can color it with a multitude of Distress I'm using Distress Crayons to color the tiny little cracks that the Crazing has left.  I scribbled over the surface and (with a wet fingertip) rubbed the crayon into the cracks.  INSTANT aging!!
I wanted to use the new bones (Boneyard) from the idea-ology Halloween release.  These are seriously cool.  Where does Tim come up with these product ideas?  You know me and my favorite red Eclectic Elements Craft Thread. I can't get enough of this stuff!  I decided that since the large bone was the same size as the femur in the ephemera I would sew it right over the image.   A little Dr. Frankenstein I know, but I couldn't help myself.
I added the piece of chipboard I previously painted to the back of the ephemera (see the tiny black edge?).  I also added Remnant Rubs (Gothic) to the bottom of the piece.  You might think that it would be hard to add Remnant Rubs over Crazing, but it's not.  They rub on very easy using the Remnant Rub Tool.
A little more rubs on each the black script adding to the ephemera (one of my favorite parts of the Halloween Remnant Rubs).  Something you won't notice in the photo is that I added a very thin layer of Collage Medium over the Remnant Rubs - this helps to hide the "halo" around the rubs and incorporate them so seamlessly that they appear as one with the paper.
Add a couple Hex Fasteners to the top and bottom of the card.  They come in two sizes in the pack - I used the smaller of the two.
Adhere paper from the Materialize Paper Stash to the Framed Panel using Collage Medium.  I used the "wood" looking paper and a piece for the bottom that has old advertisements.
To prepare the frame, I randomly painted over the Black Soot with Ripe Persimmon Distress Paint.  Once dry, I added glue stick to the dots around the frame so I could adhere gold foil.  You have to rub really well but goes on perfectly random, which is exactly what I wanted. 
I used Slate and Mushroom Alcohol Ink to color the Word Band (Incantation).   We have never had a Word Band with a number on it before - love this one and it's just perfect for this project.  Once the Alcohol Ink was dry I colored in the number.  I have a little trick to color in the letters/numbers on any Word Band.  If you heat it with your Heat Tool for about 15 seconds, it heats the metal just enough to melt the crayon tip as your are coloring over the letters/numbers.  Works every time.  Remember to only heat it for 15 seconds so you do not burn yourself on the metal.
Cut some string and add to each end of the Word Band.  Use Gathered Twigs Distress Ink to color the string, then add it to the Frame with Glossy Accents.
Now put all the pieces together to create a fun Halloween Panel.  I figured the idea-ology wood Coffin box was appropriate for the display since I used the Undertaker Remnant Rub and my phrase, "Made to Measure".
Another Remnant Rub that is perfect for this project..."orders attended to day or night"
For the Coffin, I painted it with Distress Stain then rubbed over it with Collage Medium.  Once dry, I sanded the edges and inked with Gathered Twigs.  The Halloween Word Key was colored with Picket Fence Distress Paint and Mushroom Alcohol Ink.  I nailed the key to the coffin lid with a carpet tack (which coincidentally looks somewhat like a vampire stake from the old Bela Lugosi Dracula movies).  Perfect for a great Halloween display!
Halloween is not too far away so I thought I might just have a give away 
for some of the idea-ology Halloween product.  
To win:
leave a comment and tell me your favorite Halloween candy
I will post the winners name on Friday, Oct 14th!
now carry on,