Saturday, October 16, 2021

Villainous Potion

 Hello Friends!

Well, what did you think of the new color?  I am not a huge purple fan, but VILLAINOUS POTION may have just changed my mind! To me, this is the perfect color of purple and was needed in the Distress line!

I created 3 projects for the LIVE using the new color. I thought I would share this one first since it has a Halloween Vibe!
Follow along and I will show you how I put it together....
My substrate is a large Vignette Tray.  I wanted to create a patchwork background and I know if you cut the squares at 1 1/2" or multiples of that number, the squares fit perfectly.  
I used three types of "paper" for the squares:
  1. Mixed Media Heavystock - colored with Distress Ink in Villainous Potion, Peeled Paint and Salvaged Patina.
  2. Worn Wallpaper Halloween
  3. Metal Foil Tape - Mini Lumber 3D Folder + Black Soot Distress Paint rubbed over the embossed foil.
Once my pieces were cut, I adhered to the tray surface with Collage Medium.  You might notice that my foil pieces are double wide, at 3" long and I have some pieces that are shorter.  Really, anything goes.  As I added the squares with the Collage Medium, I also added a thin layer over the top of the paper pieces to seal.
The Worn Wallpaper pack had the perfect complementing pattern for the patchwork.  The color is perfect with Villainous Potion, so even though I could have stamped a pattern, I decided to use it not only for the color but the texture of the Wallpaper.

Since I sealed the paper pieces I was able to use Crayon over the seam lines and rub it in with a damp fingertip.
I had extra pieces of foil and paper so I matched up the patterns and added to the edge of the tray.  If you don't want to do that or you have run out of paper, just paint the tray edges black.
I chose a photo from the Halloween Paper Dolls pack and used Villainous Potion Oxide ink to color the background.  Her face was colored with Crushed Olive Distress Crayon and the background was painted with Oxide.  The frame and word strip are from the Baseboard Halloween pack.  I clipped one end of the word strip and added a idea-ology Tiny Clip to the other.
NOTE: I will have a tutorial on Monday to show how I created the Oxide Background.
The Test Tubes were one of my favorite additions to the Halloween release this year.  I added Bubbles (another brilliant idea from Mr Holtz) colored with Alcohol Ink to the Test Tube and glued the cork in place.  I wrapped wire around the Test Tube and added the tiny label from my favorite Snippets pack.  A little white paint on the wire finished it off.  I added the Test Tube to the collage with Collage medium, leaving it overnight to cure.
Spray the Bouquet Flowers with Villainous Potion Spray Stain and dry with a heat tool.  Once dry, I rubbed Collage Medium inside and outside each flower and formed each flower into a cup shape (sometimes the shape is lost when adding the stain).  Each flower form is different...the Collage Medium allows that shape to last.  When the flowers were still drying, I used a small spoon to sprinkle black glitter from the Halloween Sparkle set over the flowers.  Do not add so much glitter that it covers the should be very random.
The 13 comes from the Baseboards Halloween pack.  I added Distress Crayon, then poked holes in each corner to add the Mini Fasteners.
Shake Well from the Ephemera pack, seemed like the perfect sentiment to go with the Test Tube! I added it with 3D foam squares.
I kept the left side very simple.  Just a small collage of flowers, Ephemera and Snippets.
I left much of the background plain - I just didn't want to cover it up.  Can you see why I have fallen in love with this new color? 

If you missed the new color Live today, please be sure to check out Tim's blog for the link to the re-play.  
Thank you for stopping by! I really appreciate it!

now carry on,

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Halloween Card File Box

 Hello Friends,

Today I'm sharing photos of the Halloween Card File Box I created for the idea-ology Halloween Release.  This is the second Card File I have made, so I just reused the drawer I created for the first one.  I put the spring cards in a zip lock bag for safe storage and have added some fun Halloween cards for the season.  Maybe I need to make Christmas cards for it too so I can leave it out all year long?  I think I need to add that to my list of projects to get done in November.

I love these cards because I love the process of making them.  It's the kid of project that you don't have to think too much, you just put on the music and go for it.  Following the same formula as the first box of cards I made works well...

  1. Cut Kraft Stock to size 3 1/2 x 4 1/4"  (you need 18 - 25 cards/dividers to fill the box).
  2. Add paper backgrounds to all cards.
  3. Color all the Paper Dolls.
  4. Add ephemera + Paper Dolls + words.

I think the background paper is key to the project.  I used idea-ology Backdrops Halloween - which btw could be used year round!  The colors and patterns go together so well that it made it very easy to create the collaged cards.  I also added some Halloween Worn Wallpaper to the mix since it has a different look (like old wallpaper) and texture.
All cards were cut using the Black Kraft Stock Stack, which is a pack of 24 sheets of heavy, black, 6 x 8" Kraft Stock (black on one side, kraft on the other).  That way all cards are black on the backside without any effort.  
For the front of the cards, I used my Tonic Trimmer to cut various strips of paper, from 1" to 3".  Once I had a little stack of papers, I glued them to the cards with Collage Medium, cutting away the excess paper with scissors.  Could not be any easier.
Once the cards were covered, I used a corner rounder to (obviously) round the corners of each card.  Next up is the stitching.  I love stitching on paper so I added some stitching on each card, leaving the threads long (this really does add to the project).
Once the card were done, I set out to color a huge bunch of the Halloween Paper Dolls and a could portraits that come in the pack.  You can see the the main color I used was Crushed Olive, with Faded Jeans coming in a close second, followed by Black Soot, Aged Mahogany, and a bit of Rusty Hinge.  I like to color the dolls all at once, so I can have a large stack ready to go.
Now you are ready to assemble the cards using the Halloween Ephemera pack, Mini Flair Halloween, Halloween Layers, and the absolutely fabulous Snippets pack that has all the tiny labels you will ever need...until you use them all and have to buy another pack!

I have highlighted a few of my favorite cards:
words - Sticker book
crow - Ephemera pack
crayons - Rustic Wilderness on the sweaters + Aged Mahogany on cheeks
button - Mini Flair
blue label - Snippets pack
words - Sticker book
crayons - Crushed Olive Crayon on the background + Aged Mahogany on cheeks
bottom and left side background paper - Worn Wallpaper Halloween
card with calla lilies - Ephemera pack
round label - Snippets pack
words - Sticker book
crayons - Crushed Olive Crayon on tie + Faded Jeans for suit 

flower - Worn Wallpaper Halloween
left background paper - Worn Wallpaper Halloween
flashcard - Ephemera pack
label - Snippets pack
button - mini flair pack
mask - Sticker book
crayons - Weathered Wood on dress + Crushed Olive detail
stripes on socks - POSCA pen

left background paper - Worn Wallpaper Halloween
pharmacy label- Ephemera pack
label - Snippets pack
mask - Sticker book
words - Sticker book
crayons - Chipped Sapphire suit + Crushed Olive vest and shirt
buttons on shirt - POSCA pen
butterfly - Layers pack
31- Ephemera pack
label - Snippets pack
words - Sticker book
crayons - Rusty Hinge dress
stripes on socks - POSCA pen
poison label - Ephemera pack
bat wings - Halloween Transparency pack
label - Snippets pack
words - Sticker book
crayons - Peeled Paint on dress + Aged mahogany on cuffs and collar
stripes on socks + buttons - POSCA pen
These next few cards were created as filler or "breaks" between the cards.  
lotto card - Layers pack + flash card - Ephemera pack
spiderweb - Layers pack
In Loving Remembrance - Layers pack
All buttons - Mini Flair Halloween
owl - Layers pack
patterned paper - Worn Wallpaper Halloween
button - Mini Flair Halloween
prescription card - Layers pack
crow - Ephemera pack 
button - Mini Flair Halloween
word - Sticker Book
green tag - Ephemera pack + man and words from the Sticker book.
As for the box I put the cards in, it is the largest of the Vignette Boxes that comes in the pack.  I had my husband cut two pieces of wood to hold the cards up.  These were wood pieces from other Vignette projects where I did not use a shelf here or there and saved the left-over pieces (I never throw that kind of stuff away).  Once the dividers were glued in with Collage Medium, I painted the inside black so it looks like it came that way.  Once dry, I chose a paper to cover the body of the box.  Any pattern will work!

I hope you give this project a go!  I love making these cards, in fact I find them kinda relaxing, as there is not much thought...because anything goes!  The layers of Ephemera and Paper Dolls are fun to create with and tell a story, like the boy with the crow on his head!

now carry on,

Thursday, October 7, 2021

A visit with Miss Havisham

 Hello friends,

So happy to be here today sharing one of my favorite projects from the Halloween release!  This is my take on the character of Miss Havisham from Great Expectations.  If you have read Charles Dickens book, or even seen a movie adaptation, you know that Miss Havisham is a wealthy spinster, jilted at the alter, who insists on wearing her wedding dress for the rest of her life.  The bride Paper Doll (found in the Halloween pack) was the catalyst for telling the story as she looks the part of the tragic Miss Havisham. You might notice I have also added the letter written by former suitor and the wedding cake that remains on the table in her crumbling manor.  Now let me tell you how I created the rest...

I started by cutting a vintage file box to fit the Backdrop paper I wanted to use. The file box was made of book board so it made a great substrate because it does not bend. If you don't have something like this, then just use a piece of heavy chipboard and cover with paper - there are plenty of choices from the Backdrop Halloween papers.  My substrate is approximately 7.5 x 11.5".
Before we move on I just wanted to show some of the Backdrops papers that come in the Halloween pack.  By far my favorite Halloween paper release in our history.  The mix of colors is amazing and the designs work together so beautifully!  You can see the one we are going to use on the bottom left - one of my favorites!
This is one of the windows from the new idea-ology Baseboard Window Frames.  I cut the windows out of the "frame" and then in half so they could be used open.  It's not hard to do, but your craft knife needs to be sharp.  I used a metal ruler to guide all the straight cuts. That makes it much easier.
PLEASE exercise caution when using a craft knife to cut chipboard.
It is very hard to tell here but I have added a piece of a Mica Sheet to each window.  I decided I wanted the mica to show up more, so I added Mushroom Alcohol Ink to the backside.  It will not look nearly as dark in the final piece, as it does here again the white paper.
Back to the substrate...
  1. Adhere the Backdrop Halloween paper to a piece of heavy chipboard.  Brush on a layer of Collage Medium over the top of the paper.  Once dry, sand the edges.  
  2. Shake the bottle of Mushroom Alcohol ink over the paper to add the age spots. Dry with heat tool.
  3. Add 3d foam squares to the back and adhere to the base, making sure there is enough room at the top for the grommets.
  4. Adhere the window frame with Collage Medium and let dry.
I very carefully aged the large grommets (bought in the notions section of Joann) after they were in place.  I added Grit-Paste to the grommet and let it dry completely then used a small paint brush to add the Mushroom Alcohol Ink over the Grit-Paste.  If you don't have Grit-Paste, at least color the silver grommets with Mushroom Alcohol Ink.
I used a good amount of Collage Medium to add the windows to the frame.  
I wanted the windows to be at an angle, so I slipped a 1/2" wood block under the edge of the window while it was drying.  The Collage Medium dries like cement if you give it time to do it's thing.  My project has been shipped to Tim and back again and the windows never moved.
While the windows dry, start on the embellishments.
The clock is the Baseboard Halloween pack.  I added the Clock Hands, an older idea-ology product, with a Long Fastener.  To age the clock hands I added Picket Fence paint and Mushroom Alcohol Ink (you can see why I need the 2oz bottle).
The Long Fastener in the center, holds the hands in place, but allows you to set the time to whatever you wish. Once you have the time set to what you want, tap on the center with a small hammer to keep the hands in place (I still need to set this one).
The large flower is from the Halloween Layers pack and is the prefect fit for the space above the frame. I added the bingo chip below the rose so the clock face could have something to sit on.
In Great Expectations, Miss Havisham has all the clocks in her manor stopped at twenty minutes to nine, the exact time she received the letter.
As for Miss Havisham herself, I tinted her with a few Distress Crayons.  You might notice that in the end, I wiped away much of the pink on her skirt since she looks more like she may have killed her suitor!  That is one reason I like to use Distress crayons to color with, if you do something you don't like, just wipe it away with a damp cotton swab.  Very forgiving medium on slick or coated paper.
I added a ledge created with Etcetera Trims (pinked and bracket combined) and painted it with a few layers of Distress Paint to create this aged look.  I added the Paper Doll to the panel using two bingo chips - she needs to sit up above the white frame and the bingo chips worked perfectly to do this.  You could also double or triple 3D foam squares.  You might notice I used brown crayon on the bottom of her dress because I figured, if she had been walking around her house for years wearing it, the hem would be dirty!
So lets talk about the cake.  This cake can be made using anything you have on hand...that's what I did. This is actually my favorite kind of making...looking around and using what's at arms length!  I have a bowl of junk that I throw all kinds of stuff in and in the bowl were some bingo chips (large and small) and a few wood bases that came off old Woodland Trees (the base on the current Woodland Trees is much thinner).  
top - idea-ology crown painted with Gold Mixative + resin flower
top layer - thick base from old Woodlands Tree
bottom layer - x- large bingo chip 
stand - idea-ology candlestick turned upside down
base - standard bingo chip painted silver + Mushroom Alcohol Ink added later
vintage tatting lace added at the very end

I glued the two wood pieces together, and added them to the upside-down candlestick. 
Once dry, I painted the cake with Picket Fence Distress Paint, let dry.
Rub Glossy Accents over the white paint and sprinkle with Clear Rock Candy glitter, let dry.
I wanted the cake to look old so I added a bit of Walnut Stain Crayon over parts of the glitter. 
As you can see from the final photos (taken with much better lighting), the cake really is white with just a bit of brown.
The new Drippy Candles were added (I love these so much - why I didn't buy 100, I don't know!)

The spider webs are just the plain 'ole spider webs they sell at craft stores.  Start with a small piece around the top of the window and stretch it across to the bottom.  Start again from the opposite window and repeat until you have enough webs.  I love the the webs stick to the glitter on the cake!

I added black Crinkle Ribbon to the top.  You might notice it looks old - I think that is because after I colored it black, I went back and sprayed Picket Fence Distress Stain Spray in random places.  Because there is pigment in Picket Fence it leaves the white stains and makes the ribbon kinda crunchy.  Once I had the ribbon tied just how I wanted it, I sprayed it with hairspray and dried it with a heat tool to keep its shape.
The condemned tag is from the ephemera pack - I just ripped off the bottom part so it did not hang down too long.  I rubbed Collage Medium on both sides of the tag (to make the paper sturdy) then added Distress Crayon to age it.  The eyelet was added (because you should always add an eyelet when you can) and a Loop Pin secures it to the ribbon.

Clipping stickers were added to a chipboard strip at the bottom.  I used a chipboard strip that I already had that was black.  I used gold Mixative over the top to cover the printed words, then added the words, "Here in the darkened house of weeping".  The perfect sentiment!
Oh that Mica is everything!  The added Mushroom Alcohol Ink really brings out the cracks.

Thank you for stopping by to see this project! I just love that little cake!  I had SO MUCH FUN making this piece and telling the story. 
now carry on!