7 Days of Halloween Day 7- Dollar Tree Skull Makeover – Sugar Skull Art

7 Days of Halloween Day 7- Dollar Tree Skull Makeover – Sugar Skull Art

Hello,

Well it is here the last day of my 7 days of Halloween. It has been such a treat to share so many fun projects in a row with you guys. I will still have other videos and posts throughout the month, but these 7 days were just to help get those creative juices pumping.

For today’s share I took a Dollar Tree creepy skull and turned it into a sugar skull. It was very simple and a great project. If you are having a party and want a fun craft project this would be it. With just a little prep work everyone would leave with a project they love and can keep in their Halloween collection.

What you need is:

  1. A plastic skull (Dollar Tree) or store of choice
  2. A light grain sand paper
  3. Krylon Colormaster Paint + PRimer with curable covermax technology White/Flat (Find at Michaels or hardware store)
  4. Some good detail brushes (Smaller tips)
  5. Black Acrylic Paint
  6. 4 to 5 of your favorite craft paint

 

Here is what you do:

  1. Grab a box and mask and in a well-ventilated area spray your sugar skull, give it one coat and walk away for an hour or so, come back and give it a second coat to get the base and areas you missed. I think for my one skull I may have used what feels like a 1/4 of the spray can. *Note: it is a good idea to give the skull a bit of a rub with the sandpaper first to help the spray paint stick.

2. Once you skull is dry bring it inside. (I let mine sit overnight to ensure it wasn’t tacky- Florida humidity)

3. I looked online to get an idea of colors/patterns I may like to incorporate into my skull.

4. I used black acrylic paint to do the outlines of all the shapes I wanted. I colored the eye sockets in black, the nostril area in black. I did black lines around the teeth, then added my shapes around the skull.

5. I then used the black lines as paint by number and picked four of my favorite colors and began filling in all the shapes. I chose Dylusions paints because of their vibrancy and they worked really well over the spray paint.

6. The acrylic dries very quickly making for an easy make and take craft project.

To watch the process video and see step by step how I made the skull you can check out my youtube channel:  DIY Dollar Tree Sugar Skull

Here are photos of the finished skull:

Alright, folks, it’s time to stock up on those Dollar Tree Skulls before they are gone for the season. You can also paint your skull black and use bright colors if you like using the sticky jewels you can make a bedazzled skull, there are just so many options with a little spray paint and imagination.

Thanks for joining me for my 7 days of Halloween! Happy crafting!

Here is a list of the supplies I used to create the skull:

A Dollar Tree Skull

Krylon Colormaster Spray Paint in Flat White


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7 Days of Halloween Day 4- Edgar Allan Poe “The Raven” themed craft coffin box

7 Days of Halloween Day 4- Edgar Allan Poe “The Raven” themed craft coffin box

Hello Hello,

Welcome to day 4 of my 7 days of Halloween. For today’s treat, I have another assemblage piece. This is a spooky coffin box with an Edgar Allan Poe “The Raven” theme. The box used is a craft wood box that opens like a jewelry box. I purchased this one at Michaels (couldn’t find a link on website).  This is a seasonal item and they are great to stock up on at the end of the season to use as favors the following year. This box came together because of my Tim Holtz Idea-ology 2018 Halloween ephemera pack. I was looking thru all the bits and saw the one photo of Edgar Allan Poe, I then pulled out my Idea-ology baroque frames and thought hmm that would look cool together, then I put them on the coffin box and the spell began.  This one had many steps, too many to easily layout her for you but the basic materials were the wood coffin box, Tim Holtz Idea-ology Halloween 2018 ephemera piece, Tim Holtz Idea-ology baroque frame, distress resist spray, gothic stencil (Tim Holtz stampers anonymous layering stencil), black paint, Dylusions pomegranate seed paint, scrapbook paper, embossing powder, archival ink, raven stamps and a little magic ;).

I see this box as a cute addition to a bookshelf, or as a set of favors for a party with treats inside, maybe even as a gift for that Edgar Allan Poe lover you know.

This box will be listed on my etsy shop (while supplies last): Edgar Allan Poe Coffin Box

You can watch the magic happen in my Youtube Video: Edgar Allan Poe Coffin Box

Here are some still shots to get those cauldrons bubbling:

As always below is a list of the supplies I used to make this piece. Happy crafting have a spooktacular time!


 

 

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7 Days of Halloween Day 3 – Dylusions Black Cat Cobweb Halloween Art Journal Tag

7 Days of Halloween Day 3 – Dylusions Black Cat Cobweb Halloween Art Journal Tag

Hello Again,

Welcome to Day 3 of my 7 days of Halloween! Today’s make is a cute black cat cobweb Dylusions art journal tag. This one is special to me because I used a custom stencil I designed. I have released in my Etsy shop a set of stencil’s based on my fur babies Holly and Chappie (links below).

For this project I:

  1. Took a size #10 Dylusions Manilla Art Journal tag and coated it in two coats of Dylusions Crushed Grape Paint.
  2. Used the “Holly looking out window” stencil and painted the black cat image.
  3. I then placed the mask to the Holly stencil on the image to protect it.
  4. Next, I used the Small Dylusions Cobweb stencil to add Dylusions Fresh Lime Paint thru the cobweb stencil.
  5. I then removed the mask from the Holly figure and touched up the black areas.
  6. Out came my Versamark Pad and the stamp that accompanies the Small Dylusions Cobweb stencil. I inked up the stamp and went over the cobweb areas.
  7. Next, I laid down a layer of black embossing powder on the cobweb area and then tapped the embossing powder off into a coffee filter.
  8. For some extra glimmer, I got out my Versamarker and outlined the Holly shape and repeated the embossing.
  9. Once I was all shimmered I hit it with the heat gun to set.
  10. OOPS I forgot a step (Back after I did step 4 I edged the tag with black paint)
  11. Okay where were we, all shimmered up time to add copy. I dug thru my Tim Holtz Idea-ology 2018 Halloween word chips to find just the right one.
  12. I edged the word chip with Wilted Violet Distress Oxide.
  13. Lastly, to finish it all off I added some shiny cobweb ribbon I purchased at Michaels last year on clearance

The end result was a shimmer cat tag for a special happy mail swap.

You can see the process take shape on my YouTube Chanel: Dylusions Cobweb Black Cat Art Journal Tag

Here are some shots including Holly modeling the tag 😉

I hope this tag will inspire to break out some of those Dylusions paints and make your own cute Halloween tag, perfect for swap mail or your own art journal projects.

Happy Making

Here are the supplies used to make this tag:


 

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7 Days of Halloween Day 2 – Tim Holtz Idea-ology Halloween 2018 Ephemera “Palm Reader” Halloween Card

7 Days of Halloween Day 2 – Tim Holtz Idea-ology Halloween 2018 Ephemera “Palm Reader” Halloween Card

Hello Again,

Welcome to Day 2 of my 7 Days of Halloween. Today I am featuring a super simple Halloween card. This card took me under ten minutes to make and is an easy way to use up bits of Halloween scrapbook paper, ephemera and toss in a bit of your favorite Halloween stencil too.

This project started with a standard black card ( 5″ x 6 1/2″ Landscape). I took a piece of Halloween scrapbook paper from a packet I had bought at Hobby Lobby and trimmed a 1/4″ off each side with my paper cutter so when I taped it to the card it would leave a black border. I used double sided tape to place the scrapbook paper onto the background. Now prior to taping the background down I did edge it with the Tim Holtz Distress Oxide in Carved Pumpkin. I also added to the background using black archival ink thru a “spirit board” stencil from StrumpetStencils on etsy (links below). I then picked out my pieces of ephemera I wanted from my Idea-ology Halloween 2018 Ephemera pack and edged those with Distress Oxide in Black Soot and Carved Pumpkin. I then used sticky thumb adhesive dots to attach them to the page, with some dimension. Voila!  A super quick and super easy Halloween card.

You can see the process video here: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Halloween 2018 Ephemera “Palm Reader” Halloween Card

Here are some photos to stir those creative juices:

I know we love to save them but it’s time, break out those ephemera bits and get to making! Happy Halloween. I see a lot of fun in your future!

Here are all the supplies I used to make this card.


 

 

 

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“Quiet” Art Journal Page- Mission Inspiration 2018 August Mid-Month prompts

“Quiet” Art Journal Page- Mission Inspiration 2018 August Mid-Month prompts

Welcome,

Happy Wednesday folks. Today I am back with an art journal share. This is another art journal page that comes from prompts from the monthly Mission Inspiration facebook group I am in, run by Mike Deakin. The mid-month prompts really offer a challenge or more freedom, depending on how you look at it. All you get for these is a word and no other guidelines. For some, this may make it harder, or for others easier. I find it’s a great way to break a blank page. If you are in your art journal and that white page is really glooming at you, stop and walk away. Grab your favorite book or magazine, open to a page and read. A word can easily jar your creativity tree and an idea will fall loose and onto the page of your journal. This month’s mid-month prompt was “Quite”. When I think of quiet I think of a cozy corner with a magazine, a good cup of coffee and just some much needed me time. That is where I went with this month’s prompt. I based it around a photo I have of me from 2014 sipping a really good cup of coffee in a coffee house. It also gave me a great chance to try out some of my new distress oxide colors like ground espresso!. It was quick, fun and just what I needed to scratch that afternoon journal itch.

I hope the page will give you some inspiration and a new way of tackling those blank white pages.

You can find the video on my youtube channel here: August Mid Month Mission Inspiration “Quite”.

Here are some shots of the page:

 

As always listed below are the list of supplies I used to create this page. Some are affiliate links, some are not. Any items bought thru the affiliate links help support my Youtube channel and blog. I am not paid to promote these items, these are items I grab and use anyway, so it’s just a little-added bonus that allows me to create and share with you.

Affiliate Links:

Canson XL Media Journal
http://bit.ly/2vh0pUe (Blick Art Supplies)

Dina Wakley “Hey You” Stencil
http://bit.ly/2OZUjRg (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2nu3nkO (Joggles)

Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat
http://bit.ly/2ML2fZd (Blitsy)

Distress Oxide- Antique Linen
http://bit.ly/2Pn41NL (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2MqXlAA (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2L9mr1k (Joggles)

Distress Oxide- Broken China
http://bit.ly/2N0gSUJ (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2PncvVh (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2L6BZmp (Joggles)

Distress Oxide- Old Paper
http://bit.ly/2MrIcz6 (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2MzOWdd (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2nPKsBe (Joggles)

Distress Oxide – Iced Spruce
http://bit.ly/2OOuQcS (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2BwYvFo (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2MzUpRw (Joggles)

Distress Oxide- Ground Espresso

http://bit.ly/2BpYxil (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2L7tEir (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2wdaYZg (Joggles)

Distress Oxide- Walnut Stain
http://bit.ly/2KkYGUg (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2ttyZL4 (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2lycAI7 (Joggles)

Non-Affiliate Links:

Tim Holtz Classics #6 Stamp set
http://bit.ly/2Cbs67X (Stampers Anonymous)

Tim Holtz Newsprint & Type CMS266
http://bit.ly/2NL4MiW (Stampers Anonymous)

Visible Image (UK)
Ink Splats clear stamp set
http://bit.ly/2wS0uj5

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Tis the season for Yupo Paper and Alcohol Inks, but how do you use them

Tis the season for Yupo Paper and Alcohol Inks, but how do you use them

Good Morning,

With the recent release of Alcohol Lift-Ink by Tim Holtz and Ranger there seems to be a revival of our love for alcohol inks, but with all new products come new questions. Recently I have published two videos to try and help answer or demo how to use certain papers with these products. The first video was testing alcohol ink on plan 5″ x 7″ white Alcohol Ink Yupo cardstock from Ranger. This video came from a question on my Youtube channel where a viewer wanted to know if there was a correct side to using the paper.

Here is the first video if you want to watch the quick demo: Is there a right side to the white cardstock Yupo Paper?

I did a feel test first and both sides felt the same. After testing we saw that the ink did react the same on both pages. It’s  good quick watch if your interest in peaked.

Here is what the results looked like:

Now from this video, another fabulous question came up. How does the alcohol ink react on the translucent Yupo paper. Now I didn’t have any on hand, so I just had to stop by our new Hobby Lobby, coupon in hand, to grab a pack so I could test it out.

From there I did this second video: Testing Alcohol Inks on Yupo and Foil Tape Sheets

In that video, you will see I decided to use Alcohol Ink on three paper types. I had the White Yupo Cardstock, the Translucent Yupo Paper, and the Alcohol Ink Foil Tape Sheets. I figured why not try a few at a time and see how they work. Once the testing was all dry I took out my Alcohol Lift-Ink and gave that a try as well. A two for one special. Below are some stills of the results. I think I may love the translucent Yupo paper now. The wheels are turning.

 

I hope these videos will help inspire you to grab your alcohol inks and try them on some new substrates for this upcoming fall and holiday season. Thanks so much for stopping by. I’d love to hear and see what you use your alcohol inks for!

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Below is the list of items I used in my video

Some items are affiliate links and any purchases
made thru these links help to fund my youtube videos and websites.

Affiliate Links:

Alcohol Ink Mini Applicator Tool:
http://bit.ly/2oFxQx9 (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2Q7SC59 (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2LX8y6T (Joggles)

Alcohol Ink Mini Felt Applicator Refills:
http://bit.ly/2um5t9L (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2Ch2mXy (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2NOMuge (Joggles)

Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Yupo Paper – Translucent Sheets 5″ x 7″
http://bit.ly/2NLGipm (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2Q6dHwq (Blitsy)

Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Foil Tape Sheets (Adhesive Back)
http://bit.ly/2wGbvDi (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2PwGOIc (Blitsy)

Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Yupo Paper- White Cardstock 5″ x 7″
http://bit.ly/2Ld6lrK (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2uuEA3s (Blitsy)

Alcohol Lift-Ink
http://bit.ly/2N3onty (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2LWr9zP (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2NNHw43 (Joggles)

Alcohol Blending Solution
http://bit.ly/2KYnuFj (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2m7AIl9 (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2LWerRM (Joggles)

Alcohol Inks (Valencia, Amethyst, Citrus)
http://bit.ly/2NHJhzC (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2L5klDS (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2KXnG3r (Joggles)

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