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 6- Distress Oxide Monster themed artist trading cards

7 Days of Halloween Day 6- Distress Oxide Monster themed artist trading cards

Welcome back to day 6 of my 7 days of Halloween. I had a lot of fun with today’s project. A set of 6 artist trading cards made on mixed media paper using only Distress Oxides and Archival Ink and maybe a little shimmer. For this project, I wanted to show what you could create with limited supplies. The stamp set I used “Monstrous” I was so excited to get in July when I went to Stampfest 2018 and met Tim Holtz and was able to shop the Stampers Anonymous booth. He always has so many great Halloween stamps so hard to choose just one! I also demonstrate in my video how to use the Distress Micro Glaze. For those of you that don’t know what this is, it is a glaze you can put over distress oxide so it will no longer be water reactive, as long as it is applied to a porous surface, like paper.

To make the backgrounds for the stamped images, I used one piece of mixed media paper and in little square sections, I added the distress oxide colors I wanted. I then cut out rectangles, used the micro glaze (note buff it off well after application), and then used the paper in my Tim Holtz Stamp platform. This way I didn’t have to hand color the monsters, I just stamped them on distress oxide background and fussy cut them out. I did the same for the quotes as well. The actual ATC background I cut those out using my Cricut and then added the distress oxide. The finished cutouts were added to the card backs using stick foam dots to add dimension. Sounds simple, but it took some time and was well worth it in the end. Sometimes less is more, which is a balance I am always trying to work on.

You can see my process video here (and there is a special giveaway-watch to learn more): Distress Oxide Monster Artist Trading Cards

Here are still shots of the finished cards:

Which one is your favorite? I’d love to hear your feedback and comments on some of your favorite Halloween ATC techniques.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Halloween.

 

Here is the list of the colors/supplies used to create these mini art pieces:


 

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7 Days of Halloween Day 5- Tim Holtz Idea-ology Ancestor Paper Doll Halloween Ornaments

7 Days of Halloween Day 5- Tim Holtz Idea-ology Ancestor Paper Doll Halloween Ornaments

Boo!

Welcome back for Day 5 of my 7 days of Halloween. We all love the idea-ology paper dolls we collect them and save them, especially the seasonal ones right. We use them on cards and tags and journal pages but we often have the little ones left over. I have found that the tiny ones make for great additions to ornaments. For today’s project, I purchased some chipboard frames from Michaels in their woodcraft section and set about making a set of Tim Holtz Idea-ology Ancestor Paper Doll Halloween frames. They do take a little time, being tiny and intricate but the end result is well worth it.

Some of the materials I used were the chipboard frames, Halloween scrapbook paper, Dyusions shimmer sprays, Dylusions paints, Idea-ology Halloween clipping stickers, the Idea-ology Ancestor Paper dolls, Distress Oxides, Embossing powders…I basically emptied my studio on these, phew you should have seen my desk after. The results I loved. These tiny frames at about 2 1/2″ x 3 /12″ are great for putting into nooks for Halloween, gift tags, party favors or if you have a Halloween tree they work as ornaments too.

This set is listed on my etsy shop: Tim Holtz Ancestor Paper Doll Halloween Ornaments

You can follow my process video here to create your own: Tim Holtz Ancestor Paper Doll Halloween Ornaments

Here are photos of the finished projects:

Now it’s time to break out those paper dolls and get to crafting. You can do this for any theme, with the regular paper dolls you can do family themed ones for father’s day, mother’s day a siblings birthday. With the Christmas ones you can do holiday ornaments. I hope this project got those creative wheels turning. Happy Crafting.

Here is a list of all the treats I used to make these:


 

 

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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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