This is it, folks. My last Halloween post for 2018. I thought I’d end the Halloween season with another handmade card. I have done two Halloween cards using Tim Holtz Ephemera, so for this one, I wanted to change things up. About a month ago I was in Jo-Ann Fabrics and they were having a really great sale on their Halloween ribbons. Not knowing what I would do with them I stocked up on a few rolls anyway in several widths. I came across them again last week and realized I wanted to use them before the season was over. I decided to try my hand at a Halloween ribbon card. It’s very easy. I used a premade card background (5″ x 7″), 1/4″ wide double sided sticky tape and several rolls of ribbon in varying widths and patterns. I laid down the tape and worked my way row by row until I had covered the whole card, front, and back. In the end, to be safe I put the card thru my sewing machine to ensure if the ribbon frayed the stitch would catch it. As I final touch I added some 3D shimmer Halloween stickers I had in my stash.
I now have visions of book covers and Chrismas cards full of glitter made the same way. I also noticed if I had left the center ribbons longer I could have tied the card shut as well. Just another idea. Really a fun way to use up those ribbon bits we have tucked away.
You can watch my process video here on my youtube channel: Halloween Ribbon Handmade Card
Here are some photos of the finished card to get those wheels churning:
Thanks so much for following me thru the Halloween season. Stay tuned for my Fall and Christmas projects ahead!
Below are some of the basic tools I had while making the card:
I feel like it has been a while since I cracked open one of my art journals. I have been all swept up in DIY Halloween projects and it felt good to get back to my roots with the canvas journal page. This whole page was inspired by one item, a pair of whimsical glasses from the craft section at Hobby Lobby. I had bought a pack of these glasses for the Halloween season and I was looking at them and it just hit me. Wham!. If I can wear them how would they look in a journal page on a models face. Well, that sent me off on a new tangent and out came my pile of collage pictures. I had one just the right size and coloring for what I was picturing. With a little tweaking, it came out just the way I imagined.
Struggles: One struggle I had with this page was when I got to the original lips. I painted them purple but then the teeth looked all funky and I thought, oh man this page is sinking. I then in my brilliance thought oh maybe a baby wipe will take off the paint. Nope. Instead, it took off the magazine page. Again, spiraling downhill. Now I was in a panic. Then I thought to stop, breath and everything is fixable. I grabbed my stash of collage images, I cut out a new set of lips, glued those on and tried again. It covered most of the issue, and in the end, the page is for me and I was overall very pleased.
It just goes to show, when it starts going downhill, step back, take a breath and try to keep pushing thru. Everything is fixable. Even if it is cut into new bits to use in other pieces of art.
This page was created in my large Dina Wakley Media journal with Dylusions Paint and Dina Wakley acrylics.
You can see my battle with the page here: Purple Haired Spider-Girl
Here are photos of the page to get all the lovely details:
So this page was a battle there for a bit but in the end I love it and I’m thinking she needs a friend. Although Halloween will be here soon, I may continue my fun into November and do a companion page with a male model opposite her. Stay tuned!
Below are the supplies I used to create the page. The links go to my affiliate sites. If used and purchases are made I receive a small amount of the purchase which helps fund my love of art to keep this blog and my youtube channel going. Thank you for your support
Today I am back with another card making share. I am really starting to get into the swing of making handmade cards, and I can’t wait until the Christmas season to share some more makes with you. The glitter will be flowing!
Today’s card used:
- A premade “craft” paper card and envelope from The Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby) (5″ x 7″)
- I cut a piece of mixed media white paper down to 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″
- I cut two pieces of scrapbook paper. One at 1 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ the other at 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ for layering.
- First I coated the top half of the paper with Distress Oxide in Wild Honey, that was a little yellow so I went around the edges with some Carved pumpkin distress Oxide.
- I then took out my Dylusions skull stencil and Black Soot Distress Oxide and added skulls to the top half of the page.
- Next, I glued down the two pieces of scrapbook paper, first the wider piece, then the narrower piece. I used glue so I’d have a little wiggle room to ensure they were even.
- I then edged the whole paper once dry in the Distress Oxide, Black Soot.
- I then ran the Black Soot across the scrapbook paper edges a bit to darken them.
- Next, I pulled out some washi tape with skulls and placed that across the center between the pieces of scrapbook paper to add a little extra whimsy.
- I then used dimensional foam dots to place the skull as if it were sitting on the line of the scrapbook paper.
- I then glued down my Tim Holtz Idea-ology Halloween word chip “from regions beyond”
- I used dimensional foam dots to place the background I made onto the card after I edged the face of the craft paper card with the black soot.
- Voila! A quick Halloween card, ready for some swap mail
You can follow along to my video on my Youtube channel: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Halloween Ephemera Skull Handmade Card
Here are some photos of the card:
Thanks for following along. I hope this will inspire you to look at your scrapbook paper in a new way. Don’t be afraid to get in there and tear it up to create some great layering techniques.
Below are the supplies used to make this card:
Well the month of October has come and is almost over in a blink, but before it is I wanted to slide in just a few more Halloween crafts. This project today is Artist Trading Coins, a recent trend replacing or shaking up the use of ATCs, artist trading cards. I was at Target having a look in the Halloween section and I found a canister of these cute whimsical chipboard stickers and I knew I just had to make some trading coins out of them. I used mixed media paper cut into 3″ circles. I painted each background then added Dylusions shimmer spray, embossing or glitter depending on what influenced me from the sticker. It was a lot of fun and an easy way to add one new item to your collection and use up other supplies on hand. Now thru the end of October, if you make a purchase in my Etsy shop, one of these cards will go with the mail until they run out. I still have a few treats from my 7 days of Halloween left.
You can watch the video here: Halloween Artist Trading Coins
Here are some photos of the coins close up:
The canister I found in the “kid” craft section end cap at target had several hundred pieces of chipboard stickers. It’s a great way to have take-home gifts or treats if you are having a Halloween party this year.
Enjoy and Happy Halloween!
Below is a list of the supplies I used to make all these coins:
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:
- A plastic skull (Dollar Tree) or store of choice
- A light grain sand paper
- Krylon Colormaster Paint + PRimer with curable covermax technology White/Flat (Find at Michaels or hardware store)
- Some good detail brushes (Smaller tips)
- Black Acrylic Paint
- 4 to 5 of your favorite craft paint
Here is what you do:
- 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
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: