DIY Halloween Ribbon Handmade Card

DIY Halloween Ribbon Handmade Card

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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:

Halloween Ribbon Handmade Card

Halloween Ribbon Handmade Card

Halloween Ribbon Handmade Card

Halloween Ribbon Handmade Card

Halloween Ribbon Handmade Card

Thanks so much for following me thru the Halloween season. Stay tuned for my Fall and Christmas projects ahead!

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Below are some of the basic tools I had while making the card:


 

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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 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 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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Yupo Paper Embossing Holiday Card Fail. What not to do.

Yupo Paper Embossing Holiday Card Fail. What not to do.

Hello Folks,

With only about three months to go, I decided this year I was going to get a head start on making my handmade Chrismas cards to send out. With the new alcohol lift-ink out, I had visions of beautiful mottled backgrounds with lifted snowflakes and ornaments that would have embossing on top. I decided to give it a whirl and well I learned what to do and what not to do. What happened was I made the backgrounds using the Ranger Ink 5″ x 7″ alcohol Ink Yupo white cardstock trimmed down a little. I then applied alcohol inks and alcohol blending solution. Once it was dry I used the alcohol lift-ink to add ornaments and snowflakes. One key item I have been finding while playing with the alcohol lift-ink is that the metallics do not lift easily. Sometimes they won’t lift at all, other times it takes extra elbow grease. Just a note if you plan to use a lot of shimmery metallics on your pages, they may not react to the alcohol lift-ink. Well once I had my pretty background I was super excited. I then wanted to add my embossing and use that to add the messages. I started on the snowflake card background. I used VersaMark embossing ink with a Tim Holtz season’s greetings stamp, and some ranger ink embossing powder. I then brought in the heat gun, and this is where it went south. I think I just didn’t keep it moving enough and it melted my paper. I was so saddened, but it was a lesson learned. I then moved onto the other paper that had the ornaments on it. For this one, I used a stamp again with my VersaMark embossing ink and the ranger heat gun instead of the embossing gun. It worked, this time. It did want to try to buckle I just kept letting it cool in between.

So here are the lessons learned:

  1. The metallic alcohol inks won’t always lift with the alcohol lift-ink
  2. Embossing on Yupo Paper- slow and steady. My embossing heat tool melted the Yupo paper, while the ranger heat tool didn’t

If you want to see the video of how the process worked you can check it out on my Youtube Channel: Alcohol Lift Ink Yupo Paper Embossing What Not to Do

Below are some stills of the cards and how they turned out:

I hope this post will help you when you go to try embossing on Yupo paper. I wanted to still share my mishap in the hopes of helping to save other’s lovely projects.

Thanks so much for reading my post. I look forward to catching up with you again soon.

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Below is a list of all the supplies I used to make these two card backgrounds.

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

Affiliate Links:

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

Alcohol Inks (Gold, Stream, Pool, Mermaid, Silver, Aqua)
http://bit.ly/2NHJhzC (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2L5klDS (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2KXnG3r (Joggles)

Versamark Pad
http://bit.ly/2N2Of9f (Blitsy)

Versamark Pen
http://bit.ly/2Mrsl3u (Blitsy)

Glitter:
Embossing Powder Bridal Tinsel
http://bit.ly/2METejr (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2BvCB5H (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2PrgWhF (Joggles)

Tim Holtz Christmas Memories Red Rubber Stamps
http://bit.ly/2N68XVS (Ranger Ink)

Archival Ink Cleaner
http://bit.ly/2Lcao3o (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2MBxWn7 (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2MByfhL(Joggles)

Yupo Paper
http://bit.ly/2Ld6lrK (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2uuEA3s (Blitsy)

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

Non-Affiliate Links:
http://sparklesnsprinkles.net
http://bit.ly/2Mtdwxi Gilded Ivory Embossing Powder

Simon Says Stamp- Stamps
Big Scripty Greetings http://bit.ly/2vZor7C
Lots of Snowflakes http://bit.ly/2ONiUry
Tim Holtz Season’s Greetings Stamp http://bit.ly/2w2Y9RM

 

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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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