Monday, October 20, 2014

A Halloween Chandelier

Do you ever shop in kid craft aisles? I do... some for my kids, especially my son who loves to paint things, but also for me. Don't always have a plan, but I pick up random things here and there. Such was the case of the Halloween chandelier.

After sitting in a bin in my studio for at least a couple of years, it finally saw light of day. I found this chandelier at JoAnn. I altered it with the following supplies:
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accent: Chalkboard Paint
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accent: Gesso
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accent: Gel Medium
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accent: Glass Bead Glitter Gel
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos Tool Set
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® colors: Gold Champagne, Iced Chai, Tangerine, Mango, Red Cherry, Blueberry, Cotton Candy, Metallic Mint
Others: punchinella, stencil, string

Start by adding a coat of Gesso to the chandelier pieces. Be sure to coat both the front and the back as you'll see all the sides when it's assembled and displayed.

Next, coat parts of the chandelier with chalkboard paint leaving out the candles and flames.

It should look something like this.

Color the candles with Gold Champagne and Iced Chai Gelatos® colors and blend with Gel Medium.

Color the flames with Mango, Tangerine and Red Cherry Gelatos® colors and blend with Gel Medium.

Add some dimension to the chandelier structure by rubbing on  Blueberry, Cotton Candy, Gold Champagne and Metallic Mint Gelatos® colors. Blend the colors with your fingers.

Lay a stencil over the chalkboard painted part of a chandelier piece and apply Glass Bead Glitter Gel with palette knife. Let dry thoroughly. Repeat on every surface of each chandelier piece.

When dry, lay a punchinella over some parts and color lightly with Iced Chai Gelatos® color.

Assemble the pieces together and tie with string to display in a chosen spot.

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial. Thanks for stopping by :)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Here's a Halloween challenge by Sizzix

Sizzix issued a challenge to its designers: Create a Halloween project in 30 minutes... using certain sets of Sizzix dies. This is my take:

Be sure to check out the Sizzix blog for all the details and many more fabulous inspiring projects.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Washi tape organization

Some ways I store my washi tapes are up on the October Afternoon blog today. Check it out here.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Fun with DecoArt Crackle Paste

Just playing today... with some crackle paste, mister, paints, and antiquing cream.

Applied the crackle paste with palette knife. Misted after it dried.

Painted this tag purple, applied crackle paste through stencil and painted with pink.

Mixed paint and crackle paste, applied with palette knife and distressed with antiquing cream.
These tags will probably become part of something else eventually. But for now, I'm just happy to play.

Friday, October 10, 2014

A sketch book with 100 proof Press

School field trips or a little day trip, Nini likes to make herself little sketches or collect ephemera in sketch books. Here's a small pocket sketch book I made for her to take along.

For this project, I used:
Others: Cardstock, Gesso, Gelatos, Stamper's Brush pens, pinking scissors, paint brush, adhesive, ink pad, ruler, bone folder, sewing machine, thread, ribbon, punch, Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Clear Rock Candy

Here are the steps to create this sketchbook

Stamp the image on cardstock with permanent ink and cut the block out with pinking scissors.

Color in the images with Stamper's Brush pens. 

Create soft colored backgrounds for each block using Gelatos.

When dry, apply a moderate coat of Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle medium over each little block. Let dry thoroughly for cracks to appear.

Apply Gesso to the cover which is just folded cardstock measuring 5.5" x 4.25". Color it with Gelato.

Add Gelato color at the top of the page and add water for it to drip down. Let dry.

Create the inside pages by folding more white cardstock, size being 5.5" x 4.25". Use a bone folder for nice clean creases.

Stitch the stamped block on the cover with sewing machine.

Align the page inserts inside the cover and punch two holes through the entire stack with Crop-a-dile leaving about 1" from top and bottom. Thread a ribbon through the holes and tie into a bow.

Hope you enjoyed this sketchbook and tutorial. Be sure to check out the 100 Proof Press shop for more fun stamps!