Monday, October 15, 2018

Second Spring Fall Mixed Media Panel For Therm O Web

Hello everyone, popping in to let you know that I have a tutorial to share with you on Therm O Web's blog today.  Therm O Web is having a collaboration with Joy Clair Crafts this week so I used Therm O Web's Deco Foil products and Joy Clair's beautiful Hello Autumn stamp set that they very generously sent to me to create my project.  Thank you Joy Clair!


Therm O Web's new Wheat Fields Clear Designer Toner Sheets and Amber Watercolour Deco Foil Transfer Sheets were used along with that lovely Joy Clair stamp set to make my 'Second Spring' fall mixed media panel, they worked beautifully together!


Here are a few closeups of the finished piece, love that new Wheat Fields Clear Toner sheet and the Joy Clair Clear Stamps are beautifully detailed.  I coloured cardstock with a variety of fall Distress Ink colours before stamping and embossing the leaf designs.




I made a faux chalkboard to evoke memories of autumn school days and embossed that lovely sentiment from the Hello Autumn stamp set with fine line white embossing powder.  The 'chalkboard' was die cut from black cardstock with a Gina K. Designs Wafer Thin die and then some chalkboard chalk was rubbed over top.


Some oak leaves were punched from the left over Distress Ink coloured cardstock with Recollections punches and scattered over the panel.


After fussy cutting the leaves, I curled up the edges to add a bit of dimension to the panel as you can see in the picture below.  A Small Easel die was added to the back for display.


Hope you can pop by for my how to!  And make sure to visit Therm O Web's and Joy Clair's blogs all this week to see what the other design team members have created for our collaboration and while you are visiting, be sure to enter the $25 Shopping Spree giveaway!



Thanks as always for stopping by today and happy fall!


Deb xo

Friday, October 12, 2018

Mirror Mirror Halloween Decoration Tutorial At Mixed Up Creative

Hello everyone, popping in to let you know that I have a new mixed media tutorial over at Mixed Up Creative this week.


My Mirror Mirror Halloween decoration is created with Tim Holtz's dies from Sizzix, stamps and stencils from Stampers Anonymous, Distress products from Ranger Ink, some spooky Halloween Idea-ology embellishments and scrapbook paper from Graphic 45.


Head on over to Mixed Up Creative and log into your account to find out how to make my faux mercury glass mirror.  Don't have a membership to Mixed Up Creative yet?  Click my affiliate link below to join:


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Happy creating,

Deb xo

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Halloween Shadow Box Trio For Therm O Web

Hello everyone, I'm popping in to let you know that I have a tutorial over on Therm O Web's blog today for my Halloween Shadow Box Trio created with Rebekah Meier Designs Mixed Media line of products from Therm O Web.


I used Rebekah's Mixed Media Art Paper, Mixed Media Foam Sheets and Mixed Media Transfer Foil along with Eileen Hull's Trinket Box and Frame die from Sizzix and a plethora of Tim Holtz Halloween Idea-ology!

Distress Inks and Stains were applied to Mixed Media Art Paper on the front panels along with Tim's Diamonds stamp from Stampers Anonymous.  I love the texture from the Art Paper!  It's hard to see in the pictures but I embossed Mixed Media Art Foam that was covered with Patina Mixed Media Transfer Foil for the background panel and then painted it with acrylic paint to emphasize the debossed areas.



Tim's Poison Label Texture Fades embossing folder was used for this shadow box along with Halloween Ephemera, Apothecary Vials, Ancestors Paper Dolls, Halloween Word Band and either Halloween or Oddities Adornments.


The Cracked embossing folder was used with Antique Pearl Mixed Media Transfer Foil over more Foam Sheet on this background, coloured with black acrylic paint.



Pumpkin Pieces, Skulls Adornments, Boneyard and some skeleton 'bits' from my stash embellished the inside of the shadow box with another Halloween Word Band and a Wicked Adornment on the outside.


Those wonderful Crypt Cameos were used in this shadow box that was backed with a Mixed Media Foam Sheet embossed with Tim's Wood Plank Texture Fades embossing folder that was coloured with Distress Paints.


A Halloween Word Band here again on the outside (they were all coloured with Pitch Black Alcohol ink and then the lettering highlighted with Carved Pumpkin Distress Crayon) and another either Halloween or Oddities Adornment.  Love that owl!


More Halloween Ephemera, some putka pod pumpkins and die cut bat that I think I got with an order from The Funkie Junkie Boutique on the inside.


Hope you can pop by for my how to over on Therm O Web's blog, see you there!


Deb xo

Monday, October 1, 2018

Undertaker Halloween Shadow Box

Hello everyone, back to share another Halloween make with you created with an inexpensive wooden shadow box frame from my local $1 store and Tim Holtz's fabulous Undertaker stamp set from Stampers Anonymous (seriously my favourite stamp set of all time!).


Yupo paper, alcohol and archival inks, crackle texture paste and some wonderful stencils and Idea-ology embellishments came together to make my Undertaker Halloween shadow box, read on for the how to.

I started with a 5" x 7" sheet of White Alcohol Ink Yupo paper (which serendipitously was a perfect fit for the frame I'd found at the $1 store!) and inked it with Pitch Black, Mushroom and Slate Alcohol Inks.  I don't have any of Tim's Alcohol Lift-Ink, so I went back to his tried and true Archival Ink lift off technique and stamped multiple images from the Undertaker stamp set with Black Soot Distress Archival Ink.


The wooden frame was painted inside and out with black acrylic paint and then the edges were stenciled with Tim's Halloween Script and Batground layering stencils and Opaque Crackle Texture Paste.  I coloured two different batches of the texture paste with Black Soot Distress Archival Ink Re-inker and black acrylic paint for some variation in the stenciled designs.


After the texture paste was dry, the stenciled designs were inked with Distress stains (Black Soot, Ground Espresso and Hickory Smoke) so that it would seep into the crackles and then the 'fright' word, bat and spider were inked with Brushed Pewter Distress Spray Stain (I actually meant to use the Brushed Pewter Mica Spray but grabbed the wrong one, it worked out fine LOL!).


The entire frame was then sealed with varnish and aged with DecoArt Raw Umber Antiquing Cream, wiping it back here and there with a damp cloth.


Regions Beyond Paper Stash scrapbook paper was cut to size and adhered to the shadow box frame sides.


And Design Tape was added to all of the edges inside and out (think this ruler washi is Aristocrat Design Tape?).


A couple of layers of black fun foam were cut to size and layered onto the back of the shadow box frame to bump up the stamped Yupo paper image.  Some Halloween Idea-ology embellishments were inked with Caramel and Pitch Black alcohol inks (Crossbones and Boneyard) and adhered to the frame along with an ephemera image from one of Tim's Halloween Ephemera packs.  The skeleton's eyes had a couple of dots of Pewter Liquid Pearls added to them.


The Undertaker stamped Yupo paper was adhered into the frame.  Putka pods were painted with black acrylic paint, an Apothecary Vial was filled with black paint and they were all adhered into the bottom edge of the shadow box frame.


Some dried moss was then adhered along the bottom edge;


and fiberglass spider web strung along the top;


and my Undertaker Halloween shadow box was complete!  Here are a few more close ups of the finished piece.



Oh I do adore this fab Undertaker stamp set!


Hope that you have enjoyed seeing my Halloween shadow box, thanks as always for stopping by today and happy haunting!


Deb xo

Boo Mummy Banner For Therm O Web

Hello everyone and thank you for stopping by.  I have a spookilicious Halloween banner to share with you today over on Therm O Web's blog created with their versatile Mixed Media Sheets and a variety of Deco Foil products.


Boo to you!  I love working with these Mixed Media Sheets, they are a fabric like 'paper' that you can print with your computer, ink, paint, stain, stamp, emboss, foil or anything else you can think of .... and best of all they take a licking and keep on ticking no matter how much abuse you put them through (and believe me I've put them through a lot of abuse!)

I used Sizzix's Drip Edge die along the top of the banner foiled with Red Deco Foil on Deco Foil Toner Sheet.  The Heavy Weight Mixed Media Sheet background (the sheets come in two weights) was first printed with an alchemy manuscript image courtesy of Laura Carson at Artfully Musing and then stenciled with the Deco Foil Crackle stencil and Deco Foil Transfer Gel before foiling it with Black Deco Foil Transfer Sheets.


I LOVE this mummy!  I used the Light Weight Mixed Media Sheets for him, the Light Weight sheets tear wonderfully so you get a great raggedy torn edge, perfect for his 'wrappings'.  Distress Ink and Opaque Crackle Texture Paste were used to colour the strips and his eyes were cut from Red and Black foiled Deco Foil Toner Sheet.


Tim Holtz's Feather & Ravens dies were cut from Black foiled Toner Sheet and the 'boo' from Vintage Spirits was cut from the Red.  Messy stitching around the edges of the banner ('cause that's the only kind of stitching I can do!) and his mouth was hand stitched with heavyweight black button thread.


I love the texture from the crackle texture paste on the Mixed Media Sheet, perfectly creepy!


Hope you can pop by Therm O Web's blog for my how to, I have a complete step by step tutorial and you can also download the mummy head template that I drew up for you.  Hope to see you there and happy haunting!


Deb xo

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Something Strange Halloween Decoration

Hello everyone, I just went on a little shopping spree at Simon Says Stamp and then also discovered that my local Michaels store actually had some of Tim Holtz's seasonal releases (unheard of around here!) so of course I had to have a play!


Sorry no step outs for this one as I was having way too much fun!  I used the new to me Foundry 3-D Texture Fades embossing folder, a couple of stamp/die/embossing folder sets of Tim's that I scored at Michaels (Jack-O-Lantern and Monsters), Bird Crazy and some leftover bats from a Mixed Media Halloween die cut I'd used on another project.

I did manage to get one step photo before I got waylaid, I embossed silver Metallic Kraft-Stock with the Foundry 3-D folder then rubbed on diluted Ground Espresso and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Paints and Carbon Black DecoArt Media Fluid acrylic paint, wiping the paints off to leave them in the recesses.


I know I'm late to the 3D party but these embossing folders are the bomb, can't wait to get more of them!

And that was the last step out photo because I then decided that I needed to put Frankenstein's head (from the Monsters set) onto something, those fab Bird Crazy birds leapt into my mind and I was off!


I watercoloured all the Distress Mixed Media Heavystock die cuts with Distress Inks and the Bird Crazy head was popped up on a Therm O Web 3D Zot.  The layer behind the Foundry embossed Metallic Kraft-stock was created with Hydrangea Archival Ink and the Damask stamp and then inked with multiple shades of purple DI.  The two scrapbook paper layers behind it are from the Recollections Moonlit Manor Paper Pad which I have to say is pretty darn fab!


This sentiment from the Monsters set was the inspiration for this whole piece, I couldn't think of anything much stranger than putting Frank's head onto one of the Crazy Birds :OD

I inked the black and white Stripes Paper String with some Shaded Lilac DI, wrapped it around the top 3 layers and added a Halloween Typed Token that was inked with Mushroom Alcohol Ink and the lettering enhanced with a Black Soot Distress Crayon.  Three Hex Fasteners and a screw head brad were also inked with Mushroom Alcohol Ink and added to the four corners of the Foundry layer.


The pumpkins are from a couple of sets, the little guy in front was stamped and die cut with the Jack-O-Lantern set and the scared pumpkin behind was stamped with the Pumpkinhead stamp and fussy cut.  Bats from Mixed Media Halloween and Trick Or Treat dies were added here and there around the finished piece.


You can see a bit of the dimension in this shot, I added a Small Easel die behind to display it.


Hope you've enjoyed seeing my Something Strange Halloween Decoration, I had so much fun making it!


I have a few more new goodies to play with so I'll be back in a bit with something else, although at this point in time I have no idea what it's going to be :O)  See you again soon and happy creating,

Deb xo