Thursday, October 27, 2016

Altered Mirror-Emerald Creek Dares- Falling Into Celebration

Welcome friends and visitors! Today I have an altered mirror for the Halloween portion of Emerald Creek Dares Falling into Celebration.  I used five different embossing powders to take this frame from yard sale cheap to Halloween chic.

This is what the frame looked like before I got started. Well, actually it was quite dusty. I made sure to clean it well, so my products would stick to it.


Here's how I did it...
I started with the mirror itself. I stamped the Web and Hollo Doubt images in Staz On ink, masking the skull before stamping the webs.  Next I swiped on DecoArt Ultra Matte Varnish and while it was partially wet, I sprinkled on Clear Matte embossing powder sparingly. I heated the powders to melt, and while it was still hot, I gently wiped some of the powder and varnish away to give the look of a distressed mirror, and dabbed on Distress stain in Ground Expresso and spritzed with water. I used my marker spritzer and Walnut Stain Distress marker for some more distressing. Finally, I flicked on some water and sprinkled lightly with Candy Red embossing powder and heated. This was an attempt at fresh blood splatter.  I didn't take any process shots for this part, so hopefully the close up shots will help take you through the steps.

To alter the frame, I applied Ranger Emboss It Dabber right from the bottle with a brush, and sprinkled liberally with Charred Gold embossing powder and heated carefully. I  did this in sections as the plastic frame has to cool down or else you don't get good adhesion. I love the depth of this rich embossing powder as it melts! Look at that beautiful coverage!

These Bat Charms are the perfect embellishment and I altered them to make them extra creepy. I snipped off the bail, spritzed with water and dipped them in Mercury Rising embossing powder.  I heated the powder to really bake it on. When cooled, I highlighted with a metallic wax rub and glued them to the frame.

The final touch was to add the spider. I heat embossed him with Ultra Puff White and highlighted with a darker metallic rub.

And just for fun...

Fun Facts: My altered frame measures approximately 8 x 12 inches and I paid 25 cents for it.

Emerald Creek Products Used:

Web stamp
Hollo Doubt Stamp
Bat Charms
Spider Charms
Charred Gold Embossing Powder
Mercury Rising Embossing Powder
Candy Red Embossing Powder
Clear Matte Embossing Powder
Ultra Puff White Embossing Powder

Other Products Used also Available at Emerald Creek:
Ranger Emboss It Dabber
Distress Marker
Distress Stain

That's it for today. I hope you will pop over to Emerald Creek Dares, and see what amazing inspiration my talented teammates have for you. I'm sure you will want to enter our 'Falling into Celebration challenge--you still have plenty of time to make your fall inspired project! There's a whopping $50 gift certificate to Emerald Creek Craft Supplies for the winner, and a badge and a generous shopping discount for the Special Mentions, and even a discount to the shop just for entering!

Emerald Creek Dares

I will be entering these fine challenges:

Thank you for stopping by and for all your fabulous comments! I read and appreciate each and every one of them!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Haunted Mansion-Guest Designer for Frilly and Funkie

Beware! Longer than average post!

Welcome friends and visitors, and a big Boo to you! I'm so thrilled to be Guest Designing at Frilly and Funkie and crafting alongside these super talented ladies on the Design Team. I was over the moon excited when Linda asked me to fill in for one of her DTs for a day, and when she told me the theme was A Very Vintage Halloween, I nearly spit my coffee out! Helllooo! Why, CERTAINLY! I knew then just what I would make. My inspiration comes from Pamellia's Haunted House and Anne's Haunted House. Welcome to my Haunted Mansion...

My house started as this birdhouse kind of thing I picked up a a yard sale. I've had it as a decoration for awhile in my home, but each time I walked by it, I just knew it was haunted!

I started in the usual way, by pulling off the shutters and giving it a nice thick coat of gesso. Whoever made this the first time around used some very powerful glue and yanking off these resin shutters was an act of Congress! It was not a clean demolition. Some of the wood yanked off with the shutters and some of the resin cracked and broke. But all is good in my grungy world and it adds to the sense of decay and disrepair. In the end, I can't tell what destruction happened by accident and what I did on purpose! I added Peeled Paint (how appropriate!) Distress Embossing Powder to the shutters and a few Tim Holtz stamped images on Frosted film for some of the windows. Other acetate windows were treated to Rock Candy Crackle paint colored with alcohol inks.

 I have no step by step photos for you today, because... well, I didn't take any! I was so excited, I was lucky to remember to take a before shot! I hope my close ups will give you an idea of my process. After the gesso was dry, I added Wendy Vecchi crackle paste randomly. Unfortunately, I am at the end of my jar. It was quite thick and dry and once it dried, a good deal of it fell off. Again, all good... remember this is supposed to be an old neglected house...we're not putting a 'For Sale' sign out front! Next I added crackle paste through a homemade brick stencil randomly and left it to dry.


After it dried for at least 24 hours, I added some grungy color. I have a new man in my life, and his name is Ken--Ken Oliver! I just got my new Ken Oliver Color Bursts from The Funkie Junkie Boutique, and I'm in crafty love! I used just two colors-- Burnt Umber and Lamp Black to color the entire house and base. I spritzed random areas with water and added just a tiny sprinkle of the powder, and like magic these wonderful little bursts of color appeared. I added more water, and wow--more magic! I just kept repeating with the brown and black until I was happy. Ken, where have you been all my life???

Gotta love those spider charms colored with Picket Fence Distress Crayons. I picked these up in Linda's shop, again this year, without checking my inventory. Now my Closet is infested with spiders! And are those spider eggs? Eek! No that's just Prima's Art Stones. I'm probably the last crafty blogger on earth to add the Art Stones to my collection, but I'm hooked! The small stones are all over the house, and the large ones are in the yard.

Around back more decay and spookiness. I stamped Tim Holtz Mini Halloween 4 images on Ideaology Plain Tissue Wrap and adhered with gel medium. They were colored with Distress Crayons. I gave the house a base to sit on to allow for the yard, and in the back you can see that Grit Paste I covered the sides of base with. Because I really liked the look of the stone, I left this part partially exposed. Hopefully it gives an illusion of the house being built on a slab. This mansion had to be built on a slab because this was once swampland and basements would always be flooded. 

The owl and the jack-o-lantern might be a little out of scale, but they add a touch of whimsey. I don't think the spiders are out of scale at all, do you? Or is it just my warped sense of how big spiders look to me?

On the rooftops, I've covered all the caps with Tim Holtz's Grit Paste and textured with a palette knife. Once dry, I again used the Lamp Black Color Bursts to give it the stone look. A couple of tiny skulls that come in the little gift bag Linda sends with your order that I've been hoarding along with a pumpkin from my stash top this roof. And the other three have the original finials altered to look like algae covered stone. Yuck! Another HUGE, hairy spider!

 Under the eaves beautifully detailed gingerbread (well maintained, I might add, for this old dilapidated mansion) that I crafted from paper clay and a Prima Vintage Art Decor Mold. While Linda's products at The Funkie Junkie Boutique are always 15% off, I picked this and other Prima products up at an additional 15% off on her Friday Focus sale. Be sure to check in regularly to see what great products you can get at a huge discount. I used only part of the cavity of the mold so the gingerbread would fit better under the eaves. If you're wondering where that missing shutter is, you can find it lying in the neglected side garden. It looks as if we have some bats in the attic--looks like we need to exterminate more than spiders!

You can see the ornate iron fence (Tim Holtz Ironwork Gate) has also seen better days. I rusted it with Grit Paste and Mustard Seed and Evergreen Bough Distress and Decoart paints.

The weathered front door (Tim Holtz Labels Thinlit) is crackled with Rock Candy Distress Crackle paint and Ground Expresso Distress paint. The cobblestone path is laid down with Tim's Crocodile stencil and Grit Paste. The yard "floor" is crackle paste, thread, gel medium mixed with acrylic paint and Lamp Black Colorbursts.

The headstones are wood chippies (gessoed) from my stash covered with crackle paste and Grit Paste, colored with Lamp Black and Peeled Paint embossing powder. I scratched a few epitaphs on a couple of the stones in the gesso while it was still wet. I love how the Colorbursts collect in the cracks and inscriptions. I whacked up a little skellie and colored him with alcohol inks. The spider webs growing under the eaves are bits of plastic I heated with my heat gun.

And outdoors, posing with my rusty iron fence--my newest addition to my Halloween yard props. You can see I'm a little behind with my cemetery, and only one week 'til Halloween! Yikes!

When the sun goes down, this place gets a little creepier. 

Would you go trick or treating at this house?

A special thank you to my husband, who helped me with the lighting. Each of the four towers is a separate compartment, and small holes had to be drilled for each, so I could insert my light string into each tower. Even the tallest tower is illuminated, but does not show up well on camera. I velcro-ed the battery pack to the underside of the base. The house stands just under 18 inches tall.

Thank you to Pamellia of My Little Craft Things  and Anne of Redanne for their amazing inspiration!

Thank you to Linda of The Funkie Junkie blog for inviting me to design for this wonderful challenge! I had a blast! Now I can get to work on those 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style!

All of the following products that I used can be found at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Challenges I would like to enter:
Dies R U Challenge #59- Fall (Including Halloween) I used two dies one for the door and  one for the fence/gate.

Thank you for your visit today and for all your amazing comments! They mean so much to me!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily