Saturday, September 20, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Thank you for visiting!  I hope you like my Halloween framed piece!  I love altering anything I can get my hands on, and this has quite a bit of that going on, so it was a super fun project!

First, I will tell you about the frame--I picked it up at a yard sale last weekend--I thought it had "good bones".  (Ha, Ha!) I can rarely  remember to take before photos, because I get in the Closet and just start going, and usually don't even think of how I'm going to write about what I did. Anyway, it started out shiny black, and had a pretty heron card in it that I will get to use later!

The challenge over at Studio L3  Compendium of Curiosities 3 Effect Powders is to use the technique found on page 52 of Tim's Compendium of Curiosities Vol. 3.  Two prizes are up for grabs:  The Curiosity Crew  will chose a worthy winner, who receives a great prize package of Tim's goodies (could use that!), and a random winner will win a very generous $50 shopping spree to Inspiration Emporium.  Wow!  That would be an awesome treat, too!

So I'm putting Tim's great (and my  new favorite) Effect Powders technique to use on this frame, and other parts of my project, too!  I have really enjoyed this challenge!  I can't tell you how to do it, but I can say I used Tim's Distress Powders and Inks to achieve my effect.  You can see it on the frame, the skulls, the thumbtacks and the paperclip!  Too much fun!  I gave my frame a final coat of clear matte acrylic sealer, because I knew it would be handled a lot and I didn't want my effect to go away. If you want to learn this technique for yourself (and I recommend you do--it's easy and rewarding), get a copy of Tim's book mentioned above, go to page 52 and see how you can do this yourself!


I gessoed one of my spiders, and painted him with black Paint Dabbers using a brush.  Drybrushed with a little copper Paint Dabber and glued him on the frame.  The skulls are Idea-ology, altered first with a little blend of alcohol inks, dried and then the magic begins with the Effect Powders technique again.  I used Stickles for the eye sockets.  These were glued on, too.



The stamped back ground was actually the first generation stamping I did from my project "Dirty Little Secret".  I used a Recollections stamp and Distress Ink, laying the water color paper on the inked stamp and procuring the image by rolling with a brayer.  Before it dried I spritzed with water to let it bleed ever so slightly.  I dried it, and inked with Distress Inks, spritzed with water to blend slightly and dried it again.  I patted  the paper in a light spray of Dylusions Pesto Spray ink and mopped up some leftover Seedless Preserves stain and water mixture left on my craft mat from another project, spritzed it  and dried it once more.  Basically this is goulash!

Next I stamped my Tim Holtz images from the Trick or Treat set and a Martha Stewart partial image in Archival Ink.  When everything was fully dry, I covered the entire piece in Rock Candy Crackle Paint (another favorite technique with such gratifying results) and let it dry. I then swiped and swirled Walnut Stain Distress Ink with the ink blending tool.  This did not give the look I was hoping for on water color paper, but there are some areas that crackled nicely.

Trying to show the crackle here.
So now for my school/office supplies!  Craft Hoarders Anonymous wants to know "Who Loves School and Office Supplies?" and is going to award the worthy winner of this challenge a $30 gift certificate to their generous sponsor  Lindy's Stamp Gang!  Boy, I would love to win that!  So I've added a few school and office supplies to this creepy piece--a paper clip and 3 thumb tacks altered using the Effect Powders technique (wish I had that Vintage Photo--it's on my wish list, but not available in stores here).  I had to remove the plastic cap on the tacks in order to do my technique, but they are the real deal. I cut off the pointed ends.  But there's one more school supply I used on here--can you guess what it is?  It's the "blood" dripping down the right side of the stamped paper. I did not prick my finger on the thumb tacks, but I dribbled on Elmer's school glue, let it dry, and inked with Barn Door Distress Ink. (I hope I don't offend anyone with this; I really don't look at Halloween  in a spooky, macabre way usually.  But rather a fun time to dress up things in a silly way!  I just could not think of another way to really use that glue, and I had just pricked my finger on the tacks, which gave me the idea.) I guess water color paper would be considered a school supply, too--it was in my high school art class!





The Halloween Ticket is die cut from Tim's  Ticket Strip die and is stamped with a stamp from Tim's Odds and Ends collection.  I inked it with Distress Inks and stains.

The current challenge at  Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is "Rock the Techniques", and they've got a $50 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamp for the randomly selected entry. They want to see what we've got!  I've already talked about using the Effect Powders technique and Distress techniques, and lifting of left over inks and sprays, but I used another technique with an embossing folder, vellum, Distress inks and metallic rubs for the orange background. To emboss a larger piece of paper than the size of the folder,  I  embossed my vellum with the Sizzix folder by running it through just  to before I get to the edge of the folder, back it out, and repeat after lining up the folder with the first embossing.  I'm sure most crafters have done this before, but I often forget the folders are capable of doing more than just the standard size embossing.  Next I used the ink blending tool to apply a light coverage of ink to just the raised lines.  Following this, I applied metallic rubs randomly with my finger.  I backed my vellum with cream card stock in the frame to make it stand out against my darker stamped panel, which I adhered with PPA. I purposely left the glass out of the frame so the viewer can appreciate the textures.

A Vintage Journey Challenge #15 "The Colours of Autumn" wants to see a strong  Tim Holtz influence on our projects using the colors of autumn.  They have a generous shopping voucher to Country View Crafts to award the winner chosen by the Creative Guides.  I'm influenced by Tim in using his many great techniques from his Compendium of Curiosities Vols. I, II, and III as well as using his grungy color palette and style he is so popular for.

In addition, I am entering the following challenges which are looking to see our interpretation of fall and the colors of autumn:

I hope you like my Halloween framed art. As always,thank you so much for stopping in and for leaving your sweet comments.  I hope to see you back again soon!

55 comments:

  1. Very cool! Awesome detail! Thanks so much for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!!! - Ashli :)

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  2. What fabulous creation, great color, design and I love the frame. Thanks for sharing with us at the Crafting for all Seasons challenge. Barb

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    1. Thank you! It was the perfect frame for the skeleton--just needed that special touch! I really appreciate your kind words!

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  3. What a great frame for Halloween! it actually looks like bones to me! Love how you've spookily decorated it!

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    1. Wow! I'm happy that you think the frame looks like bones! Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Nice frame, love all the "spooky" details. Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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  5. This is such a fun Halloween project, the frame is beautiful and I love the scene you created - the big spider looks a little too realistic - lol. Thanks so much for joining in our challenge at A Vintage Journey. Anne x

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    1. Thank you, Anne! You made me smile with your comment! I hope to never see a real spider this size!

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  6. Adorable creation with adorable autumn colours...thanks so much for joining in our challenge of 'colours of autumn' and good luck in the draw...
    ♥aNNie
    {Crafting For All Seasons DT Member}

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  7. Sara...I am LOVING your yard sale frame! Girl, you were right...it does have good "bones" and the EP technique you used on it looks amazing! I LOVE IT! I also love your spooky interior that you've created from so many Tim stamps and products. Very cool indeed! That spider is wicked cool! Love the dry brushing on him! Thanks so much for sharing your Halloween project with all of us at CC3C. <3 Candy

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    1. Candy,
      Thank you! It is always a pleasure to read your comments! This was such a fun project for me to make and I think the challenge has helped me find a new favorite technique! Sara Emily

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  8. The frame and spider are FANTASTIC!!! Love the image and the texture too! Thanks so much for playing along with Effect Powders for our challenge at CC3Challenge!!!

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    1. Thank you, Anita. Your comment is very encouraging! I really loved all the fall color in your tag and it was very inspiring to me for the colors used in this.

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  9. Amazing project..love hte spider and frame! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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    1. Thank you so much! I just love making things using my collected stuff-your challenge is so motivating!

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  10. How creative your project is! I love the frame and all the scary details! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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    1. Thank you, Glenda! This was so much fun to make!

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    2. I almost forgot to mention how much I loved your box you made for this theme! I left a comment on your blog.

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  11. "good bones"...HAH, hilarious!! This is amazing Sara! I love what you did with the frame and your stamping is fantastic! Genius way to include the office supplies, with the thumb-tacks, they look completely natural! What a fabulous Halloween project!! hugs :)

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    1. Pamellia, your comments always make me smile! I even laughed when I read that my thumbtacks looked "natural"! I was hoping my "blood" looked natural!
      I don't know what "following" is, but I am trying to get your posts delivered by e-mail, but will have to try again. Your blog is such a wonderful place to visit! Sara Emily

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  12. I laughed at the "good bones" comment when I saw Mr. Bones in the frame. Nicely played! This was a great find, and I love the final texture on the frame...very, very cool. Looks like you had a ton of fun playing with a bunch of great techniques, and the end result is this spook-tacular frame! Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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    1. Hi Kathy,
      So happy I could make you laugh! Oh, yes! I had SO much fun making this! As always, this is such a great challenge to participate in. I have one more piece to enter; almost finished!

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  13. Gorgeous frame. Love how you have created all wonderful Halloween effect with colors, stamping and powders.
    Thank you for playing along with us at Artistic stamper this month.

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    1. Thank you! I'm so happy to join in for the first time!

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  14. What a perfect Halloween piece. Thanks os much for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anon :)

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    1. Thank you, Christy! And I loved the colors you used on your tag, and the use of those reinforcers!

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  15. What an amazing piece Sara!! Great texture and theme. The background behind the skeleton is fantastic too. Karen.x

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    1. Thank you, Karen, I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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  16. Ha! Loved that with the good bones. A wonderful creation, love what you have made. Thanks for visiting my blog, too, nice to meet you! Hugs, Valerie

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    1. Thank you, Valerie, and nice to meet you, too!

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  17. Great use of this rescued frame for your Halloween decor! That frame is awesome. Thanks for playing along with CC3C!

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    1. Thank you so much, Cheryl! It was such a pleasure joining in!

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  18. OOoooh, how fun is this?! A big Halloween fan here and love your piece. The fact that you did the technique on the actual frame - genius! Way to go.

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    1. Wow, Annette! Thank you for that amazing comment! It makes me feel good about my work! Also a huge fan of Halloween--can you tell?

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  19. Wow Sara what an amazing piece so much texture and so much to see = love it

    x Hilda

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    1. Wow, wow, Hilda! This is a great compliment coming from you. I had a look at your amazing box! Wow, again! Great work!

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  20. Love your framed Halloween piece, the spider is fabulous and I love the skulls . The background is fantastic and perfect for fall. Thanks so much for joining in the Eileen Hull Art with Heart Challenge. Tracy x

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    1. Wow, Tracy! This is an amazing comment from you! Your work is just fabulous, and I love your fall projects. I could just place them all over my home and just gawk!

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  21. Oh I love your framed Halloween treat for the eyes! That frame was made for Mr. Skully and I love all the texture! That spider is so creepy!! Love this!

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    1. Terry, You made me smile! Thank you for visiting and your comment. Mr. Skully--love that! Sara Emily

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  22. Love this. Your frame is so perfectly matched to your skeleton and your embellishments look cool. Great piece. Thanks for stopping by my blog and have a great weekend.
    Julie x

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  23. Thank you, Julie. What a nice compliment coming from such a talented lady!

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  24. Cool frame, just perfect for our "Colours Of Autumn" challenge. Thanks for sharing your great work with us at Crafting For All Seasons this time!
    Good Luck
    Hugs
    Dawn xx

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    1. Thank you, Dawn! I appreciate you stopping by and leaving your sweet comment!

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  25. This is brilliant, wonderful Halloween make and such great colours! Love it and thanks so much for adding it to our challenge at A Vintage Journey!

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    1. Astrid, Thank you so much for your comment! This was the most fun I've had making anything in a long time! What a fun challenge over at A Vintage Journey, and such wonderful inspiration from the design team!

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  26. Fabulous Halloween Frame...love all the details. Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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  27. what a great hallloween project!!!! Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anon :)

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  28. Creepy. ;) I love that Tim ticket stamp set. I use that one all the time! Great project, as always! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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    1. Awe, shucks! That's so sweet of you to say! Love this set, too, and is probably one I use the most consistently at Halloween.

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