Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Wicked Good Treats For Frilly and Funkie

Hello friends and visitors! Can you believe we are already well into the first week of October? Today the Funkie half of the team at Frilly and Funkie get to unveil their inspiration for the lovely Autumn's chosen theme 'Show Us Your Stamps'. Since this is the month for Halloween, I couldn't help but make something in the spirit of one of my favorite times of the year!

Here's what Autumn says about her theme...Our challenge this round can be summed up with one word - STAMPS! We want to see you break out those stamps and get inky. There are so many ways to use stamps, and you probably have a few you have never even used - so come play along! We cannot wait to see your stamped vintage or shabby chic creations. 

My little handmade journal was on it's way to the yard sale box when I was inspired by Autumn's altered journal cover HERE, so I quickly rescued it and gave it a new life. Sorry, but I don't have any before photos--it was wheat colored with a brown faux croc spine (probably tape).

To start, I painted the spine and edges with black gesso and prepared my covers. Tim's Gothic Cling stamps spell out Good Treats. I used my Wendy Vecchi stamps to make the embossed pattern over my stamped title.   I stamped two of Tim's sweet spiders in archival ink and doodled their eyes with a Recollections pen. I'll have a step by step tutorial on this metallic technique at Frilly and Funkie on October 21. I hope you'll stop by to check it out.

'Wicked' is cut twice; once out of black card and the second-- metallic kraft stock, using one of my favorite new Halloween Tim Holtz dies. I used Distress crayons to add the color. The bat is one of Linda's sweet silvertone bat charm pendants (love these!) colored with Black Soot paint and Seedless Preserves Distress Crayon. I cut off the bail so he could fly un-tethered. Adhering metal is no problem with Ranger Multi Medium Matte. I'm so happy Linda carries this super strong adhesive in her shop.

If you have a look around back, you'll see I left my embossed cover unadorned, since this will be sitting on a table.

Here's a closer look at that texture and mercury glass look.

I carried my stamping to the inside covers. I used a couple of old favorite stamping techniques-masking and a form of ghosting to make my matching inner covers (otherwise known as 'pastedowns').

My steps are documented in the photos below and  followed by a brief written step by step. I used Tim's Heavy Stock on the front panel. While the back inside panel was created using identical steps, I wanted to compare the Heavy Stock to some 110# card I picked up at a yard sale. I have to say it was much easier to blend the Distress inks on the Heavy Stock, but the inks seem much bolder on the 110#  yard sale card. I think they both have their redeeming qualities, and I will definitely be purchasing more of the Heavy Stock.

1. Stamp image in Jet Black Archival ink. Dry.
2. Blend Chipped Sapphire Distress ink over hat, (Try to color in the lines) Antique Linen over skull, and Bundled Sage over shadowed area of skull.
3. Place mask over stamped image. (I cut mine out of regular card stock. You can see I've used it a lot.)
4. Blend Hickory Smoke and Wilted Violet Distress inks around image.
5. Leaving mask in place, spritz with water, slowly pull trigger on spritzer for droplets. Remove mask. Allow to sit for a moment and then heat dry. (Middle photo shows those great water droplets.)
6. Replace mask and ink up script stamp with embossing ink. Stamp over mask.
7. Remove mask and heat powder just until it turns clear. You can see spots where I got less than desirable results due to overheating. But I went with it for the old time worn effect.
8. When powder is fully cooled, blend entire panel with Black Soot and Wilted Violet Distress inks.
9. Place clean plain white paper over panel and iron quickly with a HOT iron. You can see  the used paper in the last photo.
10.  Sit back and enjoy you handy work.

Before adhering the inner panels, I glued down some seam binding I colored with Distress Oxides. I attached a Halloween typed token with a loop pin. The token is colored with Distress paint and crayon.

I hope you're inspired to dust off those stamps and put them to use in our current 'Show Us Your Stamps' challenge. But first, do visit the blog to see all the amazing projects both my Frilly and Funkie teammates have created just for you!

Then it's over to YOU!  Create a vintage or shabby chic project following the challenge guidelines and link up at Frilly and Funkie before midnight on Tuesday, October 10th.

The Frilly and Funkie team will choose our top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot  at Frilly and Funkie.  The next three will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thank you for stopping by today and for all your lovely comments! I really appreciate them!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

Here are the products I used, all which can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:


  1. Wow!! This is awesome Sara!! Fabulous colour choices and I love the stamping .. beautifully done!! Love, love, love the metallic look covers and can't wait to see the tutorial! Brilliant work!! hugs xx

  2. Wowzer - fabulous shimmering metallics, and those Gothic letters are really amazing. Love how the masking makes the skull pop against the rich colours of the background - a fantastic spooky make.
    Alison x

  3. My goodness Sara Emily! You really have transformed what sounded like something very plain into a spooktacular cover! I love how the lettering has been combined with the texture and inkiness, right down to the seam binding tie at the side. Delicious! xx

  4. I am so thrilled to have inspired this journal makeover!!! It was so much better than getting a quarter for this in the yard sale - ha! ;0 I am on pins and needles waiting for this metallic surface tutorial - oh my goodness!!! I love your use of purple with the metallic accent, so pretty. Big hugs, Autumn

  5. Wow Sara, you really are rocking the Halloween theme today, your journal cover is fabulous, the skull in the top hat is one of my favourite Halloween stamps, I love your background colours, they have a lovely metallic look to them - brilliant work!! Hugs, Anne xx

  6. Wow! The finish on the cover is really does look like mercury glass. I can tell you had fun making this..,.it just oozes with eerie goodness!

  7. Ohhhh I love a good purple and black inspired Halloween project and this is no exception! Gorgeous! The rich patina is fabulous! Spookily beautiful!

  8. What an amazing journal cover Sara, these are my favourite Halloween colours, so eerie! I love the techniques that youve used with the masking and script, so very effective. I'm putting on my two (top) hats now to say thank you so much for entering our challenges at Country View Crafts and Lost Coast Designs, and have a spooktacular weekend. Sue xx

  9. The background colours and textures of your cover are awesome! Thanks for showing us at Country View Challenges!

  10. Beautiful journal. Love those spooky skulls. Such gorgeous textures and colours. Thanks for joining the fun at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity challenge. Hugz

  11. Thats a spooky journal and a half!!!! Lots of stamps and inks (just the way I like it!!!) and with your twist on our close to nature theme with the spiders hanging down - love it - well done!!! Thanks for sharing this with us at Penny Black and More challenges, Leanne DT xxx

  12. Super spooky journal Sarah! the whole design of this is fabulous, great recycling!! :-)

    thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge
    Lols x x x

  13. Wow! Fabulous. I love mixed media creations. Thanks for joining us at creatalicous. Good luck. Maggie, DT

  14. Wow what a spooktakular project! So much detail and beautiful stamping. Thanks so much for joining us at We Love 2 Create with Polkadoodles
    Claire xx

  15. I love the mercury glass look you did. Thanks for joining in the Halloween Lost Coast Event.

  16. The ghostly look u achieved is very cool. Not easy to achieve. Ur card looks classy and the colors are a great choice. Thanks for sharing. I love seeing other creative inspiration.

  17. Awsome creepy card! Love the colours you've used and how you've created the background. Thank you for sharing this card with us at Creatalicious Challenges. Hope to see you next time.

    xx Grietje
    Grietje's Kaartenhoekje
    Creatalicious Challenges DT

  18. wow! this is really amazing. you've put so much work into this and it shows. love the colors you used and the skeleton head wearing a top hat! it's really a great piece of work! Thanks for joining the the Halloween Lost Coast Challenge!

  19. Fantastic journal, Sara!!! The background of your cover is really unique, the Halloween words look fabulous on it!!! Great stamping and colours too!!! Thank you for joining the October challenge of the Country View Challenges blog!

  20. Love this Sara and will be back on Oct 21, for sure, to see how you achieved this look. TFS!

  21. A wonderful project!
    Thank you soo much for taking part in our "anything goes with optional make your own background” challenge over at Creatalicious & good luck in the draw.
    Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…

    (DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)

    (DT Crafty Friends)

    (DT The Sketchy Challenges)

  22. Fabulous! Thank you for joining in The Artistic Stamper Creative Challenge :)

  23. spooky!!!
    just stunning!
    thanks again for playig with us at MMP!

  24. This looks so beautifully worn, weathered and gloomy, Sara! Wow!
    Love the textures and your attention to detail! A wonderful piece!
    Thank you so much for sharing it with us at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges!

    Claudia xxx

  25. Amazing!
    Thank you for joining as at Mixed Media Place!

  26. Great work.

    Thank you for sharing at Penny Black & More 'Close to nature' challenge and good luck x Susan x


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