Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Trick or Treat for Frilly and Funkie

Welcome friends and visitors! Thank you for all your comments on my Halloween houses and graveyard.  Now it's time for the Funkie girls to unveil their inspiration for the latest challenge at Frilly and Funkie! The amazingly talented Suzz chose the theme 'Trick or Treat' for our current challenge--so fitting for this time of year!

Here's Suzz's challenge:
I challenge you to create a vintage or shabby chic project with a trick or treat. If you are feeling funkie you might want to incorporate a trick in your design or if you are feeling frilly you can incorporate a treat. The trick or treat can be anything from a hidden pocket, unexpected design element, a treat hidden in the card or an unusual technique used on your project. Make sure to include in your blog post a description of your trick or treat!

By the time this goes live, Halloween will have been just a memory, but I made this stand up canvas and sent it on it's way well before Halloween. Unfortunately it never reached it's destination in the UK. Since I made it so long ago, some of the details are fuzzy, but I'll give you the high lights.

I've included a few tricks on my card, the first being my Smokey Mercury Glass technique I recently shared with you HERE. I used that on the focal panel and also the panel just on top of the embossed background.

For my focal baroque die cut, I added one more step to the smokey mercury glass technique. I painted on a second coat of Distress Black Soot, and while the paint was still wet, splattered and dribbled it with rubbing alcohol. I think it gives it a more sinister look. I backed it with a second chip board die cut to make it more rigid. 

I masked and stamped my focal image using some Tim Holtz stamps and Antique Linen Distress Oxide. I love the effect it gave me, because if you look at this from one angle the stamped images all but disappear. Look from another angle, and the creepy script and skull are clear as can be. Ghostly! 

Here's another little trick to get the most from your papers and card stock scraps and save time in the process. I simply gave the negative cut from my baroque die cut the smokey mercury glass finish, and adhered it to my background panel. I hand cut a few additional baroque layers from thin paper, tracing around the die cut and loosely cutting just a little bit further out from the trace lines and layered them behind the original die cut. I grunged them up a bit with various mediums. They overlap the inner edge of the negative panel, so your 'cheat' never shows.

The embossed black panel was high lighted by dragging the Antique Linen DOX pad over the panel. This card was adhered to black foam core.

My creepy hands were die cut and crackled. I colored them with Distress crayons.

And the one at the top slides out from the ghostly layers with a scary greeting for yet another fun trick.

Here's the ugly truth...scraps of foam core and strips of black foam tape provide support to the little pocket to hold the tag. There's room for a personal message on the back of the tag.

 I added the Small Easel die cut to the back, so this could stand up on a table.

 That's it for me today! I hope you will dig into your bag of tricks or come up with a treat and play along in our 'Trick or Treat' challenge!  Before you do, please stop by the blog to see what the rest of my Frilly and Funkie teammates made to inspire 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, November 7.

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.
Thank you for stopping by today and for all your wonderful comments!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

I used the following supplies which can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:


  1. What a fantastic idea for adding the hidden hands behind the main ghostly panel Sara Emily! So much technique to dive into, so much delicious texture to gaze at and all composed perfectly. Definitely a treat xx

  2. Gosh Sara Emily, I just love the look and technique of this piece! I will definitely try it out! Fantastic job!

  3. Quite scary, Sara Emily! Clever tricks, too!

  4. I'm so sad to hear that this was lost in the mail. :( I hope it is found, even if late! You are incredibly talented and this project truly shows off your mad skills as a mixed media artist! WOW girl! Happy November and hugs, Autumn

  5. Oh my gosh, Sara Emily, this is amazing!! I so hope it is found because someone needs to be showcasing this work of Halloween art in their house!! The layers and details are spectacular!! I love those creepy hands sticking out - so awesome!! The ghostly image is spooky and fabulous!! Wow!! Love every detail, my friend!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  6. Oh Sara, this is just incredible! The mercury glass technique looks amazing and I just love those spooky hands... and the skull is just fabulous! I am making an assumption here, but if I am right, then I am completely heartbroken - but still live in hope!! Hugs, Anne xx

  7. Absolutely amazing - your barely there skull on the mercury glass is utterly captivating - brilliant work with the technique and the dimensional layering is incredible... especially with those creepy hands coming out to get us! How desperately sad that this masterpiece has gone missing in the post. Fingers crossed for a Halloween miracle.
    Alison x

  8. Oh wow!!! This is amazing!!! What a great Halloween make!
    Paper Talk with Samra

  9. Spookily beautiful! I love the effect and how it appears as if the skeleton is floating over the surface appearing as a ghostly effect! That was enough of a trick for me! and then you added the hidden tag! Clever!!

  10. Another Halloween masterpiece Sarah!! This is just a magnificent display of amazing textures, erosion and rust! Layer after layer of swirling metallics, aged with your incredible techniques! I love the skull image on the top panel, but my favourite bits are the skeleton hands clawing their way out from under the topper!! LOVE IT!

    Well the rain here continues, day after day after day. Don't get me wrong, I love the rain, but if it were only a few degrees colder, I would be living in a glorious winter wonderland of white! Hope all is well my friend, hugs :)

  11. WOWZA this is amazing! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘Anything Fall’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

    Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please come for a visit.

  12. WOW this is absolutly amazing. I don't have more words for it.
    Thanks for joining us at Cards und More.
    Good luck!! Michelle (DT)

  13. Stunning card! Thank you for playing along with us in the DIES R US challenge!

    Dies R Us Challenge Blog DT

  14. Yikes! Creepily beautiful! lol love all the detail shots sharing your creative process, Sara Emily, and the beautiful layering you accomplished. I don't know how you ever think up your layers on any of your creations - they are so amazing, and this one is no exception. Have a great week! hugs, de

  15. Very spooky and wonderfully made. Thank you for sharing with us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.
    Greetings Carola

  16. This is without a doubt the creepiest stamping project I have ever seen! I am grateful you took the time to explain how to recreate all your effects. Thanks for entering the HeARTful Stamping Challenge!

  17. A fabulous project Sara and such a shame that it didn't reach it's recipient.
    Love the smoky glass treatment gives a very spooky look.
    Thanks for sharing over at FSC.
    Avril xx


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