Thursday, October 30, 2014

Halloween Artist Trading Block Tutorial with Tombow!

EDITED:  I am excited to share that this project has landed me a finalist spot for the TOMBOW Design Team!  Check back and see my second project on November 21st!

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays of the year!  I love to create cute, not spooky decorations for my house. This Eileen Hull Artist Trading Block project has been one of my favorites this season. I hope you enjoy - now on to my project!

Halloween themed papers - green pattern, black handwriting, orange gingham, white scrolls and black and orange clocks and yellow pattern.
Buttons - 2 white, 4 black and 2 purple
Rhinestones - 2 purple, 2 green, 2 amber and 2 black
Ruler, pencil, scissors, white paint pen, paper trimmer, 2 mini wooden spools, silver craft paint and paint brush, Old Paper Distress Ink Pad,

1.) Die cut two sets of each size block from mat board with die cutting machine.  Pre-fold all scores.  Color edges and folds on largest block green, on second largest orange and on smallest black.

2.) Measure and cut green pattern paper to fit on five sides and black handwriting paper on one side of largest block.  Measure and cut orange gingham paper to fit on six sides of second largest block.  Measure and cut four strips of white scroll paper 1/2" by 12" for second to smallest block.  Measure and cut black and orange clock paper to fit six sides of smallest block.  Draw and cut 2 bat wings and 2 bat ears from black and orange clock paper.  Draw and cut 1 jack-o-lantern mouth from yellow patterned paper.  Draw and cut 3 section of Frankenstein hair, small rectangle and crooked mouth from black handwriting paper. 

3.) Attach block pieces (according to package directions) with Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive Runner.  Attach papers to blocks with Xtreme Permanent Adhesive Runner.  Paint wooden spools with silver paint, let dry.

4.) Attach 2 black buttons to second to smallest block using Tombow Mono Liquid Glue.  Crumple white scroll paper strips and distress with Old Paper Distress Ink.  Attach strips to block using Xtreme Permanent Adhesive Runner by wrapping strips around block, covering all surfaces.  

5.) Attach bat wings and ears; nose, mouth and leaves of jack-o-lantern; Frankenstein hair, eyebrow and mouth with Tombow Scrapbook Adhesive Dot Runner.  

6.) Attach button and rhinestone eyes and spools with Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue, let dry.  Draw Frankenstein scar with black marker and bat mouth with white paint pen.

7.) Attach blocks together with Tombow Power Adhesive Tabs.

Here are some detailed shots:

Display and enjoy!!

Thanks for stopping by! -Beth

Monday, October 6, 2014

Mixed Media Pumpkin Tutorial with Teresa Collins Masquerade Party

Thanks for joining us on this first Monday in October for the Designer Crafts Connection blog hop. This month's theme is, of course, HALLOWEEN - my favorite time of the year!

I love taking ordinary objects that I find at the craft store, like a faux pumpkin, scrapbook papers, wooden plaques and candlesticks and creating cute and clever home d├ęcor items like this Mixed Media Pumpkin!

Here's how I made it:
 I started out with this copper faux pumpkin that I found in the dollar spot at Target.  Then I received these wonderful Teresa Collins Masquerade Party papers and embellishments from Whim So Doodle, my local scrapbook store.
Using regular copy paper, create a template, outline with pencil, then cut out.  Trace on several pieces of patterned paper, cut out, crumple, straighten then adhere to pumpkin with decopauge medium of choice.  Let dry and trim edges with craft knife, if necessary.

Continue, until all but two sections are covered in paper.  Paint one of the final two sections white and the other black.

One the painted white section, add washi tape strips diagonally, trim with craft knife.  Attached sections from decorative paper strip embellishment pack on black section with decopauge medium.  Let dry and trim any excess with a craft knife.

Base paint wooden candlestick and plaque pieces with black paint.  Glue small plaque to bottom of candlestick and larger plaque to top of candlestick.  Embellish pedestal with washi tape.

Create two identical BOO! banners using papers and stickers.  Glue banners pieces together by sandwich silver tinsel in between.

Paint two 12" long dowels with black paint.  Insert into to top right and left of pumpkin, at an angle.  Secure with glue.  Wrap ends of tinsel to dowels and secure with orange fibers tied into bows.

Embellish spaces in between pumpkin sections with sequins, glitter glue, rhinestones and pearls to finish.

Now it is time for you to HOP around to the other Designers' blog and see what they have created with a HALLOWEEN theme!  Just click on the Hop Forward and Hop Back links in the Designer Crafts Connection navigation box in my right hand tool bar.

Thanks for stopping by!  -Beth