Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderland Mixed Media Cards Tutorial
Frilly and Funkie Saturday Showcase
Hello, Friends! Happy Saturday! I’m up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog for this week’s Saturday Showcase post. I’ve created a spook-tacular Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderland Mixed Media Cards Tutorial for you there.
Did you know that Halloween in Wonderland is Graphic 45’s number one best selling collection? Because of it’s popularity, Graphic 45 is releasing the Deluxe Collector’s Edition for a 2nd time! In fact, as I write this post, Halloween in Wonderland is at the printers. You can pre-order Halloween in Wonderland at The Funkie Junkie Boutique at a tidy little discount right now. How exciting is that?
You’ll find an easy to follow SnapGuide Tutorial for these mixed media backgrounds on these cards over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog today, so I hope you will pop on by and say hello.
You’ve Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box for Frilly and Funkie Trick or Treat Challenge
Hello, Friends! Are you ready for Halloween? I created this super cute You’ve Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box for the Trick or Treat Challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog. We’ll take a look at it in just a second, but first let’s see what our hostess, the sensational Suzz, has to say about this fun challenge.
Challenge Theme: Trick Or Treat
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!
You’ve Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box and Treat
In our area, grown ups enjoy Halloween by playing You’ve Been Booed. Sometimes called “Ghosting” or “the Phantom”, the Halloween BOO is an Autumn take on “Secret Santa” or May baskets. Usually seen in neighborhoods–but sometimes in the workplace–BOO-ing is a friendly tradition for Halloween fun.
To start a Halloween BOO, one neighbor secretly leaves a small gift basket, a BOO poem, BOO instructions and a BOO sign at a neighbor’s doorstep.
The lucky BOO-ee is asked to post the sign near the door, alerting others that “We’ve Been BOO-ed!” That way, new BOO recruits won’t leave a duplicate BOO on the doorstep.
In turn, the neighbor is asked to BOO two other households, leading to a chain reaction–and Halloween fun.
I thought it would be fun to create a little “boo box” for my next door neighbor as she looooves Halloween.
You’ve Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box: Prepping the Box
This cute little brie box was lurking in a dark corner of the Closet of Shame. It seemed the perfect vessel for my Boo Box. I created the shaker top with a little vintage image that I received in an order from The Funkie Junkie Boutique. (Linda, the owner, always includes a cute little thank you package with every order. )
Here’s how to prepare the Boo Box.
First, ink all the edges of the brie box with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
Next, trace the cover and base onto patterned paper from Prima’s Amber Moon Collection.
Then cover the lid, inside and out with the cut out papers.
Now, ine the inside base as well.
Then, run Scor-Tape around the outside edge of the box and cover with Prima Amber Moon Washi tape. The Scor-Tape helps hold the washi tape in place.
You’ve Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box: Building the Shaker Element
Building the shaker top took a little time and patience. And oh, the glitter storm that filled my studio. Heres how I did it:
First, die cut a Tim Holtz Pocket Watch Frame from medium weight chipboard.
Then cut it a two more Pocket Watch frames from Prima Amber Moon paper of your choice.
Next, cut a 4″ square of clear acetate cardstock. You can always use clear packaging if you have some on hand.
Now, ink the edges of the chipboard with Black Soot Distress Ink.
Next, ink the edges of the designer paper with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
Then use a craft knife to cut out the center portion of one pocket watch frame. Ink the edges.
Now, glue the whole pocket watch frame to the chipboard base.
Next, cut thin strips of foam tape and adhere it all along the edges. You do not want any gaps.
Now, glue the clear acrylic circle to the back side of the open pocket watch frame. I used binder clips to hold it in place until dry.
Then, glue the vintage image to the base section of the pocket watch frame.
Next fill the center portion of the base with sequins, small beads, glitter…whatever you like. Be sure NOT to overfill. Less is more.
Peel the backing strips off the foam tape strips and press the dome cover in place. Use binder clips if needed.
Next,run a bead of Art Institute Dries Clear adhesive around the edge of the pocket watch frame, filling in any small gaps.
Dust the glue with Vintage Platinum Distress Glitter.
Repeat this step around the plastic dome area.
Finally, tie ribbon around the stem of the pocket watch and use hot glue to attach to the box cover.
You’ve Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box: Finishing Touches
Die cut Tattered Florals and Tattered Leaves from Amber Moon patterned paper. I dipped mine in a lovely puddle of Spiced Marmalade, Wilted Violet, Seedless Preserves, Frayed Burlap and WIld Honey Distress Oxide Inks before shaping and stacking. Fill the centers with mustard seeds and spatter with Walnut Ink Stain. Attach to the box top along with a little tag made from scraps.
You’ve Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box: A Peek Inside
Here’s a look at the interior of the finished box. Isn’t it fun?
Now It’s Your Turn
I hope you’ll find the time to play along in this fun Trick or Treat Challenge. To do so, simply create your own vintage or shabby chic Halloween project following the challenge theme and guidelines. Then link your project up on the Frilly and Funkie blog before midnight on Tuesday, November 7th.
The Frilly and Funkie Team will select their top 4 favorite projects from all the entries. Our top pick will be invited to join us for a guest DT spot on the Frilly and Funkie Blog. The next 3 favorites will receive a favorites badge to post proudly on their blog or Facebook page. And everyone who enters and follows the challenge rules will be entered into the draw for a $25 shopping spree at the The Funkie Junkie Boutique.
Be sure to stop by the Frilly and Funkie blog where you’ll find more inspiration from the team along with all the challenge rules.
Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderland Candy Corn Folio with Video Tour
Hello, G45’ers! Quick! What’s your favorite Halloween candy? Mine is candy corn…and I think the Mad Hatter from Halloween in Wonderland loves it, too. How do I know? Well, just take a look at the expression on his face on the cover of this Halloween in Wonderland Candy Corn Folio.
This image just tickles me! Doesn’t it look like the Mad Hatter is running for that box of candy corn on the cover? Hehehe!
Do you see what the Mad Hatter is holding in his hand? How cool is that? He even has candy corn striped socks, for heaven’s sake!
Halloween In Wonderland Candy Corn Folio: Hatching the Plan
I had it in mind to create a Halloween folio with a shaker cover. But then I was grocery shopping and found the candy corn display. Instantly, I started thinking of a way to make a folio with a candy corn container on the cover.
I tried all sorts of things, but finally found the plastic packaging from some Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Hinge Clips fit the bill perfectly. First, i thoroughly washed and dried the packaging. Then I filled the inner cavity with candy corn, and covered it with the plastic cover. Then I slid designer paper into the back of the packaging grooves. Next, I added a fussy cut image from Graphic 45’s Halloween in Wonderland DCE. The final step was clipping it to the front of my folio with a beribboned binder clip. To secure it even more, I added removable glue dots to the package backing. How fun is that?
Halloween in Wonderland Candy Corn Folio: The Details
This is a 7.75″ x 5.75″ folio with a heavy black cardstock base.
It has a 3.4″ spine and a ribbon tie closure. Designing the base was quick and easy. It took a better part of a day to build the dimensional cover and the interactive features found within.
Flips, Fold, Pockets and Tags!
You know I love to add interactive elements to my creations. The first one I added here was the fold out page/hidden tag pocket on the right.
First, I created the 5.75″ x 5.5″ fold out page. It actually measures 6.25″ wide, but the 1/2″ flap is glued behind another page, so you don’t see it. I added a fun shaped edge to the left hand side. Then, I left one side of the photo mount unattached so I could slip this decorated square Staples Tag behind it. As a bonus, the rounded edge of the tag makes a great page turner!
Adding a belly band to a photo mount allows you to slide the photo behind it along with any other cute elements. More is more, right?
The flip side reveals another photo mount/belly band duo with more whimsical images from the collection.
A Double Waterfall Feature
The centerpiece of this Halloween in Wonderland Candy Corn Folio is the double waterfall feature. Double the fun! Each page has room for a journaling spot and a 3″ x 3″ photo.
These label elements from the collection make great pockets! I matted stickers on black cardstock and tucked them in. Of course, you still have room for photos. And you can add a line of journaling on each label.
These images are glued so that photos can slip behind. I matted the large sticker on black cardstock to make it pop off the background paper. It’s another great journaling spot.
The box style pocket on the left holds several ATC tags. These were quick and easy to make. I started with a handful of black Graphic 45 Staples ATC Alpha Banners. The printed background on these means you don’t have to spend time adding patterned paper. Then, I just fussy cut these images from the cut apart page and glued them down. Add a wisp of ribbon and BAM! Almost instant tag.
My thought for these is that they’d be a great spot for photo booth style pictures. Or, they’d be wonderful place cards at your Halloween Tea. You could even use them for invitations!
Halloween In Wonderland Candy Corn Folio Video Tour on YouTube
To help you get a feel for the flow of this album, and to show you how all the interactive mechanisms work, I’ve prepared a short (under 10 minute) video tour for you.
I hope this little folio has inspired you to break out your paper pretties and get your craft on. If this is the case, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
Halloween Night Etcetera Tag for Frilly and Funkie ‘Tis Near Halloween Challenge
Hello, Friends! Time for a new challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie blog. I’ve created this spook-tacular Halloween Night Etcetera Tag to go along with the challenge theme set by the frightfully fabulous Sara Emily. Before we take a look at the tag, let’s see what Sara has to say about this fun challenge.
Challenge Theme: ‘Tis Near Halloween
It’s no secret. I.Love.Halloween. With Halloween just a few weeks away, I challenge you to create a vintage or shabby chic project with a Halloween theme. If Halloween isn’t your thing, that’s OK–just be sure to include orange, black and purple in your vintage or shabby chic project (These colors are not required if your theme is Halloween.) It would be a grave mistake to miss this challenge!
Prima Amber Moon Shines on this Halloween Night Etcetera Tag
After giving this challenge some thought, I decided to try to take this Halloween Night Etcetera Tag in a shabby chic direction. So I pulled out my beloved Prima Amber Moon collection, a Tim Holtz small Etcetera tag, a huge stack of Sizzix Alterations Dies, and a pile of mixed media goodies and had myself a little Halloween party right in my studio.
Even though this is a small Etcetera tag, it is still huge, measuring a generous 5.5″ x 10″. This gave me lots and lots of room to create this gloriously ghoulish Halloween Night Scene.
Halloween Night Etcetera Tag: Prepping the Base
If you’ve never worked with one of these wonderful Etcetera tags, I have to tell you…they are devilishly delightful. Made with thickboard, they provide a thick, sturdy surface that just begs to be altered and embellished. Here are the steps you need to take to prepare the tag base.
First, paint the outer edges and sides of the tag with Prima Heavy Black Gesso.
Next, while the gesso is still wet, sprinkle the edges with Emerald Creek Charred Gold Embossing Powder.
Now heat set the powder and dry the gesso layer.
Next trim out a panel of 12″ x 12″ Amber Moon black/orange dot paper so that it is about 1/2″ smaller than the tag base.
Then distress the edges heavily and ink with Vintage Photo Distress Ink before gluing onto the tag base.
Now, tear a rectangle of 12″ x 12″ Amber Moon woodgrain paper to approximately 4.25″ x 5.5″. The rougher the edges, the better!
Next, use the Tim Holtz Birch Layering Stencil and Vintage Photo Ink to create a shadowy woodsy background on the woodgrain paper.
Then, apply Ranger Opaque Crackle Texture paste through the same stencil and set aside to dry. As the texture paste dries, it will not only crackle, it will allow the Vintage Photo Distress Ink to bleed through, creating a really creepy Halloween woods effect. To enhance this, once the paste was completely dry, I sponged it very lightly with Black Soot DI.
Finally, glue this panel in place on the tag.
Halloween Night Etcetera Tag: Creating the Creepy Moon and Owl
Next, we will prepare the creepy moon, woodland owl and distressed stars.
Die cut the Ornate Owl from brown cardstock.
Glue the die cut owl to a piece of Amber Moon paper. I used the pattern that looks like marble.
Ink along the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink.
Sprinkle with Distress Embossing Powders…not a lot…just a touch spread randomly around the surface. I used Frayed Burlap, Vintage Photo and Scattered Straw.
Heat Emboss. Glue in place.
Die cut Tim’s Crescent Moon and stars twice: once from medium weight chipboard, once from black cardstock.
Ink the edges of the chipboard with Black Soot Distress Ink.
Paint the black cardstock moon and stars with Prima Antique Silver Crackle Texture Paste.
While the texture paste is still wet, cover the moon liberally with Emerald Creek Hammered Metal Embossing Powder. Heat Emboss. The result is amazing. I got so excited at this point I could not stand my bad self.
While the texture paste is still wet, place stars in a funnel tray or on a sheet of plain paper and sprinkle liberally with Vintage Platinum Distress Glitter. Tap off the excess and put it back in the jar. Set aside to dry. Some of the glitter will release as the texture paste dries and the finished effect is really cool. Trust me.
Finally, glue the stars and moon to the prepared die cut chipboard pieces. I backed the moon with waste chipboard to elevate it.
Halloween Night Etcetera Tag: Cats and Bats and Jack-o-Lanterns
Now you will die cut the Hocus Pocus elements (cat, bat and witch hat) from both chipboard and black cardstock just as you did the Crescent Moon and stars.
For the Jack-o-Lanterns, die cut Amber Moon Diagonal Stripe paper and chipboard. Ink all the edges with Black Soot DI.
Next, add Spiced Marmalade and Wild Honey Distress Oxide Inks to a non stick craft sheet.
Spritz with water until the ink beads up.
Dip the Amber Moon paper into the inky puddle until you like the way it looks.
Dip more of the marble pattern Amber Moon paper into this same inky puddle.
Spray liberally with Perfect Pearls Sunflower Sparkle Mist
Glue paper pumpkins and chipboard pumpkins together.
Back with the prepared paper and trim.
I lined the mouth, eyes and nose with Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive and sprinkled in some Gourd-juss Prills for accent.
Add waste chipboard to the back side to elevate and glue in place on the tag.
Halloween Night Etcetera Tag: Finishing Touches
To finish off this shabby chic Halloween tag, I die cut Tim’s Tattered Florals and Tattered leaves from an assortment of Amber Moon papers. Then I colored them with Wilted Violet, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Frayed Burlap and Seedless Preserves Distress Oxide Inks. The flowers are shaped and layered then filled with mustard seeds.
I also custom dyed a long piece of seam binding ribbon for the bow.
Phew! That was a long post…I hope you didn’t faint!
Now it’s YOUR turn!
We would love to have you join the fun in this ‘Tis Near Halloween Challenge. You have until midnight (how appropriate!) on Tuesday, October 24th to link upyour very own vintage or shabby chic Halloween project.
Frilly and Funkie design 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.
Be sure to visit the Frilly and Funkie blog for more inspiration and to read all the guidelines for this challenge.
Monday Make It: Authentique Bewitched Halloween Waterfall Folio Tutorial
Hello, Friends! Halloween will be here before you can say “Boo!” To help you get ready for all the spooky fun, I’ve created this Authentique Bewitched Halloween Waterfall Folio Tutorial.
The Bewitched Collection is absolutely loaded with fabulous patterns and images. It’s definitely a “treat” to work with! I’ve made a few of these waterfall folios over the year, all based off a design that i picked up from the fabulous Ginger Ropp of My Sister’s Scrapper. I’ve adapted her basic design to suit my own needs, but I like to give credit where credit is due.
I was truly “bewitched” by this awesome woodgrain paper from the 12×12 paper pad and used it to create the cover for my 5″ x 8.5″ waterfall folio with a 1″ spine. Brush the album cover with matte medium to help protect and strengthen it. Little ghouls and goblins have sticky fingers!
You’ll find all the product links to make this fun album at the end of this post. Since I created a video tour and tutorial for you, I don’t want to wear you out with lots of words. But I will share a few still photos because I know some of you really like to study them.
Bewitched Halloween Waterfall Folio: The Slash Pocket
Pockets are such a great addition to any project. This double pocket inside the cover holds a little wallet style folio. There’s also loads of room to add large 4″ x 6″ photos inside.
Tuck a tag and a fun mini shaker element inside the wallet folio.
The stickers in this collection are frightfully fabulous. Use them to make tags and other spook-tacular interactive features.
Bewitched Halloween Waterfall Folio Album: The Fold Out Feature
I’m a sucker for a great fold out feature, so I added one to this folio. Jazz it up with pockets, belly bands, flap features and photo mounts. You can learn how in the video tutorial below.
Bewitched Halloween Waterfall Folio: Open Sesame
Look at all the fun tucked inside this compact little album!
The waterfall feature is at the heart of this great design. You’ll see all the special treats I’ve tucked inside when you watch the video. But here’s a sneaky peek to whet your appetite!
Authentique Bewitched Halloween Waterfall Tutorial on YouTube
This video starts with a short tour of the album and all its interactive features. Next we’ll tackle each step of building the album together.
Are you ready to get your craft on? I hope this Bewitched Halloween Waterfall Folio tutorial has you ready to break out your paper pretties and get crafting. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.