Friday, August 3, 2012

Time for Halloween Projects?????

Last week I got a great package in the mail...from the Master....Mr. Holtz.
I guess I've been a good girl, heh?

Anyway, I was never crazy about Halloween before I started stamping. I guess it was just a "kid" thing that usually had me hopping for costumes at the last minute.

But now, it's more of a ghoulish thing and I know not everybody likes that, but hey, life's too short. Just play around and have fun.

After visiting New Orleans and seeing how they celebrate a's just a part of the process.

So here's my take on the Apothecary Stamp set from Tim and a couple of techniques thrown in.

Some pictures are taken in the Studio and some on the Sun porch...hence the difference in some colors...the shiny parts are hard for me to I just do my best.

First let me say, the Specialty Stamping paper was used here, and it is AWESOME!

If you've not tried it, you're missing the boat.

For the background I randomly globbed Brushed Pewter Crackle Paint on the top of a piece of paper from the Crowded Attic Paper Stash.

Then before it dried, I sprayed Black Marble Dylusions Spray Ink around on it. Then held it up to let it drip down the page.

As it cracked, it really left a very cool background that you see here.

It's then mounted on a 7 1/2 x 7 1/2 inch piece of black chipboard.

Then I stamped the Spider Web from Mini Halloween set and embossed with Seafoam White embossing powder.

 The web was extended with a white Posca Pen. Then set with a fixative.

Here is a good shot of how the Pewter color shows through.

Each Skull was stamped onto the Specialty Paper with various Distress Inks.

I like to use more than one color to add interest.

Then they were embossed with Super Fine Detail Embossing Powder.

Next just cut them out....there's bits of the EP that came up on the Skulls that add GREAT effects!!!

The 1st of many happy accidents, so to speak.

I dabbed Distress Stains onto my Craft Sheet and picked up the color with my "Digital Applicator or Transdermal Applicator." (A fun phrase borrowed from the extremely talented Kelsey O'Mullane for "your finger.")

The one on the left has Fired Brick and Vintage Photo for the stamping inks.

I added White Uni-Posca Pen on the teeth as well.

The center one has Vintage Photo and Black Soot.

The one on the right has Ripe Persimmon and Vintage Photo.

This happy little Spider added a spot of also covered up a tiny spot of sprayed ink that somehow found it's way over to my ALREADY COMPLETED Skull..

Works for me!

I used 4 pieces of chipboard to raise the middle Skull and Happy Halloween.

Two pieces are used on both the Skulls on the right. The Autumn Tinsel Twine is glued around the edges for a bit of sparkle.

You can really see the embossing on the phrase here! LOVE it.

This is how it looks on Instagram...really like it here, too. What do you think???

The power of technology!

Have a great one.

Products Used:
Tim Holtz Stamp Collections - Apothecary and Mini Halloween
Tim Holtz Distress Stains - Many various colors
Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Autumn Tinsel Twine
Tim Holtz Crackle Paint - Brushed Pewter
Dylusions - Black Marble Spray Ink
Uni-Posca - Ultra-Fine Tip White Pen


Kaz said...

Linda this is just AWEsOMe!! Love those skulls, in fact I just ordered this set as you have inspired me! thanks for the inspiration Linda x


Netty said...

The background and the skulls are stupendous Linda, loving your latest piece of crafting. x

inkypinkycraft said...

what a fantasttic make, love what you have made, thought i needed this set and now i know i do!!!
you are one clever lady! trace x

ellen vargo said...

Hey Linda - I'm one of those "don't love Halloween" people, but this skull stamp has me seriously considering changing my mind! Love your three skulls together - gorgeous! Have a great weekend! Ellen.

Monica said...

What fun the skull will work for Day of the Dead.

Shelly Hickox said...

So cool!! Love all your happy accidents - that's how most of my projects work, lol! The background is incredible and those skulls are just fab.

Marijane said...

I had never in 50 years sent a Halloween card to anyone, but since getting into paper-crafting it has become my favorite card making holiday (yes, even above Christmas)! I think the fact that I just have more time on my hands in Oct. and the cards are so much fun to play-create, I look forward to it every year. Your card is great and though I thought I had more than enough Halloween/scary stamps... might have to get just one more set!

Rebecca said...

These are great, soo coool
Happy craftin

SusanK said...

Oh my...the details are just stunning..if creepy Halloween art can be called that!

Kathie said...

Looks great!! I love this, don't be suprised if I make something similiar!!

Lynn Stevens said...

WOW Linda so glad you got into the "SPIRIT" of Halloween. Its like being a kid again. So much FUN!!!
Love how you did your card, the pewter looks so kewl. I'll be looking for more of your Fabulous Halloween art.
Hugs Lynn

Lori said...

Love this! That skull is just da bomb....bought it last night, can't wait to use it!

Sugar Lump Studios said...

Loving this Linda and yes it is that time! :) Hope you are enjoying your summer!

kelsey said...

Oh this is SO up my alley Linda! Love all things skully and spidery. Luckily we have 10 of those digital applicators, also known as transdermal applicators too! lol Love it!!!

barbarayaya62 said...

Awesome! i love these skulls! Thats'fantastic! barbarayaya

Irma b said...

Way cool awesome!!

Debby said...

This is so cool! Thanks for the tutorial on how you made this one!!!

Marjie Kemper said...

Frightfully delightful! Even more so on Instagram... love it!

Candy C said...

Linda, once again, you have outdone yourself. This is just the coolest! I just got that Apothecary stamp. You have rocked it, girlfriend!!! WOW! <3 Candy

Theresa said...

Absolutely love this. And my grand daughter was over the top for it. Now I have to get the stamp set. Thanks as always for sharing.

Ryn Tanaka said...

Hey Linda, great Halloween creation! The background really creates a ghoulish feel with the way you let the black ink run! Love it!