I love fall and the cooler weather it brings. It’s just wonderful!! I wanted to share with you a few real easy Halloween decorations I made from a sheet of vintage cardstock I purchased at a craft show.
I started by drilling small holes in the corners of the two larger wood plaques and then sanded them where needed. After brushing off the dust, I applied a good coat of gesso to all three pieces, front and back.
While the gesso was drying, I cut out my images. I then painted each piece with 2 coats of coordinating paints and let it dry. Next, I sanded the edges just a little and brushed off the dust.
I purchased black coated copper jewelry wire that I used to hang two of the plaques with. Once the wires were in place, I glued the images onto all the plaques with Aleene’s Tacky Glue. Last I added torn harvest fabric as an accent and also used it to hang the third plaque. And Voila! I had three unique vintage Halloween decorations!
Last year I was lucky enough to be in the right place, at the right time during the holidays and purchased a Chocomaker Melting Pot for next to nothing at the craft store. In the past, I used to make candy recipes the old fashioned way by melting the chocolate in the microwave or stove top. The down side was I needed the melted chocolate to stay liquid and if I didn’t move fast enough, it would start to harden. This melting pot has a warm setting so you can keep it liquid, which is a really nice feature.
The recipe for the bark is really easy to make and the variations are endless if you use your imagination!! Visit Kelly Senyei’s website for details and instructions on making this deliciously fun candy bark justataste.com/halloween-candy-bark.
I’ve been away for a while and really miss everyone but I’m happy to be back!! My break wasn’t really a break. We had to replace our flooring and as a result, had to pack up the entire house which at the time seemed like a monumental task.
While waiting for everything to get done, I read the book “Clear the Clutter” by Karen Kingston. Most Feng Shui books I’ve read in the past were complicated and hard to understand. But Karen made this book an easy read, filled with great advice for clearing the clutter and getting the energy moving again. I highly recommend it!!
So when the time came to finally unpack, I couldn’t wait to get rid of the clutter. It was amazing how much “Stuff” you can collect over the years. I got rid of bags and bags of “Stuff” that I didn’t even remember I had. And it felt great!! My creative energy is zipping right along again. So now back to art and this fun project:
I purchased an inexpensive paper mache pumpkin from the craft store along with 3 different printed fabrics. To start, I coated the pumpkin with gesso and cut the fabrics into 1 inch squares. Using Matte Mode Podge, I adhered the pieces of fabric to the pumpkin making sure to overlap the squares. Once it was completely covered, I let it dry and finished it off with brown ribbon that I glued to the stem with Aleene’s Tacky glue. Last I added a few fall sprigs and leaves to the top and Voila! I had a cute patchwork pumpkin to display for Fall!
Time is just flying by and Halloween is almost here. I saw a spooky house on Pinterest that inspired me to paint this one in my little 5.5″ x 8″ watercolor art journal. This was a fun piece to do while watching TV.
I started with a pencil sketch and then outlined it with a Sakura Micron Pen 03. The next step was to color it in with the Kimberly watercolor pencils. I used Niji Waterbrushes to activate the colors. Once it was dry I added accents with Sakura Gelly Roll pens and of course my all time favorite, Stickles. Last I accented the cat with Ranger Glossy Accents and Voila! I had a new painting in my journal!
Mixed Media Haunted House (created by Sophia Vida)
I wanted to create a little something for Halloween. What could be better than a haunted house, right? It needed to be scary, but not too scary. Quite a bit of the supplies for this house were items I had leftover from other projects. I purchased a couple of new things like the bead strand, crossbones and beware sign but that was about it. With everything I pieced together, this is what I ended up with…..
For this project you will need:
– 8-1/2″ Plain Wood Bird House
– Americana Acrylic Paints: Persimmon (Orange), Light Cinnamon (Brown), Dove Gray and Black
– Martha Stewart Pumpkin Craft Stickers #48-20391
– Folk Art Crackle Medium
– Miniature Halloween Beware Decoration from Michaels
– Tim Holtz Crossbones Adornments #TH93089
– Favorite Findings Spider Mix Flatbacks from Joann’s (#1194)
– Glitter Hanging Jack-O-Lantern Ornaments from Joann’s (#1351-0888)
– Crafting Moss
– Jesse James 7″ Bead Strand from Michaels
– Ranger Glossy Accents
– Ranger Liquid Pearls – Onyx
– Stickles: Stardust, Dark Blue
– Thin white fabric
– White String
– Stylus in varying sizes
– Two 1″ – inchie squares for windows
– Two 1″ squares of copper sheet for shutters
– 1″ Styrofoam Ball
– Sharpie fine point pen
– 3 small black beads (any kind)
– Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Walnut Stain
– Aleenes Tacky Glue
– Glue Gun
– 1/2″ Paint Brush
– Plastic Coated Paper Plate
– Paper Towels
– Container with clean water to rinse the brush
You can gently sand the bird house if you like but I wanted it to look more rustic so I skipped this step. Coat the entire house with black acrylic paint. Let dry. Then give it a second coat and let dry.
Cover the entire house with crackle medium. Let dry.
Paint your roof with 1 coat of brown paint. Let dry.
Paint your walls with 1 coat of orange paint. Let dry.
Paint your fence with 1 coat of gray paint. let dry.
Randomly adhere the pumpkin stickers all around the house.
Using Aleene’s Tacky glue, adhere the Halloween beads to the front line of the roof. Let dry.
Using Aleene’s tacky glue, adhere the beware sign to the front left side.
Using the glue gun, adhere the moss all around the edges and yard of the house.
Make a smaller loop on the Jack-O-Lanterns and cut to size. Glue them to the front left and right corner of the roof using Aleene’s tacky glue. Cover the strings by gluing a little moss on top.
Using the glue gun, adhere small pieces of moss randomly on the roof.
Using your sharpie pen, draw your spider web in the top left corner. Go over web lines with Glossy Accents. Let dry. Note: If you get the Glossy Accents in between the webbing, use the end of your stylus to remove it before it dries. Just be sure to wipe the stylus clean every time.
Add 3D Onyx Liquid Pearl around hole. Let dry.
Glue your crossbones over the hole. Also glue your spider by the web and add more spiders if you like.
Paint both of your inchies with a mix of black and gray paint. Let dry. Add white accent lines and go over the lines with Stardust Stickles. Let dry.
On one of the copper squares, mark the center with a pencil. Score down the middle with a thick stylus. Score shutter lines across both sides. Distress with Walnut Stain and Liquid Pearls. Cut in half on center score line with scissors and adhere edges to the back of the window. Repeat this step for second window.
Glue windows and shutters to sides of house.
Glue the black beads to the Styrofoam ball for eyes and mouth. Push them in a little so they are flush. Let dry.
Cut a small piece of white fabric and wrap it around your Styrofoam ball. Secure with a piece of white string. Gently stuff part of your ghost into the hole and glue the back of the head onto the house. Let dry. Voila!! You have a one of a kind work of art!!
Thanks for looking and have lots of fun making your own Haunted House!
I found the Martha Stewart Haunted Fence Punch Set and the Pumpkin Punch on sale and couldn’t pass them up. I loved the details on the fence punch with the crows, spider webs and pumpkins. Plus, the pumpkin punch is really cool because not only does it punch your image but it embosses at the same time!
For this Card you will need:
– Great Impressions Ghost Stamp E622
– Any “Boo” Stamp or Letters
– Martha Stewart Haunted Fence Punch Set
– Martha Stewart Jack-O-Lantern Medium Double Embossed Punch
– Cardstock: Orange, Black, White
– The Stencil Collection Chalks – Dark Brown (These chalks are great! Unfortunately I just found out the company closed. If you find a set online, definitely get it. I love these chalks because they become permanent after applied and don’t require additional fixatives.) Another alternative would be to use Ranger Tea Dye Distress Ink.
– Souffle Jelly Roll Pen in White
– Stardust Stickles
– Small amount of raffia ribbon
– Color Box Black Pigment Ink
– Ranger Clear Embossing Powder
– Heat Embossing Gun
– Round Watercolor Brush
– Watercolor pencils: Rose, Gray
– Foam Squares 1/16″ and 1/8″
– Glue Dot
– Glue Stick
Cut a 6″ x 12″ piece of orange cardstock and fold in half. This will be the base of your card.
Cut a 6″ x 6″ piece of black cardstock. Using your Martha Haunted Fence punch set, punch the corners of the 6″ x 6″ black cardstock. After you punched all 4 corners, punch the sides as shown on the instructions.
Using the pumpkin emboss & punch, punch 2 pumpkins from the leftover orange cardstock. Set aside.
Stamp the ghost image onto white cardstock with the Colorbox Black Pigment ink. Sprinkle with the clear embossing powder and remove excess. Use the heat gun to set. Trim your stamped image to size.
Using the gray watercolor pencil, lightly shade the top of the heads and hands for each ghost. Using the rose watercolor pencil, lightly shade the cheeks for each ghost. Use a round watercolor brush dipped in water to blend the colors.
Stamp the Boo image onto white cardstock with the Colorbox Black Pigment ink. Sprinkle with the clear embossing powder and remove excess. Use the heat gun to set. Trim your stamped image to size.
Use the dark brown Stencil Collection Chalk or Ranger Tea Dye Ink to distress the edges of the card. Glue your black cardstock with the haunted fence border onto your orange card base.
Adhere the Ghost Image to the bottom center of the black cardstock using the 1/16″ foam squares. Adhere the Boo Image at a slight angle above the ghost image with the 1/8″ foam squares.
Draw a cloud around the Boo image. Draw a few white circles from the ghost image leading to the Boo image.
Using the glue stick, adhere the embossed pumpkins to the right and left of the Boo image.
Cut a small bundle of raffia ribbon and tie in a knot. Use a glue dot to adhere to the top left corner of the black cardstock just under the fence.
Highlight the orange pumpkin eyes with the Star Dust Stickles. Also highlight the eyes and smiles of the corner punched pumpkins on the black cardstock with the Stickles. Let dry. Voila! You have an adorable Halloween Card!!!
Thanks for looking and have lots of fun making this Halloween Ghost Boo card!
Ready for some more Spooky fun?!? This was lots of fun and fairly easy to do. I ordered the Boo from OhMyCrafts.com website. They carry a lot of really cool wood designs and craft supplies. The steps in this project will work for just about any wood design. All you need is a little imagination.
For this Project you will need:
– Boo Wood Letters
– Black Acrylic Paint
– K&Company Halloween & Fall Cardstock
– Black Cardstock
– Mode Podge: Matte
– Small Black Crow
– LuminArte Snap Dragon or your choice of a Perfect Pearls Color, or any other type of iridescent paint/pens
– Charcoal Gray Glitter Jelly Roll Pen
– White Graphite Tracing Paper
– Soft gum eraser
– Glue Gun
– Exacto Knife
– 1/2″ flat brush
– Small round brush
– Small foam brush
– Clean water, paper towels, wax-coated paper plates for paint palette
Trace the outline of your Boo on the back of your cardstock. Carefully cut out your image with scissors. Check your fit and make any adjustments. Set aside.
Trace the outline of your Boo on a piece of white scrap paper. Draw your eyes and eye brows. Cut them out with scissors.
Using the graphite paper, trace the eyes on the black cardstock. Cut them out with scissors.
Mix a small amount of the LuminArte Snap Dragon Pigment with water and paint the inside part of the eyes with the small round brush. You can also use Perfect Pearls or any other type of iridescent paint/pens. Let dry.
Seal the color part of the eyes with a coat of Mod Podge. Let dry.
Outline the eyes and brows with the Glitter Jelly Roll pen. You can gently erase any unwanted graphite lines with the gum eraser. Set aside.
Basecoat all sides of your Boo with 1-2 coats of black paint. Let dry.
Using the foam brush, apply a coat of Matte Mod Podge to the front of the “B” and adhere your cutout to the front. Smooth out any bubbles. Follow the same steps for the “oo.” Let dry.
Using the foam brush, apply a coat of Matte Mod Podge to the back of the eyes and glue into place on the “oo.” Let dry.
Using the glue gun adhere the small crow to the top of the “oo” and hold in place until dry. Voila! You have a one of a kind work of art!
Thanks for looking and have lots of fun making this Halloween Boo!