Happy Halloween Vintage Decorations

Happy Halloween
Created by Sophia Vida

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!

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you enjoy!

Supplies used in this Project:

  • 3 Vintage Halloween Images
  • 3 Wood Plaques fitting your images
  • Gesso
  • Acrylic Paint: Black, Orange, Red
  • Black Copper jewelry Wire
  • Drill for hanging
  • Harvest Fabric scraps
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue



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Sunset Mixed Media


“Sunset Mixed Media”
Created by Sophia Vida

I fell in love with a wonderful book I found at Barnes & Noble called “Collage Fusion” by Alma de la Melena Cox.  In her book, Alma gives you fabulous techniques for combining pyrography, painting, collaging and so much more. The book is well written with detailed instructions and photos.


I found the fabrics at Joann’s.  I started with the blue, multi colored one first because it had a peacock pattern that caught my eye. It was so bold and bright that adding the other coordinating colors was pretty quick and easy. The next step was to come up with a design so I drew this on an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of paper. I had to adjust the size slightly to fit the birch wood panel I was going to be using.


I then transferred the outline to the wood panel which I burned using my pyrography set. I painted each section with a contrasting color that was in one of the fabrics. I didn’t have the exact shade of colors needed so I did a little mixing and it turned out pretty good.


The next step was to cut the fabric in reverse and cut each section a little smaller than the actual size. I used the EZ-Steam II fusible web on the back of the fabric to keep it from fraying.


Once I had my pieces of fabric cut, I used Aleene’s Tacky Glue to adhere them to the wood. Last I added a few gold rhinestones to the sun’s rays, Stickles to the mountain tops and Voila! I had a unique piece of art.

Hope you enjoy!

Love Art Wood Burning


Love Art
Created by Sophia Vida


The cover of Somerset Studio Mar/Apr 2014 issue caught my eye. It was a vibrant red shimmery heart.  When I read the article by Julie Haymaker Thompson I was pleasantly surprised to find that this project and others she made were with wood burning techniques. I loved the colors and the overall look of her projects. This was something new for me and I couldn’t wait to get started. So off to the craft store I went to get my wood burning tool.

I found one at Michaels that has a variable temperature setting that allows you burn wood, plastic, leather, cork and much more along with several attachments. It even comes with a soldering point. I already had a piece of 6″ x 9″ piece of wood and I used one of her designs but changed it up a bit.

I started by attaching the universal point and allowed the tool to heat for 5 minutes. As a safety, I used a mask which I found at the hardware store because there was smoke involved with this project and I didn’t want to breathe it in. I did a light pencil sketch on the wood and began burning the lines.

It didn’t go quite as planned. You need to hold the tool like a pencil. However, you have to hold it further back, pretty much in the middle to avoid burning your fingers. This made it a little awkward because you have to move slowly for an even burn. But I remained patient and as I started I loved how the burned lines look.

One thing I didn’t take into account when selecting my wood was the curved edges. I thought it would be so easy to burn but I ended up using 3 different tips. The end result was organic and fabulous with light and dark variations in the grain. Definitely worth the extra effort.

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After I finished burning the wood, I colored it with my Kimberly watercolor pencils. I used a Niji Paintbrush filled with water to activate the colors and let them absorb into the wood. There were a few places that came out lighter than I wanted so I just went over them again with the pencils.

I drew in my designs in the boxes with a brown Sakura Micron pen. Next I shaded the burned edges with a 2B sketch pencil and softened the lines with a paper blending tool. I then added a few embellishments like rhinestones, sequins, fabric flowers, lace and a button. Last I added a few highlights with Sakura Jelly Roll Pens and Stardust Stickles and Voila! I had a one of a kind work of art!!

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Supplies Needed:

– 6″ x 9″ piece of wood
– Creative Versa Tool
– Sakura Brown Micron Pen
– Kimberly Watercolor Pencils
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– Niji Paintbrush
– 2B Sketch Pencil
– Assorted Sakura Jelly Roll Pens
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– Paper Blending Tool
– Assorted Embellishments: rhinestones, sequins, fabric flowers, lace, button and anything else you may like