Friday, September 21, 2018

The Witching Hour

Hello!! Don't you love when you get inspired by the piles that accumulate on your work table? That's how this project came about. I had a couple of the Pocket Watches from the assorted size pack setting out and on top of them, I had thrown a test cut of a witch die cut. When I saw them sitting there together it made me think of the witching hour. 

Cut background circle for clock from Worn Wallpaper. Stamp spider web using VersaMark and heat emboss with Charred Gold.  

Heat emboss the clock face using Hammered Metal embossing powder. 

Heat emboss the pocket watch using Rocky Road Baked texture. Two layers of powder gave the perfect textured finish and coverage. 

Emboss clock hands with Ranger Sticky Embossing Powder. While powder is still hot sprinkle on orange glitter. For the best coverage work in small sections as the Sticky Embossing Powder dries quickly. Once the orange glitter has set distress using Vintage Photo Distress Crayon. Heat emboss brad with Charred Gold.  

Sand Quote Chip and distress with Distress Inks. 

Adhere two layers of black cardstock and die cut witch from Tim Holtz's Sizzix Witchcraft die. Die cut another witch out of a flocked piece of patterned paper. From the patterned paper witch cut out the hat and dress and adhere to the black cardstock die cut. Color in face and hands with Peeled Paint Distress Oxide. Heat emboss the broom handle with bronze powder. For the bristles of the broom heat emboss using Dirty Sand Baked Texture. Add detail with blending tool and Black Soot Distress Oxide. 

Dye seam binding using Seedless Preserves Distress Oxide and Dusty Concord Distress Ink. Tie a fluffy bow around the top of the pocket watch. Attach witch to front of clock using foam squares and adhere Quote Chip on top of witch.

Thanks for stopping by and spending a few minutes with me today. I'm looking forward to a weekend of creating and sneaking in some candy corn, it's not just for props!! 
Happy Creating ~ Jennalee 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Look Around For Light

Hello and happy Wednesday!! I hope your week is treating you well so far. I don't know if you've noticed but I've been on a bit of a masculine kick recently. I love the rusty, crustiness that is so easy to incorporate into a masculine styled piece and this project is no exception. This all started with the idea of making a blueprint using Tim Holtz's new Inventor 2 stamp set from Stamper's Anonymous. Recreating a blueprint was a lot of fun!! 

Begin by inking a piece of paper using a blending tool and Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink. Spray with water and set aside to dry. Continue adding water and allowing to dry until the desired effect is achieved. 

 I chose Drawing Paper because I wanted something that was going to be easily manipulated but could hold up to a bit of water.

Tear paper to size and secure on Stamp Platform. With finger randomly apply Tarnished Brass Distress Paint. Stamp image and then immediately clean stamp before paint fully dries. 

With white ink stamp entire image and stamp. 

Using the silicone mat on your Glass Media Mat smoosh some Old Paper Distress Oxide and spray with water. Randomly drag blueprint thru ink and set aside to dry. Crinkle and tear blueprint to size to fit in a Trinket Tin. 
Because I tore off most of the script writing when tearing my piece to size I went back and added some of the script to the side of the blueprint piece. 

Using a hammer randomly add dents to the Trinket Tin. Add further distressing using a sanding block.
Note- I did not hammer on my Glass Media Mat!! 

With a felt blending pad and Mushroom Alcohol Ink add color to the tin. Randomly apply ink from the Embossing Dabber and sprinkle on Dirty Sand Baked Texture. Heat emboss and allow to cool. Once cool add a bit of Mushroom Alcohol Ink to the embossed areas for that extra grungy look.
With finger add a few swipes of Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide. 

Here is the difference between new and altered. This was a lot of fun!!! 

Distress the inside of the Trinket Tint. Apply Ground Espresso Distress Paint. Again using the Embossing Dabber apply ink randomly in corners and apply Dirty Sand Baked Texture. Same as before heat set, allow to cool and add a bit of Mushroom Alcohol Ink. 

I mean come on!! Look at that texture!! 

Prepare insert for the inside of the Trinket Tin lid. Cut time card to size bend edges and crinkle. Smoosh Old Paper and Vintage Photo Distress Oxides onto the silicone mat and spray with water. Drag card thru inks and set aside to dry. Prepare die cut gears using Sizzix Gearhead Thinlets cut from Rust Background. Attach die cut gear and Mini Gear using brads. 

Die cut number using the die set that came with the Sidekick. Heat emboss with Dirty Sand and Rocky Road Baked Texture powders. 

Trace around Paper Doll with Brushed Corduroy Distress Marker to eliminate the white edges.

Layer Doll and the die cut number in the lid adhering with Distress Collage Medium. 

Prepare inside of tin by inserting a piece of foam to prop up the blueprint. 

Before inserting the blueprint layer a mixture of die cut gears with Mini Gears and Sprokets. Attaching with mini brads. Apply Clippings sticker. 

Begin preparing Etcetera Tag by applying a page of book text using Distress Collage Medium. Make sure to work in sections so that the Collage Medium doesn't' dry on your piece before you are done working it. 
Allow this layer to dry. Once dry apply a layer of Crazing Medium using a palette knife. 

Once the layer of Crazing has dried add further detail with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and Distress Crayon. Apply a second piece of the blueprint with Distress Collage Medium layering die cut gears underneath. Leave corners unglued and add wrinkles to paper as you are applying. 

Heat emboss the hole reinforcer with Dirty Sand and Rocky Road Baked Texture. Adhere to tag with Collage Medium. 

With blending tool ink Ruler Piece with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Cut to size using scissors. 

Alter Adornments Foundry using Mushroom Alcohol Ink and Peeled Paint Distress Crayon. 

Attach Ruler Piece to Etcetera Tag using the nails from Vignette Hardware. 
Note- do not hammer on Glass Media Mat!! 

Layer die cut gear on the lid of Trinket Tin. Wrap wire around a small bulb and adhere to the lid with hot glue. I really have no idea what this bulb is from it came from a random drawer of found junk. 

I had so much fun creating all the different textures and finishes in this piece. I think my favorite was altering the tin. I definitely need to find a reason to bang up and sand a few more!! Thanks for stopping by and spending a few minutes with me today. I hope you are able to sneak in a few minutes of creating before the weekend hits. 
Happy Creating ~ Jennalee 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Whimsical Witch Boots

Hello!! Can you believe it's already time to start dreaming up Halloween projects? While mindlessly scrolling Pinterest a few weeks ago I saw a pair of witch boots made from Tim Holtz's Ice Skate die from Sizzix. I thought it was a great way to get more use out of an already great die. As I started cutting and experimenting I got to thinking about what a vintage witch boot would look like and decided to add a couple more simple cuts to change it up just a little. 


Start by layering a piece of mixed media paper or mat board with double-sided adhesive sheet and top off with a black piece of Kraft-Stock. 

Run layered papers thru die cut machine. Remember to put the right side of the paper down on the die. 

Cut along the lines drawn in white. 

Here is a closeup of the detail in the heel. When cutting off the top of the boot an angle be sure wherever your top hole lands it is left intact to hold your shoelace. 

Sand the edges of the boots and blend with Black Soot Distress Ink. 

Prepare Seam Binding Ribbon, Thread, and Ricrac by dying with Distress Inks and Oxides. Here is a super simple video showing my process. This is my very first video 😬. It was a learning process, but I hope to bring more technique videos your way. 

From the back of the boot use the Craft Pick to prepare the holes for the shoelace. Begin by bringing needle from back to front. Pull the thread so that there are even amounts on either side of the boot. Thread every other hole and leave the remaing thread at top of boot. Thread needle with other end of the thread. Bring thread up and over to top of the boot and thread remaining holes. When you reach the top tie off remaining tails in a double knot and tie a bow. 

Run a length of double-sided adhesive along top edge on the backside of the boot. Gather and adhere dyed seam ribbon binding. 

Adhere dyed ricrac with Distress Collage Medium.

Trim Quote Chip to size to fit the top of the Display Hanger. Sand and ink with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. 

Adhere the Quote Chip to the Display Hanger with double-sided red tape. Tie a bow around the top of the hanger. 

Prepare background layers. Begin by cutting a piece of the beautifully flocked polka dot paper from the Halloween Paper Stash. Trim with pinking shears for decorative edging. Rip a piece of Eclectic Elements Provisions to size. Cut top layer from Worn Wallpaper Halloween. 

Cut labels from patterned paper in the Halloween Paper Stash. Tear a strip from Multi Haunted Materialize. Messy stitch all layers together. Adhere boots to background and clip on Display Hanger. 

I don't know about you but I am ready to start stocking up on all that Halloween candy. For the trick or treaters of course!! 

Happy Creating ~ Jennalee