Saturday, September 13, 2014

COMPENDIUM OF CURIOSITIES CHALLENGE ~ HALLOWEEN CANVAS

Happy Saturday and welcome to my blog!

I hope everyone is having a good week. The temperatures here are turning more fall like ... something I am really looking forward to!

It's time for another new Compendium of Curiosities III Challenge over at Linda's Studio L3. The challenges are based on the wonderful books featuring techniques and products of our favorite Vintage/Grunge/Distress Guy, Tim Holtz. How DO you describe him?

You guys are rockin' these challenges with some really amazing art! I truly mean that and THANK YOU for all of the very positive and complimentary comments!

Your Assemblage Clocks from the last challenge totally blew me away! I've never seen so many beautifully done clocks in one place ... EVER!  They are all so original and beautifully done! Choosing a winner is always so tough for the Curiosity Crew! You guys have NO IDEA! The effort that everyone is putting into your creations each week really inspires all of us.  It is so fun to share all of this amazing art!

That being said, turn to page 52 of your Compendium of Curiosities III book and check out this week's theme; "Effect Powders".  


My creation for this week is a 6" x 12" Halloween themed canvas. My inspiration for the canvas came from this sentiment that I saw on a plain little Halloween plaque at a store.  It "toadily" cracked me up and I knew that I wanted to make something fun with it.  
So ... here it is!

I will give you as many details as I can without "toadily" giving away the Effect Powders technique. I did several variations of the technique on my canvas.


This is where I began ... with Tim Holtz' spooky Iron Work Gate die cut on a piece of textured black cardstock. I swiped my Silver Paint Dabber over the entire surface to give the fence more of a metallic effect.  Here you see the fence half way completed. What a difference the swiped paint makes!


Next I added Distress Embossing Ink and Antiquities Verdigris Embossing Powder to give my fence a more aged and patina look.


Here is the finished fence. Love it!


Next I created Tim's creepy Headstone die cut from Plain Grungeboard and Weathered Wood Distress Embossing Powder.  Weathered Wood really is a pretty cool stone looking color and mixed with Black Soot Distress Ink, I think it came out looking like old weathered stone or concrete headstone.  I also added a touch of the Verdigris Embossing Powder over the Effect Powders technique to give a bit of a mossy, patina look to the headstone. I added the Mini Bat to the center of the headstone using the same techniques that I did on the headstone. Finally, I gently rubbed just a touch of Amber Green Treasure Gold Guilding Wax on some edges of the headstone and the bat. 


I was not sure where this canvas would end up when I started, so I also used the Effect Powders technique on these other Mini Bats and the dangling Spider I thought might come in handy.  I used Weathered Wood Distress Embossing Powder coupled with Black Soot Distress Ink on all of these. 

Now that most of my embellishments were finished, it was time to move on to creating the canvas.


I began with a 6" x 12" canvas. I covered it with Tim's Terminology Tissue Wrap and Matte Multi Medium. Once that was dry, I randomly added some "stones" to the perimeter using Wendy Vecchi's Brick Wall Stencil and her Crackle Texture Paste.  I love those things!  When that was dry, I added Tim's spooky Halloween themed Tissue Tape all around the edge of the canvas, completely securing it in place with 1/2" Scor Tape underneath.



By now, I was REALLY into the project and I wanted to get my hands all inky or painty.  So, I spritzed the canvas with water and mixed some Wild Honey Distress Paint and a little water on my Non Stick Craft Sheet. Let the finger painting begin!  I had so much fun covering the entire canvas, smearing the paint and water mixture all over it with my fingers.  When that was dry, I added some Rusty Hinge Distress Ink around the perimeter to deepen that orange-ish color and give more of a vintage feeling to the canvas.



Next I colored the "stones" with my Weathered Wood Distress Marker and gently tapped them with my Distress Embossing Ink Pad.  Then I pinched some Weathered Wood Embossing Powder between my fingers and sprinkled it over the stones. I brushed away any excess powder with a small paint brush.  Then I heat set it in place to give a rougher more stone like feeling.



I also added a bit of Embossing Ink around the edges of the canvas, sprinkled a little Weathered Wood Embossing Powder, brushed away any excess and heat set it in place. Then I added some Black Soot Distress Ink accents to all. I love the gritty, stone like look and feel of the edges.

Next I cut out all of the letters for my sentiment using Tim's Spooktacular alphabet die cut. I cut all of the letters out of textured black cardstock and set them to the side until I was ready to glue them in place.



 I LOVE my frog!  He's got some serious personality going on! I found him on the internet and sized him to fit behind the headstone. I backed him with kraft cardstock and then cut him out. I edged him with a Black Soot Distress Marker and gently covered him with Antique Linen Distress Ink to soften his pearly whites into a softer more vintage off white.  Before I glued him in place behind the headstone, I created a dimensional witch hat pattern out of the textured black cardstock and fashioned it for him. I added a bit of torn black tulle as a hat band.  I also added some Stardust Stickles to his "sparkle" of his smile.  Then I glued him in place behind the headstone and glued the headstone in place on the canvas.



Next I glued my little spooky dimensional tree that I found at the Dollar Store to the far left of my canvas. After gluing it in place, I could figure out the spacing for my letters.  The "13" is created from Tim's Mini Numerals that were heat embossed with Black Soot Distress Embossing Powder.  Once cool, I added some little black pop dots to the back. I laid out all of my letters and then systematically glued them all in place. Then I added the die cut Mini Bats. To make the letters even more dimensional, I added Glossy Accents over all of the letters. It didn't take them long to dry.

I added several layers of black pop dots behind sections of my fence and popped it into place in front of the tree and the headstone. The pop dots gave it added dimension.


After getting all of the canvas completed, I knew that I wanted to add a broom.  Therefore, I would need a place for broom to "park".  So, I hot glued these little skeleton hands that I have had for some time. I found them at Michaels. I added a bit of some mossy stuff that I found at the Dollar Store and glued the skull out on to the hands enough so that the broom handle would fit behind it.  The skull is a little plastic one that I had from Michaels.  I painted over it with an ivory acrylic paint and then washed it with a Burnt Umber and water mixture.


My broom was made from a stem of a flowering stem thing I had on hand.  The broom part of the broom were thin twigs that I actually cut off of a bigger broom looking thing that I had.  I hot glued the twigs around the stem and then wrapped them first with some twine and then with some orange raffia. Done! ... and so easy!


My little tree looked a little "naked" so I added a scrap of tea dyed cheesecloth I had laying around. Better!


Here is a closeup of my funny violating frog, stylin' in his witch's hat with his crafty little grin.  He seems to be getting a chuckle out of the sentiment, too!


Here is my finished canvas with no broom in place. I love the skeleton hands! They add a lot of dimension and fun to the canvas.


And here is the canvas with the broom resting securely in the skeleton hands. I better hurry up and finish this blog post!  I only have 13 minutes and then I may be "toad"!

Thanks so much for stopping by and letting me share this tutorial with you.  I hope that I've inspired you to jump into your Compendium of Curiosities book and check out the Effect Powders technique.  IT'S NOT HARD AT ALL!  Then create something wonderful using the technique and link it up to the challenge. You could be our lucky winner of either a very generous ...

http://www.inspirationemporium.com/

or a treasure trove of Tim Holtz products donated by the man himself!  

Have fun with this challenge!  
I can't wait to see everyone comes up with this time around.

GOOD LUCK!






 


Monday, September 1, 2014

CREATIVE BLOG HOP ~ A LITTLE ABOUT ME

Hello and welcome to my blog on this beautiful Monday! I hope everyone in the good ol' USA is enjoying an extended Labor Day weekend.

Today, I am not sharing a project or a tutorial with you. Rather, I have been asked by Kim Young to be a part of an ongoing Creative Blog Hop that shares a little about ourselves and other blogging artists and friends. Unfortunately, everyone I asked to participate had either already done one of these or for various reasons were unable to participate.  But, I am happy to fulfill my commitment to Kim and join in on the fun, sharing information about myself with you. I hope I don't bore you to tears!! 

As I said earlier, I was nominated by Kim Young of Kim's Creations, a really sweet and talented artist I met and have become friends with through The Compendium of Curiosities III Challenges. Kim and I not only share a love of all things Tim Holtz


but we are also HUGE Big Bang Theory nerds! LOVE THAT SHOW!!

I was given four questions to answer for this Creative Blog Hop in hopes that you might learn something interesting about me and how and why I do what I do.  I was also asked to include some pictures with the answers to my questions. So, are you ready?  Here goes ....

1.  What am I working on now?  I just completed a vintage Christmas Assemblage Clock for the next Compendium of Curiosities III Challenge. I am a member of their Curiosity Crew and have so much fun creating things with them. If you're not familiar with the challenge blog, you should check it out!  It is a place where artists who love Tim Holtz and his products and techniques join together to share our art. The challenges are based on the Compendium of Curiosities Volumes by Tim. They are filled with his techniques, products and beautiful examples of finished art using these things. 


I am also working on a couple of projects for an upcoming guest designer spot at Gloria Stengel's Craft Hoarders Anonymous.  Although I cannot divulge what the themes or the challenges are, I will give you this sneak peak of just one of the many elements in one of the pieces that I am creating.
 

Curious?  Hmm... guess you will just have to stay tuned to Craft Hoarders Anonymous in October!  'Nuff said.  (smile)


2. How does my work differ from others in my genre?  This is a tough question for me to answer. I really don't like to compare my work to others because art is such a personal form of self expression. I consider myself a mixed media artist and that covers such a broad range of art. I will share some of my art with you while I am attempting to answer this question ...
 Canvas created for Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge while I was on their Design Team.

My work tends to be strongly influenced by the vintage and shabby chic genre. I guess that is where I am always drawn and the most comfortable. I am also heavily influenced by Tim Holtz. I love his style, his techniques and his very industrial, grungy yet vintage, sometimes retro-ish style of artWhile I love Tim's style, I don't want to create something that looks like he made it. So therefore, I love to learn about the products and techniques and then use that knowledge, apply it to my style and create my own kind of art.  

 Mini Configuration Book Created for A Vintage Journey while I was on their Design Team.

A lot of people have told me over the years that they can tell my work because of all of the small details. So, possibly that might be one thing that is different about my work. Not that other people don't pay attention to the little details, too. But, that is one thing that I love to do...add little things that in my opinion make any piece more interactive and interesting. It is like a challenge for me. The more interactive and detailed it is, the better! I like to try to create something or use something in such a different way that someone will think, "Oh! That is such a cool idea! I never would have thought of that." I also try to be very diverse in what I create....you know, change it up and make it more fun!

 
 "The Witching Hour" Book I created and taught as a class in Springfield, Missouri. On this page, the witch's skirt is actually a black honeycomb bell that opens out to be 3 dimensional.

I don't like to be pigeon-holed into a category of strictly a paper crafter, a card maker, a tag maker, an art journalist, etc. I love to mix it up and try my hand at all sorts of things. 
 
 Memory Frame created for the Frillly and Funkie Challenge as a Guest Designer.

I think that is what pushes all of us to become better artists, more creative and more confident in our work. When we explore the unknown, try new things and take the fear out of crafting, that is when it becomes much more free flowing, your true self comes out through you work and it's a lot more fun!

"Words" Mini Book made from three manila folders created for A Vintage Journey Design Team.

 Card made for the Frilly and Funkie Challenges.

3. Why do I create what I do?  I create what I do because I LOVE the process!  I have been on several design teams and much of my work has been theme or challenge oriented.  Challenges can be really fun because they give you a "prompt" or a theme and from there, it is up to you to interpret any way you choose.  I always try to think of something different to create; take the less obvious path when it comes to a challenge theme. When I'm not doing design work for other people, I adore creating home decor pieces for myself and my family. Christmas and Halloween are my favorite holidays to create vintage pieces. I love the fact that these things could possibly become family heirlooms.  So in a sense, part of me could potentially "live on" through my art long after I am gone. 

 Vintage Christmas Star that sits atop my Grandchildrens' Vintage Christmas Tree in my entry foyer.

I love the romance and the feminine quality of shabby chic pieces. I also find them to be very calming not only to create but also to display in a room. When I'm working on a vintage piece, I am drawn into the past; my past and I pull from my own experiences and memories. I remember sights, sounds, smells and some things that you just don't see anymore except in flea markets or something that is a reproduction. I don't think "vintage" is something that will go out of style because all of us have a past.  Vintage typically is about familygives us that feeling of comfort and belonging and sometimes a yearning for a more simplistic lifestyle from the past. It reminds us of our childhoods and makes us remember those wonderful "days gone by".  

4.  How does my creative process work?  My creative process is really a simple one.  If I am working on a themed project for a design team or a challenge, there is usually a prompt involved, so the subject is given to me. 

  A London themed canvas made for Simon Says Stamp Design Team.



If I am creating for myself, I usually have something in mind that I want as my subject.  I figure out if I want to make a canvas, a book, a configuration box; whatever form I want my project to take. My studio has a great work area with most of my basic tools at my fingertips.  So, I simply sit down and start playing. 

 The Old Curiosity Shop Cabinet created from a plain wooden box with glass doors, turned upside down so that the base became the top and I added Tim's Pulley Wheels to create a rolling bottom.

I rarely lay everything out and design it ahead of time.  I like to create as I go.  More often than not, the piece that I am working on tells me where it wants to go as I am working on it. It rarely finishes out the way I sort of envision it when I start.  For me, that is the adventure and the fun of creating. Just letting it flow as I go, not stressing over every quarter of an inch or if the shade of green isn't absolutely perfect. 

Canvas that was published in Just Steampunk Magazine

I make mistakes all the time but lots of them really aren't mistakes. They are "happy accidents" that turn out to be a really neat new discovery of how to do something differently.

Well, I guess that brings us to the end of the questions. I hope you enjoyed seeing what I do and learning a little bit about what motivates me to do what I do. Thank you for taking the time to stop by and I hope you have a wonderful week!  I'd also like to thank Kim again for including me in the Creative Blog Hop!

Bye for now!!   

  


 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

COMPENDIUM OF CURIOSITIES III CHALLENGE ~ A VISIT FROM OLD ST. NICK

Hello everyone and welcome to a new challenge over at the lovely Linda Ledbetter's Studio L3 website where you will find the latest and greatest Compendium of Curiosities III Challenge!

Thank everyone so much for joining in on the challenges.  The Curiosity Crew absolutely LOVES creating art for you each challenge using Tim Holtz' products and techniques. You are going to be blown away this week!  

We also thank you so much for your always wonderful support and comments on our work. We try so hard to educate, encourage and inspire you.

This week, our challenge takes us into Tim's world of Assemblage Clocks. I absolutely ADORE these little guys.  They are like a shadow box but with so much personality even before you begin! 

I plan on making some vintage holiday clocks for Christmas and Halloween.  I wish I had all of Tim's new Christmas Ideaology but it's not been released yet.  So I dug into my stash of vintage Christmas goodies, cranked up the Christmas music in my studio to get me into the Christmas Spirit and let my imagination take me where it wanted to go.


HO! HO! HO!  This is my finished vintage Assemblage Clock.  I love it! It's so dimensional; looks like a snow globe without the water and the snow flurries!

Since this is NOT a technique challenge, I can share with you the steps and little tips I used in creating this clock.  It has a shiny metallic finish. It measures approximately 5 1/2" across by 7" tall.  So, this is a nice size home decor piece or could lay in the branches of a Christmas tree as a vintage ornament. It has a removable metal back so that you can create your scenes on the interior and then replace the back. It also has a glass front; encapsulating your masterpiece.  The glass can be removed if you prefer your interior to spill out of the circular capsule.



I began by painting a base coat of white Gesso over the entire clock. Some people choose to take the clock all apart but I don't. I covered it with Gesso because the shiny metal surface is sort of slick and the Gesso gives the clock some "tooth" so that paint or stain or whatever medium you are working with will grab to the surface easier.  (Be sure to let whatever you are using dry between each layer.)



I wanted my clock to have a sort of "old world" distressed vintage exterior so I first covered the Gesso with Antiqued Bronze Distress Paint (using a paint brush). 



For my next layer, I brushed on a thin layer of clear Crackle Glaze. When that was dry, I brushed over it with some Martha Stewart Satin Red Paint. The crackle is not real obvious but exactly what I wanted. When the red paint dried, I added highlights of Treasure Gold Renaissance Guilding Wax. It adds such a subtle shimmer and really defines edges and raised areas. I love the antiqued finish that it adds.



Next I decorated the exterior of the clock. If I had had Tim's new Garland Trim, I would have used it around the circle of my clock. But since it has not been released yet, I used some little holly garland I had in my stash.  I gently sprayed Tim's Silver Tinsel Twine with a light mist of Design Master Honey Spray and transformed the shiny silver finish into more of an old world goldish/silver tinsel. I wrapped the garland with Tim's Tinsel Twine and glued it into place around the clock face. Then I hot glued the little vintage Christmas beads I had cut from a vintage beaded garland I had.

The top between the bells features some vintage looking holly leaves and berries, an old Christmas corsage bell that I found at a flea market, a few little berries from a old Christmas pick and some gathered gold tulle.


With my exterior pretty much finished, it was time to start on my Christmas scene.  I had a little vintage Santa that I was going to use in my clock interior and decided to make a snowy scene around him. So, I gathered up some objects and got started!

I began with the smaller of the two trees from Tim's original Woodland Trees release.  These bottle brush trees start off as a cream color.  So, you can transform them into any color you want! I began by spraying the tree with some Peeled Paint Distress Stain that I have put into a Mister Bottle rather than leaving it in the original packaging. Next I added some Pine Needles Distress Stain onto my Non Stick Craft Sheet and twirled the Christmas tree around in the stain, allowing some the edges of the "branches" to be darker. It gives a more natural, blended color for the tree. 


When the stain was dry, I added some White Gesso with a wooden stick and sprinkled it with sparkly glitter while it was still wet to create a freshly fallen snow look.

 
When that dried, I hot glued the little star (from a miniature gold Christmas garland) and gold ball chain as garland to the tree. (I also painted the base white with Gesso so that it would blend into my snowy base that would be inside of the clock). 



Santa needs reindeer, right?  I found these darling little miniature reindeer at a local craft store.  There were four in a package, two smaller and two larger.  They were plain like the one on the left.  I added the little sparkly red and green ribbon and the tiny jingle bell to the ones I used in my snowy scene.  You will see them better in the closeup picture of the finished scene later. (The background paper here is "The Night Before Christmas" from Tim's new Red Merriment Paper Stash. It's all Christmas papers and images.  Love it!!


And speaking of Tim's new Merriment Paper Stash, I used this piece from the 6x6 section of papers to create the background for my scene. Don't you just LOVE the vintage bells?  I distressed the edges with Fired Brick and Vintage Photo Distress Inks.  It is glued onto the back of the metal clock back.  



Here is a close up look at the snowy Christmas scene I created.  Everything is hot glued into place, starting with the "snowy" base created from quilt batting. Then I hot glued my Santa. Next came the smallest reindeer in front of Santa followed by the larger reindeer to the front left. Behind him, I placed my Christmas tree. Finally, I added the larger reindeer behind Santa and to the right on another little puff of snow. I added the dangling snowflakes using a thin piece of silver wire that is hot glued to the top of the clock. They are cute when the freely swing as you move the clock.  Be sure to look through the glass as you are placing your objects in your scene before (and sometimes during ) gluing them in place. It really helps to get the proper placement of each piece. When you are finished with your scene, you simply press the back of the clock into place.

THIS IS IMPORTANT AND WILL HELP YOU WHEN ASSEMBLING YOUR CLOCK!!!

Sometimes the placement of your interior objects can be a bit tricky. Here's why ...

The interior size of the cavity can be deceiving.  The clock face measures 4" across at the widest point.  BUT ... the area across the lower part of the clock, where you will be creating your scene is only about 3" across. The clock cavity is pretty deep so it seems like there would be tons of room to put all sorts of "stuff". But it fills up pretty quickly and you have to remember that you have a back that slides in, taking up about 1/4" from the back space and there is a glass piece across the front of the clock (unless you choose to remove it).

Clean your clock glass before you start putting things into your clock! If you happen to get hot glue on the glass as you are gluing in your objects, it will come off...but try not to get it on the glass in the first place!  I speak from experience!  (smile)

You also need to be careful about the size of the things you use to create your scene.  If they are really big, you won't be able to put very many elements in that 3" width at the base to make for a cute little scene. The curvature of the base of the clock can also come into play.  Just some things to consider as you are creating your interior.


As a finishing touch, I added the "Merry Christmas" tag to my clock.  This was created using the script stamp from Tim's last year's Christmas stamp release, and one of my favorites, Mini Holidays 5. It is gold embossed on a brick red cardstock. I glued it onto a piece of cardstock. The back side of the tag is a red and white strip that was the back side of the vintage bells paper I used on my clock background. I cut out the size of the tag I wanted, rounded the two outter edges using a Crop A Dile Chomper 1/4" corner rounder and then punched a hole in the top to add the gold ribbon. I hot glued the two edges together and hot glued it in place at the top of my clock.


So there it is ... my finished vintage Christmas clock. I decorate A LOT for Christmas and I always like to create something new every year. This will definitely be a fun addition! 

I will probably make another one of these and instead of a Christmas scene, I think I will only have little a snow with a Christmas tree and maybe a little reindeer to the left of the foreground and picture of all of my grandchildren together as the background. Add "2014" to the back side of the "Merry Christmas" tag and use it as a large ornament on my Grand Childrens' Vintage Christmas tree.  I make an ornament every year for a vintage themed tree that is in my entry hall dedicated to my Grandchildren. This would be too large to hang at the edge of a branch, but it would be really cute nestled in some branches!

I hope that this tutorial has given you some ideas and some good tips as you go forward to create you own Assemblage Clock.  Don't be afraid to try one. They are absolutely DARLING and so much fun to make!  Just be mindful of how deceiving the space in the interior can be as you are designing your scene.

After you've created your clock, be sure to share it will all of us at the Compendium of Curiosities Challenge. It is such a fun community of Tim Holtz' lovers who share a passion for his techniques and products. It is so much fun to see everyone's amazing art that they post each challenge. Beautiful work!

Our sponsor for this challenge is the lovely Linda Coughlin of The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  She is generously donating a $25.00 gift certificate!! Thank you Linda!!!

http://www.thefunkiejunkie.com/

And... we also have a bountiful prize package from a mountain of "goodies" that Tim and Mario have so graciously donated to the Compendium of Curiosities III Challenge to distribute each challenge. Thanks so them for their always continuing support and generosity!

I can't wait to see your clocks!!!

 










Saturday, August 16, 2014

COMPENDIUM OF CURIOSITIES III ~ STAMPS AND FRAMELITS

Happy Saturday everyone!!!

Welcome to my blog and another challenge over at the lovely Linda Ledbetter's Compendium of Curiosities III Challenge

I have to say that I am continually BLOWN AWAY each week by the really beautiful and original art that everyone shares on our challenge. Sometimes it is SO HARD for the Curiosity Crew to choose just one winner. Truly...you guys are really creating some imaginative, BEAUTIFUL pieces! 

I also want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for all of the really uplifting comments you leave me. I read each one and they truly mean the world to me! 

Tim Holtz and Mario have donated so many wonderful Tim Holtz products for these challenges. Did you see the pile of prizes for the last challenge?  Even a set of Letter Press blocks in a huge stash of goodies! A huge THANK YOU to Tim and Mario for their generosity!!

This week, we are diving into the world of Tim's Stamps and Framelits!  So, pull out your Compendium of Curiosities III books and turn to page 63.

Okay, confession time!!!  I was a skeptic of the framelits because I figured I can always stamp an object and just cut around it, right?  Why did I need a framelit to do that for me?  Well, after doing this challenge, I am a huge believer in framelits now! 

They are amazing little metal devices that make the edges around your stamped images so much more clean and precise. And it really cuts down on the time it takes to cut out your stamped images...especially if you are making more than one, as I have done on my project for you ...

A Halloween Candle Holder!


I literally made this project in about half a day.  It was one of those wonderful little times when you go to your craft room, all of the planets and stars align and you can just crank something out that you love.

(The progression of the creation of the sides of the candle holder.)

I began with eight pieces of black chipboard; 4 each cut to the size of Tim's Postage Stamp die cut and also his Window and Window Box die cut. 

I covered 4 of the pieces of chipboard for the postage stamp die cut with some Graphic 45 Halloween paper and 4 pieces for the window with orange cardstock using Glue N Seal to adhere the paper to the chipboard first. Then I cut them all out.

I used Tim's medium retangle from his Sized Retangles die cut in the center of the postage stamp die cut to create a frame effect. 

I used 1/4" Scor Tape to join all of the pieces together to create each basic side of the candle holder. It it hard to see in the photograph but I also added a sheet of heavy clear film  behind the window to create a glass window pane effect. After each side was finished, I die cut four more postage stamp frames out of black cardstock and backed each of the panels to cover all of my construction and give them a nice, finished look. 

Now...onto the Framelits and giving my candleholder some personality!


I decided to make all of the sides of my candle holder basically the same. So I stamped four of each of the images above from Tim's Retro Halloween Framelits set onto some Specialty Stamping Paper using Jet Black Archival Ink and then heat set it. I colored the witch face using my Detailer Water Brush and Shabby Shutters (face), Worn Lipstick (tongue), Tattered Rose (cheeks), Spiced Marmalade (hat) and a mix of Shabby Shutters and Evergreen (eyes) Distress Inks. This picture shows the images after they have been cut out using Tim's little Framelits still in place at this point.


The Specialty Stamping Paper is very white. I wanted my characters to be a bit more vintage looking, so I gently pressed Antique Linen Distress Ink all over them.  It is a bit hard to see but the top character in each pile does NOT have the Antique Linen rubbed over it yet. In person, you can see a big difference in the white being toned down.  Antique Linen also seems to "set" the colors of the witch so nicely.


I fashioned a "body" out of black cardstock for my witch. Then I simply glued each of the heads onto the body.  The other characters will be on the outside of the holder.  The witch will be on the inside, peering out of the window.  So, she needed a body!


Here you can see one of the four panels coming together. The witch is behind the window.  The black cat is prowling around outside. The skeleton will be added to the right side after I add the little Tattered Banners at the top.  These were constructed out of Sticky Back Canvas that was adhered to a piece of cardstock. I distressed all of the banners with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink then stamped either "BOO" or "EEK" onto them with Jet Black Archival. Each banner is wrapped around a piece of elastic black cording to create the banner. At the top corners of each panel, I used my Crop A Dile to punch a hole big enough for the cording to slide through and be knotted on the back side. 


Here are the completed four panels.  These would make really cute card fronts or embellishments for decorative trick or treat sacks, too. But, I had envisioned them as a candle holder so I continued on...


I joined each panel together at the top with some DMC Color Infusions Memory Thread.  I took the thread through the same holes as I punched to add the banners.


To hold the panels together at the bottom, I simply made some little strips of black cardstock and added 1/4" Scor Tape to them.  


Then I added four of these at the bottom and four in the center of each joint to hold the panels firmly in place.


I added a base made out of two pieces of black chipboard cut 5 1/4" by 5 1/2". I joined the two pieces together using 1/4" Scor Tape, sanded the edges and then colored them using a Black Soot Distress Marker. Then I simply set the candle holder on top of the base. Finally, I added four tea lights in each of the windows. 

Here is one of the finished "BOO" sides of the candle holder. 


And here is a closeup of and "EEK" side. 


So...there you have it...my fun and easy to make Halloween Candle Holder using Tim's Retro Halloween Framelits set among some of his other wonderful die cuts and products.

Now it is YOUR turn to pull out your Framelits and join in on the fun this week over at The Compendium of Curiosities III Challenge. The Curiosity Crew has some over the top cool ideas to get your creative juices flowing so go check them out.  Then join us and post your entry to our challenge. Be sure to link your project to our challenge and also to our wonderful sponsor's blog in your write up!  Speaking of our sponsor ....

This week, the wonderful folks at Inspiration Emporium are offering a 

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$50.00 gift certificate to their fabulous online store!  THANK YOU to Inspiration Emporium and Tim and Mario (and also our other sponsor, The Funkie Junkie Boutique) for all of the amazing prizes and opportunity for more than one person to win a prize each and every week.

Have fun with this challenge and GOOD LUCK!!