Welcome to the Trick-Or-Treat Blog Hop!
October 8-10, 2011
Crafter's Workshop and Clearsnap have teamed up for the next three days to create hauntingly inspiring projects for this Halloween season. It's all tricks, treats, and techniques so join us on a fright night jaunt to remember, hopping from blog to blog. Leave your "Trick-or-treat" comment on each blog in the hop in hopes of winning candy, blog candy that is! For every 50 comments posted on this blog we're giving away a set of inks and accessories to spook up any crafter's projects!!! We'll choose the winners from the blog comments posted on all the blogs in the Hop.
The Clearsnap prize includes Smooch Spritz in Frosted Grape, Green Olive, and Carrot Cake, ColorBox Pigment InkPad in Spooktacular, Glitter in Grape Fizz, Design Adhesives in "Trick or Treat" and "Eeeeks!?", plus our new Design Foils in Lime Burst. That's alot of spook to go around!
Plus Crafter's Workshop is giving away this fabulous assortment of templates worth over $35!! This is some serious blog candy!!
Here are the artsy spooksters to visit:
Clearsnap - http://clearsnap.
Crafter's Workshop http://www.
thecraftersworkshop.com/The_ Crafters_Workshop/Blog/Blog. html
Jaime Echt - www.thecraftersworkshop.com
Julie Fei-Fan Balzer - http://www.balzerdesigns.
Charlotte Jenkins http://suepup.
Jennifer Priest http://hydrangeahippo.
Jen Clark - http://mycraftyfriendjen.
blogspot.com/ YOU ARE HERE
Daniela Dobson http://danieladobson.
We recently visited our local pumpkin patch as a family, and while there, I saw a large family or possibly a group on tour - at any rate, they had some signs on wood sticks to identify their group. I thought they were really cute, and that some similar Halloween-y signs would make super cute decorations...and that my kids would probably enjoy carrying them while out trick-or--treating (OR just around the house for the next several weeks, as is proving the case...). So before we left the pumpkin patch, I made sure to gather several twigs - we live in the desert and certainly don't have any twigs in OUR yard! My kids couldn't wait to see what I was going to do with them!
I started out by cutting cardstock to 5.25" wide by 6.5" long. I ran each one through my Zutter Distrezz-it-All to distress the edges. I used the 6x6 Crafter's Workshop trees template and the Clearsnap MetalXtra Platinum ink pad with a blending tool to apply ink to the cardstock to create just a shadow on the background.
After drying the ink, I applied some Glue Gloss to a tree stamp and stamped it over the background trees. I rubbed some Lucky Penny and Plum Crazy Designer Foils over the Tree (you have to let it get tacky a bit, then rub a bit and apply several times since it's not really meant to be used with the Glue Gloss). Then I re-stamped the tree using Clearsnap Pigment ink to give it more definition.
I used the Crafter's Workshop numbers template to highlight the number "31," using Clearsnap Espresso pigment ink. I just love how easy the Queue's are to use - both the chalk ink and the pigment ink. (Just a note - the chalk ink dries very quickly, the pigment ink a bit more slowly, but both are easy to use.)
I added a word sticker, going around the edges with Dark Brown chalk ink, and went around the edges of the entire sign with the same ink pad. I added some accents with a Viva Pearl Pen, and my sign was complete.(I punched holes in the top and bottom to put it on a twig.)
On this one, I used the triangle plaid template to create a background, added the clocks over it using that template, and I used Glue Gloss to cover the witch in black glitter. I *LOVE* using Glue Gloss for glitter - it ROCKS. If you've never tried it for glitter, flocking, etc. - you are really missing out!! I again used the MetalXtra Platinum ink pad - to ink the skull and to add highlights to the houses - I just love that ink pad!! A little goes a long way.
On this third one, I started by using black ink with the tree template, and then used Design Adhesive flourishes in the corners with Plum Crazy foils. You can see the shimmer somewhat - but it's really hard to see in photographs JUST how shimmery the foils really are!! I added the skeleton and the Halloween card - inked with Lavender chalk ink - and the "spooky" word sticker. I went around the edges of the sticker and sign with Espresso pigment ink.
Finally, the last sign. I started by using the damask template, and sprayed using Wine Berry and Silver Foil Smooch Spritz. Then I applied some Glue Gloss on the house, and again applied the Designer Foils, a little at a time. While it didn't work perfectly - it sort of has a spooky, haunted look to it, which is fitting with the theme! I finished it with a greeting.
For now, the signs are gracing our entry-way table, along with a few other Halloween decorations...though I had to fight my children off to get them to leave them be long enough for me to snap photos! I have no doubt they will be missing soon, and there will be 3 little monsters running through the house sporting spooky signs!
Now on with the blog hop!!